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Your ten minute guide to creating a sleep oasis

Do you feel like you’re sleep deprived? Well, you’re not alone, because according to the Sleep Health Foundation, 1 in 3 people have mild insomnia. Yikes!

Unfortunately, when your sleep suffers, it has a domino effect on your life. You feel more fatigued, drowsy, stressed out and less interested in day to day activities. Here’s the good news: A lot of the most common sleep problems can be easily remedied by a bedroom makeover. Seriously!

Here are a few (quick and easy) tips to help you transform your bedroom’s atmosphere:

Organise your bedroom as a single-purpose space: Bedrooms were not meant to be multifunctional rooms. They’re for getting that well-deserved R&R - sleeping, resting, curling up with a good book, or for Netflix & chill. Resist the temptation to turn that space into a home office space or family play area.

Declutter your space:  Get involved with storage solutions and it will transform your life, my friend. Smooth, clean and clutter-free surfaces have an instant calming and soothing effect on your brain. Clear away clutter, change your wardrobe system from the garment graveyard on your floor to an actual wardrobe with space for each item, and while you’re at it, buy a bookshelf for that stack of books. If you’re pressed for space, under-bed storage, whether built into the unit or courtesy of rolling bins, offers a great solution that boosts storage while ensuring a clean, uncluttered look.

Embrace the darkness: The bedroom revamp starts with knowing that your body needs to sleep in near-total darkness for optimum health. Production of Melatonin, a hormone that increases both sleepiness as well as length and quality of sleep, can be compromised if there’s too much light. So, use an eye mask or use blackout window options like dark drapes or blinds made from thicker textiles to block out any illumination.

Treat your senses: A truly sleep-friendly environment accommodates the senses of smell and touch. Buy some essential oils like chamomile, bergamot, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, sandalwood and ylang-ylang - recommended by aromatherapists as particularly useful for reducing stress. Invest in some breathable cotton manchester in calming colours and some natural buckwheat pillows for an affordable bed upgrade.

Feng Shui your bedroom: According to this ancient practice, correct positioning of the elements in your room creates a perfect energy flow and balances out the forces. Start by positioning your bed on the opposite side of the room from the bedroom door – not directly in front of the door, but diagonally from the door.

You spend about a third of your life in the bedroom, so make it a comfortable, soothing refuge that you can truly unwind in.

Sweet dreams, Koalas.

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