13 Bedroom Upgrades That Will Give You The Best Sleep Of Your Life

Time to catch those Zzzs 😴

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You want your bedroom to be the coziest room in your home — after all, it's where you go to rest and recharge so you can take on the day. But little things, like light pollution from outside, background noises, and even the colors you use to decorate with or how cluttered your room is can impact how restful your sleep is, so it's important that your room isn't just cute and cozy, but also conducive to a good night's sleep. Making these upgrades can help you wind down at the end of a long day and get your best sleep ever. Plus, most of them are pretty easy fixes.

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1 Switch To Blackout Curtains
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As the (NSF) points out, light coming in to your room from outside (both from sunlight and from light pollution) can impact your quality of sleep, so it's important to keep light out during sleep.

An easy way to make sure your room stays dark while you snooze is to use blackout curtains like these ones from Amazon. They come in more than 20 different colors and seven different sizes, so they're sure to fit just about any room and decor style.

Insulated Blackout Curtains, $29.99, Amazon

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2 Go For Ambient Lighting

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Just like light peeking in can disrupt your sleep, spending time in cold, bright white lights before bed can make it harder to nod off. The NSF recommends dimming the lights when you're getting ready for sleep — plus, warmer lighting can help, too.

If you swap out your standard light bulbs for more ambient, dimmable lighting like the Philips White Ambiance Starter Kit (which comes with four bulbs and a smart hub, is compatible with Alexa, and can be controlled by your phone), you'll have more control over exactly what the light is like in your bedroom, both the brightness and the temperature.

Philips White Ambiance Starter Kit, $144, Amazon

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3 Banish Disruptive Noises
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Speaking of Alexa, an Amazon Echo can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to getting a better night's sleep, thanks to its ability to play ambient noise all night to block out disruptive background sounds. After all, sleep medicine expert that our brains still process sound while we sleep, and quiet is really important for getting proper rest — white noise helps when you can't eliminate other sounds, as it allows you to cover up those noises with sound that won't keep you awake.

If you don't have a lot of space, no need to invest in a separate white noise machine — just ask Alexa to play ocean sounds (or whatever you prefer) before you drift off.

Echo Dot, $34.99, Amazon

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4 Use A Diffuser With Lavender Oil
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Studies have shown that lavender is great for helping people fall asleep — , it's been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, which can put your body in a more relaxed state perfect for falling asleep.

There are plenty of ways you can incorporate lavender into your sleep routine and your bedroom, like using lavender essential oil with a diffuser. This LED globe diffuser will add a little style to your bedside table, and will help you fill your room with a subtle lavender scent to help you wind down.

LED Essential Oil Diffuser, $65, Urban Outfitters

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5 Stow Clutter Away
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According to , studies have shown that sleeping in a cluttered or messy room can impact your quality of sleep, too. The good news is, this is a fairly easy fix — you don't have to become a super organized person if that's just not you, but you can invest in stylish storage options that will help you stow things out of sight, out of mind.

For a quick change, try keeping the top of your nightstand as cleared off as possible by popping books and other items in a woven basket like this one.

Mint Storage Basket, $78, Anthropologie

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6 Add Texture Instead Of Bold Colors
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If you take anything away from talks of color psychology, let it be that bold colors in the bedroom are anything but calming. You want colors that are soft and muted, . So, when you're decorating your bedroom, stick to quiet colors and add interest with textures instead.

Between the soft marled fleece and the fringe trim detail, this throw blanket is a great bedroom decor addition — it's muted in color, complements most bedspreads, and adds an extra layer of coziness for curling up under.

Fleece Fringe Trim Throw, $59, Urban Outfitters

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7 Add A Little Plant Life

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Having plants or fresh cut flowers around can have a lot of perks — along with the obvious fact that they're, you know, beautiful. They add interest to your room without being overwhelming with color (remember, you want things calm!) One writer even claims that buying yourself flowers can help motivate you to keep your home cleaner and more organized, which is great since, again, clutter and good sleep don't exactly mesh well.

Try adding some plants to your bedroom, or, if you don't have a green thumb, buy yourself some fresh cut flowers. You can even join a subscription flower delivery service like The Bouqs Co. to send yourself flowers as frequently as you'd like.

Flower Subscription, $32 & up, The Bouqs Co.

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8 Swap Out Your Mattress
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, most mattresses have a lifespan of about 8 years, so if you've had yours for much longer than that (or if yours just isn't quite comfortable enough for you), it might be time for an upgrade. You want something that will support you but also feel soft and cozy enough for you, too.

The mattress you buy has so much to do with how you sleep and what you personally prefer, but if you're looking for an affordable option, Amazon users swear by this under-$100 Linenspa mattress that's a hybrid of an innerspring mattress and a memory foam.

Linenspa Hybrid Mattress, $92 & up, Amazon

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9 Get A More Supportive Pillow

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Another swap you should be making — and probably more often than you realize — is your pillows. The NSF notes that doctors generally recommend replacing your pillows every two years (the most important thing is that they actually support your neck properly!)

For a real upgrade, try these pillows from Coop Home Goods. They're filled with shredded memory foam, which makes them adjustable to whatever position you sleep in, and it provides better ventilation to keep you cool as you sleep.

Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, $54.95 & up, Amazon

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10 Actually Make Your Bed
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You might think that making your bed isn't important, but not making your bed can actually impact your sleep. It all goes back to that same idea that a tidy, clutter-free room makes for better sleep.

Now, of course, if you're a chronic bed-making avoider (*raises hand*), there's no magical fix that will make you want to keep your bed neat and tidy. But, maybe, just maybe, if you had bedding with an interesting design you wanted to enjoy (and show off), you'd be more apt to straighten things up in the morning when you wake up. Just a thought.

Botanical Duvet Cover, $59 & up, Urban Outfitters

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11 Cozy Up Under Body Temp-Regulating Bedding
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Temperature is super important to help you fall asleep, both in your bedroom and your body's temperature. You want your room cool — not too hot or too cold, but a nice 65 degrees, . And on top of that, you want to wear pajamas and sleep in bedding that keeps you warm enough to feel cozy but doesn't make you overheat or sweat.

Allswell's all-season duvet insert is a great option for regulating your body temperature year-round — it's made with Hygro Cotton hollow core yarn, which means it's designed to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

All Season Duvet Insert, $115 & up, Allswell

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12 Keep Your Phone Out Of Your Room
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You've probably heard this at least a dozen times before, but it's worth repeating — sing electronic devices like your cell phone or laptop before bed can seriously impact your sleep. The blue light they emit can disrupt your circadian rhythm, the NSF points out. It's best if you can stop using your devices at least an hour before bed, but at the very least, you can prevent your phone from keeping you up by putting it in a different room before you go to bed.

If you use your phone as an alarm clock, get yourself a stylish alarm clock that is loud enough to wake you up and that will look cute on your night stand instead, like this retro red clock.

Retro Alarm Clock, $19, Modcloth

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13 Put On A Relaxing Body Lotion

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Back to the whole "lavender helps you relax" concept — tons of Lush's lavender hand and body lotion, Sleepy. Put it on before bed, and it'll keep your skin moisturized and help you relax — or at least, that's what reviewers say. As a bonus, Lush recently released Sleepy in a giant pot (14.9 ounces). Keep a jar by your bed and take a minute for some extra self-care before you settle in for sleep, and see if it helps you, too.

Sleepy Hand & Body Lotion, $32.95, Lush

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