Americans live increasingly busy lives, filled with stress. It is not surprising that our sleep – and our love lives – are suffering. Why not turn your bedroom into a sanctuary that invites you, and your significant other, to relax, sleep and spend romantic time together?
Here are some of things to consider:
One of the biggest impediments to comfortable sleep is allergies to mold and dust or chemicals in the home. If you experience coughing, wheezing, skin or eye irritation, have your house checked for potential allergens. You may want to outfit your mattress and pillows with impervious covers, remove carpet, and use a dehumidifier and a HEPA-filter vacuum.
A dark room supports sleep because our bodies secrete melatonin, the hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle, in response to darkness. If your room is too light, install blackout curtains. Also be sure to store your electronics outside your bedroom, as the lights on cell phones and computers are known to interrupt sleep.
If either you or your partner snore, have a medical checkup. Snoring is often associated with sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition. If the snoring is less serious, consider a sleep positioner for the snorer, and the other partner can wear earplugs. Consider a white noise machine, as well.
Many of our bedrooms are piled high with magazines, papers, mending and ironing – all things that remind us of work left undone. Take all your clutter and put it in another room. While you’re organizing, your bedroom is not the place to keep family pictures. Instead, decorate with things you both love and momentos of your life as a couple.
5. Locking Door
It is surprising how many couples don’t install a lock on their bedroom door. It’s difficult to unwind and get in the mood if – in some part of your mind – you are worried a child or visitor might walk into your room. Beyond the practical effect, installing a lock is a statement to yourself and each other that you are making your intimate relationship a priority.