Anyone can be a morning person — if they have a mindful sleep schedule that they stick to regularly.
All it takes is commitment, and a blissful sleep oasis that reflects your intention to sleep soundly. Whenever I am creating an atmosphere, I like to use the five senses as a guide to curate that perfect experience. When it comes to creating your perfect sleeping oasis, follow these sense-based guidelines to have the perfect night of sleep, every night.
1. Sense of sight
In your sleep oasis, you don’t want to be looking at a mess. Physical clutter can clutter your mind, distract you, and stress you out. Take fifteen minutes a day to organize your space—this will relax you and give you a stronger sense of focus throughout your day.
When decorating, choose soothing colors, like warm greys, greens, violets, and pinks. If you don’t want to paint your room, no worries, you can coordinate your bedspread and other decorations to follow a calming color scheme.
Make sure you have soft, warm lighting in your room—perhaps using christmas lights and bedside lamps. Place candles on the bedside tables and on the dresser to provide another source of warm light.
I would recommend not bringing your laptop into your room unless it is to read or watch something relaxing on TV, but if you must, make sure you have the f.lux app installed on your computer—this will keep the blue light from your screen from keeping you from getting to sleep.
If you are bothered by light when you sleep, you should also get a sleep mask to block light that creeps in through your windows while you slumber.
2. Sense of smell
Aromatherapy is one of the best holistic ways to take care of your body. Sense of smell is often overlooked and ignored, but when used, it can be a powerful way to subtly induce a mood in a room. Essential oils, like lavender, have been researched and found to have a deep relaxation effect. Adding a scent to your room will create an instant sense of calm when you walk into the room.
3. Sense of touch
In addition to looking like an oasis, you want your room to feel like an oasis. Get a fluffy comforter, a velvet plush throw blanket, and as many comfy pillows as you want. Your bed should feel like a cloud. I recommend getting a memory foam mattress topper if you need a little more plushiness in your mattress. You deserve it!
The temperature in your room should be comfortable on your skin. During the winter, if your room is drafty and you like it warmer, get a small space heater to warm your room up. I also recommend a humidifier, which will keep your skin from drying out and will prevent you from getting sick in the winter.
Lastly, make sure your feet are comfortable when walking around your room. If your room doesn’t have carpeting, get a cozy carpet that matches your color scheme and is soft to the touch.
4. Sense of hearing
Music and sounds can really influence an atmosphere—have you ever been to an eerily quiet restaurant, or a bar that was playing weird music? Sound has a large impact on your mood in ways that you don’t usually fully notice.
To achieve a calming mood in your room with sound, invest in a bluetooth speaker for your bedside table. You can easily link these to your phone, and from there use any app to play music or sounds through the speaker.
I like using nature sounds apps to create a peaceful ambiance when I am falling asleep at night. There are tons of white noise/nature sounds/acoustic music apps, so take your pick.
5. Sense of taste
Finally, to give your taste buds some soothing stimulation, make some calming tea before bed each night, and drink them while you read or wind down for the night. I personally love lavender tea, peppermint tea, and caffeine-free herbal teas that have mellow tastes to ease you into sleep.
This post was originally published at YOGANONYMOUS.