Doesn’t staying in bed sound perfect for January? The holidays are over. The days are still short and dark, and summer is months away. My bed calls to me. And isn’t the New Year the time for change and clean slates? So how can we make change possible in 2017? Change starts with a good night’s sleep. Sleep, among other things, happens in bed. Why not take the time to make your bed a place you want to spend time in?
Here are my five steps to making your bed a sanctuary in the New Year.
- Make your bed. Period.
It’s really that easy: Make your bed. I’m not talking about just pulling the sheets up, either. I’m talking about yanking the sheets tight and taut. The only thing more satisfying than walking through the bedroom mid-day and seeing a beautiful mountain of pillows and colors is climbing under the sheets at the end of the day. One of the great joys of life is to look at beautiful things. Why not make your bed one more beautiful part of your day?
- Don’t be afraid to live in your bed.
I don’t mean actually living in your bed. I mean, don’t be afraid to spend time cuddling up under the covers, candles lit, sipping wine and late-night snacking. We do a lot more than just sleep in our beds. You may seek your bed in times of sorrow, as well as ecstasy; in times of excitement, as well as exhaustion. Make your bed a place of refuge, of sanctuary, for the days when there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.
- Lavender is the answer for everything.
To me, a sanctuary is a place of meditation and relaxation, and a lavender essential oil is perfect for setting the mood. Lavender is also proven to help promote a healthier sleep and reduce anxiety. So put on your fuzzy CJ bathrobe, dab some lavender oil on the nape of your neck and wrists, and take a well-deserved nap.
- Don’t bring your work to bed.
Your bed is a place of rest, relaxation, and reclining. No work allowed. In fact, don’t bring work into the bedroom at all. By leaving your work at the bedroom door, you can trigger your mind to associate your bedroom, specifically your bed, with the sort of relaxation you need—a stress-free (or at least as close as you can get to stress-free) zone. I’m not saying the only thing your bed is good for is sleeping, either. There are lots of fun things to do in bed; work just shouldn’t be one of them.
- Buy comfy linens that you want to snuggle up in.
The only way to make your bed a true sanctuary, a place to escape from the hectic parts of your life, is to make it a place you want to spend time in. Optimistically speaking, we should be spending eight hours a night in our beds. That’s 56 hours a week. That’s 2,912 hours a year. Why would you waste all those hours with uncomfortable sheets?
Remember, change starts with a good night’s sleep. Just ask yourself, what can I do to make sure I get a good night’s sleep every single night? Finding little ways to make bedtime more relaxing will always be a worthy investment of your time.
And my final, admittedly shameless suggestion, “sleeping on my sheets helps too”.