By Patricia L. Garcia
For the past few weeks, I’ve been unable to find the kind of rest that leaves you feeling rejuvenated. I just haven’t been sleeping well. The dark bags under my eyes were beginning to emerge and so was my moodiness. My lack of sleep was becoming a problem.
Sure, I’m dealing with the stresses of daily life — work, relationships, sick puppies — but coming to terms with stress didn’t seem to solve the problem of why I just can’t sleep. And then I read Jennifer Adam’s book, Bedrooms That Inspire Rest, Relaxation & Romance. The answer has been right in front of me the whole time — and that was the problem.
You see, who can sleep when they’re distracted all of the time? The problem was not that I was stressed or simply not tired; it’s that my bedroom is full of stuff: clothes and shoes, jewelry, magazines and books, a TV and game system, dogs, even a board game! (What was I thinking? A quick game of Mexican bingo at 3 a.m. would bring the rest I was looking for??) Clutter was the root of my sleeping problem. Adams — an award-winning celebrity interior designer, sleep environmentalist and CEO of Jennifer Adams Worldwide Inc. — had the answer.
In Bedrooms That Inspire, Adams reminds us that a bedroom should be used for three things, and three things only: rest, relaxation and romance. Your bedroom does not need to be the place where you finish work in bed or the gathering spot for children and pets at the end of a long day. A bedroom is a place that fosters sleeping, resting and va-va-voom, romance. By taking clutter (and banning children and pets, sorry!) out of your bedroom, you’ll be making it easier to maintain and helping to clear your mind both at the beginning and end of your day. (And who wants to be romantic in a messy, cluttered room?)
Easy enough: clear out my bedroom of excess. Got it. That’s it, right? Not quite. Adams goes on to explain in Bedrooms That Inspire how you can create a relaxing and even luxurious atmosphere in your bedroom, without spending lots of cash. In fact, you probably already have the types of items in your home that would be useful in a bedroom. By simply adjusting your sheets and blankets — and even vowing to keep all other stuff off the bed — you’ll create a space that’s easy to jump into on those days where it seems you can’t keep your eyes open. By eliminating all other items from your bed — clothes, purses, books — you’ll make it easy to just get in, rather than having to clear the bed first.
Bedrooms That Inspire is chockfull of practical tips on how you can create a restful retreat in your bedroom. You’ll also find tips on how to find the bedroom style that suits you, as well as how to create a retreat for children and guests in their rooms. You’ll even learn a little about different types of bedding and mattresses and how to foster rest based on your sleeping habits. And then there are those helpful reminders — what’s the best temperature for sleep — about how often to clean and change sheets and mattresses and even how to deal with different seasons of the year to create a comfortable place for rest.
Remember, your bedroom is a room that you’ll spend much of your day in. Make it the retreat it was meant to be! Use Bedrooms That Inspire Rest, Relaxation & Romance as a way to get closer to that haven and you’ll be sleeping easy in no time.