Are you having trouble falling asleep? Insomnia can cause many effects on the mind and body including depression, fatigue, mood swings, inability to focus, and increase in appetite. Before you reach for the over the counter sleep aid, keep in mind that experts caution sleeping pills are not always safe or effective. Here are seven natural ways to fall asleep fast:
Eat a snack
Eating a calming snack about 90 minutes before bed like 1/2 a bowl of oatmeal with slice banana or a bowl of low-fat ice cream can help the sleeping process. Choose a low protein, high carbohydrate snack that will allow your metabolism to slow before bed.
Take Valerian root
This natural supplement prompts your brain to produce neurotransmitters that make you sleepy.
Take a break
Give yourself a massage by rubbing lotion in circular motions on areas of muscle tightness in your body. This promotes healing and relaxation resulting in a blissful sleep.
Enjoy a nice soak
Soaking in a warm bath raises your body temperature, and the cool down experienced after getting out of the bath produces a calming sleepiness. Add Epsom salts or a soothing lavender oil to the bath for a spa like experience.
A lavender scented eye mask or pillow will help you fall asleep in no time. The scent from lavender oil enhances slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax.
Caffeine free chamomile tea is a warm, soothing drink to sip on before bed. It promotes relaxation and peace.
As a form of mind-quieting physical activity, yoga does wonders for relaxation. Also, studies show that those who exercise sleep more hours than those who do not exercise. Yoga is the best of both worlds allowing your body to break a sweat and stretch at the same time.
A nightstand, or bedside table, is a small table or cabinet designed to be placed beside a bed or elsewhere in a bedroom. It serves as easy storage within reach or a tabletop for convenience.
Before indoor flushing toilets became commonplace, the main function of a bedside table was to contain a commode pot. As a result, early nightstands were often small cabinets, sometimes fitted with a drawer, and usually containing an enclosed storage space below covered by one or more doors. Modern nightstands are usually small bedside tables, often with a drawer. They are used to support items that might be useful during the night, such as a lamp, alarm clock, mobile phone, books, a glass of water, or medication. Bedside tables have come a long way and now add style and design to a bedroom (and without the stench of their previous uses). Nightstands can be bought in almost any color and finish, and can match a modern or even antique bedroom furniture style.
This classic, elegant bedside table can be found on Elle Decor
Nightstands are conveniently affordable, and most bedroom furniture sets are not complete without a stand to place on each side of the bed. Read a book by lamp light, keep a pen and paper in the drawer for to-do lists, and place decorative picture frames on the shelf. Handy and fashionable nightstands are practical as well as decorative. You can easily create a theme for your whole room around this useful piece of furniture. Use the nightstand as a decorative piece in addition to its sensible function as furniture. This contemporary bedside table will add a flair to any bedroom:
Convenience and storage are only a few benefits of practical bedside tables. A bedroom furniture suit is not complete without at least one or two.
These days, it’s easy to find sheets that snugly fit your bed. But not so in the 18th century and earlier, when standardized bed sizes didn’t exist. In general, bed sizes varied depending on the furniture maker. As a result, both mattresses and bedding had to be individually fitted to the unique shape of each bed. One of the best ways to see the difference firsthand is to visit a preserved colonial house like the ones open to visitors in Williamsburg, Virginia, which have numerous colonial beds on display, complete with requisite 18th century canopies and high headboards.
Along with their unique colonial trimmings, you’ll observe that bed lengths varied from being very, very short and wide to very, very long and narrow, along with every kind of dimension in between. After the industrial revolution took place, however, standardized twin and double beds took the place of more approximated sizing. In the 1960s, standard ‘king’ and ‘queen’ sized beds also became extremely popular in the United States. By the end of the era, most master bedrooms included either a queen or king sized bed. So the next time you visit the bedding aisle, remember to be grateful that finding the right sized bedding set is as simple as looking for twin, double, queen or king -sized linens — no custom fitted sheets needed!
After a long, hard day at work and dealing with the kids, I really want a space that I can call my own. What I really need is a place that offers peace – and even better, a little romance. Here are some steps to turn your room into a luxury boudoir:
Pick a color/any color – Don’t leave your bedroom walls a plain, vanilla white. Pick your favorite color, then look for a shade or tone of the color that is relaxing and soothing.
Outfit the room – Can’t afford to replace the furniture? A few changes to your linens can create a new look. Choose satin sheets (http://www.shopbedding.com/bed-sheets/fitted/4600-satin-fitted-sheet) and a satin bed skirt (http://www.shopbedding.com/bed-skirts-pillow-shams/bed-skirts/4800-satin-ruffled-bed-skirt) in a complimentary color to your wall scheme.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up – pick alternating colors for the sheets and bed skirts, or try a variety of satin pillow cases and shams (http://www.shopbedding.com/bed-skirts-pillow-shams/pillow-shams/4300-satin-ruffled-pillow-sham).
Add the accents – Add some decorative elements, pictures and candles. Don’t fill your bedroom with lots of family photos – make it a neutral space that is conducive to romance.
Soften the lighting – Bring in some lamps, add dimmer switches to your lights. Make the lighting work when reading, but soft and relaxing when you need to chill out.
Don’t forget the music – Add a nice quality mini-stereo to play relaxing music, or consider adding something for white noise. Make the room as free of distractions from the outer world.
Immerse yourself in a little luxury and comfort. Create your own space with our satin sheets and you just may find that you never want to leave the room. To see more of our satin sheets, click here: http://www.shopbedding.com/satin-bedding.
Just like the grandiose buildings that host them, bedding in the mansions of the rich and famous is often both luxurious and fabulously color-coordinated. Elle Décor reported on several stunning spaces where our favorite celebrities go to retreat and relax. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo enlisted the help of famous designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to create a globetrotter look to her bedroom. Her bed is a luxurious Parisian one, topped of with an Indian throw and West African pillows.
Singer Cher goes with a similar global theme, favoring a ‘far east’ look, complete with embellished pillows and an ivory colored bedspread. Showing a similar attraction to unusual yet elegant pairings, Sarah Jessica Parker aimed for a little taste of the dramatic in her master suite, with soft white bedding mixed with colorful accessories that make the room ‘pop.’
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jennifer Aniston’s former master suite in Beverly Hills is a simple, luxurious room: A delicate balance between wood paneling and cream-white pillows and linens. Other celebrity mansion boudoirs of note include Sharon and Ozzy Osborne’s whimsical master bedroom which, HGTV reports, features silk bedding and a mirrored canopy bed. Which celebrity bedroom design idea do you like the best? Are you inspired by any of their choices? Tell us in the comments.