Rest Easy: Style Your Own Bedroom Sanctuary

Dream a little dream at the end of each day when you step into your serene bedroom. One of the best moments of a long, hectic day often comes at the very end, when you fall into bed, pull up the covers and drop off to sleep. A restful night sleep allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Cool, dark, relaxing, cozy, and distraction-free are the key concepts to keep in mind when optimizing your bedroom for sleep. To create the most tranquil retreat in your new bedroom space at Bay Meadows, try some of these tips:

Appreciate the Quiet. Noises can also affect deep sleep cycles, even if you don’t remember waking. A white noise machine or a fan can work wonders to drown out unwanted sounds.

Hide Electronics. The motion and sound of watching TV, checking emails or scrolling through social media feeds keep your mind stimulated, and the blue light emitted prevents your body’s internal clock from regulating sleep properly. Opt for less stimulating activities like reading, taking a bath or engaging in some light stretching, which are more conducive to rest.

Embrace the Dark. When light is detected, it delays melatonin release, produces cortisol and keeps your body temperature raised, initiating wakefulness. If blocking all light isn’t practical or feasible in your space, you could always opt for a sleep mask that covers your eyes.

Keep It Cool. Our core body temperatures need to drop in order to initiate sleep, and a cool room can help with this transition. Try different thermostat settings to see what feels most comfortable to you, as each person will vary.

Upgrade Your Bedding. Bedding plays a big role in sleep. Duvets or comforters pair with your sheet sets to offer extra cozy comfort and warmth. Even if you’re a hot sleeper, you can find these “top blankets” made with cooling materials to hamper night sweats. White bedding is often associated with luxury and cleanliness, aiding in the sleep process. Consider how you sleep when buying new pillows: back, stomach, or side sleepers will have different needs. Your mattress is also an important part of the sleep equation, ensure it doesn’t need to be replaced.

Get Organized. A disorganized or cluttered space can distract you from drifting off and keep you from feeling relaxed. It’s hard to wind down when you’re surrounded by paperwork, exercise equipment, to-be-folded laundry and other items that remind you of your to-do list. Spending just a few minutes a day decluttering and ensuring things have a “home” can have a big impact.

Choose Calming Colors. Color has a powerful effect on mood and energy, and the right hues can transform your bedroom into a relaxing retreat. Cool colors like light blue, gray, silver, green, and lavender as well as neutral shades are ideal for the bedroom. Dark colors can be equally inviting, so long as you choose neutrals and stick with them. For example, a palette of dark grays can result in a deeply cozy, cocoon-like bedroom.

Add Soothing Scents. Certain scents, such as lavender, vanilla and chamomile, are said to promote relaxation. Keep an aromatherapy lotion, linen spray or diffuser on your bedside table to help you unwind at night.

Luxuriate in a spacious one-, two- or three-bedroom sanctuary with a residence at The Apartment Collection at Bay Meadows that delights at every turn with flawlessly crafted high-design interiors made for gathering and cocooning. It’s easy to relish in your own personal hideaway with amenities at each apartment community uniquely suited to your desires with finishes and features such as plush bedroom carpeting, oversized or floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in closets, private patios, balconies or terraces, spa bathrooms with luxurious soaking tubs and walk-in showers offered at Hawthorne or even stand-alone, step-in frameless glass showers offered at The Morgan. Discover your sanctuary at home. All yours.

Not ready for bedtime just yet? Exquisite living extends beyond your private refuge to an amenity-rich oasis steps from home.


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