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11 Bedroom Updates for a Better Night's Sleep

Many factors — from caffeine consumption to exercise — can affect how well you sleep, but you can make a big impact by simply creating an environment that's conducive to slumber. Try some (or all) of these easy updates in your bedroom to kick-start a more restful year.

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Cut Clutter

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. Take some time to pare down the bedroom, removing anything that doesn't make you feel relaxed. Find new spots for these items in other rooms, or toss/donate things you no longer need. Replace the clutter with a few simple accessories, like a small stack of favorite books or a vase of fresh flowers.

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Choose Calming Colors

Color has a powerful effect on mood and energy, and the right hues can transform your bedroom into a relaxing retreat. Earthy browns, watery blues and soft greens are some of the most comforting shades, but there's no one-size-fits-all rule here. Whatever makes you feel happy and relaxed will help you unwind at the end of the day. Start with new bedding or a fresh coat of paint on the walls and see what a difference it makes.

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Banish Electronics

By now, we've all heard that electronics are disruptive to sleep. Watching TV, checking emails or scrolling through social media feeds before bedtime keeps your brain alert, and the blue light emitted by screens inhibits production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep/wake cycles. (powered by the National Sleep Foundation) recommends keeping all electronics outside of the bedroom and giving yourself at least 30 minutes of screen-free time before bedtime.

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Keep It Dark

Even the tiniest glow from a nightlight or outside street lamp can negatively affect your slumber. Invest in blackout curtains, a sleep mask or both for your bedroom.

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