This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and www.wolffurniture.com.
Clean or cluttered? Your choice of stuff kept at your bedside offers a glimpse into your personality.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, a plce where you can slip away from the world and find a peaceful night’s sleep. No matter where your nightstand is kept in your bedroom, keep it free of clutter and only let your essential items be on it. A clutter of things next to your bed will result in a cluttered mind that can’t get rest.
5 Nightstand Must Haves for a More Restful Night:
(1) A Lamp – Try not to use the lamp for reading into the wee hours of the night. The more you preserve your bed as a designated sleeping area, the better your rest will be. Use a low-wattage light bulb to minimize the light on your sleep.
(2) Toiletries – Hand lotion, lip balm, and any medications you may need during the night will allow you access to these items without having to make a trek to the bathroom. Using smaller travel size items of toiletries use up even less top of the nightstand space.
(3) Small dish or tray – A small dish or tray can catch the loose items you take off at bedtime such as jewelry or glasses. Putting your glasses in the same place every night assures you can find them quickly if needed.
(4) Reading material – Keeping a few pieces of reading material handy is helpful for those restless nights. It is better to read tradtional old school material like paper backs, books, or magazines rather than an e-reader. The e-reader’s blue light may cause even more disruption to your sleep cycle.
(5) A flashlight – Keeping a flashlight in your nightstand drawer is handy in case of a power outage during the night.
Some additional necessary items might include an alarm clock, tissues, and a glass of water.
It is not necessarily a good idea to keep your phone next to your bed. There is research that supports the disruptive effects of electronics on sleep quality.