Getting a better night’s sleep is more important now than ever. For older people being able to function is often partially determined by a good night’s sleep and here’s how to create a relaxed bedroom space to aid this.

Your Bed and Bedding

A relaxing bedroom space starts with your bed and bedding. The mattress you choose should feel good and offer the proper amount of support. If you're not able to buy a new mattress you can add a feather bed or egg crate foam to your old one. If you need additional support you should consider upgrading your box spring. You can add an assortment of pillows or minimize to the one or two you use. If you plan on layering purchase a combination of soft and firm pillows. Cover your pillow with pillow protectors to make them easier to clean.


The best choice for bedding is two sets of simple 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheet, which become softer as you wash them. If money is no object you can try Bloomingdale's or ABC Carpet. If you're a bargain shopper then bargain stores usually has a nice selection. The sheets you choose should always be 100 percent cotton and have a thread count over 200. Feel them with the back of your hands to determine if they're really soft, before you buy them. When you get them home, wash them first, before putting them on your bed. If you want to get the crisp feel of hotel sheets, then add starch and iron them.


A down comfortable is a versatile item because you can change the duvet cover when you want a new look. Also the covers can be thrown in the washing machine when it comes time to clean them. The duvet covers should be made from 100 percent cotton.


All of your bedding should be comfortable and soft. Do not place stiff, scratchy coverlets or beaded pillows on your bed. You also want to avoid metal bed frames that may poke you as you move around your bedroom. Your bed frame should be sturdy, so that your bed does not shift while you're sleeping. Make sure all of the parts of the frame are secure. You don't want the wood slats under your bed to fall out while you’re sleeping or have a bed that squeaks.


One last note, don't buy the biggest bed you can fit in your room, just because it can fit. Bedrooms are supposed to be charming, but that charm can easily be swallowed up by a huge bed.

Color

There are many ways you can go with color, but the color you choose should be something you're in love with. If you rent your house or live in an apartment you may not be able to paint your white or off-white walls. If so, you can add your favoritecolors to the rooms using a mobile, potted plants and pillows. Colors can be energising. Unfortunately sometimes bright colors can make it difficult to fall asleep. However, it can give a boost to someone who has trouble waking up in the morning. The vibrant colors in a room filled with natural light can stimulate your senses and get you out of bed.


If you have trouble sleeping, then you may want to use darker, calming colors in your bedroom.

Curtains

Buy drapes that can easily open and close. You want to control the amount of light that comes into your room. Choose window treatments that give you that control and offer some privacy.

Lighting

Avoid overhead lighting, which tends to be unflattering. Instead, use several small, simple lamps to highlight different areas in your bedroom. You must have bedside reading lamps, which should be useful if you read in bed, but also provide ambient light. You should not use blue or green toned florescent lights in your room. Choose yellow toned to create a warm light.

Decor

Keep the items in your room to a minimum to avoid clutter. You can add a bench or a couple of chairs, a dresser, a few pieces of art and a large plant. You also find some space for a few precious keepsakes. A nice indoor wall fountain from Soothing Walls can be a great relaxing addition, providing the light sound of running water in your room.

Cleaning

Cleaning your room will include putting away your clothes, making your bed, vacuuming your floor and doing some light dusting on a regular basis. These tasks will make your room sparkle. You can wash your sheet, vacuum your room and dust every two weeks. You should put your clothes away as soon as the laundry is done. While you want to make your bed every day, you may end up only doing it when company comes over. You have to determine the best routine for you and your lifestyle.