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Lovely Lavender: A Guide to Making Your Own Essential Oil Candle

When we think of the deeply relaxing scent of lavender, an image of a spa or garden comes to mind. That’s because lavender oil contains calming properties that help induce sleep and relieve anxiety. This elixir for a good night’s sleep can be found in perfumes, eye masks and our favorite home accessory—candles! So get your DIY on and create your own lavender essential oil candle. Let’s get crafting!

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Face-Slapping Alarm Clock Refuses To Let You Sleep In

Simone Giertz describes herself as a professional maker and robotics enthusiast. She also acknowledges a special expertise in crummy robots. Her latest project is the stuff nightmares are made of. It’s a mechanized alarm clock that uses a fake arm to smack the sleeper awake.

The Wake-Up Machine is a DIY wall-mounted robot that you position above your head. When the alarm goes off, a rubber arm whips around, slapping you until you get up and get out of the way.

Giertz posted a video on November 11 that follows along with the build process. There’s enough information there to get you started on making a robo-alarm of your very own if you already have some maker tendencies.

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Six Tips to Design the Ideal Bedroom for Sleep

Take the time to design a sleep-friendly bedroom environment so that you can wake up each morning feeling refreshed. The National Sleep Foundation has compiled six easy-to-accomplish and cost-free tips to help ensure that your bedroom environment is ideal for sleep.

 

Quick Tips for Organizing Bedrooms

1. Opt for Storage Under the Bed

Get more mileage out of the horizontal space in your bedroom with sliding or rolling under bed storage bins. It’s a great extension of your closet, allowing you to rotate your seasonal items or even store bigger, bulkier items like backpacks, purses and blankets. Plus, the storage hidden if you have a bedskirt. Stick a label on the outside of each container so when you peek under the bed you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at. Short on linen closet space? Another idea is to keep extra sheets for your bed here.

2. Tame the Shoe Pile

One of the quickest fixes to a bedroom closet overrun with shoes is to invest in a shoe rack. “I recommend a rack over a hanging shoe [bag] any day,” says Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out. Bags tend to sag and take up valuable hanging space, which most people can’t afford to give up, says Morgenstern. Plus, an expanding tiered shoe rack below your clothes keeps them accessible and away from dirtying or staining materials. If you have a mountain of shoes, Morgenstern actually says: “Don’t throw anything out! Get all 20 pairs of identical black heels lined up nicely.” If you enjoy abundance, often in about a year you’ll give in to those 20 pairs and be ready to let some go, she says.

3. Get Your Jewelry in Order

If your necklace collection has outgrown its jewelry box, but you don’t have enough for a jewelry armoire, try a hanging organizer. These organizers usually come with or snap onto a hanger and have plenty of clear pockets so nothing gets tangled. Earrings, rings, bracelets and even watches will all have a home here. Added bonus: Having it in your bedroom closet encourages you to wear jewelry more often.

4. Create a Reading Nook

Rescue your reading chair from clothes and magazines by adding proper organization to a bedroom’s reading nook. Next to a comfortable chair, place a side table with drawers and/or shelves to keep piles of books off the floor. Keep one shelf for library books and another for your permanent collections. Magazines are best grouped in a magazine rack. To promote an uncluttered feeling, make sure you have fewer books than fit the space. If you read in bed, try having a small bookcase as your bedside table.

5. Make Your Bed Every Day

Remember when Mom used to force you to make your bed each morning? She was practicing the basic tenet of staying organized. According to Julie Morgenstern, “Don’t think of [organization] as ‘putting things away,’ but think of it as positioning [something] for its next use.” Treat your bed as the sanctuary it is by positioning it for use every day. If you spend three minutes each morning to tuck and fold, you’ll develop a habit of keeping order in the room, which may translate into motivation for picking up the pile of clothes on the floor.

6. Take Proper Care of Specialty Garments

If your closet is a haven for vintage clothing or your wedding dress, take steps to organize them by making sure they’re cared for. Get everything professionally cleaned, then choose hanger or box storage. If hung, get a quality hanger and wrap the dress or garment in muslin. If boxed, make sure the cardboard is acid-free and wrap each fold or crease in the clothing with acid-free tissue paper. Be sure to hang or store out of the way of your regular wardrobe, and check every year for damage.

7. Toy-Proof a Child’s Bedroom

To tidy up toys, purchase some canvas clothes hampers or crunch baskets, like those from the Container Store. They’re soft for your child and great for concealing clutter. Use different sizes for toys, like a smaller one for books and art supplies and a larger one for balls or stuffed animals. Involve your child in the organizing process — you can even turn it into a game — so he or she will be more likely to tidy up after playtime.

This article was originally published by HGTV, you can view the entire article here.

4,271 Bedrooms

Turn your bedroom into a stylish and relaxing escape with design inspiration from our designers and experts.

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How to Design a Bedroom for Better Sleep

The bedroom can serve as a multifunctional room–such as an office, library, or laundry room–but in the end, it is a sanctuary for sleep. This room should be the most luxurious and personal space in any home – a soothing oasis that is conducive to relaxation and comfort. Here are some tips on how you can design your bedroom for better sleep, which should be considered along with color options, styles, and furniture.

1. A good mattress is the key to a good night’s rest.

A good night’s rest may be as simple as getting a new mattress. If your mattress is too lumpy, hard, or soft, it will keep you up all night trying to get comfortable. There are many different types of mattresses, such as pillow, foam, innerspring, adjustable, waterbeds, and airbeds; each type has manufacturers who guarantee comfort and better sleep.

When you shop for a mattress, follow these simple steps:

  • Research extensively, because this is a very important and expensive purchase.
  • Once you have a mattress in mind, test out your mattress. If your mattress has a 30 or 60 day guarantee or your money back, take advantage of it. Also, don’t be afraid to try out a mattress in the store by lying down on it like you would at home.
  • Figure out what size you need (King, Queen, or Full), because this may be the reason you cannot sleep; a small mattress may be your issue, especially if you share a bed.

To determine if you need a new a mattress, these simple guidelines from The Better Sleep Council can help you make that determination.

2. One of the most important conditions needed for sound sleep is darkness.

According to Brandon Peters, M.D. , who is trained in clinical sleep medicine and neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, explains how our mind and body’s natural circadian rhythm lean towards following dark-light cycle. Therefore, the amount of light in your bedroom will affect your sleep.

Our modern lifestyles can disrupt us from dark, calm environments that our bodies need for sleep. These modern devices are digital clocks, televisions, phones, and computers, which can light up your bedroom and interrupt your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. Some solutions you can use in your bedroom are armoires to hide televisions or computers, and vintage open-faced alarm clocks versus bright digital alarm clocks. Remove phones from your bedroom; if it’s important to have a phone in your bedroom, hide it away in a side table drawer.

3. Air temperature can affect your sleep.

If the room is too cold or warm, it too can affect how you sleep at night, according to Ralph Downey III, PhD, Chief of Sleep Medicine at Loma Linda University. A simple solution, which can be tested if you believe this is your issue, is altering your thermostat. Other options you can incorporate in your bedroom to help with room temperature is a ceiling fan, portable heater, or heavy blinds and window treatments, which will help keep the room dark and prevent outside weather conditions from entering your bedroom.

4. Soothing colors and soothing sounds make for a good night’s sleep.

Bright, vibrant colors can be fun, but sometimes it’s best not to use them within a bedroom, especially if you have trouble sleeping. Instead, use calm, soothing colors like muted blues,greens, and pastels, which are more peaceful and calm. If you still would like to incorporate bright colors in your bedroom, use them as accents on your pillows or within artwork.

Besides color, soothing sounds can promote sleep too, such as a babbling brook, soft wind chimes, or crickets’ chirping. You can incorporate these sounds in your room with a CD player or any other electronic device hidden away; if you prefer the real thing, then place a small fountain in your bedroom or hang some wind chimes outside your window.

5. Too much clutter can cause anxiety and lack of sleep.

Too much clutter in your bedroom may cause your sleep deprivation. This is a feng shui no-no and good advice to bear, since too much clutter can cause anxiety and uneasiness in any room. Try to keep your bedroom in order so you’re not worried about tripping over stuff when you get up in the middle of the night or toss-and-turn about cleaning up before you go to sleep. There are several storage options you can use in your bedroom or closet that will tackle the clutter, which are appealing and affordable, too.

One or more of these design tips will help you maintain a sanctuary of sleep and rest in your bedroom. Next step to designing your bedroom is to determine your style, color scheme, and furniture.

 

See the original article from About.com here.

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