Get Better Sleep

Satisfy Your Senses with the Ideal Sleeping Space

Written by Greystar
Edited by Greystar
Lifestyle May 24, 2016

Do you dread the sound of your alarm clock each morning? You’re not alone. We have all felt the crippling effects of little sleep at some point or another. However, there are some simple steps you can take to make your bedroom more conducive to a restful night’s sleep.

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we’ve created a useful guide to satisfy all of your senses. Find better ways to wind down and create the perfect place to dream in your apartment home.


smartphone in bed

What we expose our eyes to — and therefore our brains as well — can have a significant impact on our moods before bedtime. Studies show that blue wavelengths, which boost attention during the day, are disruptive during the night and can hinder the production of melatonin in the body. So, if you need a nightlight, it’s better to choose one that emits wavelengths from the red end of the spectrum. Your best bet, however, is investing in quality curtains that block all outside light.

So why else does this matter? Because the devices we constantly carry emit blue light. Staring at a screen, whether that be on a phone, laptop or television, before bed can greatly increase how long it takes you to fall asleep. While it may not sound practical, leaving your phone in another room and investing in an actual alarm clock can make a world of difference – and might motivate you to hop out of bed in the morning to go get your phone!


When we slip into bed, we often become even more aware of the sounds around us and can easily be distracted by the slightest noise. A popular solution to this common issue is the use of white noise machines, which work to mask out other sounds from inside and outside of your bedroom to help you fall asleep and – just as importantly – keep you asleep. There are an array of sleep sound machines that produce not only white noise but also relaxing nature sounds.


sleep aromas

Certain smells are known to have a calming effect. Aroma Web lists lavender oil as one of the top choices for bedtime aromatherapy, and there are a variety of other essential oils and linen sprays available to help you fall asleep faster.

Purchasing specific plants is also a simple way to create a serene setting while also naturally cleaning the air in your bedroom. Aloe Vera and English ivy are known for their ability to improve air quality, while lavender and jasmine plants may help reduce stress as you wind down for the day.


bedroom sheets

Bedroom at ALARA Uptown in Dallas, TX

Of all of the places in an apartment, your bedroom should be the ultimate source of comfort. From the rug beneath your feet and mattress on your bed to even the way the room is arranged, all of the details matter.

  • Finding the perfect mattress: The market for mattresses is brimming with options. Take this helpful quiz to better navigate available choices, and be sure to check out affordable yet high-quality mattresses from innovate companies such as Casper or Tuft&Needle.
  • Ideal arrangements: It’s important to arrange your room in way that is conducive to rest. For example, if possible, avoid setting up a workspace in your bedroom and leave all work outside of the room. Also, if you are sharing the bed, make sure to leave enough space on either side so each person has plenty of room to silently slip out if he or she needs to go to the bathroom.
  • Adjusting the thermostat: Uncomfortable temperatures can cause problems with insomnia or waking up in the middle of the night.  Experts suggest keeping the temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit in the room where slumbering occurs.


We’re not talking about taste buds – think design taste. From flowers and photos to books and music, fill your room with things that make you happy and relaxed. Whether you’re a fan of warm colors or wood furnishings, pick statement pieces that really speak to you. However, be careful not to clutter the space with distractions.

Of course, having the perfect place to call home can satisfy all of your senses and make sleeping peaceful. If you’re searching for an apartment, contact our team today to find a Greystar community that caters to your unique interests.

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