10 Surprising Things You'll Find In This Wellness Expert's Bedroom

Written by Nikki Sharp

Photo by Tamara Muth-King

We all know that sleep is essential to our health, but according to the Harvard Business Review, your quality of sleep is actually more important than the food you eat!

I used to be that person who woke up every morning feeling super sluggish and resigned to gulping down coffee to get through my days. It took me a while to realize that this wasn’t normal. Restless nights meant weight gain, fatigue, dull skin, and an all-around lack of motivation to make healthy choices. My lack of sleep was holding me back from my wellness goals.

If you are reading and nodding your head, rest assured (pun intended) that you can get back on track by making a few simple tweaks to your bedroom. Here are 10 things I’ve added to mine that help me get quality shut-eye after seven years of insomnia:

1. My natural memory foam mattress from Essentia.

Photo: Tamara Muth-King

If you’ve ever tried a memory foam mattress, topper, or even pillow for that matter, you know magical they are. However, most are made with a ton of chemicals you probably don’t want to be sleeping on every night. I can confidently say I will never go back to another mattress after trying Essentia’s natural memory foam version. It’s so soft, and I know that it’s good for my body—and the environment.

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2. A soothing color scheme.

My room is entirely blue and white: the sheets, the walls, the furniture. I’ve found that hues of blue create a calm, cozy, romantic vibe. Plus, the color has actually been shown to reduce blood pressure and soothe stress. Pairing it with a neutral white has helped me feel energized in the morning and super relaxed at night.

3. Plenty of empty space.

The more "stuff" in your room, the quicker it will feel messy, which can send the mind into chaos mode. On a psychological level, clutter creates distraction, overwhelms our senses, and causes anxiety. Keep the bedroom minimal!

4. Essential oil diffuser.

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I fill my diffuser with a blend of relaxing lavender and tea tree oil, which is highly antibacterial. Clear air mixed with delicious smells? The perfect way to fall asleep.

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5. A salt lamp.

The soft orange light of a salt lamp can help those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder by boosting mood and energy levels.

6. Some furry friends.

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I’ve had my stuffed dog since the day I was born, and my little family has grown since then. This includes Bear, Panda, and Fluffy. Always sleeping with my stuffed animals brings me peace and the feeling of home, wherever in the world I may be.

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7. Books, books, and more books.

Right before bed, I’ll write down a few things I’m grateful for and then immediately pull out a book. This forces me to get off my phone, reflect on the day, and break through racing thoughts before going to sleep.

8. A Zen den.

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I recently designated a corner of my room for meditation, and it has made it much easier to remember to get my 20-minute practice in every day. Science says that a meditation routine can alleviate depression, ease anxiety, and reduce blood pressure. I simply set up a place to sit and close my eyes to some relaxing music. I also placed a journal there for getting any insights that come up onto the page.

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9. No TV.

I don't know about you, but if there’s a phone, TV, or computer in front of me, I’m probably staring at it. The blue light from electronics disrupts your circadian rhythm and will make it harder to fall asleep, even if you’re only checking it for a few minutes. This means no frantically looking at phone if you can’t sleep!

10. High-vibe knickknacks.

Photo: Tamara Muth-King

I keep items like crystals, souvenirs, sage, and palo santo next to my meditation corner. They all have a special meaning to me. My dad gave me the little Ganesh years ago, for prosperity, success, and protection. I light sage and palo santo every morning to clear the energy in my room and bring good vibes into my space. I have many different types of crystals, depending on what I’m feeling that day.

Getting good sleep doesn’t have to be so hard! Simply start with what you are sleeping on and go from there. Use a natural mattress like Essentia, clear your space of electronics, and bring in calming colors and accessories. You’ve got this!

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