Things You Shouldn’t Do in the Bedroom

by Shari Smith
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Could you use a good night’s sleep? Every night? Try to avoid doing these things in the bedroom if you want to improve the quality of your sleep.

Before the cheesy soundtrack of 70’s music with scantily-clad actors starts playing in your mind, I’m talking about what not to do in the bedroom if you want a restful, good night’s sleep. Don’t try this at home:

1. Set up a workstation in your bedroom.

Seriously, keep the office outside the bedroom, even if you’re working from home and have to set up each day on the kitchen table.

Worrying about deadlines or important meetings will keep you up all night and not in a good way. Think crisp, cool sheets instead of spreadsheets.

2. Bring your computer to bed with you.

Engaging in even “fun” activities on your computer stimulates your brain, which is about the last thing you want to be stimulated in the bedroom.

3. Hook up a nice big television.

Actually, nothing kills a restful mood faster than a loud laugh track, blaring car chases, or long, drawn-out goodbye scenes from the latest Lifetime movie of the week.

Keep the TV in the family room or living room.

4. Watch the news right before bed to keep current on the day’s happenings.

There’s a good chance that the day’s news will concern or agitate you. It’s better to catch up on the news in the morning when you are well-rested and ready to face the day.

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5. Tune in to infomercials to bring on that sleepy-time feeling.

Turn it off! Although they are repetitive and seem to go on forever, infomercials create an urgency to buy something or a desire for something you didn’t even know existed, but now you just have to have it.

6. Keep arguing with your spouse even after the lights go out.

The old saying, “Never go to bed angry,” holds true today.

Don’t lay there and think of what you should have said. Hurt and angry feelings can fester all night, nixing any hope of relaxed slumber. Work things out or call a truce before banishing anyone to the lumpy old couch in the basement.

7. Turn up the heat so you’re toasty warm and snuggly.

It is better to keep the bedroom cooler, not only so your spouse doesn’t drown in sweat but also because you sleep better when it is cool. (See 12 Frugal Home Winterization Tips.)

8. Keeping tip #7 in mind, blast the air conditioner.

This isn’t good either because your teeth chattering and shivering hard enough to shake the bed is not conducive to slumber. Keep it comfortable for both people with various sheets, blankets, quilts, and maybe a personal fan. (See Cooling Your Home Without Cranking Up the A/C.)

9. Drink lots of coffee, alcohol, or water right before bed to stay hydrated through the night.

You probably already know that caffeine and alcohol disrupt sleep, and too much water just increases your trips to the bathroom. Make your bedroom a liquid-free zone.

10. Don’t worry about decorating in the bedroom.

After all, no one really sees it, right? Wrong! You can create a restful retreat with your paint color choice. Even matching the curtains to your bedding enhances the décor and makes the room someplace you want to be. Keep clutter contained so it will be a pleasure to go to bed, not a chore waiting to be done.

Our bedrooms should be a place to unwind from the day’s stresses, let go of our worries, and relax in a comforting oasis of calm. So I hope you take these tips to heart and don’t do these things in the bedroom.

Reviewed February 2024

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