Over the years it has become clear that there is more to sleep than just closing your eyes. Your bedroom is meant to be your sanctuary where you can relax and get an amazing night’s rest. When you walk in or simply think about your bedroom, it should make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Taking care of your sleep environment and putting thought into its look and feel is important, and could help you welcome more restful nights.

Your room should be a haven for sleep, free of distractions. Start by de-cluttering your room and creating a clean and relatively ordered space, unsurprisingly, piles of unsorted papers could make you anxious or restless. Arrange your furniture in a way that feels natural and visually pleasing to you.

For both work and entertainment, technology use is increasingly popular, and the evening hours are no different. Scientists are now finding that light from electronics has the potential to disrupt sleep because it sends alerting signals to the brain. The circadian rhythm seems to be especially sensitive to light with short wavelengths, in particular, blue light in the 460-nanometer range of the electromagnetic spectrum. This light, which is given off by electronics like computers and cell phones, and also by energy-efficient bulbs, has been shown to delay the release of melatonin. In other words, electronics could keep you feeling charged past bedtime.Try to keep computers and TVs out of your room.

You can make use of the body's light sensitivity to get better sleep. Survey your room for any sources of artificial light, for example, streetlamps or porch lights, or even the glow from the power buttons of electronics like TV's or bright alarm clocks. Consider blocking these to make the room completely dark while you sleep for higher quality sleep.

To help create your sanctuary choose wall colours that elicit warmth and calm. Although researchers have studied the psychology of colour and some believe that certain hues affect our mood (for example, red being stimulating), no one knows your colour-feeling connections better than you do. Pick colours, artwork, blankets, and so forth that are soothing to you.