Your bedrooms is your sanctuary and especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, it is important to be picky about what you allow into your bedroom. The nightstand is the closest piece of furniture to your bed and it most likely becomes a dumping place for a number of objects. While some of these things can be really helpful and may even make for better rest, others may actually be detrimental to productive sleep.
Here are some helpful suggestions for five items you should definitely keep on your nightstand and five items you could stand to do without.
Items to Keep on Your Nightstand
Alarm Clock: Your cell phone does not count. Buy yourself a real alarm clock that will help wake you up in the morning without being a detriment to your sleep (see below). There are many options from a traditional alarm clock to one that slowly turns on a light and wakes you up gradually. Find one that works for you.
Meaningful Picture: This could be a picture of someone you love, a place that has special meaning to you, or even an inspirational quote. Having such an item at your bedside can make your space feel more like home and help create a calming atmosphere.
Lamp: No nightstand is complete without a lamp. Exposure to light can have a negative effect on our sleep patterns, so having a smaller light next to your bed can help you decrease the light intensity in your room and better prepare you for sleep.
Journal: This can be a dream journal, a gratitude journal, a general account of day to day occurrences, or a place to jot down ideas. Keeping a journal can be a great stress relieving activity and your bed may be the perfect place to relax while writing.
Moisturizers: Especially if you live in a dry climate, you know the agony of waking up in the middle of the night with dry skin or lips. Keep some lotion and your favorite lip balm on your nightstand to have easy access with middle of the night dry skin needs. This will make it so you can quickly apply what you need and go back to sleep without walking around and waking yourself up even more in the process.
Items to AVOID on Your Nightstand
Electronics: We have heard it all before, but remember to keep your phone, tablets, computers, and other electronic gadgets away from your bedside. The blue glow of these technologies has been shown to negatively affect sleep. If your phone is charging across the room, turn it face down, or cover it so the notification light does not disturb your sleep.
Candle: While other sources of light are most definitely recommended for the nightstand, a lit candle can pose a hazard. Accidentally dozing off while the candle burns or the potential of knocking it over and causing not only damage, but danger as well makes having a candle on your nightstand far from worth the risk.
Snacks: Late night munchies are a common phenomenon, but eating too close to bedtime is likely to negatively affect your sleep (not to mention your waistline!). Instead, consider keeping a glass or bottle of water on a coaster on your nightstand. Most people do not drink enough water and often confuse thirst with hunger. The close proximity of the water can help satisfy your craving while allowing you to sleep well.
Books or Puzzles: Many people like to read in bed before going to sleep or complete a puzzle from the newspaper. However, studies have shown doing things that stimulate your mind close to bedtime can make it harder for you to fall asleep and maintain restful slumber.
General Clutter: Flat spaces, such as a nightstand, are more likely to collect clutter and can quickly pile up with items you don’t need or that need to be put away. Take some time to minimize the things you allow on your nightstand. Your room should be your sanctuary and decreasing clutter can add to that calming feeling.
If you do not have a nightstand, but have been wanting one, there are many styles available as shown here. Don’t be afraid to mix and match tables in one room. Just make sure they are roughly the same size. Mixing things up can add a little extra character to your bedroom.
As with many things in life, a nightstand can be used to improve your life, or can add additional stress. It all depends on how you choose to use it!
Author: Alyssa Craig
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Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and reality optimist. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, and I hope while you’re here you’ll find something that makes your #momlife easier!