You have probably heard those scientific boffin types spouting about how the average person spends about a third of their lives sleeping. Funny thing about that is when most of us have a hard time getting enough sleep that seems laughable, especially is you have a hard time sleeping once you finally do get to end your busy day and head of to bed.

There are a lot of things that can keep you up at night. Caffeine, the pile of bills on the table, your next door neighbor’s habit of reliving their teenage years in the 1980s by playing Motley Crue at full volume at midnight. But what you may not realise is that it may be your bedroom itself that may be keeping you up at night. Here are a few simple tweaks you can make (some might require the help of a good tradesman) to make your bedroom a better place to actually get a good night’s sleep.

Dial the Colour Temperature Down – Something as simple as changing the colour scheme in your bedroom can make for a more restful night. Nice neutrals and pastels are the best choice for bedrooms, and light blues, greys and soft creams work especially well. When you are repainting though make sure that you choose low VOC paint. Too many of those nasty volatile organic chemicals can lead to headaches and aggravate allergies, which is certainly not very conducive to getting a good nights sleep.

De Clutter – A cluttered bedroom does not make for a relaxing bedroom either, it will only keep you up at night feeling guilty about the fact that you should tidy it all up but you really have nowhere to put all that stuff. Why not consider having some custom storage cupboards or a built in wardrobe installed? There are a lot of creative storage out there these days that can give you a lot more storage space without stealing all your floor space.

Get Rid of the Telly – And the computer, and the stereo. Technology has its place, but its not in the bedroom. If you are used to going to bed with the telly playing in the background it may take some getting used to it being gone, but in the long run you will be very glad to have it gone. And there is really no need to check Facebook right before you go to bed either, everyone will still be there in the morning !