There are few things as irritating as waking up from deep sleep and needing to get out of bed for something. You struggle to open your eyes fully, stumble along the hallway, hit your knee on a piece of furniture. By now, you are awake and don’t know what to do with yourself!
Now imagine a different situation where you never had to get out of bed in the first place. Not until your alarm went off, that is!
Keep these 5 must-have bedside essentials on your side table (or by your bed) and sleep better through the night.
If you are trying to build a healthy sleep schedule, then keeping your phone out of arm’s reach is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Don’t rely on your phone’s flashlight to show you the way should you need to quickly illuminate your room. Some manufacturers such as Fenix, make different types of flashlights and headlamps. We recommend keeping a small everyday carry or keychain flashlight next to your bed. Fenix flashlights are also rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries.
This will come in handy when you need to turn on the light but don’t want to wake your partner, or if your dog wants to step out but you don’t want to turn on all the lights in the room and house. A flashlight is also a useful tool to have on hand should the electricity go out.
If there is one place in your house that you should try to keep as organized as possible, it is your bedroom. After all, that is your place of relaxation and chaos is the opposite of relaxation.
If you are low on space, or just want to utilize your floor space efficiently, you may want to consider getting a bedside caddy that can be clipped or hung by your bedside. These compartmentalized holders are great to keep everything you need in one place. Keep your room organized while also ensuring you have everything you need within arm’s length.
Sunrise Alarm Clock
As our digital devices continue to tighten their hold over our sleep schedules, it is important we take charge of our lives. If you find it difficult to wake up in the morning, consider investing in a sunrise alarm clock.
This gadget uses light to wake you up in the morning, which at the face of it seems like it will be extremely irritating. However, our bodies are designed to wake up with sunlight. Look for a sunrise alarm clock that offers multiple options of light colors you can choose from. If you are willing to invest more money to ensure you get better sleep and wake up brighter, you can also consider sunrise alarm clocks that can be customized to emit bird calls.
A Notepad and Pen
If your best place to come up with ideas is your shower, what is the second-best place? We say, it’s the bed! How many times have you turned in for the night only to have a great idea that you just have to write down? Often, right? Don’t let your ideas disappear into dreamland.
Keep a small notebook and pen in your bedside table drawer or caddy and jot down your thoughts without getting off the bed.
This is also a great way to journal your dreams when your mind is fresh in the morning.
These bedside essentials will ensure that you meet the day fully-rested and prepared.