Moving to a new home is a joyful event.
However, in some cases, this joy can be mixed with anxiety about how to quickly settle in a new environment.
And anxiety always comes with insomnia.
Want to learn how to deal with this move easily? I am here to help you!
These simple tips will make your sleep significantly better in no time!
Start with Routine Reorganization
The reason for anxious sleep after moving to a new house is simple: you haven’t adapted to a new environment yet.
But there are a few simple solutions to that:
- Explore the surroundings
It is unlikely that you will go out somewhere in the first couple of days, as you need time to unbox and arrange your things, but set out to explore the neighborhood right after you’re done. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the environment. Plus, a short walk will be a great way to do some moderate physical activity before sleep. According to studies, this can improve the quality and duration of your sleep, which is exactly what you need in your new home.
- Dedicate some time to know your neighbors
Getting to know the people who live near you is one of the best ways to settle down and make contacts, especially if you have moved to a new city and have no friends.
- Decorate your rooms
Sometimes, moving to a new house can feel like you’re losing control over things.
To regain this control, decorate the rooms the way you want it.
Buying a picture, creating a photo wall, or adding other cozy details around the rooms will help establish emotional associations and get you to feel the new home like it’s all yours.
- Come back to the schedule
Another working way to overcome anxiety and improve sleep is to return to the routine you had before the relocation.
Or, at least to make it as close as possible to the way you used to live.
“Our brain quickly gets used to new patterns and creates associations. So, if you return to the familiar schedule, you can regain the feeling of comfort and coziness (and hence improve your sleep).”
Sleep-Friendly Bedroom Tips
A bedroom is a place that should relax you and set you to sleep, so it requires special attention.
Here are a few things you can do to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly.
Buy a New Mattress
I think that moving to a new home is a great time to change your bed for a new one. A more suitable mattress will help you get the needed relaxation and give you rejuvenating sleep.
But what defines suitable?
Well, a suitable mattress is the one that matches your sleeping needs. That’s why it’s important to do research before buying and find the optimal mattress size and characteristics for your body. Plus, if you have any health problems – back pain, sleep apnea, or allergies – take them into consideration too.
With such a wide variety of options on the market today.
Remove the Unwanted Noise
A new location means a new background noise. Which, in some cases, can significantly disrupt your sleep.
So, how do you deal with this?
If there is no possibility to soundproof the whole house or at least the windows, you may start working on eradicating the noise from the inside of your bedroom:
- Use a white noise generator. According to studies, the frequency of white noise allows you to absorb the background sounds, helping you fall asleep more easily and stay asleep for longer.
- Turn on calming music. Soothing ambient sounds will help you relax and fall asleep quicker.
- Rearrange the furniture. If the source of the noise is outside, the most obvious solution would be to move the bed away from the window.
“If none of this works, good old headphones or earplugs can always help. Just be sure to choose the model that will not fall out of your ears during sleep.”
Add Some Comfort
The following tips can also aid in turning your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary:
- calm colors
Paint the room in calm and relaxing colors. Studies show, that the most calming colors are the earthy and natural shades of beige, white, yellow, brown, and green.
“Be sure to do this right after you move in, so the smell won’t become another distracting factor for your sleep. Also, painting the room may be one more way to regain your control over things.”
Blackout curtains kill two birds with one stone: they partially block the noise coming from the street and they don’t allow the sunlight to get into the room. The last point is crucial for those who have bedroom windows facing the east.
- familiar things
Yes, we’re returning to associations again. Decorating the bedroom with your favorite things, such as furniture or framed photos, will bring the feeling of a familiar place to a new bedroom and thus relieve anxiety.
Enjoy the Little Things
We all know that small things can significantly affect mood.
So, why not dedicate some time to yourself and do your favorite things or pleasant rituals that relax and set you up for a nice evening and a peaceful night afterward.
I suggest trying the following options:
It is no secret that some essential oils have relaxing properties. In order to get good sleep, try to fill your bedroom air with the following aromatics:
You can also come up with your own soothing mix by using several essential oils at once. Or, buy pre-made blends for relaxation and tranquility.
“Do your aromatherapy sessions right before going to bed. You can also combine them with your other evening routines, such as reading or showering.”
In addition to inhaling herbal extracts, you can also drink them.
Herbal teas are known for being effective when it comes to falling asleep, and they have a longer lasting effect than aromatherapy infusions.
Chamomile, passion flower, St. John’s wort, lemon balm, and other herbs are proven remedies that can help you immerse your mind in a state of calm so that you could get some good sleep.
“Be sure to consult your therapist before drinking herbal teas, especially if you are taking medications at the moment.”
The idea behind light therapy is to use high-luminosity lamps that mimic natural sunlight. This kind of impact may help you restore your sleep in the following ways:
- it will synchronize your circadian rhythms with the needed day and night cycle, which might be particularly helpful if you have moved to a different timezone;
- it will relieve excessive anxiety and mood swings, which is especially critical for residents of the northern regions who do not get enough sunlight;
- it will help you sleep better if you’re working at night shifts.
“You can buy this lamp and customize it yourself in accordance with your schedule.”
Moving to a new home, despite all the anxieties it comes with, is not a reason to lose healthy sleep. I hope these tips will help you quickly adapt to a new place and get a maximum of positive emotions from it.