As a devotee of the Danish art of “hygge,” I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes a space “cozy.” And since I go hard when I’m out working or playing out of the home, I especially want to be able to come back to a warm and cozy bed at the end of the day.
Here are a few things I’ve been turning to lately to make bedtime better:
1. A good window view (and blinds)
From my bed I can look out onto the city and the train tracks and the road. It’s an impressive view. It helps me want to wake up in the morning and (perhaps ironically, perhaps with blinds) helps to get me ready for sleep.
2. Nice-smelling plants
Every now and then I’ll sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on my bed comforter and pillows. Lavender is supposed to calm you down, but I can at least confirm that it smells nice. Little perqs like that make sleeping in a bed more pleasant.
While I do love my fake fireplace, there’s nothing like the sound and dancing light of real flame to lull you to sleep – or to guide your way to the bathroom when you wake.
4. Falling water
My family sometimes visits an old cabin in western North Caroline situated by a roaring stream. I always sleep so well there with that dull roar. Fortunately, Spotify has lots of white noise tracks, so I recreate that stream’s noise, or the noise of rain on a tin roof, or the noise of gentle rain.