Clear your mind and get a good night’s rest with a clean and organized bedside table.
We’ve gathered experts’ advice on what you need on your bedside table for a restful sleep.
For a well-balanced nightstand, outfit your bedside with a lamp that has a yellow-based light. A good book to read will help your mind slow down and calm your eyes from staring at screens all day. Experts recommend reading books that aren’t too thrilling or engrossing, which will also keep you up later than you’d like.
Keep hydrated with a glass of water next to your bed. Keeping water close will prevent you from heading to the kitchen, where late-night snack temptations exist.
A pen and paper are essential for any last-minute ideas for tasks and thoughts you have.
An alarm clock separate from your phone will wake you up on time without having your phone screen be the first thing you look at in the morning.
Keep a small jewelry dish or tray on your nightstand for any rings, bracelets or earrings.
A storage basket underneath the nightstand, or a nightstand with drawers, is key for keeping too much clutter from piling onto the tabletop.
A small tray or basket for hand cream or a calming lavender spray is a necessity for keeping skin hydrated throughout the evening. Keep your lip balm nearby, too.
Scents and Sounds
Just as the smell of coffee helps you wake up in the morning, so too do certain scents help you fall asleep at night.
Lavender, vanilla and jasmine are experts’ recommendations to calm the body and mind. Burn the scents through your favorite candles or essential oil diffusers.
If ambient noise is a distracting factor for you, drown them away with a sound machine evoking dreamy beach waves or a rainstorm.
Add small plants, such as succulents, or a floral bud vase, to bring a little life and color to your bedside table.