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7 Tips to Make Your Home More Appealing to Visitors

7 Tips to Make Your Home More Appealing to Visitors

An inviting home will beckon visitors and will linger in their minds long after they have left. It will make their stay enjoyable and memorable, while helping them to feel at home. When your home becomes inviting to guests, it will also be more inviting to you – making it a happy place to be.

1. Use Colors to Pull Eyes Inward

Consider what the guest will see first in your space, and then pay close mind to designing the point that is farthest from that view. This could mean boldly painting the wall farthest in front of the front door, adding fun lighting or a piece of art, or really anything else that will catch attention. Having this type of feature will pull your guests into and through the time, to create the feeling that they would like to stay for a while and get to know your space.

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2. The Front Door Should Invite Guests In

This is your curb appeal, and don’t underestimate it. If your old mat is well used, opt for a new and bright welcome mat, and a cute sign by the door. On the inside, place a large green leafy plant by the door if you have the room. Bringing the outside in is an instant way to spread inviting vibes through the home.

3. Furniture Should Be Easy to Navigate

When you are alone in your home, you may not be averse to moving a chair in order to navigate around a table, but guests will feel uneasy in an area in which they are not sure how to traverse. This is a common theme in smaller homes. Navigating from the front door to the sitting area to the kitchen and to the bathroom should not be met with any hindrance. Rethink oversized furniture in a small space, your home should not double as an obstacle course.

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4. A Personalized Piece of Furniture

This is something to be done if most of your furniture has been purchased from a large retailer. Personalizing a piece of furniture will make your house feel more like a home. It will bring your personality into the room and will no doubt be a conversation piece for your guests, making them want to stay for a while.

5. Unique Design Details

A space that feels like you is full of small details that show your personality. Even small details will make the space feel full and sophisticated. Decorative concrete is a great DIY to personalize a space. It is durable, versatile, long lasting, and easy to maintain. Decorative concrete can be used in any space, so don’t feel limited to just the inside.

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6. Have an Inviting Smell

Inviting smells or neutral smells are the way to go – just don’t have any bad smells. Remove any obvious culprits like dirty laundry, rotting fruit, and the like. Dirty dishes and a garbage disposal are a few likely culprits as well. Don’t just cover the odors, remove them and then replace them with something like a fragrant plant or candle.

7. Keep a Tidy Bathroom

A bathroom should be clean, and it should smell good with a subtle air freshener. There should be plenty of toilet paper and a hand towel for guests to dry their hands. Plenty of soap should be available for the duration of the time guests will be around. There should also be a garbage can with a bag in it for any female sanitary items that need to be thrown away – a lot of single men overlook this detail and it can make for a quite uncomfortable lady friend.

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Having a home that is appealing to visitors will make you less anxious about having company, allowing you to relax and fully enjoy their presence. Your home doesn’t have to be sterile, it just needs to be inviting and have the small details needed to bring your guests in, both literally and figuratively.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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