GET YOUR ZZZ'S
Thursday Jul 11th, 2019
How to Design Your Bedroom For a Better Sleep Despite what you may think, your bedroom design has a huge effect on the quality of sleep that you are getting. Many tend to ignore and overlook their bedroom decor because of the fact that it is a private space designated for themselves, yet that should be the very reason to give it attention in the first place. It should be a space conducive to relaxation, a place that you want to escape to at the end of the day and feel at peace. The truth is, very few actually feel this way about their bedrooms so we have come up with a few design tips on how best to design your bedroom in order to ensure a better sleep. Include Soothing Colours Time and time again colour psychology has proven that different colours can bring about certain moods and feelings, making your choice of colour in your bedroom very significant. When it comes to designing a space that is meant to encourage a good sleep, it has been discovered that the best colours to include are blue, yellow, green, silver and orange. The trick with any colour used in the bedroom is to use them in a soft and subtle way as bright colours are said to increase energy in a room, making it difficult to relax. Install Window Coverings Most people tend to find it easier to fall asleep in a really dark room, so it is important to find blinds or curtains that are capable of shutting out all of the light outside of your home. In addition to it being a huge annoyance, exposure to light has a way of interfering with the secretion of your melatonin, a hormone produced by your body that helps to control your natural sleep and wake cycles. Reconsider Your Bed Placement The bed tends to be the most important aspect in your bedroom, as well as the focal point. Although not all bedroom spaces are conducive of such a thing, design psychologist Dr. Sally Augustin claims that “placing our bed against a wall where we have a clear view of the door and, if it’s feasible, the window can make us feel safer and alleviate worry that prevents complete relaxation.” Make sure that you can find a space where your bed looks good, and where you can feel good in it. Feel Out Your Flooring It is recommended that you place a comfy area rug beside your bed as it gives the space a particularly cozy feel. Certain materials are more desirable for this space such as a wool blend, shag, or even faux fur. When it comes to the surrounding floor, it is advised that you stick with wood or some other similar material as wall to wall carpeting has a way of trapping many types of allergens that are hard to remove and can affect your ability to sleep. Ban Clutter It’s a fact, no one can fully feel relaxed when clutter has completely taken over your room. Nightstands, desks, and stand alone chairs/couches tend to be where we allow for clutter to build up, so pay extra attention to these spaces, cleaning them regularly. If you find that you are having a hard time managing all of your belongings in such a tiny amount of space, there are so many options for nice and affordable storage solutions to purchase and install. Eliminate Electronics You have been in front of screen all day long, so make your bedroom a space where you can completely unplug. When it is time to go to sleep, stash your cell phone completely out of reach so that you will not be tempted to check it if you are having trouble falling asleep. Attempt to keep the television out of the room, as it will just serve as a distraction from your beauty rest. If that is too much to ask, think of adding some sort of sliding door to your built-ins to keep the screen out of reach and out of mind. Alter the Lighting There are certain rooms in your house where bright lighting is hugely important, but this is not one of them. Include lower wattage lighting in your bedroom offers gentle and soothing lighting that encourages sleep. If you are one to read a chapter or two of your book before bed, install a reading lamp on your bedside table to aid your eyes. Adding a dimmer to your light switches is also another way to install ambient lighting within the space. Add Some White Noise If you live off of a busy road or need absolute silence to get any sort of sleep, look into installing something that will create white noise. Things like ceiling fans, air conditioners, and air purifiers are all great additions to any room because of the jobs they perform, but they also can help you tune out all background noise and ensure a good night sleep.