How to Design Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep
Sleep is a vital part of
everybody’s life. After a long day’s work, all we think about is relaxation,
and for most, sleep does the trick. For this reason, it is more critical that
you have the best environment to lay your head and recover the lost energy.
This is why it is mandatory to create that environment for ourselves by making
sure the bedroom provides a suitable ambiance through the following ways:
1. Choose the Appropriate Colors
It is advisable to
choose warm neutral colors such as warm shades of blue, green, and yellow,
among others. They are considered stress-relieving and are capable of lowering
blood pressure and heart rate. Consequently, a good night’s sleep.
Colors such as purple
and red are the least appropriate for the bedroom. In addition to this, it is
advisable to avoid dark colors and glossy finishes. Instead, one should go for
flat paint finishes as they tend to be softer.
2. Get a Good Mattress
The mattress that you
sleep on could be the cause of your sleep troubles. It is essential to invest
in a mattress that provides a fair balance between comfort and support. Studies
show that when one has the wrong mattress, it may take them a lot longer to
fall asleep; thus, before purchasing a mattress, one should research the
different varieties available in the market. While at it, consider size as a
factor. The mattress you sleep on should provide adequate room for you to move
freely without fear of falling off in the night.
3. Choose the Right Bedding
Aside from a good
mattress, good bedding is a significant factor to consider when you are looking
to better your sleep. Some may prefer white-colored sheets, and others may not.
Either way, keep the colors warm, just like the walls. Choose soft fabric such
as silk and cotton and, even more importantly, cozy pillows. Go for fiber
pillows and duvets as they tend to be light and warm. We may assume that heavy
duvets or blankets are the best sources of warmth. However, sometimes they may
only make you feel confined and thus trigger anxiety, which affects
4. Hide Electronics
appliances have become part and parcel of the human race; therefore, It is
almost impossible to keep them away from the bedroom. However, as much as we need
them, they may become a nuisance for good sleep. Devices in the room tend to be
distracting due to their light. We can put them away instead, by hiding them in
cabinets or armoires. This eases the effect these devices may have on us.
5. Keep it Clutter-Free
It is vital to
understand the bedroom is meant for sleep and general relaxation; thus,
anything else only tends to make it hard for these two activities to take
place. Avoid unnecessary items in the room. If it is not related to sleep, it
should go. Dirty laundry, work out equipment, bills, shoes, books, among
others, only bring chaos into the room. Clutter triggers stress and anxiety,
making it difficult to get quality sleep. Keep it as minimal as possible.
6. Keep the Room as Quiet as Possible
For some people, the
slightest sound completely disrupts their sleep. There is, therefore, a need to
minimize any chance of noise, especially when sharing a room with someone else.
The last thing we want is to be woken up in the middle of the night by a roommate
going to the washroom or going to grab a glass of water. We can use carpets and
bedside mats made of very soft material such as wool and fur.
We can also avoid cases
of sound from things dropping at night by placing items such as bedside lamps
and books at safe distances.
7. Block out Natural Light
It is impossible for
most to sleep in a well-lit room; thus, the bedroom should be as dark as
possible. While designing a house, some of the mistakes people make are putting
many windows, especially for big rooms. Windows are aesthetically soothing in
bedrooms as they bring in the natural light and give us the perfect views.
However, this may be a pricey compromise on sleep as even at night, windows
will still let in light from street lights or passing vehicles. In this case,
window treatments come in handy. Use blackout shades to block out any
unnecessary light. Another option is to customize window treatments
professionally to fit your windows perfectly.
8. Change Your Bedding as Often as Possible
Even in sleep,
cleanliness is still mandatory. How often do you change your bedding? Maybe you
did not think it matters as much but, dirty bedding only reduces the quality of
sleep. Buy quality comforters and keep them clean
When we sleep, we
excrete sweat, which builds up on the bedding. Our brains work better in clean
and organized environments. This goes on even in our sleep as the dirt may only
trigger stress on the mind rather than allow it to relax.
9. Set the Right Temperature in Your Bedroom
The temperature of the
bedroom should be at an optimal level—not too hot and not too cold. Invest in
the best humidifier also to help circulate
the air and help maintain the levels of moisture in the room. Not all people
may afford to get smart heating controls. However, this takes us back to the
right bedding. You may need to change the duvet you use in the winter when it
is summer for obvious reasons. Alternatively, bedding with natural fiber
fillings may work best as they are better at thermoregulation.
10. Embrace Nature in the Room
This is, however, not
the case for all plants. Particular plants regulate humidity and contain air-purification
qualities. Fresh air is not stress relieving, but also boosts your mood.
Keeping plants is, however, not advisable for small rooms, and there should be
as few as possible.
A good night’s sleep is
the root to a good day and a brilliant mind; thus, every person should only
look to improve the quality of their sleep using the simple methods discussed