As much as sleep is important for us, many of us don’t get enough of it or at least don’t have quality sleep.
Your bedroom can have some effect on that because our body and brain are dependable on what is surrounding them.
Designing your bedroom so that it enhances quality sleep is how you will improve the quality of your life and get the rest you need each night.
1. Get rid of electronics
Electronics such as TV, laptop, and mobile phones are bad for your sleep for two reasons.
First, they are too distracting, preventing you to relax because they make your mind working. Second, their blue light can affect your sleep.
So, the best would be to not have any electronics or cable boxes in the bedroom. Still, it’s a bit unrealistic, so you can add an armoire or a cabinet in the bedroom in which you can hide the electronics. You could even install a drop-down or pop-up television lift.
2. Remove clutter
Clutter inside any room brings restlessness, and in the bedroom, it can prevent you from falling asleep.
According to feng shui, clutter can bring anxiety in the bedroom, but let’s also think about the practical issues – you could easily trip over stuff on your floor.
Various storage options offer you possibilities that can match any style. From shelves, wardrobes, and decorative boxes to chest of drawers – it’s up to you to fit the right storage options inside your bedroom and make it neat and tidy for a good-night sleep.
3. A good mattress
If you have trouble falling asleep, maybe your mattress is the problem. It could be too soft or too hard, or even lumpy – whatever it is, it may be too uncomfortable to fall asleep easily.
There are various types of mattresses – innerspring, foam, pillow mattresses – it’s a matter of personal preference. Try several of them out and see what you like – many mattresses can be testes for 30 or 60 days, which is important because sometimes you need more time to see if it works for you.
4. Enter the darkness
The pre-requisite of sound sleep is a dark room. Our mind and body’s natural circadian rhythm is dependent on the dark-light circle, so it matters how much light there is in the bedroom when you’re off to sleep.
This is one of the reasons why electronics should not be in the bedroom- they give off too much light and can even wake you up from your REM sleep.
Make sure your curtains are long and thick enough to block the street lights from coming in. If you don’t like curtains, there are various types of blinds to choose from so that they provide you with darkness when you need it but still allow the fresh air to come in.
Also, if you like reading before going to bed (which is great, as it calms your mind), then, obviously, you need some light in the bedroom. Table lamps are the best choice here – they don’t provide too bright light like the ceiling lighting and they are sufficient to enable you to read in the bed.
5. Nice and comfy bedding
White bedding is often associated with cleanliness, comfort, and luxury, so it’s no wonder why crawling under the white sheets can make you fall asleep fast.
However, some believe that white bedding can interrupt your sleep because it reflects the light. Light makes our bodies produce less or even stop melatonin, which is responsible for regulating our sleep pattern.
Also, if you buy a thread count over 400, its density could trap body heat, which could keep you awake at night. If you are often hot, then maybe you should consider getting silk sheets that allow your skin to breathe.
6. Bring in nature
Bringing plants inside the bedroom could help you sleep – they don’t just make the room prettier and livelier. Some plants are great at regulating humidity in the air, and they also purify the air. However, there’s also the aspect of reducing anxiety – plants put us in a good, relaxing mood, which is an important condition for quality sleep.
7. Choose calming colours
We all know the effects colours have on our mood. So, it’s only understandable why we would also pay attention to the colours we introduce in our bedrooms.
The red colour and those similar to it, like dark purple, can disrupt your sleep pattern – red makes us alert and sometimes even aggressive, which is not a colour you want in a place of relaxation.
Green bedrooms are the best choice for those who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. You should also mind the furniture colour that you put in the bedroom, as these pieces are huge and could be distracting, as well.
Bedroom design could significantly improve your sleep. So, take a good look around your bedroom and see what you could change to get the quality sleep you deserve.