Every design choice you make can impact the quality of sleep, so your bedroom plays a key role in getting the rest your body needs to wake up refreshed and ready for the day.
5 Design Elements to Consider
Natural and Artificial Light
Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is only released in darkness. Light can shift our internal clocks and make can shift our internal clocks and make restful sleep difficult so blocking natural light in bedrooms is key to a good night’s sleep.
Solution for Natural Light: Blackout window treatments use light filtering technologies that block natural light and provides privacy. Roller shades, drapery, or a combination of both allows for you to control the light filtering benefits, privacy concerns, and design style that suit your needs best.
Solution for Artificial Light: Use the correct light bulb wattage that best satisfies the purpose each lamp serves. Brighter lighting is necessary for task areas and vanities while lower wattages (45 to 50 watts) provide gentle ambient light for reading in bed. Installing dimmer switches allows you to custom control brightness as you need it, particularly for overhead lighting.
KICK OUT YOUR ELECTRONICS
Reducing noise will help you capture uninterrupted sleep while making your bedroom seem more peaceful and relaxing.
IT’S A NUMBERS GAME
Solution: Consider adding a programmable thermostat as part of your bedroom makeover.
Of course you want your bedding to look great, but you also need it to feel great. If you tend to get too hot or too cold at night, buy materials that will help keep you comfortable. Try cotton bedding for its breathability and look for 200 thread count sheets. Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This changes the feel and durability of a fabric, but high thread count does not always mean better quality.
That Makes Sense
Consider buying a new mattress if:
- It is older than 7 years
- It is not big enough for everyone (you, your partner, occasional children and/or pets)
- You wake up regularly with aches and pains
- The mattress has visible signs of wear and tear
- You’ve had a better night’s sleep elsewhere (at a friend’s home or hotel)