Sleep is essential for a person’s well being and your bedroom plays a key role in getting the rest your body needs.

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

“Our brains and bodies are hardwired to respond to our environment, especially when it comes to sleep”

 

Lights Out

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.

Sound Advice

 

KICK OUT YOUR ELECTRONICS

Reducing noise will help you capture uninterrupted sleep while making your bedroom seem more peaceful and relaxing.

Solution for Sound: Add white noise such as a fan or sound machine to block out distracting noises for better sleep. Drapery, textured wallpaper like grasscloth, upholstered furniture, and shag, silk, chenille, or faux fur area rugs that feel great on your feet, will maximize sound absorption. Keep electronic devices and gadgets out of the bedroom or at least far from reach in silent mode and go back to an old school alarm clock.

 

Temp Check

 

IT’S A NUMBERS GAME

Temperature is another key component to consider. The ideal bedroom temperature for sleeping is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit but use this as a guide as everyone is different. Just remember that if your room is too warm or too cool it can disrupt your sleep.

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

Clinical studies show that aromatherapy can help a person fall asleep. Spritz your bed linens with a sleep spray or add an essential oil diffuser to transform your bedroom into a soothing retreat. The scent of lavender or ylang-ylang “can cause a relaxation response in the large muscle groups, and then the body, once relaxed, can go to sleep.”

Bed Down

Your bed deserves a lot of attention, from both a design standpoint and for your health. It is the centerpiece of your room so make it luxurious. The materials you choose are key because these will impact how well you sleep so choose high quality breathable sheets and comfy supportive pillows. Layering duvets and blankets adds a plush feel to your bed while allowing you to adjust for your ideal level of coolness or warmth. Money spent on a new mattress is money well-spent because if you’re waking up with aches and pains you’re not getting quality sleep.

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)

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