Did you know that your bedroom design can affect your quality of sleep?
You might not even realise it, but the way in which your bedroom looks and feels can actually have an impact on you while you sleep.
From lighting to colour schemes, there’s plenty that can be disrupting your sleep pattern. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get some of that much-needed shut-eye all while keeping interior design in mind.
Let there be darkness
While we all know that we should close our curtains before bed, how many of us have stopped to really think about the science behind the act?
When it’s dark out, our bodies release melatonin, a relaxing hormone, that tells us it’s time to sleep. If your room isn’t dark enough, your body might not know that it’s meant to be sleeping and you’ll instead find it difficult to drift off.
To avoid this, make sure you’ve got thick enough curtains or blinds to block out as much light as possible. Blackout blinds are a particular favourite for light sleepers since they completely darken the room.
The darker the material, the better it will be at blocking out the light. This is great for the maximalist trend that’s sweeping homes up and down the country. So, when designing your new bedroom, think about opting for a darker colour when it comes to the curtains.
Compact the clutter
Neat freaks rejoice, as it’s been proven that a messy bedroom can make for a terrible night’s sleep. The clutter in your room can cause low-level anxiety that you might not even be aware of which can make it hard for you to doze off at night.
If you find it difficult to keep things clean, look for clever storage which will make it easy for you to pack things away quickly.
Whether that’s drawers under the bed, cubbyholes or fitted wardrobes, such as the ones from Hammonds, there is always a way that you can disguise storage as something more aesthetically pleasing.
It goes without saying that a comfortable bed is an absolute must for a good night’s sleep.
Not only does it come down to practical things such as a good mattress and a comfortable pillow, but it’s also about the design choices too.
As we mentioned previously, the maximalist look is incredibly popular right now and to achieve this look, you need to work with patterns. The need for more character packed rooms means a lot of us are laying it on thick with the demure colours and exotic textiles, but this can cause havoc for your sleep if you’re not careful.
Instead, invest in some plainer bedding and layer it with the more exciting décor features. When the bed is made in the day, it will display gorgeous pillows, throws and other accents. By night, your bedding will be the simple one- or two-tone sheet that will be far more calming for your brain.
Keep it quiet
For many of us, noise is the biggest stickler when it comes to getting to sleep. Whether it’s the traffic outside of the hum of the boiler, there’s always something we home in on when we rest our heads on that pillow.
Where possible, remove anything that can cause distracting noises from your bedroom. For example, the ticking of an analogue clock can drive some of us mad. To combat this, look instead for a silent digital clock with a low-level screen.
When designing your bedroom, make sure to think about these little details before going overboard on the accent items. That is unless you like ‘white noise’, in which case, you don’t need to worry about noisy décor extras.
Getting a good night’s sleep is so much more than just nodding off at the end of the day. Sleep can reduce stress, irritability and improve our performance at work to name but a few benefits. Next time you’re struggling to catch your forty winks, take a look at the room around you and consider these few things and how they maybe are affecting you. Once you know what’s wrong, you’ll be able to better design your room for both aesthetic and practical purposes.
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