Sleep greatly influences every aspect of our lives and sometimes what you may not realize is that the manner you decorate your home and bedroom can also be affecting the way you sleep. Try to look at your bedroom, what kind of vibes do you feel when you enter it? Does it invite you to relax? Or does it make you feel disturbed? Does your room motivate you to perform some chores or tasks before sleeping?
A bedroom should be a place where you can rest and not entice you to work at the end of the day. If your room doesn’t make you feel eased, then for sure it’s not a sleep-friendly place. Nevertheless, your bedroom can be multi-purpose. Particularly, if you have little space at home, you are very likely using it as your office, library, study area, and so on.
We’re sure some of you are here because you want a space where you can rest without interruptions at night. So how can you make your bedroom more sleep-friendly? In this article, we are going to share with you some helpful things you can do that can change your room to make it that much more comfortable, so you can sleep better!
Pay Attention to Colours
Colours in Ancient Egypt were used in order to heal. The practice of using colour for this intention was known as chromotherapy and a lot of people embrace chromotherapy today, with a mind to feeling better. The shade blue is the most soothing one, while red is more encouraging. You may want to invest in a blue comforter or even paint your walls blue, rather than utilizing many energizing red in your bedroom. Furthermore, when it comes to promoting a considerable amount of rest, blue is known to alleviate illnesses and to relieve pain.
If you are staying in a blue room, it may lower your blood pressure and slow down breathing and heart rate, it’s surely a heavenly choice for a bedroom. There is no specific shade of blue you need because any blue should work. However, light blue has the strongest connection with feelings of peace. You can also blend shades of blue for a painterly effect. From sky blue to aquamarine to indigo and beyond, this colour gives aesthetic and variety in abundance and it’s known to be a relaxing shade. Like the renowned artist, Picasso did, you may wish to enter your “Blue Period” by making a room which relaxes your nerves and helps you to unplug from all the stresses of the day.
On the other hand, the colour Green is also believed to have stress-relieving properties by home builders. The reason is that it mirrors the beauty of grass and leaves. Also, green is associated with feelings of safety. But if the colour isn’t your ideal shade, then you may want to pick green for your bedroom instead so you can sleep better at night. Authentic green is a bold colour, so you may want to limit your usage of green to accent, including pillow shams, chair cushions, or throw blankets. Maintain the rest of the room neutral for you to balance the impact of spring green. Shades that are cool and in pastel shades of green should also function very well.
If you know how to paint walls yourself, then go and repaint! But make sure that you aim for a flat colour to help minimize the amount of light that bounces around the room and keeps you awake at night.
Aim For a Clutter-Free Home
One possible reason why you get distracted when you enter your bedroom at night is because of the clutter all over the place. Try to see if you have things on your side table, floor, and of course, on your bed. When your room is in a condition of chaos, you may be tempted to tidy up first instead of relaxing already.
And what’s even worse is that having ongoing projects on display, you may also be tempted to work on them. Clutter can greatly distract you from sleeping. You may manage it by maintaining a clutter-free home. Keep clothes back in the closet while dirty clothes should go straight in the laundry. Always make it a habit to return things to where they were after using them. Practice a habit to clean up so you won’t have to do it at the end of the day–when you are about to get some rest.
Purchase several containers or bins where you could place your things and ongoing projects as well. In this way, you can lessen the distraction inside your bedroom. When you come in at night, there’s nothing like a neat and tidy room that will keep you relaxed.
Change Your Bed
Ask yourself, when was the last time you had your mattress replaced? There a few people who overlook this part as changing a mattress can be burdensome. You have to remember though that mattresses, even the best ones in the market, aren’t built to last forever.
A mattress should be replaced every 7 to 10 years depending on the usage. Down the years, wear and tear would naturally happen to your mattress. In time, it would become uncomfortable for sleep. If you are using your mattress more than the suggested period also, it can turn to a nesting place of allergens, dust mites, and other organisms. Most likely, you will lose sleep over allergy attacks and other respiratory diseases. Replace the mattress when it is due already. If your mattress is comfortable and clean, you can sleep better and longer.
Have Blackout Curtains or Blinds
If you use your room for other activities aside from sleeping, you probably want a great amount of natural lighting entering in during the day. But this is only good for daytime. Take note that days can be longer most especially during the summer, so the light would still come inside the room even if it’s nighttime already. We all know that it’s more difficult to fall asleep when it is still bright.
So what is the answer to this? You prefer natural lighting but also know that it may affect your bedtime routine? Well, you might want to compromise and install blackout curtains and blinds. They amazingly block out the sunlight when you don’t want it and you can draw them during the day to create a brighter room.
Plus, the good thing about blackout curtains is that it can also make your room cooler as they block off the heat from the light as well– turning your room to be more helpful to sleep.
These are just several home improvement tips that can make your bedroom a better sleeping place. But how about you? What do you think? Do you have other tips you want to share that were not included here for better sleep? Let us know below!
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of Sydney’s well-renowned home builders who offer custom-designed homes that blend elegance, space, and functionality to create a perfect match for families, suburbs, lands, and lifestyles. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.