If you ever have trouble sleeping, there are a lot of areas that you might want to focus on in order to improve the situation. One of the first things to look into, however, is your bedroom, for obvious reasons. It might well be that your bedroom is not currently set up well enough to enable you to have a good night’s rest, so that would be something that you would want to do something about.
If you want to design a bedroom that will help you to sleep better, there are a few things to bear in mind along the way. Here are some of the most important of these.
One of the surprising things that can really help is if you have warm tones and colours throughout your bedroom design. For one thing, it can be surprising to many people that the visual effect of the room can matter at all – but it really does, and when it comes to colours you’ll want to make sure that you go for warm and appealing colours on the whole. The logic behind this is sensible enough: warm colours tend to be relaxing and calming, meaning that the room is more likely to help you get ready for bed at night.
If you are renting your home, you might not be in a position to completely change the décor of the bedroom. In such a circumstance, you can still change the overall tone of the room by being careful about what rugs, furniture and artwork you have in the space.
Most people find it harder to get to sleep in a room which is too cluttered with belongings, so if you feel that your room is currently too full of items, this is a good place to begin. Decluttering is actually quite a simple process – the main thing that stops people from doing it is that it can be psychologically difficult to do away with items that might have sentimental value to them. But it is worth trying to overcome that if you can, and it’s likely that having an emptier bedroom is going to really maximize how much sleep you get on the whole.
Go through your belongings and throw out anything that might not have been used in the last twelve months. You’ll find that you get rid of a lot of things this way, and you will feel a lot less stressed in the evenings as you try to unwind for sleep.
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Of course, few things are going to make more of a difference than the quality of the bed and mattress themselves, and you will need to make sure that you have thought about this too if you are keen for your bedroom to be set up for good sleep. There are many bed frames and mattresses to choose between, and it’s a lot to do with personal taste here. But some are particularly good and especially comfortable, such as the Premier Inn mattress, so you might want to think about those first.
If you are not quite in a position to upgrade your bed at the moment, then you might want to save up for it. A mattress is one of the most important investments you will ever make in life, so it is definitely worth having a good one. If nothing else, it will enable you to be more comfortable and to sleep better, and you will find that you have a lot less stress in your life as a result of that as well. It really is an important health tool.
One of the most important things you need to be able to sleep properly is good light control. Most people find that they sleep best with as much darkness as possible, so you should probably aim to achieve that specifically in your bedroom. That means having good light control by the bed, so you can extinguish the lights without getting up. You might also want to consider getting blackout curtains – these can be very effective for helping you to keep the room perfectly dark, and a lot of people find that their sleep improves immediately after getting these.
Another way to reduce light in the room is to eliminate any electronic sources of it. That includes alarm clocks, mobile phones, laptops and televisions. In fact, if you can keep the bedroom utterly free of any of these items, that is going to do wonders in terms of improving your quality of sleep, and your ability to get to sleep in the first place. Many people these days make a point of having a digital-free bedroom, and that is something that is certainly worth trying out. It could be the most important thing you ever do for your sleep.
Few people can sleep well with a lot of noise going on in the background, so noise levels are definitely something you will need to take into consideration when you are designing your bedroom for sleep too. So what are some of the best ways to keep noise levels under control in your bedroom? If you live in a noisy area, you might want to drown out the sound using a white noise machine. Alternatively, you can set up speakers to play comforting music through, or use mobile apps for the purpose – though not if you are trying to keep electronics out of the bedroom.
The human body actually needs to cool down slightly in order to get to sleep, so you should design your bedroom to have plenty of air flow and a good temperature control where possible. It’s easiest to do that with a thermostat, or you can simply install a ceiling fan or another kind of fan to help keep the room on the cooler side.
Consider all of these points, and your bedroom should be a lot better for getting to sleep. That will then have a lot of knock-on positive effects on your life.
This is a collaborative post.