While everyone wants a bedroom that looks good and is in line with the most current trends, the main goal when designing a bedroom is to make it as conducive to sleep as possible. But many times, people end up making some basic interior decoration mistakes that might end up affecting the quality of their sleep, which affects their quality of life as a result. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can create a more sleep friendly environment through your design choices.
It all Starts with a Good Mattress
Before you think of completely overhauling your bedroom, doing something as simple as replacing your current mattress could have a huge influence on the quality of your sleep. Maybe your mattress happens to be too old, or just doesn’t support your body. In many cases, your mattress may be the biggest reason why you’re not enjoying the quality of sleep you’d want.
There are tons of different types of mattresses on the market, and each one of them has their own set of advantages and disadvantages. But before you decide on a particular type, you have to know what constitutes a good mattress in the first place. When looking for the best mattress, you should first consider these factors: support and comfort, as advised by The Mattress Nerd.
The mattress you pick should allow your spine to stay in perfect alignment while you sleep – this is the support element. But you also want a mattress that won’t be putting excessive pressure on your body. That’s why you want to pick a mattress that will be soft enough to relieve pressure, but not to the point that you sink in and throw your spinal alignment off.
Temperature is also something you should be worrying about. Temperature regulation is especially important if you’re living in a hot climate and don’t have the luxury of having air conditioning. A good mattress will allow heat to circulate freely and will not retain too much of it.
At the end of the day, the only thing you can do to really know if a mattress is the right one for you is to test it yourself. And forget about trying it in the store, you have to at least try it for 30 days before you can make your decision. So, if you buy your mattress on or offline, make sure that you’re allowed a testing period to really get acquainted with it.
Make Sure to Minimise Sunlight
Just a little bit of light coming in could throw your circadian rhythms out of whack and affect your sleep. Too much light inside the room in the form of digital clocks or other electronic devices could also affect your sleep. Design your bedroom with this idea in mind. This means removing as many digital displays as you can, and consider opting for light cancelling drapes if possible.
Create a Calming Sonic Landscape
While you want to eliminate sources of light as much as you can, a little bit of noise could actually help you sleep better. One great way that you can introduce soothing sounds into your bedroom is by adding a nice water feature somewhere in the room. Adding a few wind chimes by your window could also be a great way to add sound, as are white noise machines.
Be Careful with Colour Selection
While more and more people are aware of the effects of colours on psychology, some people will still choose style over function when picking colours for their bedroom. Sure, bright orange or burgundy might look good on Pinterest, but you should go with colours that won’t affect your sleep first and foremost.
Did you know that blue is associated with healing and is said to relieve aches and pains and reduce blood pressure? Or that green could relieve anxiety by creating a safer feeling environment? So, if you’re going to pick colors, try to go for more muted ones like pastels, light blues, or greens. And if you absolutely want to add vibrant colors, try to pick them for accent pieces instead.
Choose Soothing Lighting
Choosing the right type of lighting for your room is also essential if you want to enjoy quality sleep. Bright interior lighting, just like sunlight, will send a signal to your brain that tells it that it’s daytime, which will make falling asleep much harder. Try to avoid harsh, incandescent lights and go for warm dimmable lighting instead. And if you don’t have dimmable switches, you can easily install them on your own. Try to avoid harsh overhead lighting as well, and go with nice shaded lamps instead.
By making these few minor arrangements, you could dramatically improve your sleep quality and end up feeling much better in the morning. Don’t underestimate the effect your environment can have on your sleep, and try to implement at least one or all of these ideas into your bedroom design.