Designing Your Bedroom to Help you Sleep
Insomnia in both its mild and severe forms is never a nice experience. It can leave you feeling tired and grouchy the next day, and the thought of another night of restless sleep looms in the distance.
Aside from the tips and tricks usually used to combat this, did you know that the style of your room could also be contributing to a lack of sleep?
Certain subconscious factors that help you sleep can be emphasized by designing your room for optimum rest quality. Here’s our tips on how to design your bedroom to help you sleep.
Invest in a Good Mattress
A mattress is the part of your room you’ll spend most time on, and it is the basis to a good bed. A mattress that’s too hard or too soft can really affect the quality of your sleep.
An old mattress can also cause all sorts of discomfort issues, with loose springs and wear and tear all hindering top performance and sleep quality.
Dim the Lights
Too much light when you’re trying to sleep can interrupt your circadian rhythm by inhibiting the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you to sleep.
Invest in some blackout blinds or curtains to keep any light from car headlights or street lamps out of your view, and make sure you turn off all televisions and computers as the blue light emitted from the screens can also interfere.
One unusual culprit that isn’t usually considered is the digital alarm clock – having the lights from this face you all night can keep you up and have just as bad an impact as looking at any other digital devices would.
Certain colours evoke different moods and some are more peaceful and relaxing than others.
Pastels are known for their calming effect and decorating your room with these colours could be what you’re missing in your mission to sleep soundly.
Tidy Room, Tidy Mind
Clutter in your bedroom is never advised but can be even worse if you’re having trouble sleeping. Untidiness and belongings scattered about your room can cause anxiety even if you don’t realise it.
The effect that anxiety then has on your body can cause a lack of sleep, so try to keep a tidier room to ease your mind before bed.
Temperature also plays its part in aiding you with a good night’s sleep. Being too hot or too cold are the worst culprits when it comes to being awake all night long.
Microfibre duvets can help with this in the warmer months, they’re a type of duvet that helps air circulate and ‘breathe’, saving your bed from being stuffy and constricting.
The importance of pillows to a sound sleep is something that often goes amiss. You need enough pillows to prop your head at the right angle – high enough that your head is above the rest of your body and you’re not constricting your neck, but not too high that you’re almost upright.
The filling of the pillow then comes into question. For luxury, you may want to choose down, or for support try memory foam. Try different pillows out until you find what works best for you.
Some scents are known for inducing sleep and being more relaxing. Lavender is a firm favourite for many.
Effective ways to use these scents to help sleep are in the form of essential oils, bath salts, candles, sleep masks and pillow sprays.
These scents are worth a try if they result in the peaceful night’s sleep you deserve.
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- Bernard Ewin