Katie Phillips, Founder of MattressReviews.net
Sometimes it’s fun to BREAK the rules!
Fashion and interior design are constantly evolving, as is the science behind sleep. Sleep, however, is vital to being able to enjoy the interior design of your home and its inhabitants.
If you are willing to change a couple of small things in your bedroom design, you could be sleeping significantly better on a regular basis.
Rule 1: Your Bedroom Should Be Bright
Current fashion trends in bedroom design show us brightly coloured rooms with tons of lights all over.
While you want your bedroom to be cheerful, you actually want as little light as humanly possible when you go to sleep. The less distractions that you have, the better.
To design your bedroom to make it helpful for you to sleep, you should choose shades of blue paint for the walls and always go for a matte finish. The colour blue has been found to have a good effect on the human heart rate and blood pressure. Eggshell or satin sheen in paints actually reflect much more light than their matte counterparts.
You should also avoid LED or bright white light bulbs in your room whenever possible in order to allow your brain to relax before bed. Blue light – like the kind that is produced by LEDs and your phone’s screen – tell your brain to stop producing melatonin, making it harder for you to sleep at night.
If you sleep past sunrise, like most of us do, you will also want to add some room darkening curtains to block out the natural light when you don’t want it. These come in all kinds of colours and patterns to make designing your space easy.
Rule 2: Sleep with Doors Shut
While sleeping with the doors shut might help to cut down on the number of distractions that you can see and hear from your bedroom, it’s best for the airflow in your bedroom if your door is open. Having good airflow in your room will not only make your mattress feel more cozy, it will also help you sleep better.
If you can’t sleep with your doors or window open, try turning on a fan to create the air circulation that will help you sleep well and all through the night.
Rule 3: Keep it Warm
You might be tempted to keep your bedroom as warm as possible, but it’s actually better for you to keep the air temperature in your room between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 19 degrees Celcius). It helps you sleep longer and have higher quality sleep than you would if you were warmer.
You can combat the cold that you feel when you are resting by bundling up with cozy pillows and blankets, or some really cute pyjamas.
Rule 4: Keep it Clutter Free
While you don’t want a lot of clutter in your sleeping space, it will be helpful to add some plants to your bedroom. Not only will they make your room prettier and help clarify the air around them naturally, some of them also put off calming scents.
If you love the smell of lavender or jasmine, those plants are great for helping to calm anxiety and clarifying the air around them.
Be sure to have fun breaking some (or all) of these rules and pay attention to how your sleep behaviors are affected after making these minor changes. Let us know in the comments below – we would love to hear from you!