Sleeping well is absolutely vital to your health and quality of life. After a good night’s sleep, you should feel energised, free from stress, and ready for whatever the day will throw at you. Without it, you’ll look and feel exhausted, and everything will seem that extra bit harder.
While most people have trouble sleeping from time to time, the room you sleep in can make a big difference to how easy and comfortably you sleep. Here are some design tips to help you sleep better in your own room:
Choose the Right Bed
The single most important thing when it comes to ensuring you can sleep well in your own bedroom is having a bed that is comfortable for you (and your partner if you don’t sleep alone!). Some people prefer sprung mattresses, others prefer things like memory foam – there is no real right or wrong here, but make sure you test the mattress before you invest in it. You can always try out mattresses at a local store and then see if you can find what you’ve chosen cheaper online at sites like www.bigbrandbeds.co.uk if you want to try different mattresses but ultimately buy on the internet.
Choose the Right Colour Scheme
You may think colour isn’t important to how well you sleep, given you’ll be in the dark with your eyes shut, but actually the colour of a room affects how easily you relax and go into ‘sleep mode’ and this mood will stay with you when the lights go out. Soothing, calming colours like blue and green are great choices for the bedroom, and while you may want to feel cosy, don’t opt for overly warm colours – your body temperature actually has to drop for you to sleep well, so colours that feel cooler are best.
Black Out Curtains or Blinds
In the bedroom, you want to be able to make it as close as possible to absolute darkness, especially if you live in a well lit area or it is summer and the daylight streams in far earlier than you want to wake up! Blackout curtains and blinds that are heavy and opaque are the best solution, shutting out all the light so you can sleep peacefully. If you don’t like stumbling around in the dark when you first get up, have a motion sensor nightlight that will come on if you get up to go to the bathroom without flooding the room with bright light, and a bedside lamp or switch for the main light that you can use in the morning before you draw those curtains and let the daylight in!
Getting a good night of sleep is far easier when your bedroom is comfortable, calming, and as dark as possible. When you are designing your bedroom, always put sleep first – if the coolest looking design will distract you and make it hard to sleep, it isn’t worth it! Also, keep your room clutter free – a messy room can make it hard to relax.