A good night’s sleep brings tons of benefits, including optimum mental function and better overall health. One of the best things about moving into a new home is a fresh start on design. As we’ve previously discussed, the kitchen may be the most important room in the house as a social sphere. But your bedroom is the most important place for your personal wellbeing. Here’s how to maximize your sleep by the way you design your bedroom.
It’s All About the Bed
Let’s start with the central aspect of the bedroom: the bed. You’ll want to choose a mattress that works for you and another person who might be sharing the bed. Do research and don’t feel bad about spending money on something that you will definitely use. Choose sheets with breathable natural fibers, comfortable to the touch. Linen is perfect for summer, and cotton percale and cotton sateen are perfect for colder months. Place your bed so that you can see the door at any given time. It provides a certain sense of safety and therefore relaxation.
Location, Location, Location
If you’re moving into a new home or even building a custom one, you have lots of choice for how to locate your bedroom. When you decide which room to make your sleep haven versus which to use as, say, an office or playroom, think it through. A location toward the back of the house, away from potential street noise may offer the most rest. You might also want to position it away from the garage if your spouse or teenagers will be opening the garage door at night.
Limit Night Lights
Limit or eliminate unnatural light from outside, the things you don’t have control over. Purchase shades that do well at blocking light. However, you want to allow in as much natural light during the day. It helps keep your internal clock ticking on schedule. Install light boxes so you can begin to dim them an hour to two hours prior to bedtime to decrease alertness. It’s even better if you can install a timer with it so you can set it to begin turning on two hours before you wake.
Remove Stressors and Stimulants
Remove stressors in your bedroom that visually stimulate or cause stress. Clutter can perfectly embody those stressors, so organization tools like hooks, shelves, and drawers for your bedroom are musts. Do not allow exercise equipment or workspaces into the bedroom. You don’t want to feel like you’re working even when you’re trying to sleep.
Give Technology the Boot
Watching TV in bed sounds fantastic, right? Well, it’s not. TV, phone, and laptop screens produce blue light, which prevents melatonin from releasing. It’s important to keep electronics out of the room. Having a TV in the room can tempt you to stay up later, even though you need to get up at the same time. Alarm clocks should operate with red lights and not directly face you. You don’t want the light to shine on you, and you don’t want to be reminded of how fast you need to fall asleep or how early you need to get up.
The Perfect Colors for Your Bedroom
The paint you choose should match the emotional effect you want in your bedroom. Cool and neutral hues of blue, green, beige, brown and gray possess naturally soothing effects that decrease blood pressure and heart rate. Deep and rich warm colors, such as reds, yellows and oranges, exhibit feelings of warmth and coziness. If those colors are too bright, though, they will strike up anxiety.
You may lie in bed for a half hour, frustrated about trying to fall asleep but not falling asleep. Maybe you’re still trying to unwind from a stressful day. Rather than trying to find your way out of a room and risking exposure to bright light, meditate there in the dark. Set aside a space for meditation with whatever might put you into that mind space during the day. Maybe it’s a mini-forest of plants, a lavender diffuser or a zen garden.
If you’ve had a problem sleeping in the past, a fresh start with a new room may be just what you need. Follow these tips to fall asleep quickly, sleep through the night and increase energy and ability for the entire day.