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Our bedroom is meant to be our sleep sanctuary. The place we retreat after a long day. A space for rest and rejuvenation. Yet, we often lose sight of the purpose of this room. We bring in TVs, computers, exercise equipment, and before you know it, this room becomes associated with an activity, not rest.
Without proper boundaries, our bedroom will become a place that stimulates rather than relaxes. Before we can optimize our room for better sleep, we need to set our intentions straight. Bedrooms are for sleep, sex and snuggles. Nothing else.
If you are ready to invest in your bedroom by optimizing the space for better sleep, here are seven easy (and stylish) tips for transforming your room.
1. Kiss the clutter goodbye
Research shows clutter stresses us out, literally. In fact, one study by UCLA found physical clutter overloads your senses, triggering a stress response. You have enough stressors in your life, you don’t need it from a messy room too.
Take a quick glimpse around your room. Is there anything you can get rid of? If you aren’t sure, ask yourself these three questions:
Do I want it?
Do I use it?
Do I need it?
A good rule of thumb for managing clutter is to get rid of something every time you add something new.
2. Splurge on your sleeping structure
We spend an average of 27 years in bed over the course of our lifetime, making our mattress arguably the most important piece of furniture we could splurge on. If you tend to wake up with aches or pains, or you notice a sag towards the middle of the bed, it may be time to bite the bullet and go shopping.
However, your mattress isn’t the only thing to consider. Take a look at your bedding accessories too. We’re talking sheets, pillows and everything in between. Your sleeping structure as a whole impacts the quality of sleep you get. Make sure your bed is the sleep cocoon you long to curl up in the come nighttime. With Primary’s french linen sheets, you’ll never want to get out of bed.
3. Consider the color
Believe it or not, color has a psychological impact on our mood. It’s true. When optimizing your room for better sleep, stick to neutral hues and blues. These colors are scientifically proven to calm and relieve tension. Whereas, warm colors are known to energize and stimulate.
4. Be Intentional about the light
Our bodies are designed to respond to light. After all, before alarm clocks were around, the sun was responsible for telling our bodies when it was time to wake up. Even now, our bodies are still hardwired to respond to the sun’s wake-up call. That’s because of the light-sensitive cells in our eyes that trigger our body’s internal clock which monitors our sleep-wake cycle.
To eliminate light pollution from streaming in throughout the night or to block out the early-morning light, consider hanging block out curtains.
You can also create a peaceful ambiance by the lighting choices you make in the bedroom. Harsh, fluorescent lighting is not ideal for a sleep oasis. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFBs) also emit blue light which interferes with your sleep quality. Use soft, ambient lighting with incandescent bulbs to create the perfect sleep haven to help you wind down in the evenings.
5. Nix the noise
The optimal sleep environment is a quiet one. Although you may live in a city laden with noise pollution, there are some internal sources of noise you have control over, even if you can’t control the outdoors.
It may not be practical to restructure the foundation of your walls and windows to block out sound, but you can consider the room’s layout in relation to noise. Does your bedroom share a wall with the laundry room or the exterior of the house? If so, try moving your bed away from that wall. Another suggestion is to avoid running appliances, like the washer, at night to eliminate unnecessary disturbances. If you still can’t seem to solve the noise problem, try using a white noise machine or earplugs to mask the noise.
6. Turn down the temp
At night our core body temperature drops one to two degrees to help us fall and stay asleep. In an optimal sleep environment, you should set the room temperature to around 65 to 68 degrees. It’s okay to pile on blankets. Even just exposing your head to the cool temps will keep your body temperature low.
7. Add some foliage
Not only plant the perfect stylish addition to any room, they are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Even better? Indoor plants actually improve indoor air quality. A study by NASA found that indoor plants absorb harmful toxins in the air through their leaves and roots and act as a sort of air filter removing carbon and increasing oxygen levels.
Improved air quality leads to improved sleep quality. That’s because air pollution causes irritation, swelling, and congestion of the airways which can interrupt breathing
Interior design goes far beyond looks. It’s about functionality. Now you can sleep easy at night knowing your room is helping you get your best sleep possible!
Article by Elizabeth Henn of The Mattress Advisor