Transforming Your Bedroom to Improve Your Sleep
There’s nothing quite like waking up after a deep, refreshing night’s sleep. You feel more energised, you can concentrate more, your mood is improved and a whole host of other benefits are involved with getting a good sleep.
While factors like avoiding caffeine late in the day and having a regular bed time are important, the set up of your bedroom can make a huge difference to your sleep quality. Aspects such as colour, light, air quality and obviously your bed can all have a massive impact on how well you sleep.
You know when you’re on vacation and you wake up in your hotel room feeling like you’ve had the best night’s rest ever? There’s a reason for that. Hotel rooms almost always use blackout curtains to reduce the light in the room as much as possible in the evenings. Exposure to light in the evenings can have a negative influence on your sleep quality, causing issues with your circadian rhythm and even causing depression.
Investing in a set of heavy duty (but stylish) curtains can help eliminate the natural light from outside during the evenings. While natural light can be dealt with easily, it’s the unnatural light which is causing more problems these days.
Light from TVs, computers and phones is exposing people for far more unnatural light than ever before. Improving your sleep quality means getting rid of these gadgets from your bedroom, or at the very least switching them off in the early evenings.
Color choice is a surprisingly important aspect of a relaxing bedroom. There are two color groups to consider when choosing a shade for your bedroom – warm or cool. Warmer colors are best suited for social rooms, and are better for stimulating conversation and creativity. Cooler colors will help draw you into yourself and relax, which is ideal when you’re looking for a better sleep.
Cool blue colors were found to give people the best quality sleep in a survey by Travelodge, with moss green and pale yellow also scoring well. Colors to be avoided include purple, white and red, as well as basic primary colors.
AS you might expect, your choice of bedding can make a huge difference to how you sleep. Picking the right mattress, pillows and sheets can make those 8 hours a night as comfortable as possible.
Mattress choice is largely a personal preference. Some like a firmer mattress, while others prefer something softer that they can sink in to. If you share your bed with a partner, aim to get the biggest mattress you can justify to make sure you both have plenty of space to stretch out. Nothing spoils a good sleep like a stray elbow or a cold foot against your leg!
Much like a mattress, your choice of pillow is largely a personal preference. Some prefer big, soft pillows while others will be more comfortable with something firmer. Memory foam pillows are extremely comfortable and many people swear by them.
For sheets, the general rule it the softer the better. Traditional cotton sheets are fine in most cases, but modern alternatives such as bamboo can make a world of difference. For quilts, try to have one or two alternatives to switch out during winter and summer. A heavier quilt will obviously keep you warmer during the colder months, while something light can prevent you from sweating your way through the summer nights.
Accessorising your bedroom and finding the cosy feel you want will depend on your personal style, but keeping these three key aspects in mind will transform the way you sleep.