5 Bedroom Tips That Optimise Sleep
Everyone in the world needs sleep. Whether you personally only need a good six or seven hours or nine to 12 hours, it is important to get quality sleep. The interior of your bedroom, from your bed to your curtains can have a huge impact on how well you sleep. Below are five top bedroom tips for your interior to help you have a well-rested slumber.
Why is sleep so important?
Enough quality sleep is one of the most important things a human being needs to function properly and maintain a level of good health. If you do not get enough sleep or are sleeping poorly, you may develop a number of health issues, such as weight gain, heart disease and stroke, increased chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes, depression, poor immune system, increased inflammation in the body – and these are just some of the physical effects a lack of sleep can have, not to mention all the emotional effects it can have too.
Why buying the right furniture for your bedroom can give you a better sleep
For a good night of sleep, it is vital that you sleep in a comfortable bed. Studies have shown that you can lose up to an hour of sleep every night if you are sleeping in an uncomfortable bed. It is all about making sure the pressure points in our body are not getting blocked during our sleep due to lying on a mattress, so the best types of mattresses are those which reduce the pressure points. Which mattress you prefer to sleep on is a personal choice, because everyone is different but a medium-firm mattress or a firm mattress with a soft pillow top is usually just right to give your spine the support it needs. One bedroom tip is that it is important to test before you buy and always make sure you change your mattress before the 10-year mark.
Don’t forget the curtains!
It is not just the furniture that ensures you have a good night of sleep. The fittings of the bedroom, such as the curtains, lighting, flooring and walls all play a vital role too. Interior Designer of Northwest Interior, Eddie Lau, says “the way the fittings of a bedroom come together is very important for the final outcome of the room. Pay special attention to the lighting and flooring”.
Curtains: Heavy curtains can keep the light out, helping you to have a better sleep. If you aren’t big on curtains, blackout shades also do the trick. If too much light comes into the room, it can send a signal to your brain telling you to wake up.
Lighting: The lights in your bedroom should not be too bright, but rather create a gentle, warm glow. This helps your body relax and get ready for sleep. Perhaps a row of fairy lights behind your bed can provide the right ambience, or a small reading lamp next to your bed.
Flooring: The type of floor in your bedroom can also aid your sleep at night. The two most popular choices are carpet and floorboards. Carpet is soft and warm on your feet and can add a sense of luxury to a bedroom. There is also minimal noise with carpet, helping you to have a silent sleep. Carpet also keeps the heat in, meaning your bedroom will stay warm, especially in the winter. Wooden floorboards are a stylish option – you can decorate the floor with warm rugs and throws. However, it can be noisy and does little to keep the heat in.
Here’s a tip for your bedroom walls: Calm colours are the best colours to use when it comes to the walls of your bedroom. Colours like light blues and soft earth colours are best, instead of bright and bold colours. Blue is known to make people think of the ocean and the sky which induces a feeling of calm. If blue is not your colour, then cream colours, as well as soft greens, yellows, oranges, greys and beiges are also recommended.
Feng Shui is the practice of structuring a room to create harmony. Practicing feng shui in the bedroom is a very good way to ensure a sound sleep at night. It makes sure there is a positive flow of energy throughout the room. Interior Designer from Leef Deco, Stephen Goh recommends “keep the energy in the bedroom clean and peaceful”.
Examples of good feng shui are:
– Eradicating all technology from your bedroom such as the TV, computers and phones.
– Make sure there is always fresh air flowing into the room whenever possible – preferably through an open window.
– It is important where your bed is positioned in the room – make sure it is easy to get into from both sides, have a bed-side table on each side and try and avoid having the bed directly in line with the door.
– Use feng shui colours in your bedroom such as ‘skin colours’.
– When you are sleeping at night, make sure all doors are closed in your bedroom – the bathroom door, closet door, any door. This allows the positive vibes and energy to stay in the room while you sleep.
Not too hot
The temperature of a bedroom is very important when it comes to getting a restful sleep. At night, our bodies naturally cool down, which enables us to stay asleep. If we are too hot, our bodies can’t cool down and therefore falling and staying sleep is a lot harder. Cotton sheets are perfect for keeping you cool and don’t forget to leave a window open to allow fresh air in.
Keep it green
Add some greenery to your sleeping quarters! Having a small plant or fern in your room elevates the mood and atmosphere and because plants release oxygen and water, the air becomes purer and also increases humidity, helping you to breathe better. Interior Designer from Forefront Interior, Joey Pear, says “plants and greenery add so much life to a room. They can be used in your bedroom as a centrepiece or as a last-minute touch.”