If you’re not getting as good as a good nights sleep as possible, it may have something to do with the design of your bedroom. Try some of tips below to help ensure that your bedroom is a comfortable and as conducive to sleep as possible!
It is hard to wind down and focus on relaxing when you are in a messy room. Having clutter on a bedside table, or a pile of laundry that needs to be folded are both reminders of tasks we have yet to complete on our never ending “to do” list. This will most likely leave a person feeling restless or anxious about what they haven’t done yet and makes it even harder to fall asleep. Try organizing the mess and replacing it with a beautiful vase of flowers or some decorative candle handlers like in the picture below. Also, be sure to notice that in the same room there is a very minimal amount of items on the bedside table and all other potential distractions are put away. This bedroom is a great example of being comfortable, relaxing, and inspiring a good nights rest.
Choosing the right color for your sleeping oasis is essential to sleeping well. Color has been shown to have a major influence on mood. According to HGTV.com, shades of colors that are known to be most relaxing are typically earthy brown tones, soft blues, and delicate greens. You can incorporate these colors in wall color, bedspreads, pillows, and so much more. However, these colors may not be for everyone. As a result, be sure to pick something that makes you happy and relaxed when choosing the perfect color scheme for your bedroom. In the photo below you can see how the mix of the soft greens with the warm cream and earthy tones set a calming tone to the room.
At this point we probably all know that we shouldn’t be using electronics when trying to relax our body for sleep. The light that most electronics emit keeps the brain alert and reduces the brains ability to produce the sleep hormone known as melatonin. The National Sleep Foundation Recommends keeping all electronics out of the room and to resist the urge to use them 30 minutes prior to bed.
Keep it Dark
This may seem like a given but the reality is that any light can have a negative impact on your sleep. Even the dim glow of a nightlight, or the glimmer of your neighbors window who is still awake can and will have an affect our your brain being unable to enter the deepest realm of the sleep cycle. With that being said, it is time to invest in some blackout curtains or drapes. In the room below you can see that these curtains will certainly keep the room dark when trying to sleep, and also allow for natural light to shine through. These gorgeous curtains also make for a functional decorative piece while also being aesthetically pleasing
Silence is a crucial part of sleeping through the night. Creating a silent sleeping sanctuary can be quite a daunting task especially if you live in an apartment or townhome with noisy neighbors. A great way to mask the noise from loud neighbors below is to add a rug to help absorb the racket from downstairs. The picture below is a great example of a calming color scheme, no clutter in sight, and the use of a beautiful rug to help reduce noise. If you share walls with a neighbors try placing a large piece of furniture, like a bookshelf or chest of drawers, against the wall to help muffle the noises on the other side of the wall. If you are still struggling for silence, it may be time to invest in a sleep machine that creates a white noise to help block out the other pesky noises.