Who doesn’t want a great night’s sleep? There’s nothing better than waking up feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to face the day.
If you’ve been toiling with insomnia, you’ve no doubt tried a few basic practices of proper sleep hygiene, like herbal remedies and ‘no screentime before bed.’ But one area you may not have considered, and which may be contributing to poor sleep, is the layout and visual design of your bedroom.
Read on for tips to style your space for a better night’s rest.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, clutter in a space can make you feel anxious and overwhelmed, which may impact your sleep. Take some time to tidy clothing, put away knickknacks, and donate items when necessary. It’s worth trying to maintain this habit moving forward by putting clothes away at the end of the day.
Leave Room for Floor Space
A bed sandwiched into a room packed with furniture will only create a feeling of disorder. If your space is small and you need storage, utilize the height of the room with tall floor shelving and install wall-mounted shelves on unused wall space.
Consider Your Mattress
Your mattress may be the cause of your poor sleep. A mattress should not only be comfortable, but it should support your body and alleviate strain on your spine, shoulders, and other pressure points.
If you’ve noticed uncomfortable aches and pains when you wake up, try rotating your mattress, purchasing a mattress topper, or investing in a whole new mattress if your budget permits.
Switch up Your Bedding
Your bedding isn’t simply to keep you cozy while meeting your room’s aesthetics. It should also help regulate your temperature. Silk sheets, for example, can help moderate your body temperature as they’re a relatively breathable fabric, but they also trap small pockets of air that contribute toward heat retention. If you’re struggling to sleep because of anxiety, a weighted blanket may help.
Look at Your Bedframe
It’s all well and good having the right bedding and a quality mattress; however, if your bedframe is rickety or creaky, it’s undoubtedly impacting your sleep. While beds from big box stores are affordable, it’s often worth investing in signature pieces of furniture, like beds, from companies that make handcrafted furniture, like Woodcraft. Doing so ensures quality — no squeaks, creaks, or sways — and longevity.
Perhaps It’s Time to Decorate?
If the color of your walls has been playing on your mind, they could be subconsciously hindering your ability to reach REM.
While past studies have assumed that warm colors (red, notably) are best for a quality night’s sleep, newer research suggests that when participants in a sleep trial were allowed to pick a light color for their bedroom, they were able to fall asleep faster than in rooms that were white, or dark, or painted in a random unselected color.
Think About Lighting
It may seem obvious; a bright room equals poor sleep. The concept of lighting in a rest-worthy room runs a little deeper, however.
Getting the right balance of light in a bedroom is vital; it helps control our circadian rhythm — the part of our internal clock that regulates sleep. When your body tells you it’s time for rest, you want your bedroom to be as dark as possible to support your body as it follows its circadian rhythm.
Here are a few lighting tips which may help:
- Try blackout curtains — if you don’t like the look or feel of blackout curtains, opt for layers, or try a blind partnered with a lighter curtain.
- Install warm bulbs in bedside lights.
- Invest in lamps with dimmer switches, or try a night light or salt lamp for an uber-cozy feel.
Good sleep sets you up for a successful, vibrant day. Your bedroom should be a comfy, cozy haven that sets you up for a solid night’s rest. So why not try out one or more of these tips if you’ve been battling insomnia?