How Bedroom Design Impacts Sleep
By: Ellie Porter – Managing Editor @ www.sleephelp.org
The way your bedroom is designed can have a great influence on the quality of your sleep. From mattress selections to color choices, your bedroom should serve as an inviting sanctuary space that is free from noise, light, messes, bad smells, or anything else goes against the grain of good sleep hygiene. Here are the top five ways that design impacts sleep.
- Choose Your Bed Wisely
Your bed stages your night’s sleep, so an appropriate, comfortable mattress is key. After you’ve chosen the perfect mattress, your bedding itself comes next. Certain sheets and mattresses are best for hot sleepers. Others address people who sleep with pain. Colder climates and sleepers should have a comforter that is an appropriate weight. Some people prefer silk sheets, while others prefer broken-in jersey sheets. Some people hate pillows, while others need a bed with 20. Know your needs, your likes, and dislikes, and build your bed according to what makes you feel content and relaxed.
- Control The Room Temperature
While few people enjoy sleeping in a hot, humid room, everyone’s body is different. Know your body’s ideal sleep temperature and plan your room accordingly Some people enjoy sleeping in the cold. If you like the feeling of moving air, consider setting up a fan nearby. Live in a hot climate and have a room with large windows? There are a variety of products that can help block out the sunlight and the heat with it.
- Embrace The Darkness
Have you ever found it hard to sleep in a bright room? Your pineal gland sits in your brain just between your eyes. It synthesizes light in order to create melatonin. The more light your eyes register, the less melatonin there is in your body, signaling that it’s time to wake up. The more light you can block out of your room, the most consistent your nights’ sleep with be. You can also say goodbye to streetlights, garden lamps, and headlights too.
- Get Plants
Certain plants can remove airborne toxins from your bedroom. Others can help you relax. NASA released a top 10 list of the most detoxifying plants for your home in 1989. The list includes a variety of plant types, including flowering plants, succulents, and climbing plants. Some of the best plants to put in a bedroom are a peace lily, snake plant, English Ivy, and lavender. Plants dehumidify a space and placing plants in your room can bring you a sense of joy and calm.
- Clean It Up
Clutter has been proven to trigger anxiety. Anxiety, in turn, can ruin your night’s sleep. What’s more is that there is a correlation between procrastination, clutter, and therefore anxiety. While you don’t necessarily need to go Marie Kondo on your life, do your best to make that bed first thing in the morning–– it only takes a few minutes. Keep those dirty socks off the floor and kick them off directly into a wastebasket. Respect your sleep sanctuary for the place it’s meant to be–– a place of rest, not a place of work or added emotional labor.