How to Style Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep
We all want a good night’s sleep, yet no matter what time our heads hit the pillow, it still seems like it’s not enough.
We’ve put together some hints and tips on how to get the most out of your sleep with a little bit of love for your bedroom interiors.
The way that you layout your room can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep.
To be balanced and centred, ideally you need to have your bed in the centre of the room, against a wall, facing away from doors and windows, with a headboard to add a sense of stability. However, if space is an issue for you, this is not a necessity.
Add blinds and blackout curtains to your window to guarantee no light peeps in the morning to disturb you. This is particularly important in the summer when the sun rises earlier.
Avoid putting your bed in front of your TV, or directly facing your door.
Make these small changes and you’ll soon reap the rewards of a good night’s sleep.
Clear the Clutter
We’ve big advocates of keeping clutter to a minimum in the home (check out our blog post on decluttering and organising your space), but this is especially true when it comes to your bedroom.
Try not to place lots of items around your bed. Instead let the area ‘breathe’ — a bedside table and a rug are all you need to create calm and relaxation.
Having plush carpets and rugs will also help keep noise to a minimum, so it’s win-win.
Begin with Comfort
An obvious one, but make sure your mattress is in good condition (they’re supposed to be changed every eight years) and that your bedding is comfortable, cooling and made from breathable fabric.
It’s thought that painting your room in cool colours will help you relax. These include blues, greys and lilacs — any soft colour that’s thought to evoke calm. They can even help reduce blood pressure and heart rate, which gets your body ready for sleep.
There are many relaxing scents that are known to help you nod off, so why not try adding some rose water to your washing or lavender spray on pillows, as they encourage relaxation and sleep.
The best thing you can do for your sleep is to get rid of all electronics from the bedroom. Keep the TV to the living room, as the glow from the screens is known to disrupt sleep patterns.
If you use your phone as an alarm, try turning it on to aeroplane mode so it doesn’t disturb you through the night and have it placed as far away from you as it can be.
It’s wise to adjust the brightness of your lights in the lead up to bedtime so you can slowly tune your body and mind, ready for bed. If you’ve got a dimmer switch, this is ideal to create a relaxing ambience in your bedroom. If not, a table lamp will help your eyes to adjust from a harsh and bright ceiling light.
Consistency is also important, so try going to bed at the same time every evening and waking up the same time every morning, and try your hardest not to reach for that snooze button — getting up on the first alarm will help you face the day with more energy.