Sleep Better with these Bedroom Decorating Ideas
We all know the importance of sleep and are constantly trying to find ways to achieve a more successful snooze. Some choose to take sleeping aids like melatonin pill while others may choose white noise machine. But what if there was a ‘natural’ way to organize your atmosphere to help you rest better? Here, we introduce twelve decorating tips that will help you get a good night’s sleep.
- No Bright Lights
Bright lights in the bedroom have a way of making you stay awake. Your body produces a hormone called melatonin which helps you get rest at night, but when the lights are on, especially when they are too bright, your brain has trouble activating that hormone. Your bedroom should have lights that you can control this with light dimmers. These allow you to turn the brightness down at night while still giving you the option of more light during the day.
In addition to dimmer lights, you may want to use curtains that are thicker and can block out any lights from outside, especially at night, because you cannot control the lights outside your window.
- Furniture With Storage Purposes
Having as little furniture as possible will help you get a better night’s sleep. With a lot of furniture, your bedroom may be subject to large amounts of clutter and less space. It is important to let your space breathe so you will feel more relaxed in your bedroom. Having a clutter-free room will help to give you a clutter-free mind. Keep the tops of your dresser and nightstands clear of anything that is not conducive to a good night’s rest.
If your bedroom furniture pieces are also storage units, this will help you keep a tidy space. Knowing that everything in your room has a storage place will allow you to keep things where they belong and put things back once you have finished using them. Since an untidy bedroom can have a negative and restless affect on you, it is important to keep order in your bedroom with furniture that allows you store your things properly to save space.
- Choose Relaxing Colors
When it comes to sleep, colors play such an important role in the amount of rest we are able to get. Choosing softer colors in the bedroom can help promote sleep. Delicate hues will put you in a more relaxed state, making it easier for you to get rest at night. For balance in your bedroom colors, you can try using cool shades mixed in with neutrals to give your environment a more restful vibe.
Stay away from bright, garish colors that will keep the mind from resting easy. Cool colors such as blues, grays, and greens are said to lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. They also dilate blood vessels and constrict the pupils, and that makes them ideal for sleep. Try softer shades of greens and blues to help soothe you.
- Calming Accessories
Calming and soothing decor in a bedroom can mean something different for everyone. Many people have their own ideas of what is relaxing and what can put their mind in a state of rest. If your ideal scenario is lying on the beach in the sand, then you may want to decorate your bedroom to resemble the look and feel of the beach. This can mean investing in lamps shaped like seashells or paintings of a beautiful beach on the walls. Lamps, rugs, comforters, and pillows offer so much personality to your bedroom.
- Soothing Scents
When it comes to getting good rest, this often involves relaxing most, if not all of your senses. One way to help you wind down and get ready for sleep is by using soothing scents to help you get cozy. Scents can come in the form of candles that could double as room decor, especially if you house it in beautiful candleholders. Another great way to add scents to your bedroom is by using diffused essential oils or small plants. Fragrances such as jasmine or lavender can trigger chemicals in the body that help you rest and get a more fulfilling sleep.
- Cotton Bedding
Using cotton bedding is a great way to stay comfortable in your bedroom at night. It promotes a more relaxed sleep because a cotton material is breathable, therefore allowing air to flow and making you less likely to sweat profusely in bed.
- Avoid Putting Your Bed Near the Door
When designing your bedroom and choosing a space for your bed and other furniture, it is important to place your bed as far away from the door as possible. Having your bed too close to your bedroom door can promote anxiety, which is the opposite of rest. It also creates the feeling of vulnerability and exposure that may make it uncomfortable and hard for you to fall asleep. Keep your bed away from your door so you are more in a position of power and security.
- Sleep In a Cooler Room
As for the temperature of our rooms, we can somewhat manipulate this with ceiling fans. There are tons of options for ceiling fans that will go with your room decor, but their main function should be to cool your room down just enough to fall asleep. Do you ever realize that when we wake up, we suddenly feel just a bit colder?
Our body temperature drops between one and two degrees when we are sleeping. Studies show that we sleep better in cooler temperatures, so investing in a ceiling fan, while it may sound counter-intuitive to a comfy sleep, can actually help us get more rest with less waking up in the middle of the night.
Cancel Out the Noise
Noise is one of the most detrimental annoyances to our sleep. Canceling the noise in our bedroom automatically makes it a more comfortable, sleep-easy place. Using plush throws and pillows on your bed or bedroom chair may be beneficial because they can help muffle any sounds or echoes that may prevent you from getting the rest you need.
In addition to plush materials, rugs can also help absorb sound in the bedroom. Upholstered walls are another way you can add decor and style to your room while it helps to soundproof your space for a restful sleep. Soundproof windows are another design treatment you could add to your room to block the sound from outside your home.
- Balance Your Bedroom
Allowing balance into your bedroom will help you have a clear, level head that allows you to relax. You can add balance by introducing symmetry into your space. Having a night table on either side of the bed along with similar lamps will help create a space that is comfortable and less likely to throw you off.
11. Find a Comfortable Mattress and Pillow
There is nothing worse than being restless in bed. Having a mattress and pillow that do not provide comfort promotes sleepless nights. You should change your mattress every seven to eight years as that is when it starts to wear out. Find a mattress that has the hardness or softness you desire. Use pillows that are to your liking for the best possible sleep.
- Keep Electronics Away From Your Bedroom
While this may be hard to do because we often convince ourselves that have a reason to be attached to our electronics, keeping them out of the bedroom has proven to improve our quality of sleep. Laptops or cells phones have the tendency to remind us of work, which can automatically reduce our ability to rest.
Sometimes, we look at our phones just because we have them at easy access, but it is a distraction that messes up our sleep and can reduce our melatonin, a sleep hormone, by almost 23 percent. Keeping your electronics away from you at night will help you sleep more restfully.
There are so many products out there that are said to help you get the sleep you need. In reality, insomnia affects about 23 percent of workers in the United States, and over 50 percent of Americans are losing sleep because of stress and anxiety. There is a way we can combat these statistics, and not just by taking sleeping pills.
Allowing yourself to be in the environment you know is necessary for you to sleep well at night can only be beneficial to you. Create an atmosphere that helps you relax when you need to and it will reward you by making you more rested and giving you the energy you need to be productive during your day. Follow these decorating tips for peaceful nights and energetic days.
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Top real estate performer, Ted Williams is the owner of the Urbane Realty Group – a local, tech-savvy boutique real estate firm. Urbane Realty offers customers what they want by combining an open mind with the latest social media, marketing, and web-based technologies.