Bedroom Design Tips for Maximum Sleep
Your bedroom should be an area in your home that makes you feel relaxed, serene, and let’s not forget sleepy. For this reason, it’s important to furnish the space in a way that encourages a good night’s sleep. Continue reading to learn the different ways you can ensure your bedroom is living up to its full relaxing potential.
Choose Furniture That Keeps You Organized
A cluttered bedroom layout can evoke feelings of anxiety, which is a major contributor to poor sleep. Furnish your bedroom in a stylish, but functional way with nightstands containing at least one drawer and one shelf. You can store documents, mail, or personal items in the drawer and display magazines, books, or even a plant on the shelf.
You can also utilize your under-bed space for storage and keep items like seasonal clothes, extra linens, or luggage in plastic bins that easily slide in and out when you need to access them.
A Nice Mattress with Optimal Placement
Owning a quality mattress can be the difference between a full eight hours of sleep, or a night full of tossing and turning. You should take your sleeper type into account when you’re looking into a new bed, otherwise you could risk waking up with a sore back or pins and needles in your arm. Side sleepers might want to consider a soft mattress for pressure relief, while back and stomach sleepers will benefit from a firm mattress that keeps their back supported.
The placement of your mattress can also play a role in how well you sleep at night. Try positioning your mattress and headboard up against a wall, but not in direct alignment with the door. With that being said, you should still keep a clear view of your door so you feel more safe and secure.
Find Your Ideal Sleep Temperature
Whether you like to sleep in a warmer or cooler setting, keep the temperature of your sleep environment in harmony with your preferences. With that said, experts generally agree the ideal sleep temperature is between ~60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in a warm climate, a ceiling fan is a good way to keep your room cool without having to turn on the AC. It can be difficult to fall asleep if you’re too hot, and a ceiling fan helps prevent you from overheating. If you aren’t able to install one in your bedroom, a nice floor fan should also do the job. Alternatively, you might also want to consider investing in a smart thermostat so that you can directly control the temperature and setup a sleeping schedule for your AC unit. The smart thermostat will help to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Play Relaxing Sounds
Some people would rather fall asleep in a silent room, and that’s okay. For individuals who like to fall asleep with background noise, however, we recommend a sleep sound machine. You can drift away to the sound of splashing waves, rain, nature, or general white noise — as opposed to silence or the squeaks and creaks in your home. This is also a helpful tip for anyone with kids who have trouble falling asleep at night.
Dim or Dark Lighting to Accommodate the Mood
Dr. Brandon Peters, a clinical sleep expert from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, claims your natural circadian rhythm is heavily influenced by light and darkness. Accordingly, when you’re asleep in bed, consider storing your television and electronics inside an armoire, or an entertainment center with a door. If the sun rises earlier than you’d like to wake up, blackout shades are incredibly effective at keeping out unwanted sunlight.
For the times you’re winding down with a good book or T.V. show before bed, dimmable light fixtures set the tone for a relaxing and calm environment that’s ideal to fall asleep to. It’s also more beneficial to have several light sources in your room, instead of one intense light coming from the ceiling in the middle. There is a lot to consider in picking your perfect indoor lighting options.
Soften Up Your Space with Rugs
Rugs have the power to transform a standard room into a homey, cozier space. Furnish your bedroom with rugs where you see fit, but especially around your mattress to really establish your sleeping space. Not only will a plush rug feel soft underneath your feet before you hop into bed, but it’ll also help intercept unwanted sound outside your bedroom door or windows. Need help finding the perfect rug? Read our article on choosing the best rug for your space.
No Reminders of Work
It’s difficult to get proper sleep when your work is on the other side of the room staring you in the face. If you have a home office, make sure you keep anything work related outside of your bedroom. Out of sight, out of mind, right? That way, you won’t have reminders of work popping up in your head when you’re trying to fall asleep.
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