Inspiration for a Sleep Friendly Bedroom
Being sleep deprived is up there on the list of one of the worst things in the world. It’s quite a surreal experience where everything is a blur and you’re not too sure what is real. It can make you very grumpy and miserable, and I’m sure the people around me can attest to that! You may have tried absolutely everything to get to sleep, but have you ever considered changing around your bedroom space? Believe it or not, your bedroom can affect the way you sleep. Now I’m not just talking about getting rid of electronics, but rather the actual interior design. I’m going to share a few tips on how you can transform your bedroom into a sleep haven:
1. Go for relaxing colours.
Some colours are naturally going to make you feel more awake, for example yellows and oranges. These colours should be avoided, and instead you should try opting for more relaxing shades such as beige, green and pastel colours. These can help to create a more soothing space and induce sleep. However, if you’re like me and want a little bit of colour in the room, you can use the brighter shades as accents, such as on your pillows. It is all about creating the right balance.
2. Minimise clutter.
The contents of your room are going to affect your mind set, you’ll often find that people that adopt a more minimalistic interior design are relaxed and calm, whereas people that live in clutter are slightly disorientated. This is because your living space influences the way that you think. If you sleep in a messy room, it’s going to make you feel uneasy, as if your mind is everywhere. Try minimising the amount of things that you have on display. Put things away and adopt a new storage system. Keep the surfaces of the room clear. This will create the illusion of having more space and the room will look more open, which will contribute to having a better night’s sleep. You’ll immediately feel more relaxed when you get into your bed.
3. Change the layout of the room.
Arrange your room so you’ll get as much fresh air as possible. This will make the space feel open and will result in you feeling calmer. Try arranging your bed so it is close to a window, but also ensure that you have thick curtains to block out any light. The room needs to be as dark as possible when you are sleeping. This is where the electronics come in, they often have flashing lights and digital displays, and although they might be small, they can still interfere. Remove any electronics from the room (you may want to keep your alarm clock!) and ensure that there is no source of light entering the room whilst you are sleeping.
4. Invest in a new mattress.
Your mattress can hinder the type of sleep you have, so finding the right one is key. It shouldn’t be too hard or soft, and you need to be as comfortable as possible. There are a variety of mattresses available such as foam and adjustable ones. Test out new mattresses and distinguish the type that is right for you. It is also important to ensure that you have the right sized mattress, as your current one may be too small. You could even opt for a divan bed to gain some extra storage space. It is all about what works for you.
5. Keep it silent.
The smallest sounds in the room can become magnified when trying to sleep, for example the sound of your bed creaking or the ticking of a clock. You probably don’t even notice them during the day, but as soon as you are trying to sleep, these sounds become the loudest things in the world. It is important that your room remains as quiet as possible, so ensure that there is nothing disruptive within your sleeping space. However, if there is noise coming from a person that you can’t do anything about, e.g. your partner snoring, just try wearing ear plugs!
These 5 things can really help in creating the perfect sleep friendly environment. It is all about getting your body to relax. Good luck and happy sleeping!
This article was written by Qurratulain Zaheer, a fellow insomniac. She recommends Silentnight mattresses for the best sleep of your life and is an advocate of anything comfortable.