Sleep is important to all of us. There are times in life where we don’t get enough of it, either through choice or something out of our control. You might have late nights partying, which then turn to late nights with a baby. Some people experience insomnia, and everyone gets the odd sleepless night. If you struggle to fall or stay asleep, the design of your bedroom could make a big difference. Sleep hygiene involves habits and practices that help you get a good night’s sleep. Part of how you can use it is to set up your bedroom, so it’s an environment that encourages sleep.
If you want to practice good sleep hygiene, you shouldn’t make your bedroom too busy. If there’s too much going on, it could all be distracting when you’re trying to sleep. Have you ever struggled to fall asleep in a messy room? It can be hard to get a good night’s sleep if your bedroom has lots of posters, ornaments, and accessories. Choosing a more minimal design is a better idea. That’s not to say that you can’t decorate. You don’t have to have white walls and a plain bed. Perhaps you can take inspiration from Japanese or Scandinavian minimalist design.
Getting Your Bed Right
For a bedroom that has good sleep hygiene, focusing on your bed is essential. An uncomfortable bed can be the worst thing to sleep in. The bed has to feel like yours too. There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a strange bed and getting a restless night’s sleep. There are a surprising amount of things to think about when you’re choosing your bed. Many people only focus on the bedding because it’s what contributes to the look of the room. But you have to start with ensuring that it’s comfortable, with a decent mattress.
Mattresses are slightly more complicated today than they used to be. You have more choice of what type to use, with memory foam often the most recommended. Before you rush out and buy one, it’s important to look at their benefits and drawbacks. Understanding memory foam mattresses isn’t difficult. The material moulds to your body and cradles you so that you’re extra comfortable. It supports you in all the right places for a healthier back, neck, and joints. However, the cost of a memory foam mattress is too much for some. You can still consider other mattresses, such as pocket sprung mattresses.
It’s also important to choose the right pillow. How many should you have, and how soft or hard should they be? The pillow you need depends on you. You need to consider what position you sleep in and how you feel most comfortable. Pillows also come in memory foam if you want something more supportive. Don’t just think about whether they look good on your bed. Although, if you want to have decorative cushions, you could. Just remember to put them out of sight when you go to bed.
Of course, then there’s the bedding. Start by thinking about it practically so that you can be comfortable in bed. You might want to choose hypoallergenic items or have several layers to keep you warm. When you’re choosing some pretty bedding, consider how it contributes to the feel of the bedroom. While you might like bright colours, it could be better to pick something a little more neutral. If your bedding practically glows in the dark when you turn the lights off, it might be a bit too much.
Adjusting the Lighting
The right lighting is essential for a good night’s sleep. However, getting it right isn’t always as easy as following a simple formula. Many sleep experts will recommend increasing natural light in your bedroom. This allows your sleep patterns to match up with the sunrise and can help you wake up more naturally. However, you can’t always rely on natural light to help you sleep. Some people may find it difficult to sleep with any light in their room, and they may even have a streetlight right outside. Others work night shifts and so need to block out the sun when they sleep during the day. And during winter, we can’t all wait for the sun to rise to get out of bed.
If you sleep better without any light, you might want to consider blackout blinds of curtains. They can still have a beautiful pattern on the side facing your bedroom while blocking light with the other side. You can simulate a natural sunrise by using a light alarm clock, which can gently wake you with an increasing light. It’s also a good idea to consider different levels of lighting. You can have a lamp on your bedside table so that you can have lower lighting before you go to sleep.
Separating Sleep from Other Activities
A lot of people use their bedroom as a multi-purpose room. They don’t use it for sleep during the day, so they think they should put it to good use. Perhaps you use yours as a home office or a hobby room. However, it’s a better idea to separate these spaces from the place you sleep. If you associate the room with other things, it could be distracting. For example, if you use your room as a home office, it could mean you think about work as you’re trying to sleep. It’s best to separate other things from your bedroom if you can. Put them in another room or, if that’s not possible, try using a screen to section them off.
Keep Your Chargers Elsewhere
Do you use your phone as an alarm clock and charge it by your bed? If you want a better night’s sleep, you should stop doing that. Get an alarm clock instead and banish all tech from your bedroom. You won’t be tempted to use any of it before bed, which will help you get better quality sleep. The blue light from screens can prevent you from producing sleep hormones properly. Plus, you can end up with lots of tiny lights coming from gadgets when you turn the lights off.
Smart bedroom design could be the key to sleeping better. Focus on a calm and comfortable bedroom and your sleep could be more blissful than ever.