Converting Your Bedroom Into An Oasis of Sleep
Blissful sleep. Rest. Rejuvenation. They are almost unheard of luxuries for 40 percent of Americans who report that they sleep less than six hours a night. Sleep can be a luxury in a world in which technology, work demands, and the needs of our family vie for our attention. However, sleep deprivation is a short-term solution for these demands, since it is linked to a myriad of health problems such as heart disease and obesity. It is important to be aware of the effect that poor bedroom design has on sleep. To turn your bedroom into an appealing, cool, comfy place of rest, be prepared to make a few small (and bigger) changes to optimize your space for a better sleep.
Tidiness and Space are Key
It’s time to take a long, hard look at your bedroom and to think of moving furniture or getting rid of items that are making it look cluttered. As noted by one study published by researchers at DePaul University, "an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces" can affect our mental health by increasing stress and disturbing the sense of ‘home’. In the daytime, there should be plenty of space to walk through your room without the risk of falling and at night, it should also be easy to get around safely, even with the light off. Storing things away and throwing excess items you don’t need will do plenty to make your bedroom seem more like an authentic place of rest.
Making Your Bed More Comfortable
If you love your magnificent four-poster or minimalistic, low-lying bed, don’t change it; just change the mattress if you need to. Your preferred sleeping position will affect the ideal choice of mattress. For instance, those sleeping on their back need more support than those who sleep on their side. To sleep well and without pain in areas like the shoulders, hips, or lower back, recommended toppers for your mattress are normally made of memory foam. These address important pressure points in your body, ensuring that they receive the support you need to feel truly rested when you wake up in the morning. The right pillow is also important; studies have shown that the wrong pillow height or firmness can result in neck pain and stiffness. Bed linen should be soft and breathable, and ideally made of Egyptian cotton with a high thread count.
Darkness and Quiet
Rooms that let in light at night time can affect the quality of sleep, since light can interfere with your body’s internal clock, leading to a state of awareness. Loud noises can also lead to stress and wakefulness. Blackout curtains, which come in a vast array of designer hues and patterns, will ensure your bedroom is completely dark. Investing in soundproofing is key if noise is consistently a problem in the area where you live.
A Space for Relaxation
Televisions should ideally be kept outside bedrooms, so you associate your resting space with one thing only: sleep. Your room should contain just a few key items, including your bed and storage furniture/night tables. If stress is an issue and your bedroom is large enough, design an area for relaxation purposes. You could call this a yoga space, a meditation spot, or simply a calming corner. This area can contain yoga-inspired art, a space for yoga mats, and wooden or other natural furniture to instill a sense of calm. This is the perfect spot to place an oil diffuser and a sound system for relaxing music and guided meditation.
To turn your bedroom into a place of peace, keep it neat and tidy, and ensure it is dark and quiet. Opt for a minimalistic rather than a cluttered design, to help your mind associate your bedroom with rest. Consider designing a new area dedicated to progressive relaxation, yoga, or meditation, which will put you in the relaxed state that is so conducive to sleepiness.