According to sleep experts at the National Institute of Health, sleep impacts the immune system, cardiovascular health, appetite, blood pressure, and respiration. It also influences stress and growth hormones. Further research shows how sleep can significantly affect almost every aspect of everyday life. These studies only prove how important it is to get enough sleep and rest daily.
Each time you think of sleep, what often comes to mind? Of course, the bedroom is where you spend the most time resting and catching some much-needed Zs. Given that you spend a third of your life in the bedroom, this area must serve as an inviting retreat at the end of each day so you may fully recuperate.
It’s time to revamp your night ritual and create a tranquil hideaway in your bedroom. Here are five ways design a bedroom that invites sleep and rest:
1. Invest in a quality mattress
Since your bed is the focal point of the bedroom, it should be comfortable, well-built, and made from high-quality materials. While taking note of the quality, consider the right one for you, depending on your needs and preference.
Some people like the softness that Tempuredric mattresses offer. In contrast, others prefer memory foam mattresses that combine layers of support foam, memory foam, and springs. Perhaps you’re not a fan of these mattresses. You can always choose some good Tempurpedic alternatives.
Some popular options include non-memory foam, hybrid, and dual-sided mattresses. The key is ensuring the bed meets should be firm enough and provide adequate support. Consider your preferred sleeping position, as that can significantly affect how hard or soft you want your bed to be.
2. Block out external noise
You can buy noise-canceling earplugs or a noise-canceling headband if you live in a noisy neighborhood or have a loud companion at home. You can also consider using a white noise machine or turning on a fan if you’re the sort that requires some ambient noise to help you fall asleep.
White noise machines can help you sleep faster because their calming sound drowns outside noise. Instead of wearing earplugs or a headband, you can listen to soothing sounds like rainfall or ocean waves. If you don’t want to buy a white noise machine, turn on a fan to block distracting outside noise.
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3. Go for a soothing and neutral color palette
Avoid using vibrant paint colors and choose something more neutral if you want to create a sanctuary-like atmosphere in your bedroom. Designing a bedroom that invites sleep and rest might benefit significantly from using calming grays, greens, and blues. If you have large walls, paint them in neutral hues so your energy won’t be overstimulated as you sleep.
According to a survey of 2,000 people, people with blue bedrooms slept an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes per night. Moss green, light yellow, and silver came next. Other relaxing bedroom colors you can choose from include pale beige, soft lilac, and pale yellow. In general, avoid going for dark colors that may affect stress levels, such as purple or red.
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4. Keep it clean and clutter-free
Making your bedroom clean and clutter-free is one of the most crucial things you can do to promote calmness and relaxation. Doing this can prevent clutter like books, shoes, and clothes in your laundry hamper from overloading your senses.
Keep the floor clean and remove any cobwebs. Ensure your blankets and sheets are spotless and smell nice. If you can, avoid storing anything under the bed. Instead, find storage for things you want to keep in the bedroom. You can use bins, baskets, hanging organizers, floating shelves, or storage drawers.
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5. Control your exposure to light
Did you know that the body has a biological clock called the circadian rhythm that helps control sleep? Light is the most potent stimulus to this biological clock. To support a healthy circadian rhythm, make your bedroom as dark as possible when it’s time for bed.
Bright blue light from your devices or the sun can disturb sleep. To ensure you invite rest and sleep in the bedroom, put down your devices at least half an hour before bedtime. Hang blackout curtains and turn down the lights at night. Avoid watching TV in the bedroom, or better yet, avoid installing one in your sanctuary.
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Undoubtedly, your bedroom plays a significant role in ensuring you get enough sleep and rest after a hard day’s work. Although planning on resting early and retiring for the night are easier said than done, designing a bedroom for such a purpose is a good start. Take note of the tips in this post if you’re serious about reinventing your private space.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.