How to Design a Bedroom for Better Sleep

Bedroom Design Tips

Your bedroom plays a key role in helping you get a better night’s sleep. Did you know that you can design your bedroom to give you the best opportunity to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for longer? Give yourself the gift of better sleep by making your bedroom over into a comfortable and welcoming space where you can relax and drift off to sleep easily. Your whole day will already be off to a good start when you wake up refreshed and rested in the morning after a deep sleep.

Planning Your Bedroom Makeover

The best way to plan for your bedroom makeover is to organize all the ideas and inspirations you come across into a notebook. Some of the things to include are:
• Notes by experts about what is needed for a great night’s sleep.
• Clippings and printouts from websites and magazines that have inspired you.
• Pictures and notes about furniture, fabrics, and colors that contribute to a relaxing bedroom atmosphere.
• A rough sketch of your ideal bedroom layout.
• A list of things to get rid of and things to buy.
• Paint samples and fabric swatches.

Important Things to Take into Consideration

1. Lighting
Although your bedroom should be bright and cheerful during the day, to promote good sleep it should be as dark as possible at night.
• Install room-darkening blinds or lined drapes in dark shades that will plunge your room into peaceful darkness.
• Eliminate all sources of light coming from alarm clocks, electronics, TVs, cable boxes, etc. as they have a significant impact on sleep.
• Use light bulbs with lower wattages of 45 to 50 for ambient light while preparing for bed or for reading. Lampshades can help to diffuse light. Use dimmer switches to custom control overhead lighting when it is time to go to bed.
• Keep a very low light in the bathroom for bathroom visits. Any source of bright light will disturb the natural rhythm of sleep and make it more difficult to go back to sleep.

2. Your Bed
Your mattress is a key component to quality sleep at night.
• Replace your mattress if it is more than 7 years old; it has visible signs of wear and tear; you wake up with bodily aches and pains.
• Make sure that your mattress is not too hard or too soft.
• If you have a partner make sure the size is big enough to allow ample space to move around during sleep.

3. Sounds
Reducing noise and getting rid of disturbances will help you sleep better.
• Create an electronics parking area outside your bedroom or as far away from your bed as possible and switch off all devices. Notifications from a cell phone or computer can disturb your sleep and even when devices are switched off, they continue to remit and receive signals that affect healthy sleep if they are close to the bed.
• If you or your partner snores, consider visiting a sleep specialist or try using decongestants and breathing strips.
• If you can’t control external noise at night, consider using a white noise app to block out sound.

4. Temperature
The ideal temperature for a bedroom is around 65 degrees F. Anything warmer or cooler will disrupt comfortable sleep.
• Consider installing a programmable thermostat to control the temperature.
• Choose bedding according to your personal body temperature. Some people need heavier bedding like warm duvets to sleep under while others get hot and uncomfortable and need just a light sheet.
• If you prefer more or less heat, adjust the weight of your sleepwear and add or remove blankets and comforters.
• Choose a top-quality mattress, bedding, and pillows in fabrics that are breathable to prevent overheating at night.

5. Declutter
• Ban all clutter from your bedroom and keep accessories to a minimum for a calming environment.
• Maintain order by designing a space for everything and putting everything where it belongs.
• Make sure you have an unobstructed path to the bathroom at night to prevent tripping over something. Avoid switching on a bright light in the middle of the night as this can disrupt your sleep patterns and wake you up completely, making it difficult to fall asleep again.

When designing your new bedroom makeover, make sure that there is enough fresh air in the room. Plants can bring energy and remove toxins from the air at night, making the atmosphere healthier and more comfortable for sleep. Opt for calming hues, muted, neutral tones, and light pastels instead of bright colors on the walls, floors, and bed to help you wind down. Choose the best quality bedding you can afford such as Egyptian cotton sheets with a high thread count and luxurious woolen weaves for the ultimate sleep experience.

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Mistakes New Homeowners Commit When Hiring Painters

If you are having only one room painted, or you are going to paint the entire house, it is very important that you hire the the right painter to do the job. Determining just who that is take a lot more than just looking on the internet and hiring the first painter that you come across online. You actually will need to spend a little more in the way of time and effort in the process.

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The following illustrates some of the more common mistakes that people make when it comes to hiring a painter.

Problem #1- Choosing a Painter Randomly

In many instances, people just hire the first painter that they contact without taking the time to look into any of the attributes of the painter or his company. This usually does not end well. Time should be taken in gathering references and finding out a little about the painter’s history. The end result of getting your paint job done properly doe rely on the painter’s ability to follow what you want in the way you want your painting to be done. Definitely ask the painter for the names of former customers so that you may call them and find out how they feel about him and the quality of his work.

Problem #2- Automatically Making Your Choice Based on The Lowest Price

Going with the cheapest price is one of the most common mistakes that people make when hiring a painter. If a painter is willing to come in at a lower price than his competition, there is perhaps a real reason for doing so. Perhaps it is because of a lack of experience, or worse yet, it is possible that they are cutting their costs by using inferior tools and inferior paint. Or perhaps they rush their work and do a very inadequate job.

In the overall picture you might be better off in choosing someone who falls closer to the middle as far as their price, which can mean that they are not going to cut corners, but also that you are not going to be overcharged.

Problem #3 – Not Securing A Written and Signed Agreement

It is very important to obtain a signed agreement prior to the beginning of any painting or work at your home. The agreement should outline very clearly what the work is going to entail as well as the starting and finishing dates, approximately. The pricing should be clearly outlined in the agreement and details in regard to cleaning up each day, and once the job is completed should also be included.

The more attention to detail and the more clearly stated your agreement is, the less the chances will be that there will be any misunderstanding. Plus, if the painting contractor wants to additional work, or if he runs into unexpected problems, the additional work will have to be cleared by you before anything is done to charge you extra.

By adhering to these guidelines, you will be able to find a better quality of person and a painter who will do the job according to your specifications. If the requirements are clearly outlined in writing, your chances for a successful conclusion are greatly multiplied.

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