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
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.
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.
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.
• 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.