Could redesigning your bedroom help you get a better night’s sleep?

The 1st – 31st March 2018 marks National Bed Month, aimed at improving the quality of our sleep with a supportive and comfortable bed. However, the condition of our beds is just one factor that can influence the quality of our sleep.

The general style and design of our bedrooms is also implicated with how we sleep.

Is your bedroom conducive with a good night’s sleep? Or could the colour scheme, furnishings, fittings and décor be changed to help promote a better night’s sleep?

Opt for a soothing colour scheme

As the bedroom is a personal space that isn’t ‘open up’ to the public, it can be tempting to opt for bolder, more playful colour schemes and designs. However, too much gaudiness and colour can be too bright and is not the best option to aide a peaceful night’s sleep.

Instead, choose calming, soothe colours, such as pale greens, pastels and light blues. Bolder and brighter colours can still be infused into the room through more subtle furnishings and fittings such as on pillows, curtains or in artwork on the wall.

How the layout of your bedroom can affect sleep

The layout of a bedroom has been implicated with affecting sleep. Many sleep experts recommend that a bedroom should be arranged symmetrically with bedside tables on either side of the bed and paintings, pictures and mirrors hung proportionally on the wall to induce feelings of calm.

Think carefully about the lighting

Our bodies are naturally predisposed to respond to ambient light, with the warm glow of the sun setting signalling it’s time to go to sleep, whilst the daylight releasing hormones that’s it is time to rise and shine.

Bedrooms that mimic natural lighting and avoid an overkill of artificial lighting help keep our bodies in harmony with nature and ultimately help aide a better night’s sleep. Consequently, all computers, smartphones and TVs should be turned off before going to sleep. Blue, cold lighting in the bedroom should be replaced with lamps with warmer reddish or gold glows that replicate the natural warm glow of the setting sun.

Declutter your bedroom

Clutter can create feelings of stress and anxiety and will not do your quest for a quality night’s sleep any favours. If your bedroom is prone to having too much clutter on the walls, one of the easiest ways you can induce feelings of calm is to tidy away all the clutter.

If you’re struggling for places to put all those trinkets and treasures, consider purchasing under bed storage drawers and boxes, effective storage solutions that are hidden conveniently out of sight.

Make sure your bedroom is at the right temperature

Being too warm or too cold in bed can lead to a poor night’s sleep. Simply altering the thermostat in your bedroom to an ideal temperature for sleeping is one quick and effective solution. Alternatively, you could plug in a portable heater into the room, or, for the opposite problem of an uncomfortably hot room, have a ceiling fan installed to cool the bedroom down.
And there you have it, five interior design steps to help you enjoy a better night’s sleep.

Zoe Hartidge

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Zoe Hartidge

I have worked in the industry for over 20 years, since completing my degree in Surface Pattern and Printed Textile design. I joined New ID in 2006 as an Interior Designer...
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