The average adult spends 1/3 of their lives sleeping. Sleep is vital for maintaining good physical and mental health, as it helps us to recover from exertion.
As where you sleep is so significant, your bedroom is arguably one of the most important rooms of your home; it should be a place you can go to relax and somewhere that you associate with drifting off to sleep. With adults typically requiring between 7 to 9 hours of shut eye per night, a considerable amount of time is spent in bedroom; it deserves some TLC.
Here’s how you can design your bedroom for good health:
Perfect the lighting
Light can make you happier; maximising the natural light coming into your bedroom will keep your serotonin levels up. Do this by positioning mirrors next to or across from windows to let the sunlight in!
However, at night time, a light bedroom can make it hard to fall asleep. Invest in backout blinds or curtains to keep it dark and make it easier to fall asleep.
Improve the air
To promote air circulation, open the windows on a morning and let the breeze in to wake you up. It may also be wise to consider adding some greenery to your room, not only do plants look great, some can help you to sleep! While Jasmine and Lavender are both known for their relaxing properties, Aloe Vera plants produce oxygen at night and will improve the air within your bedroom, making for a more restful slumber!
A clutter free zone
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, it should make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Clutter can distract from this and make falling asleep difficult. Spending the time to put things in their rightful place can have a big impact – make use of drawers, wardrobes and shelves! If space is especially tight, look to your bed, you’ll find a whole range styles come with underbed storage, such as these single beds from Room to Sleep.
Pick calming colours
Skip dramatic red or deep purple accent walls and choose a colour scheme for its soothing effects; think greys, greens and blues. Believe it or not, studies have shown that you’re more likely to sleep longer in a blue room! If you’re not willing to commit to painting your entire room this colour, why not decorate the walls in a neutral colour and introduce blues through soft furnishings and accessories, such as cushions and throws.
Move your alarm clock across the room
‘Snooze you lose’, as the saying goes. While hitting the alarm may feel pleasurable for a short few minutes, the snooze button isn’t your friend! It can leave you feeling confused and feeling worse throughout the day than if you had just gotten up. To prevent you from hitting the button, move your alarm to the other side of the room, so you have to get up when it goes off.