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October 2018

How to Use Bedroom Design to Get Better Sleep

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Interior design should always enhance and support the main purpose of a room. In the bedroom, that means using design to create a sleep sanctuary that offers an escape from the stress of your daily life. Here are a few ways you can use design to help relax your mind and body so that you can reach the deepest levels of sleep.

Use Light Wisely

Light plays an important factor in the quality of your sleep because the brain uses natural sunlight to time your sleep-wake cycle. To get the best rest, the bedroom needs to be completely dark at night. If you live in an area with light pollution, blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or blinds can help keep the room dark. However, if you want a light, airy bedroom during the day, don’t be afraid to use two layers of curtains. A sheer inner layer gives you privacy and light during the day, while a heavier second layer keeps it dark at night.

The artificial lighting in your bedroom also affects your sleep. For example, high efficiency LED bulbs give off bright blue light that suppresses the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone. Opt for traditional incandescent bulbs, which still provide adequate light without affecting your ability to sleep.

Keep the Bed Comfortable

The bed is the focal point of the bedroom and the quality of your sleep. Before you can worry about how it looks, you’ll need to make sure your mattress provides the support you need. A lumpy or sagging mattress can cause wakefulness during the night, leading to morning aches and pains.

Once you’ve purchased a comfortable mattress, there’s no need to stop there. A bed that looks comfortable and inviting can help you mentally and physically relax. Comfortable, breathable fabrics for your sheets like cotton and linen feel wonderful against the skin and look cool and crisp.  Accent pillows covered in plush fabrics like velvet or corduroy will make you ready to settle down for the evening.

Welcome in Nature

Natural and organic elements have a calming effect on the mind, and you can find them in almost any style. The key is to incorporate pieces that make you feel connected to nature.

Sconces and dressers with metallic branch accents bring a modern but natural feel to the room.

Shake things up with artwork made from reclaimed planks or find artwork depicting the forest scene you’d like to escape to. If you want something more rugged, stone and rock bring texture and color that still hint towards nature. The right elements should accentuate your style and make you feel connected to both nature and your bedroom.

Color Carefully

Color can pack a big psychological impact. Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow stimulate the mind and cause your heart rate to increase, which means they should be used sparingly in the bedroom.

Cool neutrals like white and gray are well known for their calming effect in any room. They also provide a blank canvas for decorating. However, if you want a little more excitement, cool blues and greens also bring a sense of peace. Pastels are popular and provide a hint of color, but don’t be afraid of deeper shades. Dark colors make a room feel cozy and are easier on the eyes. If you’re not ready for a navy blue bedroom, try an accent wall behind your bed for a touch of drama.


Ellie Porter
Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org
ellie@sleephelp.org