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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

Wine Crush 2014

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It proved to be a well needed break from the west side of the mountains. My wife who is also a realtor, besides being a great wife and mother, and myself spent the weekend on the east side of Washington State. True Built Home built a model home in Zillah Lakes, just outside Yakima. After the home was originally built we spent a couple of weekends enjoying the area, and now kind of thirst for it. Why? Several reason but a few come with a picture or two.

The community at Zillah lakes has a little 9 hole golf course, a great way to work on some of your aspects of your swing and your game if you want. I did, so I spent a few hours working on my 150 yards out shot. I have not made any progress!

After our open house was over for the day, we always pay a visit to one of our favorite places, Dineen Vineyard. Wine is good, food is great, people are wonderful, sites are extraordinary.

Deneen Oven

They have a pizza oven there where the chef and his family have perfected making anything they desire to make and people are willing to eat. After several visits here, we’ll eat practically cardboard because he can do no wrong!

Here it comes now,

Pizza arrives

Pizza eating time

It was a pleasant afternoon, but it was not over. Our good friend Doug Lakeman who care takes for Zillah Lakes community invited us to the annual Jones Market food feast. He has put in on for several years, the man is generous to care for it all, and it was a lot. They were not going to run out of food, libations or people enjoying themselves. Frankly, we had little room for much food, but we made a spot! After all how can you pass up authentico Mexican cousin!

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The big vat was filled with roasting cornita, fried to absolute perfection. The kind folks were kind enough to put up with my broken Spanish, as me and my wife spent close to 3 years in South America, what feels like a lifetime ago.

Jones Feast

We had a great time as we always do, and not sure when this little area of the Yakima Valley will be discovered. I like to call it the little brother to Sonoma, I know that will likely turn a nose upward, but we just love coming to the vineyards over here where people remember you, your wine preference and where the food, no matter where you go is wonderful! Salud!