1/05/2018 | 4 Mins read

Design yourself a great nights sleep


This time of year can leave you feeling tired and sluggish. A combination of dark mornings and icy cold weather make it hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed. You can’t do much about the weather but it is possible to decorate your room to ensure you are getting a great night’s sleep, making you feel more refreshed in the morning and less inclined to hit the snooze button. Here are 7 simple improvements you can implement straight away to turn your bedroom into a your sleep sanctuary

Invest in a great mattress

Probably the most important thing of all when it comes to creating the perfect bedroom is your choice of bed. There’s a quote by the shoe maker John WIldsmith that says ‘You are either in your bed or in your shoes so it pays to invest in both. This is definitely one of the most important pieces of furniture that you will ever have to buy. So do your homework and choose the very best bed you can afford.

Natural materials are the key to a great mattress. Materials like cotton (a natural hypoallergenic), natural rubber, natural latex, coconut fiber, or horsehair (a natural humidity regulator) are all great choices. Not only do each of these materials greatly benefit sleep, but they will also ensure that your mattress will last a very long time.

Consider the colour of your walls

The colour you choose to decorate your bedroom with can play a part in the quality of your sleep, so it’s important to select your colour pallet carefully. Warm colors will tend to create a stimulating effect, whilst cooler colours, such as blues, pale greens and greys will produce a more calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Good colour choices to benefit sleep are soft, muted shades. Darker tones such as deep plums or rich burgundies can create a very luxurious and cosy environment creating more of a cocoon like effect. Try to stay away from high-energy colors like bright greens, strong reds, or bold, vibrant shades.

Look at your lighting

Another important consideration is your choice of lighting. This will have a dramatic effect on the atmosphere of the room. Make sure you use warm toned light bulbs. This will make the room feel cosy and ideally you should swap your switches for dimmers so that you can dim the lighting levels.

It’s widely known that blue light from mobile phones and tablets can trick our mind into thinking it’s daytime disrupting our sleep, but it turns out that bright lights can have a similar effect. If your lamps or lighting don’t have dimmer switches, another option is to swap your regular bulbs for a wifi-enabled version such as Philips Hue. Not only will these bulbs allow you to control the brightness but you can also adjust the light color temperature. Moving into the orange spectrum at night will help you relax, whilst white or blue will help you to feel energized in the morning.

Flooring 

What to put on your floors depends very much on your own personal preference. Some people love carpets in a bedroom whilst others prefer harder finishes like timber. If you do opt for a hard floor finish consider introducing a rug, not only are carpets and rugs soft underfoot when you get up in the morning, they will also help muffle sounds that might otherwise keep you awake.

Black it out 

Street lights and morning light can be disruptive to sleep. Blackout curtains and blinds are always a smart choice to create the ideal sleeping environment. This is especially true in children’s rooms. I recommend a blackout roller blind and a roman blind; or curtains with blackout lining to ensure the room is completely dark. It might just buy you that life saving extra half-hour’s sleep in the morning.

Upgrade your pillow

This is something I only discovered recently. My sister-in-law had been complaining of shoulder pain for a long time which was disturbing her sleep. After changing her pillow the pain completely went away and she is sleeping much better. She had availed of Harvey Norman’s in-store pillow measuring service. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no one-size-fits-all pillow, and making the choice of the right pillow is as important as the choice of mattress. Your pillow should be chosen based on things like body type, weight, sleeping position, breathing habits, and injuries. FInd your perfect pillow and you can greatly improve your sleep quality.

Banish screens 

I’m not a fan of TV’s in bedrooms and if you want to get the best night’s sleep possible you should consider making your bedroom a screen-free space. The kind of light you’re exposed to can suppress the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin in the brain. A study by The National Sleep Foundation in the US, found that from a group of 1500 people studied across the globe at least two-thirds of those who watched TV an hour before bed didn’t get a good night’s sleep. The circadian clock, the body’s biological timekeeper is disrupted by interference with the light-dark cycle. Light exposure from TV’s and other screens tricks the body into thinking isn’t still day time and delays the production of melatonin. So for a great night’s rest, swap Netflix for a good book. You’ll be bouncing out of bed in the morning.

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