by Katie Phillips from Mattress Reviews
“Sanctuary”, “retreat”, “escape” – your bedroom can and should be all of these things. After all, you’re likely to spend almost one-third of your life in this one room. Every aspect of your bedroom, from the furniture placement to the fabrics and the design features, can determine the look, feel, and atmosphere of the space. To get the high-quality sleep you need, it should help your mind and body relax.
Declutter with Closed Shelving and Closet Organization
Clutter breeds chaos and, sometimes, anxiety. The more you can reduce it in the bedroom, the more peaceful the room will feel. Nightstands with closed shelving keep visual clutter safely hidden. Utilize the space under the bed for seasonal items, like sweaters or coats that may overfill your closet space. You don’t want the closet to become a catch-all space for once-worn clothing. You might consider hiring a professional organizer to get closet clutter under control, especially if you have a large walk-in.
Make the Bed Setup a Priority
Everything about the bed from the placement of the frame to the sheets contributes to your comfort while you sleep. The mattress should support your weight and preferred sleep style – back, stomach, or side. A saggy, lumpy mattress can contribute to morning aches and pains. Sheets made of natural fibers like linen and cotton breathe well and prevent moisture from staying close to the skin.
The arrangement of the bed can also make a difference. Most people like a sense of balance in the bedroom. Beds are typically placed against the largest wall in the room, making it a focal point. However, the shape and architecture of your bedroom may lend itself to a different approach. Spacious square bedrooms, for example, are perfect for a large, four-poster that’s either centered in the room or placed a few feet from the wall. It makes an interesting focal point and adds grandeur to the room.
Manage the Light
For restful sleep, the bedroom should be as dark as possible. Too much light, whether it comes from street lights or high-efficiency (HE) light bulbs, can interfere with your sleep cycle. Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, and blinds can control the outside light. Leave HE light bulbs in the kitchen and opt for incandescent in the bedroom. HE models emit a blue light that suppresses sleep hormones.
You’ll also need to manage the light from your electronics. Televisions, iPads, and smartphones give off the same blue light as HE light bulbs. Even the power indicator light on your TV can be enough to bring you out of sleep. Turn off devices two to three hours before bed to keep your sleep cycle moving in the right direction, and cover power indicator lights if they shine in your eyes.
Bring Nature Indoors
Houseplants, artwork featuring nature, and nature-inspired design elements invite the benefits of the outdoors to your bedroom. Time spent in a natural setting has a calming effect on the mind, reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Those same perks come into your bedroom when you use wisely use natural elements.
For example, houseplants clean the air while providing the scents, textures, and colors of nature. Plants can also remove indoor biotoxins, leaving behind fresher air. Artwork that uses natural colors and depicts natural scenes can visually stimulate the mind much in the same way as actual plants.
A sleep-conscious bedroom setup can help both mind and body prepare for better sleep. Any stress that may have followed you home from your professional responsibilities can then stay outside the door.