Dream Décor: Creating The Perfect Sleep Environment In Your Bedroom*
Is your bedroom keeping you up at night? If you’ve been tossing and turning recently, here are just a few ways to make your bedroom a better environment for sleeping.
Find the right bed
The type of bed you sleep on can make a big difference. Most people like a sturdy bed, but some people find that headboards and footboards can get in the way (especially if you’re tall). Old beds meanwhile could be creaky, which could also be keeping you up at night, waking you up whenever you turn over. Choose the right type of frame – from here you can move onto the main source of comfort, which is the bedding.
Upgrade your bedding
There are so many factors to consider when choosing the right bedding. First you need to choose between soft and hard – some people love hard mattresses that offer support whilst others prefer something softer to sink into. Whatever your preference, consider upgrading to a more luxury option – latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses are two of the modern popular options. Mattresses should be changed every 8 years to keep them comfortable and hygienic and you should always buy brand new.
Next you want to consider the material of your sheets. Certain materials are better at staying cool such as cotton and bamboo linen, whilst flannel and fleece sheets are better for keeping you warm in the winter. There’s also silk which has a more luxury feel, but isn’t so good at regulating temperature.
As for duvets and pillows, consider your ideal thickness. Some people get too hot with a thick duvet over them, whilst others need this to feel nestled up. The same applies for pillows – some people prefer a single thin cushion, whilst others prefer multiple thick pillows.
There are other factors to consider too such as allergies and medical conditions. Hypoallergenic materials are great for those that find themselves getting rashes from bedsheets or duvet fillings, whilst there are special ergonomic pillows and mattresses for people with back or neck pain.
Choose calming colours
You may not think that the colour scheme in your room has much of an effect on your sleep quality, but it could help when initially trying to get to sleep. Blues, greys and greens are cool colours that are great for adding a calmness to your room. Reds, yellows and oranges in contrast may be a little too energetic and could convincing your brain that it’s still day. Consider repainting your room and see what happens.
Introduce soothing scents
You could also try introducing sleep-inducing scents into your room. Lavender, chamomile, jasmine and vanilla are just four scents that have been found to help improve sleep quality.
To make use of these scents, you could try buying an oil diffuser or lighting scented candles. Alternatively, you may be able to grow houseplants in your bedroom that release these scents. Try to avoid stimulating scents that could be keeping you up at night.
Improve the air quality
If your room is too stuffy, it could also be preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. Try to offer some ventilation by opening your window. If it’s too cold to do this, consider installing an extractor fan.
Dehumidifiers can also help to suck up moisture in the air. This could be useful for muggy bedrooms that attract mould. You can shop around for dehumidifiers online – certain plants and candles may carry dehumidifying properties if you find a machine too loud and distracting.
The air temperature in the room could also be something to consider. A fan or an air conditioning unit could be needed to cool down the air in your bedroom if it often gets too hot. If the opposite is true, consider insulating your room – thick winter curtains may be enough to stop chilly air getting in, although you may want to go the extra mile and get double-glazed windows fitted. There’s also the option of adding extra heating such as new radiators or underfloor heating. You can even buy heated mattresses.
Block out the morning sun
If the bright sun continuously wakes you up in the morning, consider opting for blackout curtains or blackout blinds. There are many different varieties of these blinds and curtains available on the market. You could even consider adding shutters if you own a period property and think that these would suit the style of the windows.