We all know about the importance of sleep, however there are many people who struggle to get the recommended 8 hours each night. Have you ever thought about the way your home is arranged and how it can affect your sleep? Turning down the heat and banning electronics in your bedroom can contribute to better sleep every night.
Choose hues that soothe. Use the power of color to create the mood for sound sleep. In this room, tones of gray are layered for a calming design that’s also rich in detail.
Grays can be cool in tone, so look for those with a yellow or pink base for a cozy room, and avoid blue-based versions.
Let there (not be) light. The constant orange glow of towns and cities, motion-sensor lighting and passing cars can all hinder a good night’s rest. Bring darkness to the room with a window treatment that blocks light completely, such as this room’s solid shutters.
Prefer fabric at the window? Try blackout blinds, which come in a huge range of colors, or opt for curtains with blackout lining.
Take a warm bath. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a drop in body temperature makes us feel sleepy. Taking a warm bath before heading into a cooler bedroom therefore can make for quicker and better sleep.
A bathroom like this one will foster pre-sleep relaxation too. To turn a bathroom from functional to calming, follow this room’s lead by including decorative accessories, tea lights and artwork for the walls.
Turn down the heat. Keeping a bedroom too warm can cause restless sleep because the temperature of the space interferes with the natural dip in body temperature that occurs at night.
A thermostatic radiator valve adjusts the heat in an individual room without affecting the water heater. Make sure it isn’t blocked by curtains.
Keep office hours. When a bedroom has to double as a home office, the boundary between the two can blur. To help avoid job creep, steal the style of this room and opt for a desk that allows a laptop to be tidied away, leaving it as an attractive piece of furniture without work reminders on display.
Have a desktop computer instead of a laptop? Invest in a cabinet-style desk — built-in or freestanding — with doors that close to hide the office.
Stick to a schedule. A regular routine can help sleep. Here, an oversize clock over the television helps ensure that you won’t lose track of time even when you’re binge-watching your favorite show.
Note that an overscale design like this isn’t necessarily a no-no in a small living room. Adding in a large decorative accessory can often help a compact space feel bigger.