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How you furnish and decorate your bedroom could be having an impact on your sleep. Here are just five bedroom improvements that could help you to sleep better at night.
Invest in a comfortable bed
You’re not going to sleep well unless you have a comfortable bed. Make this your priority when furnishing your bedroom.
The bed itself firstly needs to be big enough. If you’re a tall person, consider whether you need a longer bed without a footboard.
The mattress needs to be catered to you and your sleeping style. If you sleep on your back, you may want to invest in something firmer, while side sleepers may want to consider a softer mattress. A hypoallergenic mattress could be worthwhile if you suffer from allergies. Mattresses should be replaced every 7 years after which they are likely to lose their springiness.
Comfortable bedding is also important. If you get sweaty in the night, you may want to opt for breathable sheet fabrics such as linen or bamboo. If you get cold in the night consider flannel sheets and a thicker duvet. As with a mattress, those that suffer from allergies should stick to hypoallergenic materials.
You can buy beds online that come with mattresses. Bedding is something you’ll want to buy separately.
Use a soothing colour scheme
The colour scheme of your bedroom could have an impact on how well you sleep.
Colours like red and orange are energising colours. These are best avoided when decorating a bedroom because they could make you feel less relaxed.
Blues, greens and greys are calming colours. They are much better suited to bedrooms for this reason. Such colours could be incorporated into the wall paint or into your sheets and curtains.
Block out the outdoor light
Most of us find it easier to get into a deep sleep when it is pitch black. If you have light curtains or light blinds, they may still be letting in light from cars at night or early morning sunlight. This could be disturbing your sleep.
Consider thick curtains and opaque blinds that fully block out any outdoor light. Shutters could be another option for fully blocking out light (as well as providing added insulation in winter).
Too clutter in your bedroom is likely to make it a less relaxing space. A clutter-free bedroom is much more likely to offer a sense of peace and harmony.
Take measures to get rid of any visible clutter. This could involve chucking or selling items or it could involve simply finding ways of storing items away out of sight.
Add some plants to your bedroom
Studies have found that having plants in your bedroom can improve sleep quality. Plants can provide a fresh source of oxygen that can help to make your bedroom less stuffy.Some plants can also produce scents that have stress reducing qualities. Lavender is one prime example of this and could help you to get to sleep more easily.
You could also take a look at Just Average Jen’s post about how to use sleep cycles to balance your sleep and exercise.