We all have this inexplicable feeling of safety and serenity whenever we step foot into the bedroom. A bedroom can have various meanings to different people. It can be a place where the deepest of secrets are kept, where fleshes intertwine and for some, the final thing that they see. But most of all, it’s a place where we can throw ourselves into the soft and warm embrace of our beloved bed every night, ready to be taken to our wildest dreams.
For these very reasons, here are some useful tips to turn your bedroom not only into a sleep-friendly bedroom – but also a sacred and solemn place for the soul.
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1. Create a sleep-only environment
Spatial and its surroundings can play a huge part in creating that perfect sleep environment. The trick is just to keep the number of objects present in your room to a minimum, and to eliminate any excessive visual distractions. Having a couple of posters of Timotheé Chalamet or any of your Hollywood heartthrob won’t do much harm. But a wall that’s plastered with them, however, is a recipe for disaster!
Make sure your room is not littered with visually-distracting items. It’s been thoroughly researched that too many items that you can grab onto can play tricks on your mind. Our brain starts to secrete a certain type of chemical, causing us to be more active, which ultimately affects our sleep quality.
2. Opt for cool or neutral tone wall paint
Colors have always had a way of inducing into us different feelings and emotions effortlessly. It’s been recommended by many interior designers that you should use green, yellow, orange, and silver – or any other light-tone variations of the aforementioned set of colors – in conjunction with proper lighting to help facilitate a healthy sleeping pattern. Heavy colors like red, brown, purple, gray, and gold are all too aggressive and cause you to be in a high state of alertness, and therefore, should be avoided.
According to Brenda Ngatai, a color consultant at Resene, blue seems to be the go-to color for creating a cozy environment. This stems from the color’s likeness to that of the ocean and sky, which lots of people associate with the feelings of calm and serenity. “When you close your eyes and think about the sea, it’s peaceful, calm and relaxing – something nature has given to us,” she stated.
3. Regulate your light source
Your body knows when it’s supposed to wake up or go to sleep thanks to a biological mechanism called the circadian rhythm. Your body goes to sleep and wakes up at every 24-hour interval in this cycle. The presence of light or lack thereof helps with pulling our bodies up from slumber and sending it to sleep. Unfortunately, blue light has the same effect as that of sunlight which brings your body into a state of a false alarm, making it think that it’s daytime.
Seek professional advice from a lighting expert to pick out the most suitable light color for sleeping. Recently, red light has been found to have the least amount of negative effect on causing sleep disorders. For people that must have some sort of illumination when they sleep, lights with a slight reddish tint to them may be the ideal solution. You can also add further improvement by having a dim light switch installed with it.
4. A bed and mattress makes everything
We spend 30% of our life lying down, and 70% standing up. It has been shown by researchers that lying on a mattress optimized for spinal alignment maintenance will help significantly with relieving pressures on the vertebrae.
Orthopedists used to propagate the notion that a firmer mattress equals comfortability and support for your back. In today’s world, however, that information is now obsolete, as mattresses that cater to different pressure points on our body reign supreme. On top of that, they also have to be durable enough to support a variety of different body types.
Among the demographic of large frame sleepers, there’s always been this common struggle to find the right mattress that ticks both boxes of comfiness and adequate support. Fortunately, the product portfolio of this segment has expanded exponentially compared to the past. When buying mattresses for people larger in size, consider factors such as materials, thickness, adjustability, weight capacity, and ventilation carefully to ensure you get the most out of your money.
You should set aside some time to search for a mattress that suits your weight. Thus, you can get a bed that offers the ideal parity of coziness and support. Providing proper support for your spine arrangement so you can improve sleep quality around evening time.
5. Keep an ideal ambient condition in your room
Many sleep specialists state that a cool room, something close to 65 degrees, makes for the best sleep, and exploration backs this idea.
Your body temperature fluctuates up and down throughout a typical 24-hour period. As you become lazy, your temperature goes down, and eventually dips to the lowest level around 5:00 a.m., and climbs somewhat as morning starts. This is the reason the air in your room can influence the nature of your sleep: if it’s excessively hot, it might meddle with your body’s temperature regulation process, causing you to constantly roll back and forth in your bed in fits of heat.
There’s been a proven correlation between insomnia and improper body heat regulation. And since everybody has different body temperatures optimal for sleep, the only way to find what you’re comfortable with is by experimenting with different AC settings in your room.
A well-designed bedroom has an amazing superpower that’s often overlooked. Sometimes, the smallest details make the biggest impact. Step up your IKEA game and turn your bedroom from a plain personal container space to a bonafide sleep sanctuary.