Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to starting your day off on a good note. When you sleep well, you wake up rested, refreshed and ready to face the world. It is, therefore, important that your bedroom be conducive to sleep. However, you don’t use your bedroom just for sleep. It may be where you apply your makeup, read and just generally unwind. Because of this, it also needs to be a comfortable living space. Here are some things you should consider.
Invest in a Proper Mattress and Bedding
The bed is, of course, the central point of the bedroom and you get what you pay for. A significant portion of your budget will go towards getting a high-quality mattress. After five to seven years, your mattress is probably not giving you the support and comfort it used to. You may feel uncomfortable in bed or you may find yourself waking up with aches and pains frequently. The wear and tear on the mattress may even be visible.
When this happens, it’s time to go shopping. You should seek a mattress and pillow which help to keep your spine properly aligned. High thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets as well as soft bed throws can help to make the bed inviting at any time of day.
It is also important to consider the texture of the bedding materials. Be sure to touch the linens before you buy them and compare different thread counts, weaves, and fabrics. For pillows and comforters, give the different fillings and weights a try before you decide. Consider using visually contrasting textures to add interest to the room.
Get the Temperature Right
To ensure you get a good night’s rest, make sure the temperature of the room is comfortable for everyone who will be occupying it. Typically, the ideal temperature for sleep is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit. This helps your body temperature to drop to facilitate sleep. Higher or lower temperatures can affect your rapid eye movement sleep and make you restless. A room that’s too hot or too cold will leave you tossing and turning or shivering all night.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat to help regulate the temperature in your bedroom. You should also make sure the bedding materials won’t keep you too hot at night. Lots of duvets and pillows look luxurious but they may make you uncomfortable unless you are prepared to move them every night.
Make Sure the Lighting is Flexible
You will need darkness when it’s bedtime but during the day and earlier in the night, you will need lots of light. Light is used for both ambiance and specific tasks so you will need to have some options. Get blackout blinds for the windows so you can draw them at night and tie them back when you need to let the sunshine in. if you work in your bedroom, you may need brighter lights near your desk. You may also want a high wattage light bulb for around your mirror. However, ambient lights and reading lights don’t need to be extremely bright. Dimmer switches can give you room for customization and they come in handy for overhead lights.
Meanwhile, TVs, cell phones, and alarm clocks can all display distracting lights which can affect your sleep. You may need them during the day but try to place them in areas where you can’t see them at night.
Get Rid of Distracting Sounds
Some people can sleep through anything, but noise can be quite distracting for others. Reducing certain sounds can, therefore, ensure a more restful night. Mute your cell phone and other devices during the night so texts, emails, and social media notifications don’t come through. Chances are that when you hear them, you will want to check your phone and reply or share content. Going back to sleep will be difficult. If you prefer some kind of sound to fall asleep to, try a fan, small fountain or air purifier. This type of white noise can help block out other stimulation and make you fall asleep more quickly. There are also Alexa apps you can use to generate calming sounds.
Choose Paint Colors Carefully
The colors you choose for the bedroom can impact your sleep. While you may like bright colors, they don’t help with relaxation. White, beige, blue and other pastels help to calm and relax the mind. If the room is tiny, lighter colors can help it appear larger. For a large, cavernous room, dark shades lend to warmth and a cozy feeling.
When choosing the color scheme for your walls, look for shades that are next to each other on the color wheel. Those that contrast or are strikingly different will not promote rest. Of course, you will want to add some color to jazz things up. Try to incorporate brighter shades in soft furnishings, paintings and other types of artwork. This will add some interest to the room during the day. Red and orange can help with warmth while blues and greens make the room seem cooler.
Choose Décor Wisely
You’ll want your bedroom to be comfortable and welcoming, both physically and psychologically. Get rid of clutter and any unnecessary objects since these can lead to anxiety and stress. You won’t be able to unwind if you’re surrounded by chaos. Instead, choose a few meaningful photographs and keepsakes to display to add a personal touch.
Flowers or small plants can add a touch of nature and a further sense of calm while a scented candle can add a nice aroma. Over time, we tend to collect things so set a schedule for cleaning up and organizing your space. You will locate things more easily and find the room more inviting. As your interests or tastes change, feel free to swap out some of the items for new ones so the room reflects your growth and personality.
Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. They are living spaces. This dual use means they need to be perfect during both the day and the night. Use the tips above to help create a comfy, intimate space during the day and an oasis of rest at night.
Sebastian Morales is Founder and CEO of Good & Bed. Prior to Starting Good & Bed, Sebastian was an investment banker based in New York City.