How to Design Your Bedroom for a Better Sleep
This article originally appeared on laurelandwolf.com.
A bedroom is so much more than just some room where you sleep at night. Turns out, the space you choose to hit the hay has a significant effect on the quality of your slumber. To help optimize your sleep time, Laurel & Wolf has assembled a bedroom design guide of tips and tricks so you can rest at ease.
It’s common knowledge that a cluttered bedroom begets a cluttered psyche, and if your headspace is too messy, you can kiss clocking any quality REM cycles goodbye. How can you truly relax with heaps of weeks-old dirty gym clothes looming in the corner, or greeting cards from your eccentric aunt strewn at the foot of your bed? We’ll answer for you: you can’t. Sure it can be tough, especially in a small bedroom, so start small with achievable cleanliness goals, like making your bed every morning!
We know that it’s hard in our screen-saturated world to create complete darkness in your bedroom, but doing so is crucial in signaling to your brain that it’s time to close up shop for the night. Black-out shades or curtains are an effective way to seal out light to create the ultimate sleep cocoon. And as tough as this might sound, try keeping your phone and other gadgets three feet from your bed while you sleep. If you really want a self-control challenge, refrain from using your phone, iPad or computer right before bed. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a good book just as entertaining as your Instagram feed!
The only thing worse than trying to sleep while sweating is trying to sleep while shivering. But keeping your bedroom at the perfect sleep temperature of between 65 and 67 degrees isn’t necessarily enough to fight off mid-night hot and cold flashes. That’s why you should wear soft bedclothes and opt for bedding in light linen fabrics or natural fiber cotton.
The bedroom usually isn’t an appropriate place for science talk, but we’ll make an exception in the name of design. Cool colors like blue are more soothing. Don’t question it, it’s biology! Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb executed this design hack in his transformation of four bedrooms in San Francisco to create stylish yet sleep-inducing spaces. So if you really want to mellow out, take a page out of James’s book and steer clear of those reds and yellows and go with a blue hue instead.
When it comes to bedroom layout, the bed is king. Depending on the amount of space you’re working with, center your bed against the wall and pair it a with striking headboard—it’s your throne for sleep, after all. A symmetrical layout of the other décor around your bed can help create a calming Feng shui, as well as maintaining open space around the bed. (Which makes it easier to make your bed too!)
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To truly achieve the best night’s sleep possible, you can’t leave any sense unturned. This finally leads us to smell. Synthetic air fresheners should be treated like evil twins and exiled far away from your bedroom. Instead, use natural scents like lavender and jasmine which have been proven to slow down heart rate. Not only do fresh flowers and plants bring a delicate touch to any room, but their natural fragrances will hush your anxieties and whisk you off to dreamland.