Are you struggling to get a decent night’s sleep? A spate of studies has shown that there is a clear link between inadequate sleep and obesity, heart disease, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. Furthermore sleep deprived people are generally unhappier because they have a harder time remembering positive ideas. The good news is, you can reverse the conditions of inadequate shut-eye by making a few adjustments to your bedroom environment!
Here are 5 ways to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly:
1. Buy a new mattress
First consider whether or not your current mattress is the right one. Are you waking up with lower back pain or general aches and pain? If so, a new mattress may be the solution you need.
Your mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position with your spine, heels, shoulders and head in proper alignment. A medium-to-firm mattress is a popular choice for people with back pain but the only way to truly find the right mattress is to try one out. Experts suggest testing the mattress in store but it is probably best to buy a mattress with a 30 day return policy so you can really test it out.
2. Choose the right bedding
A higher thread count doesn’t always mean quality and it certainly won’t guarantee a better nights' sleep. It is important that your bedding is achieving and sustaining the temperature you prefer to sleep in, some bedding has certain synthetics that keep you warm and toasty, others are meant to stay cool so you wake up refreshed.
3. Repaint in soothing colours
According to this article in sleep.org, people whose rooms are painted blue tend to sleep longer than those whose bedrooms are painted other colours because blue is associated with calmness and helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate. If blue isn’t your style click the color chart below to see what color suits your personality in conjunction with the overall feeling you want to achieve in your room.
Click here for the Psychology of Colour Chart
4. Switch Off
Everyone has a different routine that helps them get ready for bed and settled in for the night. Unfortunately, for many that involves technology like smart phones and alarm clocks ; however, they emit a blue light which tricks your brain into lowering melatonin production levels preventing a soothing routine into relaxation. If you need an alarm clock to wake up then consider placing it as far away from your head as possible, also if you are brave enough, try a new routine for a week without technology. Do let us know if it helped.
5. Install blackout shades
The ideal bedroom environment should be dark, quiet and cool (ideally between 60-67 degrees). If you have light filtering into your bedroom through a window consider installing blackout shades. When you are exposed to light during the night your brain thinks it’s time to wake up.
On average, we spend a third of our day in bed so we at Lux Country Living believe it is important to ensure your bedroom is instilling the feeling you want to achieve and allowing you to get that perfect nights’ sleep. Try out these tips and do let us know if you have a special tip. We love comments!