How To Design Your Bedroom For The Perfect Night’s Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best thing’s you can do for your mental and physical health. It’s restorative, it helps us focus and can have a positive impact on mood.
It’s not surprising then that if we suffer from a bad night’s sleep, or worse, chronic insomnia, almost every aspect of our lives is affected.
A survey by Aviva found that 67% of adults in the UK experience disrupted sleep and 23% sleep for five hours a night or less.
There are a number of ways to improve the length and quality of our sleep, including changing our diet, exercising more and reducing stress levels. There’s also another vital factor in getting a good night’s sleep, our bedroom. To give yourself the best chance of a good nights sleep, you need to pay attention to the room you sleep in.
Make your room special
Unlike when you’re a teenager, you don’t have to try and hoard all of your worldly possessions in your bedroom. Make your room tasteful, uncluttered and clean (dust is terrible for allergies and asthma).
We often neglect our bedrooms when redecorating our homes, concentrating on the communal areas of our home that people will see. Pay as much attention to your bedroom as any other room. Splash out on some nice furniture online and quality bed linens that feel fantastic to slip into at the end of the day.
Find the perfect mattress
A comfortable bed is a must-have. If your mattress is old or just isn’t working for you anymore, buy a new one. There are a number of hybrid mattresses out there that can change the way you sleep.
The same goes for pillows. Find supportive pillows that won’t leave you with an aching neck. It is usually recommended that people who lie on their backs use one pillow and people who sleep on their sides should use two. This ensures that your neck and spine are at the correct angle when you sleep.
Lower the temperature
Most of us will know someone who loves to sleep with the windows open, even in winter, or has to have a fan on all night. Turns out, they have the right idea. Sleeping in temperatures between 60-67 degrees, it was found that people slept longer and felt more restored the following day.
Opening a window is a great way to lower the temperature and get some airflow through the room. If opening the window isn’t an option then a cooling fan is a good idea. If you do this you might want to think about getting a humidifier too so that you don’t end up with a dry nose and throat.
Try and keep your room free of electronics and TV. Some people can relax watching the TV, some can’t. If that’s you, stick to watching it somewhere else. Instead of having your mobile phone by your bed, leave it somewhere else and invest in a good old fashioned alarm clock to wake you up.