For me, one of the greatest pleasures in life has to be a good night’s sleep. I just love that feeling of waking up in the morning, well rested and ready to take on the day. The only problem? It occurs in my daily life far less than I’d actually like.
The journey to a better night’s sleep is a tale as old as time. From hot foot baths to chamomile tea, we humans have tried it all in a bid to catch some precious zzz’s. Now, there’s even a range of smart technology designed to help give you the best night’s sleep of your life. But did you know that a far simpler solution lies in simply redecorating your bedroom? Ahead, designers share their interior hacks for a better night’s sleep. Sweet dreams!
A Calm and Cool Color Palette
When it comes to decorating your room for a good night’s sleep, just remember to keep it simple.
Usually I’m all for experimenting with bright colors and loud patterns, but designer Francis Toumbakaris warns that this may be a little too visually stimulating for a restful night’s sleep. Instead, opt for neutral shades, such as a white or light gray, which work to create a relaxing spa-like ambiance.
Drew Henry from Design Dudes further recommends emphasizing texture over pattern. For instance, consider wood-paneling in lieu of a patterned accent wall, or a faux fur rug instead of that loud kilim print. The aim of the game here is simple, clean and neutral.
One of the first things to know about sleep is that it’s all about melatonin – a hormone that helps signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.
Our bodies produce melatonin most effectively when we are in complete darkness. As such, Nick Littlehales, author of the best selling ‘SLEEP’, and sleep coach to the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, stresses that bedrooms must be free of any ambient lighting, including streetlights.
“If your curtains or blinds leak light around the edges, or if they are flimsy and transparent, replacing them would be a sensible option,” suggests Littlehales. “Blackout roller blinds can be bought relatively inexpensively. Alternatively, you could tape the curtains closed or use Velcro fasteners to attach easily removable blackout material to the windows at night.” Just remember to open your blackout blinds in the morning. Sunlight is important too in helping us to maintain a regular sleep cycle!
It’s something we’ve probably all heard time and again with aloof indifference, but here’s why we should actually start paying some attention to the no electronics rule.
You see, as designer Stacy Garcia explains, “electronics give off blue light that strains your eyes and makes you more alert.” Not good for when you’re trying to sleep! That’s why Garcia recommends avoiding technology at least thirty minutes before bedtime.
Other must-do’s include concealing your television behind the doors of a media console, and hiding your smartphone away in a separate room, or face down on your nightstand.
Invest in a Quality Mattress and Bed Sheets
Although a mattress and bed sheets are probably not the most exciting things to spend your money on, investing in these two basics could make the world of difference to the quality of your sleep.
A cheap uncomfortable mattress and bedding are a recipe for a night of tossing and turning. Instead, seek out the very best quality you can afford. After all, an investment in a good night’s sleep is also an investment in your health and your happiness.
When shopping for a new mattress, you want to make sure you find one which provides you with adequate support. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all here! Make sure you take the time to properly test your mattress before committing to a purchase. As for bed sheets, Toumbakaris says that a high thread count cotton is the gold standard.
What do you think of these interior hacks for a better night’s sleep? Do you have any of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!