Nowadays, your bedroom has to fulfil a lot of uses. Yours may double up as an office, a gym or even a private home cinema when you’re on a boxset binge.
With the recent popularity of space-saving, Scandinavian design, we all want to make the most of every inch of space in our homes. But making your bedroom multi-task may be negatively impacting your sleep.
If you want a bedroom that’s beautifully designed but still encourages you to sleep, here are a few tips and tricks we have gathered about how to do it.
Clear out the clutter
That’s right - all those minimalist lifestyle bloggers may be onto something!
Although you can’t see it in the dark, a cluttered space can raise feelings of anxiety and stress which makes it harder to sleep. It’s a lot harder to forget about all the laundry you have to do when the basket is overflowing onto the floor!
A clean room can help you maintain a clear state of mind as you lay down to sleep. Take five minutes a night to tidy away any mess and throw any clothes into the laundry basket.
After all, there’s nothing more disruptive than tripping over yesterday’s jeans on a night-time toilet trip!
Dim it down
It may sound hard to believe, but there is actually an entire section of the interior design world dedicated to lighting alone! How we light our spaces can affect our mood, productivity and most importantly, how well we sleep.
Multiple light sources give you the best control. Stylish lamps and fittings with dimming options can be fantastic for slowly lulling yourself to sleep throughout the evening. Turn the lights down low and relax with a good book to help you drift off naturally.
And if you feel really fancy, why not look into smart lighting for your home, which can be controlled from your phone or tablet? The future is now!
Many people find they can only get to sleep in total darkness. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to invest in blackout curtains. This will prevent light disturbances during the night.
The sound of silence
Another major disturbing factor can be errant noise, whether from traffic, night-owl neighbours or most tragically - a partner who snores!
Unfortunately, it can be hard to control factors like these but you don’t have to boot your partner out of bed! Invest in some quality earplugs. There are many materials to choose from including silicone and foam, that are ergonomically designed. You’ll probably forget that you’re wearing them.
If you really can’t bear the feeling of anything in your ears, try a white noise machine. They mask intrusive sounds and provide a soothing hum that can assist you in drifting off to sleep.
Like dimming the lights, this works best if you acclimatise yourself to the quietness in the hours leading up to bedtime. Try to do something for half an hour before bed that doesn’t involve music, television or watching Youtube on your phone.
Keep it cool
Sleep comes most easily within a cool environment. A warm bedroom may make us feel drowsy to begin with, but a cool temperature is best for sustained sleep.
The Sleep Council recommends somewhere between 16-18°C (60-65°F). Any higher and you’re likely to wake up sweating. Cold temperatures, on the other hand, can make it very difficult to drop off in the first place.
Aim for cosy, but not cooked by using a 4.5 tog summer duvet and a breathable cotton or hollowfibre pillow. We love the Sealy Posturepedic Cooltech Pillow, which contains a refreshing layer of gel. The cool side of the pillow never felt so good!
Using a reusable gel eye mask for ten minutes before bed can also help soothe you to sleep and is great for reducing puffiness and tired eyes!
Create a bedroom blacklist
For those who really struggle to sleep, it may be time to get strict with yourself by banning the following items from your room in the evening:
Computers - Even if your bedroom doubles as an office, don’t get trapped in the cycle of replying to work emails and scrolling through social media late into the night. After 7PM, send the laptop packing!
Your phone - Yes, we’re serious! World-famous author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek urges his followers not to allow phones in the bedroom. And he isn’t having any excuses!
"Some say “but it’s my alarm clock.” Buy an alarm clock. They cost eight dollars."
Food - Snacking before bed isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Foods high in protein and carbohydrate have actually been shown to help sleep - particularly peanut butter and toast! However crumbs in your sheets are not a good feeling and dirty plates count as clutter, so enjoy your night-time munchies in the kitchen!
Use your bedroom as a bedroom
In a study performed on over 500 participants, it was found that the longer people spend in bed - whether sleeping or not, the less restorative sleep they had.
In an ideal world, your bedroom should be used as a place to rest and wind down in the evening. Bringing too much activity into it, including using it as a workspace or a living room, can make it feel disassociated from its true purpose: a place to sleep.
Hopefully, these tips have helped you and you can begin to design your perfect sleeping environment today! Above all things, keep your bedroom cool, calm and the sanctuary for sleep it was always meant to be.
For more information on how to drift off, see our post about how reading can get you to sleep. Or if you’d like some more inspiration for your bedroom, try out some fresh interior design trends that we love!