To function in a healthy and productive way, sleep is vital for our well being. Did you know we spend up to 1/3rd of our lives between the sheets?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night for adults ages 18 to 64 years old. Of course, thanks to life’s daily stresses and circumstances, actually gaining those precious hours of sleep may be easier said than done.
Did you know that your bedroom’s design and decor can and does affect your ability to fall and stay asleep at night? Here are a few things you can do to your room to help catch more “z’s” each night.
Colors have a great affect on our moods. That’s why it’s a good idea to choose a soothing color palette in areas of the home where you often relax. Cooler color hues like grays, blues, greens, and purples help create a relaxing atmosphere. Studies show that these colors help reduce stress and anxiety, two emotions that reek havoc on your sleep patterns.
Clutter can be a major stress agitator. It not only bombards our senses with random stimuli, but it also creates subconscious anxiety about completing tasks. Decluttering a bedroom can help train your mind to slow down and relax in the space. Doctors, and even marriage counselors, who treat sleep disorders tell us that clean, uncluttered bedrooms make for happy homes and a good night’s rest. De-cluttering doesn’t need to be a massive undertaking. Spend 5 minutes a day putting clothes away in the closet, removing random item off your nightstand, and picking up other strewn items and putting them in their proper place.
Take Out Technology:
To put a TV in the bedroom, or to not put a TV in the bedroom: that is the question. Screens emit a blue light that can disrupt our sleep cycles. Each room should serve a purpose. Like the kitchen serves as a place to nourish our bodies, the bedroom should serve as a place to rest our bodies. Use your bedroom for sleep and intimate time with your partner only. Watching television, working on your laptop, and taking phone calls should be reserved only for living rooms and studies.
The more comfortable you are, the more you tend to relax. Make comfort your priority. When choosing bedding, make sure whatever you choose is pleasant to the touch. Soft sheets and cozy blankets help soothe and comfort. Choosing breathable fabrics is important, too! No one likes to wake up hot and sweaty because your sheets are too uncomfortable.
How are you creating a master bedroom oasis in your home? Start implementing some of these tips, and you’ll be on your way to a great night’s sleep! Share with us a picture of your bedroom re-design on our Facebook page!