You know the power of a good night's sleep. It’s the difference between feeling like a million bucks or feeling like spare change and pocket lint. Your productivity soars when you feel well-rested, so ensuring your bedroom provides a relaxing environment that helps you drift away is one of the most important interior design decisions you make. Here are the top five tips to help create your own sleep-inducing oasis.
Invest in Quality Materials
We spend a third of our life sleeping, so it makes sense to invest in high-quality materials that will help us get to and stay asleep. Look for breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, down, or wool. After selecting your material, make sure you’ve got the right fit and feel. Thread count is just a marketing ploy, so don’t be swayed by those super high counts. Find what feels most comfortable.
Choose the Correct Temperature
If you find yourself tossing and turning while trying to get to sleep, your bedroom’s temperature could be the cause. Researchers tell us that slightly cooler temperatures, between 60-67 degrees, help us drift to and stay asleep longer.
Keep technology at bay
This may be the one tip you’re struggling to get on board with, because you’ve undoubtedly heard it by now, but if you want your mind to associate sleep with your bedroom, you’ve got to leave your technology out of it. Not only does late-night scrolling actually put the brain on high alert and thus impede your precious sleep, but you’re also less likely to be able to recognize your feelings of sleepiness when tech is within arm’s reach.
Try setting a technology bedtime for the whole family an hour or so before everyone’s actual bedtime. You’ll likely discover saying no to night time tech drastically changes your sleeping game.
Provide plenty of ventilation
Increasing your room’s airflow can keep the air from feeling stuffy and lower the temperature. You might not always be able or want to open the window, especially if an open window means increased noise, but there are still ways to increase airflow. Air filters, diffusers with gentle, sleep-inducing scents such as lavender, and nature’s own air filters, plants, are all great elements to include.
Keep your bedroom space tidy
Even if you’re someone who doesn’t value the magical art of tidying up, research tells us that a cluttered bedroom equates to a cluttered mind. You’re much more likely to drift away if the last and first thing you see is a tidy space (instead of one that reflects your chore list).
There are also health benefits to tending to your bedroom’s cleanliness. Vacuuming, dusting, and regularly washing bedding reduces the number of allergens in the air and the likelihood that you’ll face breathing irritation.
Follow these easy tips and you'll be on your way to enjoying your own slumber oasis in no time.