The Ideal Bedroom Space: Our guide to creating a functional bedroom haven
As most of us begin and end our days in the wintry gloom of...
Getting a great night’s sleep is extremely important, particularly as the warmer days are finally here. Therefore, we need to adapt our bedrooms to the higher temperatures of the season to avoid sleeping problems.
Your bedroom should be a place of tranquillity, where you can unwind, switch off and drift to sleep effortlessly and there are many ways to achieve exactly that. To help you turn your bedroom into a sleep-friendly haven, we’ve outlined our top 5 recommendations below, with some help from the experts:
An important change you need to make to your bedroom is to ensure that all forms of technology are put away. According to SCL Health blue light is harmful to your eyes and the blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin which is the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle.
As stated by Stephanie Romiszewski from Sleep Head Clinic “the bedroom should be associated with peace and relaxation. Activities in the bedroom should be kept to a minimum”. Her advice is to ditch the tech and go for an old fashioned alarm clock.
Aiming to not use technology 30 minutes before you hit the hay is a good start to get in the routine of not consuming digital media right up until you go to sleep.
Achieving total darkness in the summer can be difficult, but there are various changes you can make to your bedroom to implement this.
Blackout curtains are a great investment that can stop light from streaming in, meaning you can get to sleep quickly but also stop you from being woken up from the early morning sun. As mentioned previously, removing light-emitting devices such as TV’s or electronic clocks can help you achieve complete darkness instantly.
When it comes to choosing bed linen, there can often be too much choice on the market. We recommend investing in a thread count that is higher than 200 in a fine natural libre, these will stand the test of time and provide that luxurious hotel feel to your bedroom.
But what fabric should you opt for? Sleepy Head Clinic explains that scientists have tested wool along with other bedding materials to see which induced the best quality of sleep.
“Wool was found to induce both longer and deeper sleep, with those sleeping on wool bedding waking less frequently during the night. These effects were amplified the hotter the temperature, with people in wool sleeping over 20 minutes longer compared to other types of bedding.”
Temperature significantly affects our sleep and during summer therefore it’s important to regulate your room.
Healthline states that “Being in a comfortable environment is essential for healthy sleep. Keeping your sleeping quarters at a temperature near 65°F (18.3°C), give or take a few degrees, is ideal. Your body’s temperature decreases during sleep, and a cool, but not cold, room will help you settle into and maintain sleep throughout the night.”
Investing in a standing fan to cool your room before bed on those hot nights will help to create that comfortable sleeping temperature.
Lighting in a home is a crucial investment and can also complement getting a perfect sleep.
We recommend using warmer bulbs for your bedside lights, this helps to create a calming atmosphere and increases the feeling of relaxation. It also bodes as the perfect amount of brightness for reading before bed, another great tip for getting a good night’s sleep.
Investing in dimmers for your lights is another great way to take your bedroom from day to night. The absence of light sends a critical signal to the body that it is time to rest and dim lights are the perfect in-between before you are ready to doze off.
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