There’s no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep. Now the days are shorter and the nights are drawing in there’s no better time to consider how your bedroom works for you.
With a demand for 24hr adaptable living, this versatile space can easily function as an office, a quiet snug to relax with a book or a place to wind down and watch your favourite TV show. Ultimately though the bedroom should be a sanctuary for sleep.
Your bedroom needs to be a personal retreat, a space to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, taking care of you and your lifestyle needs. It’s essential to wake up feeling refreshed and healthy, so a good night’s sleep is key to achieving a positive start to the day. The room needs to work for you from the moment you wake up to the second you fall asleep. To help create the perfect sleep sanctuary this winter we’ve highlighted 8 of our recommended solutions below:
Achieve total darkness
We typically design our rooms to maximise natural light, however in the bedroom we need to do the opposite creating complete darkness at night. Unless you live in a dark rural area the constant light pollution from street lamps and passing cars can hinder a good night’s sleep. Opt for long curtains with blackout lining, or combine window treatments like shutters/blinds to effectively exclude the light, this will also help to sound insulate the room.
Choose the perfect bed linen
Choosing bed linen can be tricky, keep it simple and choose a breathable natural fibre such as pure Egyptian cotton. This type of linen is especially gentle on the skin making for a comfortable sleep even on the coldest of nights. Look for a thread count that is higher than 200 in a fine natural fibre, these will last and feel luxurious for longer.
Shades that soothe
Using the right colour palette can help create a tranquil mood that’s conducive to sleep. Warm grey tones that mimic moonlight, light blues and calming neutrals inspired by nature enable you to relax and switch off before sleep. Dark rich neutral shades can also imbue a calm atmosphere absorbing the light in the room, creating the illusion of being cocooned. Try not to opt for reds, bright colours or clashing tones as these will stimulate the mind and imagination making it harder to drift off.
Find the right pillows
Invest in comfort. Your pillow can make a huge difference between an unsettled or restful nights sleep. Finding the perfect type may seem like a simple task, however choosing the correct pillow for your personal sleep cycle can be tricky when there are so many options available.
For those who sleep on their side or suffer with back problems a memory foam pillow is a great option. Offering extra support they hold the natural position of the spine and neck, aligning them for comfort. If you’re a restless sleeper who prefers to sleep on their back, luxury feather pillows are what you need. Incredibly comfortable, lightweight and soft they still offer natural support whilst ensuring you drift off into a peaceful slumber.
Scents to send you to sleep
Certain scents can soothe and aid relaxation such as Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine and Rose. We suggest indulging in a pillow spray containing Lavender oils, these are proven to have a calming effect helping you to drift off. Our favourite is the L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist, made with essential oils that help to create a calming atmosphere and soothe the senses for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Dim the lights
About an hour before you want to sleep dim the lights to help regulate your body and mind into sleep mode. Shut all curtains and switch main lights off only leaving small softly lit lamps. For bedside lights it’s always best to use warmer bulbs to create a calm relaxing atmosphere, eliminate all distracting light sources like digital displays and outside lighting.
Light from televisions or any other device delays the release of sleep-inducing melatonin making it hard to drift off. Swap watching late night TV and social media for a book or magazine. If a television is a must in your bedroom there are many clever options to hide it, for example our Levigo sliding door concept is perfect for hiding unsightly wires and screens.
Go clutter free – A tidy room equals a tidy mind
For a tranquil, stress-free bedroom it’s a good idea to go clutter free, opting for clever integrated storage solutions. Pick and choose the items you want displayed wisely and organise the rest behind closed doors, this way you wake up stress free knowing where everything is. Think about the flow of the room, make sure walkways are not obstructed by clunky furniture or clutter making for a calm, inviting oasis.
Take a look at our own stunning bedroom solutions to create the perfect sanctuary: