Of all the design trends we’ve encountered this year, designing a home with a focus on wellness seems to top the list. A living environment has the potential to influence health and well-being in unexpected ways. For example, choosing quality cabinets for the home that are Greenguard certified and CARB2 compliant can help to improve indoor air quality by reducing harmful emissions. With that said, sleep can also have an impact on health, which is why we are turning our attention to the bedroom. Read on to learn how to make this space a serene haven for restful slumber.
Calm The Clutter
Do you wake up feeling tired and groggy? According to a recent survey by sleep experts at CPAP, a cluttered bedroom could be the reason. “Indeed, only 26% of messy respondents felt satisfied with their sleep quality. By contrast, clean people were roughly twice as likely to feel content with their sleep.” It’s a well known belief that a messy bedroom can increase anxiety and negatively affect our ability to rest. If you are finding it difficult to fall and stay asleep, finding smart solutions to calm the clutter can also help to calm your mind — and catch some zzzs. Keep clothing off the floor with quality cabinets and a well organized closet system. If your bedroom serves more than one purpose by doubling as a home office, make sure each area is clearly defined and kept tidy.
Make Your Bed
Another recent survey, this time by SleepJunkie, showed that people who regularly wash their bed linens report higher sleep satisfaction. Freshly washed sheets are not just hygienic. They also feel soothing on the skin and can help us rest easier. Wash your sheets at least once a week in the laundry room, and be sure to make your bed every morning. Making your bed can give you a sense of control over your surroundings, and when added to your routine, can be the motivation you need to keep the rest of your space looking nice and neat. Making your bed also helps to protect the sheets and blankets below, keeping them free from dust and allergens that can also interrupt sleep.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Experts believe the ideal home temperature for a good night’s sleep is between 64 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. As an added bonus, setting your thermostat at a lower temperature before bedtime can help save energy and money on utility bills. Covering windows with blackout curtains can help to keep the room cool and dark. Choosing a temperature regulating mattress and pillow can also help prevent overheating, as well as using seasonally appropriate bedding when the weather changes. Other options for staying cool include lightweight, moisture-wicking pajamas and sheets.
It’s also wise to put away electronic devices like your cell phones, laptops, and tablets at least 30 minutes before bedtime to promote better rest. As you can see, transforming your bedroom into a tranquil haven for healthier sleep is a simple process and well worth the effort. Sweet dreams!
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