Having a good night’s rest is important for our health and wellbeing. As we’ve been told, a good sleep help repair and restore our brain and body, as well as boost the immune system. Luckily, interior design can help everyone get a better sleep and these are the steps to do it! Off to dreamland!
The most basic and important step is to declutter. We don’t realize this but clutter tires the mind because our eyes work harder to focus on seeing things. For advice on decluttering, read Simple Organizing And Decorating Tricks You’ll Never Forget.
2. Hang up blackout curtains
For those who can’t sleep well, chances are they can’t sleep with any hint of light in the room. Even the dim lights from a soft, night lamp will keep them awake until the next morning. To manage this, install blackout or thick curtains/ blinds over the windows. Another tip is to avoid exposure to blue light for about 3 hours before going to bed, meaning no gadgets before bedtime! This is because blue light suppresses sleep-inducing melatonin.
3. Gadget ban in the bedroom
Other than avoiding blue light, electromagnetic waves from our beloved devices do disturb our sleep. Unless you have the money to install a special switch to power down all devices in the house like Miranda Kerr, you have to settle for self-discipline and remove all the gadgets from the bedroom.
4. Noise dampening
For light sleepers, add something soft to the room such as a fluffy rug or cushions to absorb sound.
5. Evaluate the bed and its design
The mattress, duvet and pillows play a huge role in our sleep. Push the bed against a wall and make sure to sleep facing the door so you don’t need to anticipate or watch out for people coming in.
To pick a good mattress, make sure to test it out by lying on it. There should be no gap under the lower back. A mattress that’s too firm will not support the shoulders and hips well while a very soft mattress acts like a hammock and worsens the body posture. If possible, get a mattress that is filled with natural fibres such as wool and hemp because it helps regulate the body temperature. Cotton bedsheets are better because it helps the body breathe at warm temperatures.
For pillows, it depends on the individual’s sleeping position. Back-sleepers will need a flatter pillow to keep the neck aligned while a side sleeper will be more comfortable with a plumper pillow. Memory foam provides more neck support but can lead to overheating. The best choice is to get a latex pillow because it provides good support and doesn’t cause overheating. The ultimate choice is always the luxe down filling.
For duvets, microfibre is a good choice for allergy sufferers. Depending on your preference, a heavy duvet may help in getting a good sleep because it mimics warmth but there are also lighter blankets in the market that provides similar warmth.
6. Check the temperature in the room
It’s amazing what power cuts can make one realize. The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 18- 21 degrees Celcius. If possible, have both the fan and air-cond in the bedroom so you have choices. Sleeping with a fan is healthier but given our climate and changing temperatures, we still need to rely on the air-cond.
If you are able to, adding more shady trees and plants around the house exterior can help cut down the heat from entering the house.
7. Reconsider the colours in the room
A neutral colour palette helps calm down our senses: reducing the heart rate, lower blood pressure and slow down breathing rate. While bright colours can brighten the room, too much can also be overwhelming.
8. Liven it up with plants
Plants are the oldest and most human-friendly air filters on the planet. Putting a small plant in the room adds a little zen into the room.