Your bedroom should be the sanctuary of sleep, a mecca to one of the most important daily activities of every creature on the planet. For this reason it could be argued that your bedroom is the most important room in the house. It should be designed to help you sleep peacefully and uninterrupted for the recommended eight hours, because getting adequate sleep helps you deal with life, improves brain function and decreases the need for unnecessary snacking. Personally, I would get to bed earlier if my room were more inviting – I guess I just found my next project.
Elements of your bedroom like the color of the walls and decorations, the age of your mattress, distractions, clutter, lights and noise can all be carefully designed to help promote a better night sleep rather than detract from it.
Can you design your bedroom to help you sleep better?
There was a study done in the UK which discovered that some colors promote more sleep than others. They did this study in 2,000 households to see how color effects sleep. Blue won in this study showing that people who sleep in rooms that were mainly blue received an average of seven hours and 52 minutes of sleep. It is believed that blue can slow heart rate and reduce blood pressure. These are all good reasons to paint your bedroom blue for a better night sleep. Yellow and green came in second place for sleep promotion. In this study they also noted that people who slept in blue, yellow or green rooms woke up happier. Silver deserves an honorable mention because average sleep time in sliver rooms was only three minutes behind green rooms and it’s a really pretty color for a bedroom. In contrast to these optimal colors for sleep, people in this study who slept in purple bedrooms had the worst sleeping average at five hours and 56 minutes of sleep. This may be due to the fact that purple is mentally stimulating which doesn’t help your mind shut down for the night. Brown and grey produced only slightly better average sleep times than purple at six hours and 12 minutes.
A bedroom with a blue theme is believed to encourage better sleep
Having a good mattress is super important. It’s recommended a mattress should be replaced every seven to eight years. I am not a mattress expert so you decide what’s best for your needs. Don’t forget the bedding! Consider thread count—scratchy sheets are not fun to sleep in. Don’t use too many blankets and be sure to avoid the non-sleep-promoting colors in your bedding choice. Stick with blues, greens, yellows and silvers.
Bedding with a high thread count and in restful colors like yellow, will help with sleep.
I want to make something very clear. The bedroom is for sleep. If you have a bunch of other things set up in your room like a TV, office or exercise equipment, you may find it harder to sleep because there are other things in the room tempting, distracting or making you feel guilty. The habits you form around these items will tell your brain to “work” on these things causing some of us to have difficulty falling to sleep or staying asleep. Sleep is every bit as important as the zillion other things going on in your life because it helps you to deal with your life. Get rid of the distractions. They don’t belong in your bedroom.
Lets play a game. How many things can you remove from this room that could be distracting from a restful night’s sleep? I’ll give you a hint: At least six.
Another thing that can be a distraction is storage under the bed. I dare you to try it! Clean out everything from under the bed and see if you don’t sleep more peacefully. If you have no other option than to store things underneath your bed, it may be time to de-junk. At the very least, make sure the items you are storing below your bed are clean and organized. Even if you aren’t thinking about it, your subconscious is aware of the state of things down there. Ever heard of the Princess and the Pea?
Storage under the bed does not promote peace and rest, clear it out so you sleep better!
From wall color and bedding, to technology and storage, take a look at your bedroom and see if there is anything you can change to improve your sleep. On Friday look for part two of ‘8 Bedroom Design Tips to Help you Sleep Better’, where I’ll discuss clutter, lighting, and noise. What Color is your bedroom? Would you change the color if it would help you to sleep?