Those joyful days after getting a good nights sleep are bliss. Both mentally and physically, we have a spring in our step.
If these feel like a distant memory, you're not alone. It's been reported that at least 30% of the adult population struggle with insomnia and of course the events of the last 18 months hasn't done anything to help. So, what can we do to help? Whilst there are many factors at play that contribute towards a poor nights sleep, at Grandad's Shed here in Yorkshire, we're big believers here that design can have a positive impact on our health.
Let's dive into the best steps we can take to design our bedrooms for a good nights sleep.
It's best practice to keep your bedroom a tech free space. However, we know that in reality that might not always be possible. Cue: storage hacks. Clever storage doesn't just mean a tidier space. When we hide out electrics, devices and wires, our mood improves. A clean and decluttered space will also bread a more peaceful zone to relax into a good nights sleep.
The bedroom isn't a place to rely on a pendant light for illuminating your room. You can read more on why layering lighting is important in any room here. In our bedrooms, it's even more important. Opt for layers of lights like table lamps and wall lights that are designed to create a soft and relaxing mood in the evening, setting you up for a lovely nights sleep. Perhaps the perfect lighting for diving into your latest read whilst your devices are off?
Colour can have a huge impact on our mood and emotions. By sticking to a soft colour palette, we create a relaxed feel in our bedroom spaces. Moodier and richer tones also work well in a bedroom as they offer a calm and yet cosy effect.
A Good Mattress
Ah, yes. The dreaded 'when did you last replace your mattress?' question. If you just can't remember when, then it's probably time for a refresh. In fact, it's recommended that we replace our mattresses every 7 to 10 years. Not only can a new mattress improve your nights sleep, but it can also help to alleviate some of those aches and pains.
The simple truth is that darkness promotes a good nights sleep. Hiding electrics can help but blocking out the glare from outside is a vital step to feeling sleepy. This is even more important in spring and summer when the sun hangs around for longer outside our windows.
Having good quality - and attractive - blinds adorning our windows is an essential step to take to ensure you sleep well. Click here to learn more about bespoke curtains and blinds for your bedroom.
Now we've sorted our light disturbances, it's time to tackle noise. Rugs and upholstered bedroom furniture is the way to go to absorb sound and create a welcoming and cosy space.
If you've got a tired bed, ottoman or armchair in your bedroom that needs a little love and attention, you may be interested in our reupholstery services.
Last but by no means least, bedding. To drift off easily, we need to lower our body temperature. That means that as cosy as the thickest duvet might be, it might not be helping our sleep at night. Opt for breathable fabrics like linen for a cooling effect.
What's your favourite tip for creating a relaxed bedroom? Let me know in the comments below!
If you'd like a guiding hand with nailing your own bedroom design, I'd love to team up! Please call Vicki Kress Interiors on 01759 306777 to arrange your Home Visit.