After a long day at work or a busy weekend, there’s nothing better than jumping into bed and having a restful nights sleep. However, it isn’t always that simple. According to the American Sleep Association, 30% of adults report having short-term insomnia, one contributor being the quality of our sleep space.
If you’re struggling to have consistently good sleep it’s a good idea to take a look at your bedroom set-up and see how you can improve your interior design. Your environment can have a huge impact on your wellbeing and therefore the quality of your sleep so never underestimate the importance of bedroom interior design.
So, what can you do to aid better sleep? Well, as your local interior designers in Scotland, the team at BoConcept understands how to create a sense of calm while maintaining the stylish features that make a home unique.
In this blog, we discuss some of the top interior design secrets for encouraging better sleep. Read on for all you need to know.
Which bedroom ideas are ideal for better sleep?
The thing that makes a house a home is combining practicality and style. Where the bedroom is concerned, creating a space that offers a restful nights sleep without losing creative design elements is a perfect balance. It’s easy for bedrooms to feel like an empty shell but the following ideas will add a little flair to the room as well as promote healthier sleep.
Choosing calming colour-schemes
Being bold and wild is a great way of inserting your personality into your home but in the bedroom, it’s important to consider your choice of colours. For most people, warmer, softer shades are most appealing for the bedroom as they are less striking and will make you feel more relaxed – this includes your walls, flooring and furniture. A feature wall or something similar is great, however, for the most part, it’s a good idea to stick to muted tones if you’re having trouble sleeping.
Primary colours tend to be less conducive to sleep compared to softer tones. Furthermore, colour psychology suggests that cool colours can make you feel more relaxed so when placed in the bedroom, you may experience a better time winding down and falling asleep peacefully.
Investing in a good bed
Nobody wants to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress or bed frame. NHS guidance lists uncomfortable beds as a possible cause of insomnia, so upgrading your furniture is not just about choosing an aesthetic piece but improving your quality of sleep too. Your bed is one item that should be an investment as when looked after properly it can last you for years without any trouble. Your mattress must provide the right amount of comfort and support which includes having enough space and choosing the right firmness.
Think about how many hours you spend in bed. Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed will not only disturb your sleep but your mood can be affected too. Luckily, there are plenty of options to consider when it comes to buying a new mattress including memory foam, innerspring and more.
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Incorporating relaxing lighting
As well as blackout curtains, the right lighting can also make a difference in how well you sleep. Whether you’re reading before you go to sleep or chilling out in the bedroom, bright light can make you feel more awake so it’s harder to become drowsy and fall asleep. Good lighting, such as your main lampshades or bedside lamps, will create the right atmosphere so your sleeping habits are not disturbed by bright lights.
Plus, lighting doesn’t have to boring as a unique lampshade can become the focal point of the room. Enhancing your bedroom lighting is a great way of avoiding unnecessary glare before you go to sleep as well as adding those finishing touches that make a room.
Installing blackout curtains
There’s nothing worse than trying to go to sleep but your room is just too light. Poorly fitted curtains or thin window coverings are usually the culprit. Light is part of your biological clock so by keeping your room dark you can regulate a good sleeping pattern. Blackout curtains or blinds are great for this as they can limit the amount of light coming in from street lights, headlights and daylight.
Your bedroom should be a private space where you can enjoy a good nights sleep or wind down in the evening and by installing blackout curtains you’re benefitting from additional privacy. Plus, if you work unsociable hours, being able to filter out daylight means your sleep will not be restricted.
Keep clutter at bay with good storage solutions
Does your bedroom look more like a storage room than somewhere you can snuggle up and relax? In a busy family home or small rooms, it’s easy for bits and bobs to slowly take over a room and make it feel less comfortable. Clutter can make you feel unsettled and as a result, you may find it harder to get into the right mindset you need to sleep.
So, what’s the solution? If you don’t have good storage solutions in place now is the time to invest! Something as simple as a bookcase, shelves for your bedroom cupboard or wall shelves can make such a difference to the feel of your room. With more organisation, it’s easier to chill out in your bedroom and alleviate the anxiety that mess can cause.
At BoConcept Scotland, we offer a range of high-quality nightstands and storage pieces that will keep your bits and bobs tidy. Disorganized items in your bedroom may reinforce the sensation of having too many ‘loose ends’, therefore generating anxious feelings that may make it harder to relax your mind when you want to fall asleep. Visit our stores today and find a storage solution that meets your needs with help from our interior design experts.
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Creating a calming design by removing electronics
In today’s digital world, it’s hard to avoid electronics even before you go to sleep! Many electronic devices such as your TV or phone, can cause overstimulation which makes you more alert and therefore affects how quickly you fall asleep and how well you sleep. If you struggle with sleep or want to create a more calming environment, why not remove electronics from your bedroom? Alternatively, TV covers or something similar means you can shut your devices away before you go to sleep.
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