There is both an art and a science to bedroom design. Sometimes they conflict. While it’s possible to have an on-trend room that is also good for sleep, breaking two trends can dramatically improve your sleep.
Darken your Bedroom
The latest styles are all about keeping your space bright and airy — which is fine during the waking hours. However, when it comes to going to sleep, it can actually be a bit of a problem.
Light is the way that our bodies tell themselves to wake up and go to sleep, which is tricky with modern lights.
Being eco-friendly is important, so many of us use high-efficiency light bulbs like LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs. That might be causing problems because those bulbs are actually brighter and have more blue spectrum light – the kind that keeps you up at night. If you choose high-efficiency bulbs, aim for ones with a yellower tint for your bedroom, or pick something with a dimmer.
If you really want to get a good night’s sleep, try making your room as dark as possible when it’s time to sleep. That means you should get some light blocking curtains. They make some really cute ones in all color schemes that still block out the light.
You should also do your best to keep your phone as far away from you as possible. Phones, like those high-efficiency light bulbs, emit a lot of blue spectrum light. They’re also somewhat addictive. It can be tempting to read one email or just scroll through Twitter for a few minutes. Resist the urge, and plan for an old-fashioned alarm clock with red numbers.
Bring on the plants!
Most design advice tells you to keep your space as uncluttered as possible, but science from NASA tells us that some plants are better than others for your sleeping space! Plants help clean up the air around us and make our homes safer for us to live in.
Having a plant, like gerbera daisies, Striped Dracaena or potted mums, in the bedroom can make your sleeping environment healthy in a different way than finding the right kind of pillow for your sleep style.
Terrariums of succulent plants or a window box can curate the space, and help bring healthier air in and out of your home without taking up too much of your bedroom area.
Air plants are also a delightful addition to your space, and require minimal work!
Make sure that the plants you pick aren’t harmful to your pets. Striped Dracaena isn’t a good choice if your animal likes to munch. You can also keep them far out of reach.
These simple ways to make sure the bedroom you need to sleep in is as healthy as possible.
This is a guest post from Tuck Sleep.
Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations.
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