Guest Post: The science behind bedroom design
As the parent of a young one who wasn’t sleeping through the night for almost 8 months (i.e. woke up 7-8 times a night some nights) I can’t tell you how important it is to rest well so you’re ready for whatever life throws at you the next day. In fact, I believe sleep and stress relief are crucial to our overall well-being. With that in mind, I have a very interesting guest post from Myra Campbell at Tuck Sleep for you guys today! Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck’s team of experts applies their research into sleep science to a broad variety of topics, including interior design, health tips, lifestyle advice, and more.
So I hope you’ll enjoy the great tips below from Myra and be able to create your own stylish sleep haven!
Can’t fall asleep? Your bedroom design might be the problem
Sleep difficulties can stem from a number of problems. Medical conditions, anxiety, depression, and poor sleep habits are common problems. But have you considered that your sleep problems may be caused by your bedroom?
A poor sleep environment can cause difficulty sleeping, letting in too much light, causing anxiety, and other problems that can make it tough to sleep. Are you making these bedroom design mistakes?
1. Thin bedroom curtains
Thin curtains on big bedroom windows can let in too much light at night. Light exposure at night can confuse your circadian rhythm, making your brain think it’s daytime and time to be awake even at night. A better choice would be blackout curtains. With heavier curtains, you can block light so that your room is dark and comfortable at night.
2. Glowing lights
Lights that disturb your sleep don’t always come from the outside. You may be bringing them into your bedroom yourself. Glowing lights on an alarm clock, phone, or nightlight in your bedroom can interfere with your sleep just as much as light from outside your bedroom window. It’s a good idea to dim your alarm clock and reconsider nightlight usage. Avoid bringing your phone to bed, and stop using your phone at least one hour before bed.
3. Bright wall colors
Using bright, warm colors like red and orange in the bedroom can be too stimulating for sleep. Better wall color choices are light pastels. Blue may be the best color, promoting calmness and reducing your blood pressure and heart rate. People with blue bedroom walls tend to get the most sleep.
4. Poor mattress choice
Don’t make the mistake of finding a beautiful bedframe, but then not choosing a mattress just as carefully. Mattresses aren’t one size fits all. You’ll need to choose the right mattress based on your needs, considering your weight, whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, support needs, allergies, and more.
5. Bedroom clutter
Bedroom decorations are one thing, but clutter is another story. Too many decorations, or storing too much in your bedroom can cause clutter that makes you anxious. This can make your bedroom an uncomfortable sleeping environment where you feel like you can’t relax. Clear out the clutter and consider paring down decorations for a fresher room.
Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.