We all know the feeling. You go to bed feeling tired and then lie awake for hours wondering why you can’t sleep. But what you might not realise is that the way your bedroom is designed can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep. Here are some top tips for ensuring your bedroom is a relaxing and calming place to be…

It’s all about the mattress

An obvious but important one: the quality of your mattress will have a big impact on your sleep. Very high quality mattresses used to cost a small fortune, but that’s all changed. Start up companies like Eve have started selling memory foam mattresses for under £300. Casper also sell hybrid mattresses designed specifically to prevent overheating, for under £350.

Soothing scents

Many essential oils are well known for their calming and relaxing qualities. Add fresh lavender to your dresser or bedside table, or try a scented candle with ylang-ylang, chamomile or rose to help you chill out at the end of the day (just make sure to blow it out before you fall asleep!)

Avoid screens

Many sleep experts believe that the blue light from our phone and computer screens has a serious impact on our sleep. Not only making it harder for us to fall asleep, but even leading to worse quality sleep long after we’ve put our phone down or shut off our laptop. Place a few interesting books on your bedside table and read these instead of checking Instagram. Not only will you sleep better, but an attractive book well placed can add style to your room.

Dial down your lighting

Lowering the lighting in your bedroom tells your brain that the day is over and it’s time to sleep. If you’re following the tip above and want to read a book in bed, opt for a lamp with a lower wattage bulb, or a warm filament bulb. Or you could invest in some Wi-Fi bulbs that you can dim and even shut off from an app on your phone, so you don’t have to get out of bed to switch off the lights.

Cosy canopy

If you’ve got the space for it, a canopy over your bed helps to section off where you sleep from the rest of the room. Sleep experts think that by making your bed a dedicated sleeping place (as opposed to a place for checking emails, watching films etc) your brain will associate it with sleep and this alone will make you fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply.

Calming colours

The way you decorate any room can have a big influence on your mood. In your bedroom, avoid harsh, loud colours and instead go for darker or cooler tones like greens and blues, or neutrals like white or grey. Creating a coherent look with prints and ornaments that compliment the style of the room, can also help to make the room soothing.

 

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