Style your way to better sleep
When we say that good interior design can literally help you sleep better at night, we’re not joking!
The environments you place yourself in everyday have a significant impact on your mood and wellbeing. While we’re not saying a fresh change of sheets can cure insomnia, how you style your bedroom (and beyond) can help with those lifestyle factors that may be preventing you from getting a better night’s sleep.
Keep the bedroom for sleeping
The mind is a pretty incredible thing. Some experts claim that the association of the bedroom and sleep is so strong that it automatically makes you sleepy. So it makes sense to keep the bedroom for sleeping only – not a home gym, not a makeshift office, not a TV room. Plus, reducing all this extra clutter will also make you feel more relaxed at bedtime.
Make your bed
Which one will help you get to sleep easier, a bed that’s all messy and lumpy, or one that’s made up and ready for you? Some styling tricks to make your bed extra comfy include using a mattress topper, triple sheeting and investing in quality pillows. Everybody’s sleep needs are different, so you may need to consider options such as memory foam, hypoallergenic materials and firmness to get your perfect night’s sleep.
It can be impossible to get to sleep if you’re hot and sweaty, or on the other hand, cold and shivering. Make sure to switch up your bedroom styling with the weather! During the summer, opt for breathable, lightweight cotton as synthetic fabrics can’t conduct heat away from the bottom. Winter is your opportunity to go all out with the soft furnishings, so layer up with chunky throws and possibly add a floor rug to help insulate.
Invest in blackout curtains
Many light sleepers are easily awoken by lights and noises from outside. If this sounds like you, it might be worth looking into blackout curtains or wooden venetian blinds to keep your bedroom as dark as possible during sleeping hours. As a bonus, blackout curtains also reduce sun damage to your furniture and will help keep your bedroom cool during the summer months.
Increase daytime light exposure
Conversely, you need an ample amount of daytime sunlight exposure throughout the day to normalise your circadian rhythms. Whether you’re at home or in the office, if you’re not getting enough sunlight, this can mess with your sleep cycle. Some ways to increase natural light flow include moving bulky furniture away from windows and doorways, and choosing a white colour scheme to help reflect light.