A restful night’s sleep is essential for our overall well-being and productivity – and an often-overlooked aspect of achieving quality sleep is the bedroom environment itself.
A well-designed bedroom can significantly impact our sleep quality, so creating a tranquil and rejuvenating space is really important. In this article, we will provide a complete guide to renovating your sleep space; let’s dive in and help you revitalise your rest for better sleep.
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Assess your current sleep space
Before starting a bedroom renovation project, it’s essential to assess your current sleep environment. Evaluate factors such as the size, layout, and functionality of the space. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do about the square footage of a room, but you can definitely find ways to make the most of the space. Consider any other existing issues, such as noise or inadequate insulation.
Think about the colours you currently have in your room, and whether they work for you – do the same with the lighting, furniture and décor too. Assessing your current sleep space will help identify areas for improvement and guide your renovation decisions.
Comfortable bedding and mattresses
Your bed should be the main focus of your bedroom renovation, along with all of those accessories you need to kit it out with: a mattress, pillows, bedding and more. To find a perfect mattress for you, it is important to understand your sleep preferences.
Think about whether you sleep on your back, side or front as well as whether you get hot or cold during the night, if you have any recurring pain, and how soft you like your sleep surface to be.
It doesn’t stop there – picking the right pillows and bedding is an important process too. You need to opt for pillows that make you feel comfortable while supporting neck and spinal alignment; bedding should be soft and cosy but not too thick or warm! Breathable bamboo and linen are great options for bedding.
Create a relaxing colour palette
Colour has a profound impact on our mood and emotions, and on how well we sleep. When renovating your bedroom, opt for a calming and relaxing colour palette – this will help you drift off as your mind will be less stimulated. Soft, muted tones such as blues, greens, or neutrals can promote a soothing atmosphere conducive to sleep
Avoid using overly stimulating or vibrant colours that may hinder relaxation and keep your mind whirring at night; this is one of the psychological impacts of colour on sleep. Another thing to consider is not using colours that might provoke negative emotions such as purple and dark brown.
Optimise lighting for sleep
Lighting plays a crucial role in supporting healthy sleep patterns. During the day, maximise natural light by opening curtains or blinds to let in sunlight. In the evening, create a tranquil ambience by incorporating adjustable lighting options such as dimmers or soft bedside lamps – be sure to choose the right artificial lighting for your space. If your room is only small, don’t go overboard with huge ceiling lights and too many lamps!
Ensuring the light in your room matches the light outside is a good way to keep your circadian rhythm in check. Minimise exposure to artificial blue light from electronic devices before bed, as it can disrupt sleep, and consider installing blackout curtains or blinds to help keep any outside light out of the room when you’re in bed.
Personalise your sleep space
Another way to help revitalise your rest is to make the space one you really enjoy being in, and one that is personalised to you. Add in some touches like framed photos of the people you love or snaps of happy memories, artwork that calls out to you, and ornaments that mean something to you. Where possible, add in some bits in your favourite colours like blankets or cushions – just try to keep in mind the impact of colour on sleep.
Incorporate elements that promote relaxation, too, like a cosy reading nook, space to do yoga, or an aromatherapy station with candles and diffusers. Use this space to really wind down at the end of each day, so you’re ready to climb into bed and settle down to sleep.
Use technology wisely
Technology is a huge part of our lives these days, so it would be insincere to suggest that you eliminate technology from your bedroom altogether. But you should use it carefully within your bedroom – turn off your screens at a reasonable time, and don’t have too many devices in there. You don’t want anything flashing or making irritating noises as you try to drift off!
You should, of course, explore sleep-enhancing technologies and devices. This might include a smartwatch that tracks your sleep, a lamp that wakes you up by gradually shifting in brightness, or a white noise machine.
Create a bedtime routine
Healthy bedtime habits are vital, and go hand in hand with a perfectly renovated bedroom. Your space should be one that is easy to relax in, which is an important step – whether it’s meditation, journaling, or simply enjoying 5 minutes of peace and quiet. If you get yourself into a routine, you’ll be able to essentially train your mind into knowing it’s time to start drifting off… Your routine is for you, and you need to find something that works.
Whether that’s a bath or shower, a skincare routine, reading a few chapters of your current book or something else entirely, sticking to the same thing each night will help sleep come a lot more easily.
Revitalise your rest
Bedtime is such an important time of the day, as it’s your chance to wind down and relax so you can fall into a delightful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. In order to feel calm and ready to rest, your bedroom needs to work for you: calming colours, not too much light, a comfortable bed, and a wise use of technology. If you’re struggling with sleep, consider assessing your bedroom and seeing where changes can be made to help you rest better.