Bedroom Design Trends for the BEST. SNOOZE. EVER!
A little while ago, the team over at Tuck Sleep contacted me to ask if they could share a guest post with you! I'm pleased to share the following post by guest writer Myra Campbell. Myra 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.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and it should evoke feelings of coziness and comfort. When you create an ideal environment for sleep, it's easier to drift off at night and get the restorative rest you need to face every day at your best.
Details matter in bedroom design, including your mattress choice, lighting, and accessories.
Block Out Light With Dark Curtains
Light and airy rooms are popular, but darkness at night is what you really need for sleep. Your circadian rhythm depends on environmental cues to determine whether it's night or day, and light is a powerful cue. When your eyes see light at night, they send a signal that it's daytime, and time to be alert -- even when it's time to drift off to sleep.
Keeping your bedroom dark at night is important, so you can use blackout curtains to block the light from streetlights and other outside light. If you don't like the look of dark curtains in the daytime, consider using two curtain rails. Place light and airy curtains on the rail closest to the window, and then blackout curtains outside of them. You can use light curtains during the day, and then close your blackout curtains over them at night.
Go Old School in Your Bedroom
Any kind of light in your bedroom can be detrimental to sleep, but blue wavelength lights, in particular, can slow the release of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate feelings of sleepiness, and without the right production, you could feel too alert at night to go to sleep on time.
Blue wavelength light is commonly found in energy efficient light bulbs and electronic devices. Although many people are surrounded by this type of light day and night, you should avoid using it late at night and especially in your bedroom. Consider using older style bulbs without blue wavelength light, and stop screen time at least an hour before bed.
Choose Plants For Your Bedroom
A good mattress, dresser, lamp, and mirror may be on your must-have list for bedroom design. But don't overlook important details, such as air clearing houseplants. Keeping plants in your bedroom can help keep your bedroom air clean and healthy.
NASA research indicates houseplants including peace lilies, bamboo palms, and Gerbera daisies can remove significant amounts of harmful chemicals from the air. For example, over a 24 hour exposure period, a Gerbera daisy plant was able to remove 38,938 micrograms of trichloroethylene from the air.
Be Careful With Color
Bedroom colors are a personal choice, and you may feel strongly about which colors you incorporate into the design of your room. Color can influence calming down and relaxing at night for a better night's rest -- but some colors can be too stimulating and make it difficult to drift off to sleep at night.
Light pastels, neutral, and earth or skin based tones are good choices for bedroom walls. Light blue is a particularly good choice, as blue is especially calming and can reduce your blood pressure and heart rate. Darker colors can make your room feel cozier, which isn't a bad thing. But be sure to avoid bright reds and oranges, which are too stimulating for a bedroom.
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