Whether you have trouble sleeping or simply want to create the ultimate at-home escape from the wintry weather, transforming your bedroom into a cosy sleep sanctuary is a great idea.
It’ll help you get better quality rest, more sleep, and could even work to reduce feelings of stress
It’ll help you get better quality rest and more sleep, which is always a good thing, and could even work to reduce feelings of stress too—which might be very handy as the busy festive period approaches!
When it comes to revamping your bedroom for better sleep however, it’s not always what you need to add to the room. More often than not, it’s about what you need to take away, switch around or tweak.
Got a huge TV at the foot of your bed? That’s a prime example of something you might want to consider to taking away, or at least trying to disguise at times with a closing TV cabinet, since watching television right before bed can affect how well you sleep.
Ready for more tips that’ll help you transform your boudoir? Here’s our guide to creating your cosiest bedroom ever. Welcome to the sleep sanctuary...
When it comes to the colour theme of your bedroom, it could pay to listen to recent research which found that blue and moss green were the shades most people found to be the most relaxing and sleep inducing. Experts have suggested that this may be due to the feelings of calm often associated with these hues.
Yellow, orange and silver also rank well as colours which promote healthy sleep, while purple, brown and grey were found to be among some of the worst by the study.
Too hot, too cold, itchy sheets—your choice of bedding can really affect the way you sleep, so it’s worth putting some thought into what you’re cuddling up in.
If you tend to get hot during the night, moisture-wicking sheets could help you stay cool, while a lower tog duvet will help regulate the temperature too. If your home tends to get chilly overnight however, look for a higher tog duvet and keep throws on hand for a little extra warmth should you need it.
Having extra throws on the bed also make for great relaxation aids, when you want to snuggle up with a book without getting fully ‘in bed’.
Crucial for offering good support while you rest, the wrong pillow can really disrupt sleep. Experts suggest looking for a thin to medium thickness pillow if you sleep on your back, so that your neck has good support through the night, a firmer or thicker pillow if you sleep on your side, so that it can fill the distance between your shoulder and head, and a very thin pillow if you tend to sleep on your front, so not to strain the neck.
A few extra cushions and pillows on the bed are great for creating that sanctuary feeling too, as well offering something to prop you up while reading.
Ideal Bed position
The position of your bed may not seem to carry much influence over the way you sleep, but it can actually be more important than you may think. If your bed is too close to the window for example, if could make you more susceptible to outside noises that can disrupt. Right next to a radiator can also leave you feeling too hot.
Feng Shui experts advise placing your bed in the middle of the room, with the head of the bed as far away from the door as possible. This way you have a good view of the room, along with a good flow of ‘chi’ aka energy.
When it comes to digital devices such as phones, tablets and laptops, research has shown that using these right before we sleep can leave the mind overstimulated. Watching television in bed has been found to have the same effect, making it harder for the mind to relax and find good quality deep sleep.
Instead, it’s better to swap the alarm on your phone for stand alone alarm clock, and leave all your digi distractions out of the bedroom while you sleep. If you really can’t bear to part with your bedroom TV, try closing it away at night with TV stand featuring doors, and avoid watching it just before trying to sleep.
Atmospheric lighting can instantly make a room feel more cosy, while dimming the lights as you prepare for bed can help to send signals to the brain which will prepare the body for sleep.
Lamps are a great way to do this if you don’t have a dimmer switch—they also mean you won’t have to get up to knock out the lights after reading a book in bed.
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A bedside table can help to bring the room together, and also means you can keep essentials close to hand that’ll help you sleep—a calming lavender spritz, a book, a lamp, glass of water etc. It’s important to keep things minimal however, so that you don’t clutter the room.
Look for a low bedside table with a drawer or cupboard door to keep clutter hidden away—and remember not to use it as a dumping ground for 'bits and bobs'!
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