3. Sound Insulation
If you're one of those people who regularly sleep through their alarm clock, you clearly don't need to worry about noise disturbing your slumber. For light sleepers, however, external noise can be somewhat of a problem – especially if you live in an urban area, a flat or a terraced property. Adding rugs and soft textiles to your floors will help muffle external noise, as will having thick curtains and plenty of cushions to soften the acoustics in your bedroom sanctuary. As if you needed an excuse to buy more cushions.
4. Type of Light
It sounds obvious, but bright overhead lighting isn’t conducive to a sleep sanctuary. Use low-wattage lightbulbs after sundown to help your body’s circadian rhythm and choose soft, yellow or red-toned lighting for the bedroom. Be sparing with lighting too – only illuminate the areas you need at night, and use lights that project a soft downward cone of light.
5. Tech-free Zone
We know indulging in a Netflix marathon in bed is tempting, but try not to have laptops, tablets, or a TV in your sleeping environment. Using devices such as these before you go to sleep can reduce melatonin levels, as the light emitted from screens is ‘blue light’, which resembles daylight and makes us more alert. Try to avoid using them the hour before you go to bed if possible.
6. Bed Elevation
A bed that has legs or that’s elevated up off of the floor will help air to circulate around your mattress and therefore help it to breathe. Try not to store things under the bed as this will reduce air circulation.
6. Natural Materials
Just like choosing fabrics for your wardrobe, the fabrics we sleep on play an important role. Opt for natural materials for everything if you can – from your bedding, duvets and pillows, to sleepwear and even your mattress. This will help keep your body at its optimum temperature as well as feeling comfortable against your skin.
To try out calming bedroom colours in your bedroom, download the free Visualizer app to help you create your sleep haven. Sweet dreams, indeed.