For most of us, the day begins and ends in our bedroom. It’s the room we spend the most time in, so it stands to reason that it impacts on our well-being. Research suggests that our mental health is affected by our immediate surroundings. Therefore, it’s worth investing some time in creating a comfortable bedroom that is conducive to rest and happiness.
Sleep affects our health. If we sleep deeply each night and manage around seven hours, it’s likely the effects will be positive. However, if we fall short of this or if the quality of our sleep is affected, it can have serious consequences. Lack of sleep is associated with obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Serious lack of sleep can also shorten life expectancy. If we’re sleep deprived we don’t feel our best, and we certainly can’t perform at optimum levels. So it’s common sense to address our sleep patterns and make adjustments where necessary.
The obvious place to start is with the bed. How old is your mattress? Is it comfortable or is it showing signs of wear and tear? If the latter is true, it’s time to make a change. Make sure you invest in a bed and mattress that suits your weight and frame. If this changes significantly over time, your mattress should change too. If it is more than eight years old, you should also consider replacing it.
Your bedding is important too, particularly your pillows. Do they provide you with adequate support? Are they comfortable to lie on? Do you forget about them as you drift off to sleep or are you constantly aware of them? Pillows made from natural fibres, such as duck feather pillows, tend to be more durable than synthetic versions. They also help to regulate temperature. Wherever possible opt for bedding made from natural materials. This will allow your body to breathe and air to circulate.
Ensuring your room is clean and free from bacteria and dust will also create a healthy environment and aid sleep.
And, of course, it’s not all about sleeping. We tend to use our bedrooms for much more than that. Given the right environment, our bedrooms can become a haven in which we can relax and re-energise. The decor plays a big role in this, so it’s worth making a few simple design edits.
- Consider your colour palette carefully and choose tones that are soothing and relaxing
- Keep technology to a minimum
- Soften the lighting by introducing layers of lighting and using lamp tables
- Declutter and provide the illusion of space
- If the floor is bare, add some rugs for comfort
- Pay attention to your curtains and block out light when you go to sleep
- Avoid busy or distracting patterns
A few personal touches can make any room more inviting. So add a few photographs and personal items. Floating shelves are great as they take up little space. Make sure everything is close at hand, so you don’t have to keep getting out of bed. Utilise the space in your bedside cabinet.
Sleeping well, being able to unwind and feeling happy in your surroundings all boost well-being. This has a positive impact on all areas of your life. So it makes sense to make a few simple tweaks to your bedroom.