How To Improve Sleep With Calm Bedroom Decor
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to maintaining our health, it allows your body and mind to recharge, maintaining physical health and healthy brain function. It also works to protect your body against health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and even works to help prevent mental health problems like depression.
Sadly, issues with not getting enough sleep impact many people, as nearly three quarters (71%) of UK adults do not get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night. There can be many potential reasons for us not getting enough sleep, but one thing we can control in order to improve our slumber is the environment we rest in.
If your bedroom is exposed to street lights piercing through the window, or traffic causing noise as it passes by, or if you just have an uncomfortable bed, you can take action to improve your sleep by making your bedroom a calm and comfortable space. At Terrys we have a lot of calming bedroom ideas, from blackout blinds to the right bedding, discover our top tips on how to improve your sleep here…
What Is Best For A Better Sleep?
There are many different factors that you can control in order to better your sleep, the design of your bedroom is connected to all of these factors, so, what are they?
Temperature is something that can dictate your quality of sleep, too hot and you’ll be tossing and turning all night, too cold and you’ll be shivering away under your duvet covers. Maintaining a comfortable temperature will help you rest easily and undisturbed.
This may be an obvious one, but the noise inside your bedroom is also an important factor. Outdoor noise such as traffic can be a terrible interruptor of sleep, but did you know that calming sounds or white noise could be beneficial to your sleep as well?
Light and colour also play a role in your sleep. There are many ways in which light can impact your sleep. Of course you don’t want a bright light in the room when you are trying to sleep, as light exposure during the eve as this can negatively affect your quality of sleep. But the colour palette you choose can impact how calming your bedroom is when you try to get some rest.
Best Temperature For Sleep
The temperature recommended by doctors for sleep is between 15.6 to 19.4 degrees celsius. Our body’s core temperature dips when we sleep, meaning this temperature is ideal for temperature regulation, signalling to our body that it is time for bed.
One thing to consider when trying to control how hot or cold you are is your duvet and bed linen type. Many people just use the same duvet all year round, which is totally normal, but you could really improve your sleep by having two different duvets, one more suitable for the colder months and one more suitable for the warmer months. This is where you will need to consider tog rating, a rating looking at how dense a duvet is, the more dense, the warmer and heavier it’ll be. This means that during summertime you may want to opt for a lighter duvet, to keep you from overheating in bed whilst still being comfortable beneath a duvet, and vice versa when it comes to winter.
If you are willing to consider the tog rating of your duvet, then you should also consider the material of bedding you use. For warmer weather, linen or Egyptian cotton are great materials to go with. These materials are lightweight, breathable and effective at wicking moisture, keeping you cool and dry during warm nights. In winter, linen is also a great choice for your bedding due to its breathability, during cold nights we often tend to hug our duvet tighter, meaning having a dry, breathable material is important so you don’t wake up feeling a little sweaty.
As well as bedding, your choice of window fittings can impact the temperature in your room. Installing blackout blinds and curtains allows you to control the temperature inside all year round. These thicker window fittings help retain the temperature inside, keeping out the cold in winter and keeping the heat of the sun at bay during summer - all ensuring a better nights sleep.
The Best Sounds For Sleeping
Regulating the noise in your bedroom is also something worth considering when trying to improve your sleep. Reducing any unwanted distractions and adding in some relaxing noise that settles you is an effective method of calming you down before drifting off.
Here, blackout blinds and curtains will come to your aid again, due to these window fittings being made with thicker material, they are effective at keeping outdoor noises at bay. Close your fittings in the evening to help mute the noisy outdoors and allow you to rest peacefully. This combination of plain black blinds and curtains should keep your room dark, quiet and warm. A winning combo!
You can also choose some soothing sounds to drift off too as well, as not everyone enjoys a silent room to sleep in. A study from The Sleep Doctor notes some of the sounds you can use to help yourself fall asleep quicker. Listening to slow, calming music can actually decrease the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep, also, if you keep up the habit of falling asleep to music, you will be teaching your brain to associate the bedtime tunes with falling asleep. White noise is also a popular choice to fall asleep to, by having a continuous noise playing during your sleep, you are reducing the effects that sudden unexpected noises would have otherwise had on you during your sleep. Finally, nature sounds are another option, the calming sounds of nature are known to induce relaxation for those who have trouble winding down before bed.
The Best Bedroom Colours For Sleeping
For your room, you want to choose calming, relaxing colours, so nothing super loud, and no crazy patterns that’ll keep your eyes fixated whilst you try and doze off.
One of the best colours for sleep and calmness is blue, a soft baby/pastel blue for example, this colour promotes a feeling of calmness and serenity. This beautiful Duck Egg Bedding will help you drift off to sleep, pair it with a darker blue bed pillow for some attractive contrast.
Similar to blue, green works well at helping us feel calm and peaceful as it is a non-stimulating colour, again a pastel green would work well here. Our Khaki Waffle Bedding would be a good choice for green bedding, this relaxing shade of green looks and feels great, helping you rest easily.
A classic bedroom look to go for is white. Although white can be seen as boring or plain, it is a neutral colour that is unlikely to distract you. You really cannot go wrong with Plain White Bedding. White is also a great background for you to hang some calming art, or if you just want to add some pastel colours around the room, as white can be paired with any colour.
When it comes to colour choice, pastels and relaxing colours are the way to go. Think to yourself what colours bring you peace, and avoid anything too bright or loud, as they will only work to distract you as you attempt to sleep.
Terry's Top Better Sleep Tips
To cap things off, making your bedroom as comfortable and relaxing as possible is the way to go to help you sleep better. Make sure your room isn’t too hot or too cold, choose the right duvet for the corresponding temperature, keep outside noises and light out with blackout window fittings, bring some ambience to your room with your choice of relaxing sleep sounds and make sure your colour scheme is calming.
Here at Terrys we have all the products you need to improve your sleep experience, from comfy bedding to blackout blinds and curtains. All of our products are available in multiple colour schemes so you can choose what works best for you and your room, and we even stock fabrics so you can make your own fittings if you desire.