If there’s one thing that the home should be the best at in your life, it’s allowing you to get some great rest. The job of getting you comfortable enough to sleep soundly is the home’s eternal job. Without the bedroom, can a house really ever be a home? Many people would say that without the ability for you to go to sleep safely and effectively, that could never be the case. So, have you ever questioned if your home is doing a good job in this area for you? It’s best to not lay the blame or praise on just your bedroom as the whole home can have an effect on whether or not you can get a good wholesome night’s rest each time. The overall temperature of the home plays a huge role in mitigating or improving your sleeping conditions. The materials of the room and the airflow of the home also need to be factored in to help you make the best decision around improving your sleeping conditions. Here are some reasons you might be getting less sleep than you deserve.
Swapping air cycles
As you may or may not know, warm air always rises upward throughout the entire home. It may take it’s time but eventually there will be a consistent pattern of warm air rises up toward your attic and or first floor. If you have windows open during the day or maybe the evening, this is mitigated because the cooler air coming in at the top of your home simply brings in a new layer of cold. Many people will in fact close the door of their living room and or kitchen so that the cooler air that is pushed into the home during the night by the winds, does not get a free open ride up the stairs and closer to the bedroom. Don’t swap the air cycle by opening windows in the first floor for a long time. The warm air should be trapped or at least slowed down on it’s way out of the home so use wool curtains for this.
It’s not a lounge
Bedrooms have slowly become places where we feel most relaxed when watching television or being on our smartphones in bed. It’s a constant disruption to our sleep pattern and our brain when it comes to a reliable sleep schedule. You should use your bedroom for sleeping only and with these tips you can learn why. If our brain makes the assumption that actually, being in bed isn’t about sleeping but rather watching or favorite shows online or playing video games on our smartphone, it will no longer think of shutting down properly. So, the basic rule to get better sleep is to keep all electronics away and out of the bedroom as much as possible. Instead of blocking off the natural sunlight in the morning, put a gap in your curtain when you draw them. Natural light is a natural alarm clock and helps our brain to wake up without the need for bells and whistles. Speaking of which, keep the alarm clock you use out of your line of sight. Keeping time on your mind will keep you anxious and stop you from sleeping.
Do away with the neutral
Many homes from the modern era now come automatically with a neutral interior decor. The walls are almost always white which for a bedroom is not good. The bedroom should be as dark as possible when trying to get the bed sleep possible. Even if there are just lamps lit outside at night, you will have more of a powerful reflection of their light since your walls are white. Sunlight is amplified when rebounding off white walls also. Therefore you need to paint over the neutral walls to make the room darker or at least slightly less prone to making the room unnaturally bright. Studies have shown that blue is perhaps the best color to use as it consistently balances out natural and unnatural lighting. Yellow is also a color that can be good for your bedroom despite it being on the brighter side of the spectrum. A dull yellow is going to give you better results than a vibrant summer yellow will.
For styling purposes, neutral colors make sense but having them in your bedroom is not going to help your sleep situation. A gentle blue would be a better tone for the walls you’re surrounded by. Never behave as if you’re in your lounge downstairs, bedrooms are not for entertainment purposes so keep electronics out. Move the alarm clock you use out of shot so you’re not constantly looking at how much time you have left until you need to get up.