Our bedrooms are special places. They are places of escape, rest, relaxation, regeneration, passion, and fun. According to the Sleep Council we spend a third of our lives in bed - So you could argue they are the most important room in the house!
Too often we overlook the importance of what we need from our bedroom environment to help get a good night's sleep.
Sleep, as we know is really important for our health and wellbeing – yet we still manage to not get enough of it!
We all know having a great bed and a suitable mattress is a key factor in getting a good nights sleep, but we are ignoring everything else around us – literally!
Our bedroom environment can have a massive impact on our emotions and our sleep, so it’s important to create a place of personal sanctuary.
Working from home has become a new normal for so many of us over the past year during the pandemic, and it may be the new way of working going forward for some.
However, this has ended up exacerbating the conundrum of work and home life. Where previously at least having a separate place of work we physically traveled to gave us that separation between the two, now we have our work at home, and we have no mental separation which can lead to potentially increased levels of stress. You finish work on a Friday, close down your laptop, but you're still in the same building!
Many of us do not have dedicated office spaces in our homes, leading us to use various rooms in the home, even our bedrooms. This is a big no-no if we want to at least create some form of mental separation. Keep out of the bedroom, you need to keep one room for yourself that has no ties to outside factors and influences. The last thing you want to look at when going to sleep is paperwork or your laptop.
Channel your inner interior designer
Does your bedroom inspire you to sleep? Does your bedroom encourage you to relax? Are there things in there that remind you of all the things you love?
Bedrooms don’t have to be Instagram-worthy, they should be unique to you and filled with the things that make you feel happy and calm.
Things that could help is pictures of your loved ones (human and fluffy!), or artwork that inspires you. Plants are not just a trend, they genuinely lift a room and give it energy. Invest in some bedding and fabrics that you look forward to sinking into at night. High cotton count sheets are naturally breathable and will keep you comfortable at night. Extra scatter cushions on the bed create feeling of luxury and ‘sinkability’. Fairy lights give an ambient relaxing glow as opposed to a main overhead light which can be too bright. Give yourself a room you want to go to sleep in. If there is one room to renovate and invest in, it’s this one.
A messy cluttered bedroom can actually affect you more than you realise. In fact, a study, conducted by New York’s St. Lawrence University, revealed that a messy bedroom can lead to a poor night’s sleep and increased anxiety.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s not your gym or office. Having too many things in your bedroom that are not helping you relax are potentially causing you mental distractions. If it is the last thing you see before you shut your eyes, this can attribute to worrying thoughts. Having a good clearout or even just a reorganisation always feels good. Your bedroom is a place to rest and relax.
Remove those electronic temptations!
Look not going to lie, it is difficult to completely remove electronics as they have become such a massive part of our modern lives.
In an ideal world really we wouldn’t have any electronic devices in the bedroom including the TV. We need to allow our brains to calm down and ease ourselves into night-time mode.
Electronic screens emit blue light, which suppresses melatonin levels. Our smartphones and other devices are full of apps designed for content consumption, and because they are so engaging we are too tempted to pick them up and start scrolling rather than letting our brains shut down and sleep. Not only that but the beeps or buzzes even the screen lighting up can disturb us. So make sure everything is switched off before bedtime.
All hail beds and bedrooms. Thank you for your escape.