9 DESIGN TOOLS FOR A BETTER NIGHTS SLEEPApr 06, 2017
I love sleep.
Getting a full, good nights rest is so important and I embrace simple design tricks that help me sleep well.
I want to share them with you because, well, you know what you feel like and how you operate when you don't get enough sleep, right?
So, if there are a few design tricks I can share to help you make your bedroom a better sanctuary for rest, I want to give those to you now.
- ELIMINATE CLUTTER
At the very least, get it out of the bedroom. Set aside 10 minutes before bed as part of a wind-down routine to tidy your room. A clutter-free space will help your mind relax.
- DIM THE LIGHTS
Create a quick evening routine out of turning off the general lighting in your room and turning on accent lights like table or floor lamps to create a night time ambiance that will help you begin to relax and get into sleep mode an hour or two before you head to bed.
- MINIMIZE LIGHT FROM TECH
The appleTV, the cell phone, the stereo, the chargers, the wifi...all those little lights add up to room that isn't dark enough for good sleep. Try to get rid of or disguise as many lights that shine in the darkness as possible.
- INSTALL BLACKOUT DRAPERIES
Sleeping in darkness helps produce the naturally occurring hormone, melatonin, in our body. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant hormone that is useful in preventing cancer and other conditions in the body. Any light exposure such as a small amount of light that filters in through the curtains and hits your skin can interrupt the hormone production, causing a decrease in melatonin levels.
- ADD PLANTS
Any element of nature creates a sense of ease for your nervous system.
- GET THE TEMPERATURE RIGHT
We get our best sleep when the temperature ranges from 65-70 degrees fahrenheit.
- CREATE SYMMETRY
Symmetry helps our nervous system relax, so use matching nightstands, table lamps, etc to help calm yourself down from the inside out.
- STAY HYDRATED
Pour yourself a glass of water to keep by your bedside at night. You could get fancy and add a try with a carafe.
- STAY AWAY FROM LOUD COLORS & ENERGIZING ART
You don't have to go with all neutrals and images of water, but be intentional about choosing colors and artwork that helps you feel relaxed.
These design tools are really simple. Adopting just one can help you get a better nights sleep. And don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.
In the comments below, let me know which tool you're going to try OR what you're already doing that really works.
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