If you’re having a hard time drifting into sleep every night, or if you find yourself waking up several times during the night and feeling extremely groggy or exhausted in the morning, the apparent discomfort could caused by your bedroom design.
We kid you not. The interior of your bedroom matters way more than you think. Consider some of these aspects that you can change or improve:
1.The brightness levels
Our bodies are naturally wired to only fall asleep when there’s an adequate level of darkness, and before electricity was invented, the only source of light was fire from candles and wicks. However, these days you face lights from the street lamps outside your home and various electronic gadgets within the room – like your phone buzzing from incoming texts and notifications, or the overly bright digital alarm clock on your nightstand.
Start minimizing the amount of ambient light in your room by using blackout curtains that block sunlight from penetrating your room. Try to remove unnecessary electronics like laptops, iPads and bright alarm clocks. If you must have a light turned on while you sleep, consider a soft, warm glow instead of harsh fluorescent lamps.
2. Too hot to handle
The humidity of our Singaporean tropical weather means that some parts of the year are hotter than others. Ensure that your room isn’t too warm for you to sleep in, or you’ll wake up in beads of sweat. You might want to consider installing an air conditioner if you haven’t already. Also, avoid using thick comforters and go for a moderate or thin blanket.
The colours of your room also contribute to your mental state before bed. It’s best to paint your room in soft pastels and earthy colours. Avoid loud shades like scarlet or purple as this can overstimulate your brain. Soft blues and greens are the best, and this applies to the furniture in the room as well. Try to keep everything soft and neutral throughout.
4. A Comforting Scent
You can avoid tension and relax your muscles before bedtime by indulging in a little aromatherapy before bedtime. Burn scented candles or your favourite scent in your bedroom for half an hour after you return from work, or use an essential oil diffuser. Some of the scents that work best to promote rest and relaxation include lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot and lemongrass.
5. Time to De-Clutter in a Flutter
Removing clutter and storing everything away in your room will do wonders for your psyche. Studies prove that messy rooms actually stress our minds out at night. Make sure that your room has enough storage space for everything you own. You can always consider installing more ceiling to floor storage spaces so that there won’t be a need to stack things on the floor or in a corner.
It doesn’t take much to turn your bedroom into a haven for weary and tired bones. If you need help in transforming your bedroom, you can always engage our renovation services here at Kaodim.
written by Michelle Chee