Bedroom environment can and does have a massive effect on sleep. Create the wrong bedroom environment and you could find yourself struggling to get to the land of nod. Indeed, sleep health is hugely important to our overall well being. Whilst the occasional bad night is normal, continued poor sleep can wreak havoc on our minds and bodies. Therefore, it makes sense to make your bedroom environment conducive for a restful night's kip. Here, at Beds on Legs we're pretty genned up on all matters sleep related! Read our top tips for getting the best bedroom environment.
Our bodies naturally prepare for sleep when there is a drop in light levels. This is because darkness triggers the production of melatonin which makes us feel drowsy. Conversely, too much light in a bedroom can keep us awake and that includes all kinds of light. Indeed, many of us are unaware of the negative impact of artificial lights, yet the effects can be significant. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but this also includes the light from your smart phone and other technologies.
So what is the best way to combat light 'pollution' in your bedroom? Firstly, investing in interlined curtains or blinds is a great step to keeping natural light out. At the height of summer, this step can make a huge difference. Secondly you need to keep artificial lights to a minimum. If you like to read before you sleep then a bedside light is much better than using an overhead light. It is also advisable to keep technology out of the bedroom. Out of sight is out of mind!
Without wanting to sound like goldilocks,when it comes to bedroom temperature you should be aiming for not too hot and not too cold. Whilst everybody has different needs, the recommended ideal temperature is 18.3 degrees Celsius. That might seem a little chilly to some people but there is a scientific explanation for keeping a cool bedroom. Indeed, as we sleep our bodies temperature drop a little and therefore a cool room can help maintain this.
If your trying to create a restful bedroom environment then it pays to keep noise disturbances to a minimum. However, not all of us can block out every single bit of noise therefore, you should employ more relaxing noises to block out the stressful ones. Some people find that the whirling of a fan is useful or even listening to calming music. Of course you can wear ear plugs if you find these comfortable.
As the saying goes 'tidy house, tidy mind' and this is particularly true in a bedroom. Trying to get to sleep in bedroom that is full of clutter can be difficult. Therefore, it pays to dedicate a little time to keeping your bedroom a clutter free zone. If you're struggling with storage then you could invest in a storage bed. Indeed, these nifty beds utilise all the space under the bed and can be a blessing when it comes to keeping your bedroom spik and span. You can read more about our storage beds here.
Creating the right bedroom environment is essential for a rejuvenating night's sleep. Whilst you might have to give up some bad habits, phone scrollers you know who you are!, your body and mind will thank you for it.