6 Bedroom Design Hacks to Help You Sleep Better

Say goodbye to restless nights by following these design tips for your sleeping area.

Updated on May 18, 2018 8:05 am

Catherine Zhang

6 Bedroom Design Hacks to Help You Sleep Better

Next to food, sleep is a basic necessity that humans need. Studies show that a person sleeps for one third of his lifetime. Also, nothing beats a good night’s sleep after a long day at work.

Our bedroom has become one of our favourite places at home because it is where we can relax and sleep. But if you lying awake continuously every night counting sheeps or just staring at the ceiling, maybe it’s not you—it must be your bedroom.

Here are design hacks that you can use in your bedroom to have that nice, long sleep that you deserve:

1. Think of your colour choice carefully.


In your bedroom, you might want to choose a colour that resembles serenity and relaxation. Think about the Zen feeling in wellness spas. As much as possible, avoid bright and warm colours such as reds, oranges, and yellows. Muted and neutral shades—such as blues, whites, green, and greys—are highly recommended.

You are not limited though to these colours, as long as the majority of the palette is cool. You can even use soft and warm pastels, such as pink instead of red. Bold colors are not that bad, but you can use it as your room's accent colour instead of the main colour.

2. Make sure that daylight does not creep in too early.


The human body is programmed to sleep when it’s already dark. If you want to achieve deep sleep, there should be minimal light as much as possible. You might want to have a cool, dark room by using blackout curtains. These curtains will make your room dim enough for you as you fall asleep. Don’t disrupt your melatonin levels by letting the light in!

3. Warm lights will get you in the mood for sleep.


Lighting is also a factor when you need to consider in designing your bedroom. Several studies show that homeowners should use more subtle lighting in their bedroom. The most important thing to remember is that natural light and artificial light can affect your cycle so it is important to manage light in the bedroom. Warm lights such as sconces and recessed lighting that softly wash the walls are more conducive to snoozing early on.

4. Better sheets mean better sleep.


Changing sheets is an easy upgrade to make for a cosier, more comfortable sleep. Silk or cotton sheets with high thread count are comfortable to sleep on, much more having linen sheets. Linen fabrics are known for its unique thermal qualities no matter what climate your country has. In choosing the fabric for your bedsheets, make sure that it is not only soft but will give you a comfortable feeling.

5. Avoid eyesores by decluttering your space.


Clutter in your bedroom makes you feel anxious and depressed, which results to sleep deprivation. Clearing out your clutter will give you a more relaxed feeling. Install storage shelves in your bedroom to keep all the clutter away or have at least a basket beside your bedside table to ensure that everything has its own space.

6. Remove things that are not needed for resting.


Rule of thumb: If it’s not used for sleeping, it should not be in the bedroom. In planning your bedroom’s design, ask the designer not to include spaces for entertainment and working. Or if you already have a bedroom, try to remove your television, gaming consoles, as well as desktops and laptops and other gadgets and see how your sleep will improve.

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