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Did you know that your bedroom can affect your quality of rest? From the bedding to the mattresses and more, research has found that our surroundings have measurable effects on our sleep. A bedroom is supposed to be the most comfortable area in any home – a peaceful retreat that is conducive to recreation and relaxation.
Here are five small changes that can help you to sleep peacefully and ultimately, function better the next day.
A clean bedroom is the key to getting decent rest. Spending just a few minutes during the day to ensure that things are in their right place, can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your bedroom. Organise your room, by decluttering the drawers, storing all the work-related and other papers in specific folders and keeping horizontal surfaces as clear as possible.
Rethink your bed
Accord the highest priority to your bed, during the makeover process of your bedroom. Investing in superior quality furniture for comfort, is of utmost importance. A good bed frame made out of solid wood and finished with natural and non-toxic wood oil or beeswax, will assure a good night’s sleep.
See also: Vastu tips for a peaceful bedroom
The right mattress is everything
People keep a mattress for an average of 10 years but if you are waking up with an aching back, then, it’s time to replace it. Lack of adequate support from a mattress, leads to a poor sleeping posture and can disturb your sleep. Invest in good quality pillows and mattresses, to keep your spine aligned.
Get the right bedding
What’s next to your skin definitely matters, when it is about having a good night’s sleep. The right bedsheet can keep you cosy and cool. High-thread-count sheets, a plush comforter, duvet cover, matching shams and plenty of coordinated toss pillows, can make your bed attractive and personalised.
Your choice of colours, indicates your personality. Certain colours, have the potential to make your bedroom more relaxing and inviting. One should also pay attention to the details while choosing artwork and wallpapers for the bedroom, as these can be used to create a soothing environment. Set aside a small separate space, for reading and seating. That way, your brain will associate your bed with sleep, instead of reading, working, or watching TV.
The bedroom should have a proper balance of all the elements, such as colour, textures and patterns. Home furnishings always enhance the ambience of a room, by creating a suitable mood and harmony with the interiors (wall/floor colour and furniture).
The key elements to keep in mind while optimising your bedroom for better sleep, is to keep it simple, clutter-free and cosy.
(The writer is design manager, Welspun Global Brands Ltd)