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7 Ways that Bedroom Decor Affects the Quality of Your Sleep

Getting up fully rested and ready for a new day full of challenges is becoming harder and harder. There are numerous distractions preventing us from getting a good night’s sleep and one of them is the way our bedroom is arranged.

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In fact, there are at least 7 ways in which bedroom decor affects the quality of our sleep. Once you know what these factors are, you can alter them in a way to allow you to sleeper better. This is important if you want to grow as a person, be mindful, and lead a peaceful lifestyle.

1. Regulating the room’s air temperature

It has been scientifically proven that sleeping in a cold room increases the quality of our sleep. Since we don’t need the same room temperature during the night and during the day, we should regulate the air temperature inside the bedroom.

Opening the window before you go to bed is perfectly fine but it is more effective to program the thermostat to lower the temperature. You will benefit from cooler air at night but the thermostat will raise the temperature back up in the morning so you would wake up in a warm room.

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2. The importance of darkness

One of the biggest prerequisites to sleeping well is darkness. As night sets in, our body starts producing melatonin which is the hormone responsible for regulating our sleep cycles. Since melatonin is triggered by darkness, spending the night in a dark room is intrinsically tied to sleep.

Artificial stimuli, like electric light, computer screens, and the glare of street lights outside detracts from the quality of sleep. The impact of these factors should be mitigated as much as possible in order to darken the room as much as possible.

In this sense, curtains and windows blinds are more than useful to blot out the light pollution coming from outside your home. Furthermore, you should break the habit of using a mobile phone before bed. Needless to say, don’t sleep with the light turned on, even it was only a bedside lamp.

3. Removing all mirrors

You are probably thinking that a mirror on a bedroom wall has nothing to do with your sleep cycles. Well, we are sorry to say but you are wrong. Namely, a large mirror reflects right across the room, thus acting as a beacon of sorts.

As we have stated in the paragraph above, it is vital that the room you sleep in is as dark as possible, so the last thing you need is a looking glass dissipating light around the bedroom. Take the mirror down and hang it in the hallway outside the bedroom if it is important for your daily routine.

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4. Under the sheets

Apart from light and air temperature, your sheets can also have a major influence on the way you sleep. Everything from the color to the material your pillow and bedding are made from can disrupt your sleep cycle.

It sure was fun to have colorful sheets with your favorite superhero print when you were a kid but as an adult, all this colorfulness can detract from the quality of your sleep. Aim for neutral colors such as green or beige that will appease you.

Furthermore, the sheets need to be made from quality materials that are soft to touch. For instance, you can get flannelette sheets that are softer to touch than regular cotton or wool. Luckily, most sleepwear manufacturers use such soft materials for sheets so you’ll have no trouble sinking under the sheets and finding tranquility.

5. Soundproofing the bedroom

Once the bedroom is dark and cool, you should ensure it is quite as well. During the nighttime, even the quietest of sounds are heard as noise that can wake you up so it essential that your room has excellent sound isolation.

In fact, the sound is so important that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a nuisance. Many people find it easier to go to sleep if they play some nature sounds that help them reach mindfulness. The final goal is to go to sleep easily so you won’t fidget all night in bed.

Apart from the artificially created sounds of wind or the forest, you can listen to the real and tranquil gurgle of water. There are small water fountains that can be bought at a home center that will help you easily transition into the land of dreams to the sound of running water.

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6. Electrical devices don’t belong in the bedroom

We’ve mentioned earlier how screens emit light that helps keep us awake, which is the opposite of going to sleep. If you want to go to sleep the moment your head touches the pillow then remove all appliances and gadgets from the room. These include mobile phones, tablets, and TV set.

The latter is perhaps the biggest obstacle to sleep. Images are shown on the TV screen engage your brain in a way that arouses us; making it harder to relax. That’s why the TV belongs in the living room but even then you should turn it off at least a full hour before you go to bed.

7. Clutter is a factor

If you are determined to work on personal growth, then you are probably aware that clutter is your biggest enemy in terms of spatial constriction. It is hard to achieve mindfulness and tranquility if you are surrounded by clutter and the same goes for sleeping.

It is hard to go to sleep when your bedroom is a mess so clear clutter regularly. It is important that each item (car keys, napkins, phone charger, etc.) has a specific place so it wouldn’t just lie around, generating clutter. Finally, don’t be tempted to turn your bedroom into a provisional office. Once your brain associates the bed area with work, you will never be able to fall asleep.

Now that you know what the 7 most common ways bedroom décor affects your sleep are, you are ready to create the perfect sleeping conditions. Light, temperature, and sound are just some of the factors you should try to regulate for better sleep.

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Patrick-AdamsBio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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