The influence of interior design on our sleep
Everybody needs a good night’s sleep in order to function well. Lack of a ‘good eight hours’ can lead to feelings of exhaustion and difficulty with concentration at work, and it can impact your appearance as well. Tired skin, bags under the eyes, enlarged pores and a dull complexion are all clues that you aren’t getting enough shut-eye.
Sleep is the key time when our body rejuvenates and cell repair takes place – and if you don’t sleep, this vital process is interrupted. As beauty boosts go, sleep is like the best wrinkle cream, spa treatment and aesthetic therapy rolled in to one.
We are agreed that sleep-deprived is not a good look, so what can we do to improve the quality of our time between the sheets? Let’s start with the interior design of the bedroom. Optimise the environment for sleep and you’ll immediately increase the chances of falling in to a deep, rejuvenating slumber come cocoa time.
Shut it out
Exterior influences such as light and sound are two culprits that keep us awake. Sealing off light and sound as much as possible can be achieved in a number of ways. A popular and stylish solution to both these issues is interior wooden shutters, because they are fully light adjustable, able to block it out completely or let it in as much or as little as you like. Wooden shutters also add an extra layer of sound proofing. If a bedroom overlooks a busy road, neutralise street lights and traffic noise with stylish solutions from The Shutter Store. Quick and easy to fit, these guys offer an absolutely premier range of shutters to help control how much of the outside world gets access to your bedroom haven.
Keep it calm
Focus on interior design that is simple and calm. Do not overload with pattern and eye-catching surfaces that simply wake the brain up. Calm shades such as creams, taupes, cool greens and blues work well together to enhance relaxation. Soft textures such as carpet underfoot, plump cushions and linen that is breathable and natural all help encourage the ‘nesting’ instinct, crucial to feeling warm, safe and relaxed. The star of any bedroom is the bed. Invest in a quality mattress that provides comfort and support, perfect pillows and sheets and bedding that feel super soft against your skin.
Scented candles or aromatic oils that fill the room with calming perfume work well for some. Lavender, vetiver and Roman camomile are natural fragrances known for their soporific, sleep inducing qualities.
Think hard about bedroom storage, because a space that is cluttered and chaotic is not conducive to good sleep. Keep furniture to a minimum so that the room feels spacious, not claustrophobic. Built in wardrobes, under-bed storage, shelving, wicker baskets – whatever your storage options, make sure there is a place for everything to be stowed away.
Banish anything with a screen from the bedroom. TVs, laptops and mobile phones are sleep thieves. Using such devices close to bedtime leaves your brain in an over-stimulated state that prevents a good night’s sleep.
Some people are able to fall asleep on a washing line, others find chasing the zzzzs more of a challenge. Keep yourself looking fresh and energised by creating a soothing bedroom sanctuary with the perfect conditions for deep sleep. Sweet dreams…