You might not even realise it, but did you know the placement of your furniture is very important in the bedroom? And the amount of sleep you’re able to get every night can affect your concentration and performance at work? Above aesthetics and fashion, how you arrange your bedroom can potentially improve your sleep and boost your brain. This is where the art of feng shui is often used, as the placement of items can offer practical and spiritual benefits, with a focus on creating peace and harmony. Here are a few ways you can get a better night’s rest with a few simple and easy changes made to the bedroom.
The Right Bed Position
Of course, the bed itself needs to be placed right. Depending on your bedroom, there are a few things to consider. Do you need peace and quiet to fall asleep or do you prefer sleeping in cooler or warmer environments? If you absolutely can only sleep in quiet environments, position your bed against an external wall, rather than against a busy hallway to reduce passing sounds. Similarly, if you need warmth, try to avoid putting your bed next to windows or doors, as these areas often have drafts or noticeable drops in temperature. Position your bed optimally, because if you don’t feel comfortable sleeping, it can be difficult to fully relax and drift off into deep sleep.
First and foremost, there isn’t a need to have a television set in the bedroom. While it may be convenient, more often than not, it can ruin your night’s sleep. Glaring at bright lights before you go to bed rarely results in a good rest, so the best option is to remove the television set. By limiting activities that encourage wakefulness in bed, your brain would be more inclined towards shutting down and going to rest.
At times, you may find yourself waking up at night and needing something, such as a phone, a piece of paper or a glass of water. And having to wake up in the middle of the night to find these things can ruin a perfectly good sleep. To counter this, have a level table, drawer or counter next to the bed and place potential items there. This simple system ensures you’ll find things easily and get back to sleep sooner. When you’re still feeling the sleepiness, it’ll be easier to ebb back into sleep.
In a similar fashion, there are times when you need to leave the bed, such as to use the bathroom. Consequently, having a simple layout offers plenty of benefits. Again, this will become second nature so you don’t need to completely wake up and – perhaps more importantly – a clear walking space means you won’t stub your toes into any stray chairs or tables while moving in the dark. Your main priority here should be to establish a clear pathway between the bedroom and the door. If you have an en suite bathroom, this should also be prioritised for quick access in the middle of the night so that you can retire back to bed quickly.
How many pillows does your bed have? It’s quite easy to forget about the actual sleeping benefits of pillows. While throw cushions are often for pure aesthetics, large traditional pillows have a number of benefits that they can provide to the body. Some people prefer to sleep on two pillows to support their head, while others place one under their legs or other areas for additional comfort. Find the right number of pillows needed for absolute comfort and ensure your bed always has these pillows available.
Harsh lights and glares can easily disrupt a peaceful night. As such, if you require some light to see better in the middle of the night, it helps to have dimmer bulbs or lights. Although not everyone will have a dimmer light in their bedroom, a dim table lamp will also provide ample lighting without you having to light up the entire room. Having a bedside light is also important because you don’t have to get up just to reach the light switch on the wall. Allowing your eyes to slowly adjust to your surrounding soft lights will make it easier for you to gradually get up or fall back to sleep.
Science has often shown that the colours we see often influence our mood. Red, for instance, is a very strong, passionate, colour. While this certainly looks nice in the bedroom, it isn’t really useful in helping you get to sleep. On the other hand, cool colours, such as blue, cream and silver, are much more relaxing. According to a survey, blue is thought to be able to slow heart rate and reduce blood pressure, and those sleeping in blue rooms get an average of about seven hours 52 minutes of sleep each night. If the colour scheme in your bedroom allows it, try to favour these colours and keep particularly strong colours in other parts of your home.
Hide From Daylight
Depending on the time you need to get up, you may not want the introduction of daylight through your windows. Thick curtains are always an option to combat this issue, but there are other easier alternatives as well. Specifically, try and position your bed so you’re not facing the window, thereby reducing the morning glare. Additionally, if you’ve a screen or barrier, this can be positioned between the bed and window. This way, sunlight can still enter the room but it won’t shine directly into your eyes. No one wants to be rudely awakened by strong sunlight, especially if you’re in deep sleep. And research has shown that people who are awakened during deep sleep are unable to adjust immediately and often feel tired and dazed for minutes after they’ve woken up.
Don’t Mix The Bedroom and The Office
Finally, while it might seem convenient, you should keep any work out of the bedroom. Nobody likes to sleep when they can see their work taunting them. More often than not, your work items will act as a reminder and thoughts of work can keep you up at night. If you truly must have your working items in the bedroom, consider hiding them after use, such as putting them in a drawer or simply hiding them from view. Preferably though, your office area should be out of the bedroom entirely. If there’s something on your mind, seeing it could make it worse, and you could be kept up all night thinking about the issue.
As you can see, minute furniture arrangement changes in your bedroom can improve sleep and your well-being emotionally, spiritually and mentally. So, if you’re looking to improve your sleeping conditions, consider some of these tips and rearrange your bedroom to sleep better. You can also consider incorporating some of these five tips to improve your sleep into your lifestyle to help you sleep better. And if you’re curious about sleep science, you can find out more about rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement sleep here.
Jessi Lampard has a passion for lending her voice towards multiple issues involving the cleaning industry. When she’s not working with London Carpet Cleaner, she enjoys her hobby as a writer.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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