Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your apartment bedroom is set up for the optimal quality of sleep!
Get a Good Mattress
It’s not really a design feature, as such, but if your mattress isn’t right, nothing else you design for your bedroom is likely to help you get your necessary hours of reviving sleep.
Even the best mattresses eventually start to show signs of wear in the form of lumps and lack of support, which can not only spoil your night’s rest but also leave you stiff, sore, and aching the next day.
There are numerous different types of mattress available to suit all tastes and budgets, and buying the best you can afford may be one of the best investments you make in your health and well-being.
Get the Light Right
Keeping your bedroom as dark as possible at night is essential for restful sleep. Use thick, dark-colored drapes on external windows, particularly if they’re exposed to light from the street, other buildings, or the early morning sun.
As much as possible, keep artificial light sources such as TVs, computers, and cellphones outside the room. But if you must have them inside, use purpose-built armoires (wardrobes) to house larger electrical items, and keep phones in drawers or closets.
Choose the Right Colors for Your Bedroom Decor
Most people love to use color to give a light, bright, energy-giving feel to their apartment, but vivid colors are best kept for living areas rather than the bedroom.
Soft creams and pastels, or perhaps blues and greens, are proven to have a calming and relaxing effect on the mood, which is reflected in physical readiness for sleep.
At a minimum, walls, floorings, and curtains should reflect this color scheme, and for best results, bedding and furnishings should also be matched to it.
Adjust the Temperature
It’s tough to sleep well in a room that is too hot or too cold, and for good sleep, you will generally want your bedroom to be a little cooler than the rest of your apartment.
You may be able to achieve this with a smart thermostat. Otherwise, try turning down the temperature throughout the home at night.
If it’s safe and practical to do so, opening a window on a warm night is a great idea or get a portable fan.
Apart from these fundamentals, there are many little extras you can add to your bedroom that may facilitate quality sleep.
Like color, scent can have a powerful effect on mood, and diffusing the vapor of essential oils such as lavender or vanilla can help create a relaxing ambiance.
Natural sounds such as waves breaking on a beach, running streams or the wind in the trees are now readily available electronically, and some people find them extremely calming.
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With just a little planning, your bedroom can truly be a haven of peace, relaxation, and a refuge from even the busiest of city lives.