Getting good sleep is vital for your mental and physical health.
If you’re not getting the sleep you need, it can feel all-consuming, and if you are, there’s no harm is giving your routine a little boost.
Whether you’re among the former party or the latter, Xander Shreenan, interior design expert from Dowsing & Reynolds, has teamed up with MemoryFoamPillows.co.uk to give some tips on how your bedroom could be styled to boost your sleep.
Paint your walls and ceiling the same colour
You might enjoy a contrast wall, or want to have fun painting various geometric shapes on your wall, but you should keep that out of the bedroom.
Xander said having the same colour all over your walls and ceiling ‘has a cocoon effect which is great for relaxation” as well as helping the room look bigger.
You might also consider trying to set it up so that ‘do not disturb’ settings turn on automatically at a certain time each evening.
Tidy away your clutter before sleeping
Clutter is no small issue, with interiors therapist Suzanne Roynon previously telling us: ‘With an increase in clutter comes an increase in tension, sleepless nights and anxiety, which put huge strain on health, work, relationships and happiness.’
Xander said: ‘This can make you feel unsettled and will make it harder for you to relax before bed, it’s like having a visual reminder of something you were supposed to sort that day.’
Things to try to boost your sleep
Accessorise with an essential oil diffuser
It’s well-known that lavender is great for sleep, with countless pillow sprays and lotions out there to choose from if you want to add the smell to your sleep routine.
You can also try an oil diffuser, which you can use with any oil you feel like at any time of day.
Try dimmer lighting
Regular room lighting can suppress melatonin, the body’s sleep hormone, but using a dimmer lamp can give you more control over the brightness in your room as you wind down for bed.
Xander suggested: ‘Installing dimmer switches on your bedroom lighting, so you can control the ambience.
‘Turn down the ceiling lighting in the evening or use a bedside table lamp so that your eyes aren’t strained before bed.’
Invest in blackout curtains
Not a fan of sleep masks but crave a lie in?
Xander suggested using blackout curtains to help keep the room darker for longer during those bright summer months, and added: ‘Thick curtains will also help insulate the room in winter if you have single-glazed windows.’
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