Let’s Remember What The Bedroom’s Actually For…

Let’s Remember What The Bedroom’s Actually For…

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Nowadays, we live in such a culture of excess that we often think about how to add more when it comes to home design. More gadgets, more furniture, more décor, it’s all about getting the absolute most out of every room in the home. However, people are starting to recognize that this might not exactly be the best or healthiest way to live our lives at home. Particularly in the bedroom, we’re finding that excessive design can really get in the way of what the room is really all about.


It’s not for the TV

A lot of people use the TV or browse the internet in order to let off a little steam and start winding down after a busy day of work, looking after the kids, or taking care of the home. It can be great for that, but it does bring with it some danger if you keep using it right up until bed-time. Electronic screens produce blue light, which has been proven to keep the mind more active and to actively get in the way of a healthy night’s sleep. You should have at least thirty minutes without any electronic use before bedtime and you most definitely shouldn’t keep a TV in the bedroom to watch as you fall asleep.

It’s not for work

Many of us work or study from home, so having a space suited to just that is a great idea. However, you should be setting up a separate home office as shown here at fitsmallbusiness.com/home-office-setup/, instead of setting up the office in the corner of your bedroom. The reason that mixing your workspace with your sleeping space should be clear to most. It completely works against the idea of work-life balance. Especially if you work in the mornings or late at night. It’s hard to “switch gears” mentally, whether it’s trying to get into a productive mode of thinking or it’s trying to switch off to go to bed. Try finding another space to make your home office.

Close out the outside world

So, we know now what the bedroom isn’t for. What is it for? It’s a place to sleep, yes, but a big part of that is making sure that it’s your own private space separate from the rest of the world. Outside interference can be distracting and disruptive. With curtains and a door, it’s easy to close out the visuals of the outside world, but what about the noise? www.houselogic.com/remodel/remodeling-tips-advice/soundproofing-walls/ has some great advice on using acoustic panels and covering gaps in the door to shut out the noise. It can be a good idea, however, to back up your efforts with a background noise of your own. It doesn’t work for everyone, but many people will use audiobooks, or tech that generates the sound of running water or other background noise to help them close off and get to sleep sooner.


Steep your senses

Your sense of sound isn’t the only one that matters, either. When it comes to relaxing and sleep, there are few better tools that the sense of smell. First, make sure that your bedroom always smells fresh, replacing bed covers regularly, keeping airflow in the room, and using fabric deodorant when necessary. When it comes to bed-time, think about introducing a little aromatherapy into the room. Incense, aroma diffusers, even aromatic bed sprays can make a big difference in helping you get to sleep at night with scents like lavender, rose and sandalwood.

Set the tone

The décor of the room itself can place a big role in just how easy it is to relax and sleep in a room, as well. You are free to choose whatever color scheme and whatever aesthetic you please for your room, of course. If you’re having trouble sleeping, however, aiming for a more neutral, calming color scheme might do a lot of good. Light blues, clean silvers, and even deep, warm reds can all do a lot of good in the bedroom. www.houzz.com/ideabooks/56675610/list/set-the-mood-5-colors-for-a-calming-bedroom shows how a lot of these color schemes can be best implemented. On the other hand, a design that’s too bright or too noisy can be visually distracting and mentally stimulating, to the point that it gets in the way of sleep.

Lie down

Of course, you can’t talk about making the bedroom fit its purpose without talking about where you actually sleep: the bed. For bed sheets and duvet covers, it’s best to go with options like cotton over synthetics, as it’s soft, breathable, and durable, as well as affordable. Choosing the right bed can be a more complicated question. There are different options that suit best depending on whether you have any back or muscle discomfort, whether your sleep on your side, your front, or your back. If you share a bed, however, hybrid options like www.mattress-guides.net/avocado-green-hybrid-mattress-review-complaints/ are the ones most likely to best suit the both of you. You need to find the right mix of softness and support depending on how you like to sleep and to that end, you should make sure you never buy a bed before you try a bed.


Keep down the clutter

If you want to eliminate distraction in the bedroom keeping you from sleeping, you need to tackle the biggest source. More and more, we’re finding that it’s clutter that’s most distracting of all. Some ways to keep down clutter are simple, such as keeping a wastebasket in the room and tidying it a little at a time, so it never gets out of control. It’s worth looking at extra storage options like a wicker basket for the foot of the bed so you can quickly tidy random clothes and other unused objects away at night, too. Of course, I am a big believer in decluttering completely for best results. Check out this old post if you are having trouble getting started!

Your bedroom should be a place to relax, to sleep, and to get ready for the next day. Try the minimalist function-based approach through the rest of the home, too. A room can be versatile, but if you get away from its original intentions first, you will find it doesn’t really do anything right.

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