Getting it right in the bedroom
Did you know that humans spend one third of their life asleep? In fact, the average life span includes 27 years of sleeping! Of course, some of these hours are accounted for when we are babies and teenagers when sleep is essential to the growth process, but regardless sleep is essential for us to stay healthy and happy humans.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to think about the environment in which you sleep and make some choices that ensure your bedroom is the perfect place to encourage good sleeping habits.
Start by making sure you have a colour scheme that reflects the bedroom’s purpose. Using cool, soothing colours such as greens, greys and blues is the way to go. The other important factor in paint choice is the type of paint you use. Avoid paints that are high in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) – these are released into the air and can cause headaches and dizziness.
Natural light is key to our body’s circadian rhythms and will impact the amount of sleep. Curtains and blinds should be hung to block out all light as any light coming in is likely to disrupt sleep. That said, once you are awake you should open the curtains to allow natural light intro the room, as this will help your body become fully awake and can even brighten your mood.
A bedroom shouldn’t be a late night study. Avoid using screens in your bedroom, as the blue light that is emitted by computers and tablets can mess the circadian rhythms that control the body’s cycles. Power down all screens at least one hour before you go to bed.
A bedroom should also be uncluttered. It should be clean and easy to clean. This can mean choosing floorboards with rugs over wall-to-wall carpet.