Designing Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Now more than ever, we need our sleep to ensure our immune systems are functioning at their best. Today on the blog, we explore how decor and design can be used to improve your overall sleep quality.
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According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sleep represents a third of every person’s life. The same source cites that 70 percent of American adults struggle with sleep at least one night a month, while 11 percent struggle every night. Overall, sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages. If you struggle with sleep, making simple but deliberate changes to the decor of your bedroom can play a part in helping you to get the shut-eye you need and deserve. Many of these changes derive from the basic principles of Feng Shui

Content via the National Sleep Foundation reveals that there is, in fact, a “magic” color when it comes to the bedroom. Keep reading to find out what that color is and how paying attention to subtleties in color and decor in the bedroom can affect your sleep for the better.

Bedroom Paint

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The “Magic” Color: Blue

If your bedroom is painted blue, you might be setting yourself up for success from the get-go. This is because specialized receptors in the retina of your eyes, responsible for relaying information to the part of your brain that controls your body’s circadian rhythm, are most sensitive to bluea color that is associated with serenity, tranquility, and reduced blood pressure and heart rate.

Light Colored Bedding

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It’s no coincidence that bedding in professionally designed bedrooms tend to err on the side of light. In addition to lending the look of cleanliness and neatness, white or light-colored sheets and duvet covers are classic and tend to induce feelings of calm, making them sleep-friendly.

Layered Lighting

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In a lot of cases, unwanted light is to blame for interrupted sleep. The best way to combat light is to regulate it. Think: blackout window treatments and various options for in-room lighting, such as dimmers, table lamps, reading sconces, and smart bulbs.


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Symmetry and harmony are important to consider when designing any room of the homebut this rings especially true in the bedroom, where a logical and organized layout can help to calm the mind after a long day of noise and business. To help your bedroom achieve balance, consider things like bed height in relation to the height of the ceiling, side tables on either side of the bed, and a bench or lounger at the end of the bed, signifying the transition into bedtime.

Using Vishion to Design a Sleep-Friendly Color Palette

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