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21 April, 2024

A bedroom perfect for sleeping

THERE’S probably nothing more important than getting a good night’s sleep, and often a few changes to your bedroom space might be just the ticket to ensure you enjoy a deep slumber.

A bedroom perfect for sleeping - feature photo

Best of all, creating the ideal bedroom doesn’t need to break the bank. There are several cost-effective ways to make your sleep space more soothing and suited for sleep.

Some say that bedrooms should be a place for rest, romance and relaxation so the first thing to do is to remove any signs of work such as electronic devices, not just because it’s work but blue light thrown by devices and any clutter will be too busy on the eye.

Consider how your bed is positioned in the room because, according to feng shui principles, it should be placed so that headboard is against the centre of the main interior wall, with room on either side for bedside tables, but not so that the occupants are staring directly at the door.

The colours used on the walls, the floor, for window treatments, or your bed linen are also a key part of creating an ambiance that will be conducive to peace and calm.

Colours are powerful when it comes to influencing our mood and emotions, so it’s no surprise that cool colours such as white, blue, grey, lavender and silver are thought to be the best to use in a bedroom space, especially used in lighter tones so as to create a calm atmosphere.

When it comes to lighting, this can be a major factor in how we relax our bodies. 

During the day, our eyes perceive sunlight and signal the brain to produce cortisol, a hormone that helps you stay alert and energised. At night when darkness falls, your brain then produces another hormone, melatonin, to induce feelings of sleepiness and relaxation.

Hues of red, orange, and yellow are better for preparing the mind and body for sleep and, if possible, try to make your lights dimmable. These will fill your room with warm, dimmer lighting that will tell your brain it's time to rest, therefore producing more melatonin.

Opting for table lamps for reading is also advised.

To give you a perfect and luxurious sleep, quality bed linen is highly recommended.

There’s nothing quite like Egyptian cotton sheets to make you feel special! Cotton percale sheets usually have a thread count between 250 and 600, while cotton sateen sheets will have a thread count between 300 and 600. The most luxurious sheets are usually those with a threads count of between 500 and 1000.

To finish off your bedroom, add a soft rug or runner beside the bed to ensure there’s no loud noises if your partner comes to bed later and, again, it will add to the softness of the space.

Last, but not least, ensure your bedroom is cool when you lay down to sleep. Experts say that people sleep better when their room is cool and the gentle whir of a fan or air conditioner is an added bonus to effectively mask other sounds and help you fall asleep.


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