How to Design Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

February 11, 2019

Sleep is so important to our brains, body, and overall health. But, many of us don’t get the sleep we need and are constantly battling against sleep debt and exhaustion. Over time, lack of sleep can affect your health, productivity, and more. What if you could change that with the design of your bedroom? It won’t solve everything, but you can design a bedroom that encourages more rest and sleep. Here’s how to design your bedroom for better sleep:

1. Pick a Better Placement for Your Bed

Light affects sleep and if you know the light is more likely to interrupt your sleep, position your bed away from doors and windows. This will help reduce the likelihood that light from those sources will interrupt your sleep. You can also position your bed near to, or further away from, vents to provide better temperature control while you’re sleeping.

A digital thermostat in the room will help control the temperature and a ceiling fan will help circulate air, but the placement of your bed in relation to the vents and registers can also help you regulate the temperature around your sleeping area throughout the night. After that, it’s all about making sure you have a good, high-quality, and comfortable mattress and fantastic sheets, pillows, and blankets to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.

2. Keep Nightstands Nearby

Having a convenient place to keep items you may need before bed, during the night, and in the morning can help create a better nighttime and morning routine. For example, having a place to put a humidifier, an alarm clock, and other items can make going to bed and getting up easier. Not only does this help improve sleep cycles overall, but it can also reduce potential interruptions. You can also prevent potential bumps, bruises, and interruptions by picking nightstands that are the right height for your bed and are also proportional to it.

3. Use Blackout Curtains

Regardless of the position of your bed, you can use blackout curtains to ensure no light comes in from the windows to interrupt your sleep. Plus, if the curtains are insulated, they can help regulate the temperature in your bedroom and also provide a little bit of sound insulation as well.

4. Partition Your Bedroom

Modern bedrooms are often designed to serve more functions than just sleeping. Sometimes there is a reading corner, an area for exercise, a desk for working, and more. If you’re going to include other functions in your bedroom and will use it for more than just sleep, design it in sections. By partitioning your bedroom on the design level and making dedicated areas for other activities, you keep your bed for sleeping and activities like work, exercise, or reading in a different area.

5. Plan for Clutter-Free Pathways

Another thing to consider is creating pathways in your bedroom that are clutter-free and easily-traversed. Not only does this help keep clutter from stressing you out in a room where you need to wind down, but it also ensures that you can navigate the room in the dark without tripping over things.

Sure, you can put a light switch by your bed and install a dimmer, but why turn on the light in the middle of the night if you don’t need to? Besides, no one wants to end up in pain, bandaging injuries, or, worse, going to the hospital due to bedroom tripping hazards.

6. Use Calm, Relaxing, and Soothing Colors

Bright colors are a lot of fun and have their place. If you already have trouble sleeping, bright colors in your bedroom can make it even more difficult. They can be distracting to the eye and sometimes have an energizing effect, which can disrupt sleep. Instead, use muted and more calming colors, like pastels, greens, and blues, to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere more conducive to sleep.

Your bedroom should be your safe haven away from the hustle & bustle of the outside world. These tips will help you design your bedroom for better sleep in your custom home. There are a lot of details when it comes to designing a custom home and the bedroom is just one room – it can get overwhelming.

Instead of letting stress affect the process, keep it fun and enjoyable by partnering with a custom home builder with an in-house design/build process. They’ll walk you through everything, work with you, and handle the details, so you can stay excited about your dream home. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!