Monday, March 19, 2018

Guest Post :: The Biology Of Bedroom Design

Between the constant rushing that the day-to-day life requires and all the technology that is literally just a touch away, sometimes at the end of the day I am beyond keyed up by the end of the day. It is always nice to know that at the end of the day you have a beautifully decorated bedroom to come home to and a comfortable bed to snuggle up in and decompress.

Today Tuck Sleep is guest posting on the blog and sharing a few tips and tricks for those of you getting ready to redesign a room that will lead to a better nights sleep.
If you’re getting ready to redesign your bedroom, there’s quite a bit of science to take into account to get the best night of sleep you can!
Here are some factors to look at while you plan.
Keep your Bedroom Warm
We all love the feeling of a cozy bed, but if it’s too warm, it might be keeping you from sleeping as well as you could be.  
Sleeping with the room temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, and with lots of circulating air, is the most comfortable way to sleep, according to this study.
The study also recommends sleeping with doors and windows open if possible. If not, a powerful fan can help to create that same level of circulation.
For the warm sleepers among you, check out these cooling pillows, and look for a mattress that helps air to circulate.                                    
Light Properly for Sleeping
When it comes to the kind of lightbulbs we pick, those of us who are energy conscious will likely choose a high-efficiency bulb like an LED or a compact fluorescent bulb.
While these lights are better for the environment, it can lead to your sleep environment having more blue spectrum light, which tends to cause our brains to be more alert then we want them to be at night.
Another great way to remove some excess light from bedrooms is to keep phones and other devices as far from you as possible while you sleep. Most electronics have high levels of blue spectrum light.
A good, old-fashioned alarm clock is probably best for you if you’re attached by the tips of your fingers to your phone like so many of us.
Keep the temptation out of reach, and it’ll be much less tempting in the middle of the night.
Paint Soothing Tones
Believe it or not, the type and color of paint you choose also plays into how bright the room you’re designing is — even at night.
Bright colored and satin-sheened paints reflect more light than their darker colored, matte finish counterparts.
Muted colors do better to absorb light’s reflections, which is what you want in a space you’re sleeping in. The good news is, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered.
In fact, the best color for the bedroom is blue in any shade. It’s proven to have a beneficial effect on your blood pressure and heart rate.
Add Plants
Believe it or not, plants do not count as clutter in your bedroom. They actually help to clean the air around you, which makes your environment better for sleeping. Plus, they’re nice to have around just to look at.
Plants like Jasmine and Lavender put off calming scents that can help calm anxiety, so either would be a great addition. Combine them with the open windows mentioned earlier, and you’ll have a lovely sleeping environment.