How to Design Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep
Put Everything in the Right Place
These clutter zones can feel like a to-do list, and the resulting distraction makes it harder to sleep. Schnell recommends side tables that have at least one shelf (to stash a book or magazine) as well as one drawer or cabinet (to keep papers and personal items out of sight). Edit down the top of the table to a lamp, alarm clock, glass of water, and feel-good photo.
“Placing our bed against a wall where we have a clear view of the door and, if it’s feasible, the window can make us feel safer and alleviate worry that prevents complete relaxation,” says design psychologist Sally Augustin, PhD. Avoid backing your bed up against a window; drafts or blaring sun might disturb your slumber.
No Phones, Please
Keep your device on sleep mode overnight and stash it out of sight in the nightstand drawer.
Keep It Cozy (And Clutter-Free)
“The darker your bedroom is, the easier it can be to fall asleep, and the better your sleep quality will be,” says Wyatt. The light from a street lamp or the glow from a neighbor’s TV still filters through your closed eyelids. And exposure to light, even if it’s dim, can interfere with the secretion of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and your body’s internal clock.
Define your sleep zone with the help of a soft area rug, suggests Augustin. It lends a cozy feel to the space, provides a warm landing pad for your feet, and helps buffer noise while you’re asleep. Opt for plush fibers—like soft wool or a wool blend—for maximum comfort.
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Consider Textures and Materials
Instead of using bold patterns or colors, add personality by mixing up textures (like a chunky knit throw and embroidered pillows) in calming neutrals.
Keep It Natural
Organic materials elicit a sense of calm, so incorporate branches, plants, or fresh flowers into your space.
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