How to Design A Bedroom For Better Sleep

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The importance of sleep is well researched. It touches every aspect of your life, from your physical health to your mental wellbeing to your success and overall happiness. Creating the right atmosphere is key for better sleep. Your bedroom is the most important room in the house, and making sure it’s properly designed will enhance the quality of your life.

 

To get better sleep, consider taking these seven steps:

1. Reclaim its true purpose

TV viewing. Catching up on work. Studying. Exercising. If your bedroom is a major multi-tasking space, it’s having a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Your bedroom should serve a single purpose: R&R. That means you need to remove the television, desk and treadmill.

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2. Get rid of clutter

Clutter overloads your senses and causes you to be stressed out and anxious. Clutter also makes it harder to clean your environment, creating a germ haven that aggravates allergies and asthma. All of this will have a negative impact on your quality of sleep. For better sleep, get rid of anything that doesn’t belong, or store items away in your closet or in under-bed storage.

3. Pay attention to light

The presence of light can alter your natural sleep patterns. Dim the lights one hour before bedtime. If daylight or streetlights shine in your bedroom window when you need to be sleeping, invest in blackout drapes that effectively block the light. This is especially important if you work a non-traditional shift. Remove electronics from your bedroom, which emit blue light that can interrupt sleep. And if you have a digital clock, turn it away from your bed so the light won’t shine in your face while you sleep.

4. Make sure you have the right mattress

Your mattress should be replaced every five to ten years, and sleeping on an old one causes unnecessary back pain and improper support, which will interrupt your sleep. The right mattress provides proper alignment to help eliminate morning aches and pains; provides pressure relief to foster deeper, healthier sleep; and creates a neutral position for your body so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Choosing the right mattress is a science as well as an art. In just five minutes, the PureSleep system performs over 1,000 calculations to identify the perfect mattress for your body type, body density and preferred sleep position. Using this information, PureSleep Specialists will help you select the mattress that is right for your body and your budget.

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5. Use the right pillow

If your pillow is older than a year, it needs to be replaced. Hair and body oils soak into its fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. While a pillow may seem like a small part of your sleep system, it actually plays a big role in giving you the best sleep possible. The right pillow provides 30% of your sleep benefits by maintaining correct spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your back and spine and promoting good circulation.

PureSleep Specialists will determine the perfect pillow for you by matching it to your body type and mattress. If you’ve never been fitted for a pillow, you’ll be amazed at the results; you’ll toss and turn less, and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.

6. Choose calming colors

Color psychologists say the paint you choose can impact your emotions. You want to create a restful mood with your bedroom design and that can mean choosing soothing shades. Blue is known to be very calming. Or consider mellow, neutral hues inspired by nature. But be sure to avoid bright colors that can be energizing or busy patterns in wall paint or wallpaper, bed linens and floor coverings.

7. Adjust the thermostat

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature at night with 60 to 67 degrees being optimal, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Also, swap out linens for the right season. In winter, select heavier bedding and swap that out for a light coverlet during the summer.


Choose Your Holiday Style

The holidays are the time to deck the halls. If you were to define your holiday decorating style, what would it be?

Our Creative Director Broc Clark said there are four hot trends when it comes to holiday décor. Take a peek and find the one that speaks to you!

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Opulent Luxe

Rich and luxurious, Opulent Luxe holiday style is a mood that combines plush surfaces with light shiny metallics and heavy embellishment. This style is reminiscent of a Silent Night filled with glitz and glitter.

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Wilderness

This winter wonderland draws its inspiration from the landscape of Northern Michigan. It brings the feeling of nature into your life through materials and shapes. The design includes colors of white, blue, dark green and red.

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Playful and Bright

This holiday style centers on a sense of whimsy with touches that are festive and fun. Unexpected Seuss-ified shapes catch the eye, and colors like apple red, emerald green and crisp white brighten the home.

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Northern Escape

This look brings a sense of serenity to your home with a mood inspired by remote northern landscapes and the natural beauty of winter light. Your home becomes haven against the elements using artisanal touches combined with modern technology for contemporary yet natural mood.


How to Choose a Bedside Lamp

Bedtime stories shouldn’t stop just because you grow up. Reading before you go to sleep is a great way to unwind from the day by escaping into a good novel or inspirational piece of non-fiction. In addition to a good book, having the right lamp is instrumental. You need it to provide the right amount of light at the right level so you don’t strain your eyes.

Here are five things to keep in mind when choosing lamps for your bedroom:

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1. Think about height. Choose a lamp that puts the base of its shade at about your chin level while sitting in bed, so it properly illuminates the pages of your book. If the light is too high it will create glare and that can be difficult on your eyes.

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2. Consider table lamps and wall-mounted lights. From a decorative standpoint, table lamps offer the widest range of options, and they’re a great choice if your nightstand has ample room. Look for wall-mounted lights if you’re short on space or want a streamlined look.

Bedside lamp bedroom setting 33. Or pick a pendant light. Pendant lights can add a sense of drama to your room. Hang them on either side of your bed at the height that is chin level for you when you’re sitting in bed. Look for styles that gently diffuse light rather than simply provide a spotlight directly below.

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4. Pick the right shade. Look for opaque shades because they cut glare. You want to have just enough light to read but not so much that you disturb your partner or cause eyestrain.

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5. Look for the switch. Choose lighting that is easily turned on and off when you’re in bed. You don’t want to have to strain to find the switch when you’re ready to go to sleep. And having a lamp that is hardwired into your home’s electrical system means you’ll need to get in and out of bed to turn it on and off.


New Year, New You: Get Better Sleep

Sleep is not only important for your physical health; it affects your mental wellbeing. This can be especially vital to children who attend school.

Here are three things parents should know about the direct relationship between sleep and learning:

  • During quality sleep, your child’s brain stores the information he or she learned that day so it’s available for recall at a later date.
  • Sleep enhances your child’s learning and problem-solving skills; it helps them pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
  • Lack of sleep is linked to trouble with decision making, problem solving, behavior and coping.

 


How to Create a Dreamy Bedroom For Your Child

Tucking in your child and wishing them sweet dreams should be a cherished time of day for parents, but sometimes kids like to boomerang out of bed prolonging – and frustrating – the process. Instead of a nightly struggle, set the stage for sleep by using your child’s five senses.

 

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Touch

The most important thing in your child’s room is the mattress. Make sure your little angel has the right one by visiting PureSleep and talking to our experts. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), 90% of people say a comfortable mattress and pillows are important to the sleep experience.

 

Select soft linens and pajamas. Three-quarters of us claim that comfortable sheets and bedding are important to a good night’s rest. Since kids tend to kick off their covers at night, dress yours in pajamas made of breathable fabrics that keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

 

People who make their bed in the morning were 19% more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night, according to the NSF. It’s not clear why this is, but perhaps there is a connection between feeling good about where you sleep and your tendency to sleep through the night. Teach your child to make their bed when they get up in the morning.

 

Sight

A clean room is a calm room. Make sure your child’s is free from clutter. According to NSF, 62% of people say a clean bedroom helps improve their sleep experience.

 

Dim the lights during your child’s bedtime routine to prepare them for sleep. During the summer when it stays light later, take advantage of room darkening shades and curtains that can help block light from outdoors.

 

Limit screen time, which can activate your child’s brain. Also keep technology, such as televisions, computers and video games, out of your child’s room. Instead, arrange comfy pillows in a clutter-free, calming space.

 

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Sound

An early bedtime is important for kids – between 7 and 8 p.m. works best for most, according to the NSF. Help your child wind down by creating a quiet atmosphere in your home a half hour before bedtime.

 

Playing soft music before bedtime will further set the stage for a calm transition into sleep. And consider taking advantage of white noise, which can block sounds from family members who are still awake. A fan or white noise machine will do the trick.

 

Taste

Think about what you offer your child to eat or drink before bed. Foods containing tryptophan – the amino acid that is a building block of the sleep-related chemical serotonin – could encourage drowsiness. Turkey is a well-known source, but so are eggs, chicken, fish, and nuts.

 

Another good bedtime snack is a light carbohydrate, such as whole wheat crackers with a small amount of peanut butter, or cereal with milk. But avoid fatty, fried or spicy foods before bedtime that will upset the stomach and can interfere with sleep.

 

Smell

Certain scents have a helpful effect on sleep. Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, potentially putting you in a more relaxed state. Give your child a bath with a few drops of lavender scented oil. Scented laundry detergent can also be helpful.