As the days grow shorter, many of us desire an increased amount of sleep to accompany the longer nights. This occurs because your body produces more melatonin when it is dark, and melatonin causes drowsiness. Centuries ago, people did sleep longer in the winter months. With the advent of artificial lighting, however, people sleep less in the winter. This makes it all the more important to make the sleep you do get as effective as possible. Here are a few design choices in the bedroom that will help you consistently have a great night’s sleep.
Use a Ceiling Fan
For most people, it is easier to sleep when the air is moving rather than still. A ceiling fan can be an attractive addition to a room’s décor that also makes sleeping easier. The fan doesn’t have to run at a high speed, just high enough to be comfortable. Also, the ideal temperature for sleeping is lower than most people keep their homes in winter. Most people find temperatures between 64 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit the most comfortable for sleeping. If you have a separate heating zone for your bedroom, consider keeping it at a lower temperature at night.
Generate White Noise
Sleeping in absolute silence can be difficult, in part because even small noises are very alarming at night. Utilizing a source of low-level noise can make relaxing easier. The aforementioned ceiling fan can be a great noise source, or you can purchase an audio device or app for this purpose.
Keep the Room Dark
You will sleep the best if your bedroom is kept as dark as possible. To keep exterior light out, use opaque curtains that block all light. If you keep interior lights on in the house at night, keep your bedroom door closed. Blue light is the most disruptive to sleep cycles, and modern devices like smartphones tend to emit a great deal of blue light. For this reason, it is best to refrain from using electronics for up to an hour before you plan to sleep.
Keep Furniture Symmetric
While it may not bother you when you’re awake, studies have shown that people are more restful in rooms with a high degree of symmetry. Keeping your bed in the middle of a wall, with matching night stands on either side, goes a long way towards creating a peaceful bedroom. We hope these tips for creating a bedroom that make the most of your sleep cycles has been helpful. If you’re looking to design a bedroom and timber frame home that are ideal for both your sleeping and waking hours, please contact us.