Interior Design sleep tips for a good night's sleep

The 6 Best Tips For Getting A Good Night’s Sleep with Interior Design

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Ever experience it?

That moment you try to shut your eyes in bed but you can’t fall asleep?

If so, you are not alone. Nearly 50% of adults suffer from some form of insomnia or another and it has only been made worse by lockdown.

As I’m sure you are already aware, sleep is vital for maintaining our mental and physical health.

So where does interior design come in?

Well, we are often asked if our products can help customers get a good night’s sleep. The great news is yes they do, but there is a little more to it than that.

We have found what works best is a healthy combination of the right window furnishings and small lifestyle changes. Which together, can go a long in getting your sleep back on track.

Our list will give you 6 easy to follow tips to get started on improving your sleep. So lets find out how to hit your snooze button!

1. Keep Fit and Active

It may seem obvious but keeping active throughout the day is essential for helping you drift off in the evening.

Don’t just take our word for it, daily exercise has been proven to boost the effects of the natural sleep hormone melatonin. Being outside more is also beneficial, with sunlight for vitamin D and of course fresh air.

jogging in countryside track

Keep active throughout the day to ensure for better sleeps.

Now if your local gym has been closed or your usual routine disrupted by lockdown, don’t worry. Even a stroll around your local area will help tremendously.

Build it into your day and this is a great first step to the land of nod.

2. Create A Comfortable Bedroom

Now, this is where interior design can really make a difference. If you have been exercising and hopefully are feeling tired, the next step is to ensure your bedroom is totally comfortable.

Ideally, you should start thinking of your bedroom as a haven for peace and quiet.

Bedroom with roman blinds covering window lady sat relaxing in wicker rocking chair

A comfortable bedroom design can make all the difference to resting.

We recommend using a soft colour palette where possible, sticking with pale greens or lavender.  You can use these colours with paint, curtains or blinds for the desired cosy ambiance.

If you find yourself leaning towards fabrics, two wonderful collections to consider with a soft colour palette are Oslo and Saxon.

Saxon fabric samples

Saxon is a great fabric collection to create a comfortable bedroom.

Both fabric series, are versatile in application and suit a cosy interior. Setting you up perfectly for a good night’s sleep.

3. Keep Your Bedroom Tech Free!

Technology is great. But too much exposure to it right before bed is detrimental to your sleep.

Using mobile in bed

Exposure to blue light just before bed can affect your sleep.

So what exactly about technology is keeping us awake?

Well, its actually the blue light emitted from our various devices. Inevitably, if you are looking at a smartphone or tablet just before bed, you are being exposed to this blue light. Now while its not harmful in anyway, it does suppress the release of melatonin in our body. Keeping us awake and making it difficult to switch-off.

So what can you do to prevent this?

Try putting your device aside for an hour or two before bed. Or dim the brightness on your phone to reduce the emission of blue light.

phone on bed with women asleep behind

By putting your phone down you will immediately feel the benefits.

Trust us, once you begin putting your phone down you will feel tired again!

4. Darkness Promotes Sleep

Simply put, Darkness helps us sleep.

This is as it encourages our bodies to release the aforementioned melatonin hormone, which makes us sleepy.

This might appear obvious, but you would be surprised how much light can get into a normal bedroom, especially during spring and summer, ultimately disrupting our sleep patterns.

Light creeping into bedroom disturbing sleep

Even a small amount of light creeping into our bedrooms can disturb our sleep.

OK, so how can you reduce excess light in your bedroom?

Luckily, there are several window furnishing options available to look at.

Blackout blinds are a particularly effective solution as they have been specifically designed to prevent light from getting through. An absolute must for keeping rooms totally dark.

blackout roller blinds in dark bedroom colour shceme

Blackout fabric can easily keep light out of your bedroom.

The blackout fabric is available for lots of different blind styles and models including roller blinds, and duettes.

Take a look at this blackout duette blind project to see how well they perform in situ.

5. Start A sleep Ritual

This one is pretty straightforward. Creating and sticking to routine.

As you form a routine, over time your body will become used to this and naturally begin to process the ritual of sleep.

Now the thing to keep in mind here is that a bed time routine can be a very personal thing. It takes time to discover the best way for you to get ready for bed but stick at it. Once the routine is in place, you will quickly find yourself with regular good night sleeps!

6. Keep Your Bedroom Separate

It may not always feel like the best place for sleeping but a bedroom is the key part of your sleep journey.

You should try to keep all of your other daily activities out of the bedroom.

What do we mean?

Top down bottom up blinds in busy bedroom setting

Keep your bedroom separate from your day to day activities to maximise its impact on your sleep

The mind can associate different rooms with mental stimulation. By reducing the time you spend in your bedroom, your mind quickly recognises that this is a calm relaxing place. Overall helping you sleep better.

Want More Advice?

We hope you now feel ready to get a good night’s sleep!

Good sleep is essential and we have lots of unique products that can help you achieve this. So if you would like to learn more about blackout solutions or general design advice, please contact us.

Our team are here to help you!

Thanks for reading!