Everyone aspires to have a beautiful bedroom but beyond aesthetics, your boudoir must be conducive to sleep. Good thing these apartment hacks almost guarantee a restorative slumber.
If say, catching much-needed zzz’s at night is a struggle, we’ve rounded up some of the best design ideas that promote better sleep:
Apartment Hacks for a Good Night’s Sleep
A chaotic environment elevates stress and when you’re stressed out, you’re less likely to get a goodnight’s rest. And even if you managed to sleep through the chaos, the quality of your sleep won’t be as restorative so you wake up feeling even more tired.
No one likes sleeping in a clutter-filled bedroom so keep your bedside table tidy and organized. Your bedside table is the first thing that you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, it must be a relaxing sight to soothe you to sleep. Not the most inventive apartment hacks but hey, a tidy bedroom almost guarantees a restful slumber. We’ll take it!
The Perfect Lighting
Proper lighting is important in a living space. It sets the mood and in this case, lulls you to sleep!
The human body responds to daylight and darkness and this is the reason why you wake up as soon as light hits your room or you feel drowsy when the bedroom is dim. Stark, overly bright lights that shine on your bed won’t do you any favors. Instead, opt for ambient lights, soft lighting that induces sleep.
First, check your bulbs’ wattage, if it’s too high, replace them with bulbs with lower watts (choose between 40 to 60 watts). If you can, install a dimmer switch in the bedroom so you can dim the lights as you prep for bed.
Also, remove distracting items in your bedroom that glow in the dark, such as an alarm clock that emits red or blue light or a TV on standby. Finally, use blackout curtains so your bedroom stays nice and dark until you’re ready to face the day!
A fresh coat of paint breathes life back to an outdated space and if you’re repainting your bedroom, we highly recommend using muted, comforting colors to promote sleep and relaxation. Soft shades of peach, gray, periwinkle, blue, yellow and green give the impression of tranquility in a space.
That’s not to say you can’t use bold colors in the bedroom and if you must, go for soothing yet striking colors such as ice blue, dark gray or gray-blue and pair it with neutral colors. Always combine cool or warm colors with neutral hues to create balance!
You don’t even need to re-paint the entire bedroom, you can use an accent wall to create a focal point in your room.
Personally, a fresh-smelling boudoir is everything that’s why I’d happily spend money on scented candles, scent diffusers, air purifiers, essential oils, incense and what not. I’m mad about aromatherapy is what I’m trying to say and so should you if you have trouble sleeping. Certain scents promote better sleep!
Fragrances are linked to the brain’s emotional center and being surrounded by calming scents releases feel-good chemicals that relax the body and mind.
Lavender, geranium, chamomile, bergamot and sandalwood are just a few of the many soothing scents for the sleep deprived! If you can’t sleep because you’re sick or you dislike sweet, cloying or fruity scents like I do, try peppermint, vanilla, eucalyptus, tea tree, oregano or bamboo fragrances. Give your beddings and pillows a good spritz of your favorite linen scents and you’ll drift off to dreamland in no time at all!
Some of life’s simple joys are freshly washed sheets and linens and if sleeping is a struggle at night, try changing your sheets every week! The clean smell of freshly washed sheets alone will help you fall asleep.
Of course, the type of beddings you use will affect your sleep quality too. Beddings and sheets made from synthetic materials do a poor job of wicking away moisture from the skin, making sleeping uncomfortable during hot, humid weather.
A cool sleeping environment is critical to a goodnight’s sleep so use sheets made from natural fibers such as extra-long staple cotton. Opt for sheets with a thread count between 300 and 440 for exceptional airflow and maximum comfort!
Less (Pillows) is More
Decorative throw pillows look pretty in pictures but in real life, you don’t need 10 extra pillows. Going overboard on the pillows only add up to the clutter in the bedroom. Also, it’s a hassle removing the pillows each night before going to bed and then arranging them back in the morning.
It’s best to pare down your pillow collection to 2 standard pillows and one accent or lumbar pillow. If you hate seeing pillows cluttering your bedroom floor, keep your extra pillows under the bed.
Pair a soothing color palette with equally calming artworks! Go for artworks that are easy on the eyes, bedroom accents that aren’t too busy that they clash with everything!
If you’re like most people, you probably take your mobile devices with you on your bed and spend the rest of the night scrolling away until you lose consciousness. That’s a bad habit and bad habits are hard to break. If you can, remove technology in your bedroom and preserve this space for two things: sleeping and having sex.
If powering down is not possible in the bedroom, here’s a happy compromise: create an extra seating area so you have a space for all things non-sleep related. The seating area doesn’t have to be grand, just place a comfortable chair or bean bag in one corner, add a small shelf for your books, and throw in a couple of decorative rugs or a lamp and you’re all set.
Know other apartment hacks for better sleep? Share your design ideas in the comment section!