Who doesn’t need a good night of sleep these days? When the team at Tuck Sleep, a non-commercial community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, reached out to me about a guest post on the blog – I jumped at the chance to partner with them. Their research and findings of the science of sleep are so interesting! In particular, which design choices in the bedroom can create a relaxing sleep environment – and which ones don’t.
Tuck Sleep has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, and Radiolab and they have been referenced by many colleges and universities (like Harvard University) as well as sleep organizations across the web.
Now, I’m turning this post over to Tuck Sleep. Enjoy the valuable information and let’s all get some sleep!
5 Bedroom Trends that Make or Break Your Sleep
Design trends should always support the purpose of a room. There’s nowhere elsewhere that’s more important than in the bedroom. Your bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary that invites, calms, and helps you reach the deepest levels of sleep. It should also look amazing and have the personal touches that make it uniquely you. Good or bad some trends are worth bringing into the bedroom while others you’re going to want to skip.
1. Trend: Houseplants – Yes
While houseplants haven’t traditionally been used to decorate the bedroom, they can have a powerful impact on your sleep. Natural elements bring with them a sense of calm serenity that every bedroom could use. Not to mention the fact that they improve air quality. More oxygen in the air helps improve sleep quality and thinking skills. Plus, they look beautiful.
2. Trend: Nature Indoors – Yes
Houseplants aren’t the only way to bring nature inside. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can use natural elements in the decor to feel closer to nature. Find yourself a few pieces of reclaimed wood to make your own artwork or side table to get that “forest” feel. The smells and texture of wood are enough to relax the body. Photos of plants can have the same effect. Use your own photography of flowers or trees from your backyard to create an inviting space.
3. Trend: Low Bed – Maybe
This one depends on your situation. Many modern minimalist designs use a simple platform for the mattress. While that might work well for some, there are situations in which it could disrupt your sleep. Older mattresses designed to be used with a box spring may not be comfortable on a platform. Most modern mattresses are meant to be used on any hard surface. A low bed may also make it difficult to get in and out during the night. If rolling out of bed in the morning doesn’t appeal to you, you might want a box spring to bring the foundation to a better height.
4. Trend: Neutral Paint – Yes (Most of the Time)
Neutrals provide a beautiful blank canvas. Mixing whites can add depth and allow you to change accessories and artwork with the season. However, sometimes they can feel cold and uninviting. Sometimes, with the right room, rich, dark colors like navy and green can feel cozy. Dark tones don’t stimulate the eyes and can make a big space feel intimate.
5. Trend: Airy, Sheer Curtains – No (Sort of)
A light, airy bedroom certainly feels inviting. Where you have a problem is when it comes time to sleep. The body functions on circadian rhythms that are heavily influenced by light. If you live in an area with a lot of light pollution, that extra light could wake you during the night. Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or blinds are a better choice for the bedroom. Of course, there are other options. Sheer curtains used over blinds or as a second layer behind blackout curtains allow you to have the light feel you want during the day with the ability to block out light pollution at night.
Myra Campbell is a researcher for sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.