When it comes to sleeping patterns, we’re all different; whilst some of us could sleep through an apocalypse, others wake up at the slightest creak of a staircase. We are generally light sleepers or heavy sleepers with no in-between – but did you know that a few small bedroom changes will optimise your sleep! The changes you make will depend upon the type of sleeper that you are.
Read our guide below to perfecting your slumber with some simple bedroom re-decoration:
If you’re a light sleeper, you’ll want to minimise the amount of distractions in your bedroom and try to cut out any morning light invasion before you’re ready to wake up.
Make sure your bed is facing away from any windows in your room; this will stop natural light in the morning or street lights at night shining into your room and interfering with sleep. Besides light, there are a lot of distractions going on outside that would easily wake a light sleeper, so by facing your bed away you’re allowing yourself to relax, forget the outside world and sleep peacefully.
Opt for dark, plain colour schemes rather than something bright, as bright colours tend to make you feel more awake.
Use crimson or deep blue hues to ensure a soothing sleep at night – they’re also a good choice as they appear lighter in the day time so won’t make your room feel dark and dingy.
The one accessory every light sleeper needs is some black-out blinds; once these are in place natural light will be significantly blocked out of your room, allowing you to get some great shut eye at any time of day – without distraction.
Heavy sleepers don’t have any trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep – the real problems begin when it’s time to wake up! Hence if you’re a heavy sleeper, you should aim to decorate your room in a way which makes waking up in the morning that bit easier.
Do the opposite to a light sleeper – position your bed so that it’s facing the biggest window in your bedroom; this way, when it starts to get light your body will begin waking up and mean you have to rely less on the harshness of your alarm. Waking up naturally and slowly is a lot more relaxing and peaceful, and a much better start to the day.
Since you don’t have any trouble staying asleep, you can play with a lighter colour scheme without any worries of it potentially keeping you awake.
Neutral tones such as creams or pastels work well for heavy sleepers, as they pair well with natural light to wake up even the heaviest of sleepers in a soothing manor.
Cream paired with a soft coral, mint, or pastel blue tone will look stylish and keep your room bright and airy.
Get yourself a pretty beside lamp so that you can switch it on in the morning whilst pressing snooze; this will be another source of light that will tell your body it’s time to wake up and make it that much easier to snap out of your deep slumber. You could also put a small radio next to your bed, and set it to turn on 5 minutes before you need to start waking up; music is a great way to slowly wake you up.
What if you and your partner are a combination of light and heavy sleepers?
This is a common problem, but there are some easy solutions:
Position the bed so that the person who is the light sleeper is away from the window and the person who is a heavy sleeper is sleeping next to it.
Since you want to make the colour scheme of the room comfortable for the both of you, you can use a two tone scheme and have different feature walls. The heavy sleeper can therefore put a lighter pastel tone on the wall next to their side of the bed and the light sleeper can choose darker hues for their side. The wall both parties are facing can be painted a neutral colour like cream so as not to bother either of you, and to go well with the other two colours chosen.
Extra tips for a peaceful slumber:
– Make your bed as comfortable as possible by investing in some good pillows; work out whether you prefer soft, deeper pillows or the firmer variety and shop around until you find something that suits you
– Frame family pictures that mean a lot to you – this will create a friendly and loving ambiance helping you associate your bedroom with safety and happiness
– Invest in extra storage space – studies show that storing clutter away in drawers and shelves will make you feel calm and organised, in turn promoting quality, restful sleep.