With fewer than 15% of our customers being completely happy with their bedrooms, we think it’s time to explain how to create a better sleep environment.
The importance of sleep
Many of us suffer from lack of sleep, a problem that’s more serious than you might realise. Poor sleep for a prolonged period not only makes you tired and grouchy, but it can lead to serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Too little sleep will also affect concentration, memory and reaction times, which can have a negative impact on your day-to-day life.
The average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but a recent survey found that only 40% of our customers are achieving this on a regular basis. The majority get between five and six hours per night, with some even sleeping for four hours or fewer. What’s more, only 40% of our customers feel the quality of their sleep is satisfactory. Around 35% say they sleep badly or very badly on a regular basis (a smug 10% say their sleep is very good, while approximately 15% feel it is good).
There are many reasons why we don’t sleep well, including interruptions, stress and worry, insomnia, pain and an other half that snores! But many of us don’t realise that our sleep environments are another contributing factor. If your bedroom isn’t well designed, your quality of sleep will suffer. This includes the temperature of your space, the comfort of your bed and bedding, and things like colour schemes, clutter and tech.
How to create a better sleep environment
We weren’t surprised that 50% of our customers are very keen to restyle their bedrooms, so we’ve put together a guide for creating your very own sleep haven and improving your sleep quality.
First and foremost, you should purchase a high quality blackout blind or curtains that will block out all light and provide plenty of privacy. We recommend that you also invest in as good a quality mattress as you can afford, along with clean, comfortable, breathable bedding. This includes a solid protective mattress cover. These are the basics for a space that promotes a restful night’s sleep.
Now, it’s time to think about the decor. The idea is to create a calming and restful sanctuary. Colour creates a mood, so look for a tone that feels meaningful to you. Whilst being calming, it should also help you to feel energised and inspired after a restful night’s sleep. Avoid bright colours like red, as they are associated with panic and drama. Instead, look at soothing and relaxed colour schemes with subtle pops of colour if needed. 58% of customers think neutral colours like taupe, dove and sage are the most relaxing, and 30% prefer pastels such as duck egg, dusky pink and soft blue. Only 10% of our customers feel deep shades are relaxing, however, these can also work well when used carefully. Navy and smoky tones of grey are some of the most effective deep colours for the bedroom, especially when teamed with contrasting shades of white.
Along with your high quality duvet and cushions, you could try layering different fabrics, textures and cushions to create cosiness. Natural cottons and linens work, teamed with sturdy plush feature cushions in contrasting shades. Your bed and bedding should create a feeling of wellbeing and harmony, promoting a more comfortable and restful sleep.
For additional interest, incorporate artwork and accessories. We recommend choosing pieces that create a feeling of flow. Airy, breezy art feels more relaxing than bold and bright abstract images. Pieces that have a feeling of natural elements also works well. Go for something inspirational!
If you’ve an interest in energy, balance and feng shui, you’ll be interested to know that your bed shouldn’t be placed under the window. Instead, arrange it on a solid wall with no doors. Your additional furniture should then be placed opposite the foot of the bed. We also recommend round or curved bedside tables for a feeling of flow (it’s good to avoid sharp edges near the place where you sleep). Add restful, soft, low lighting to these tables, ideally balanced at both sides of the bed for symmetry.
Finally, avoid bedroom clutter to keep the atmosphere calm and to avoid unnecessary anxiety. You should also avoid using electrical items in the bedroom, including TVs, laptops and smartphones. These create negative energy, and the blue light will hinder you when you’re about to go to sleep.
The perfect window treatments for your bedroom
The majority of our customers are woken prematurely when it’s too light outside, and more than 35% are aware that blackout blinds or curtains could solve these problems. At Blinds Direct, we’re pleased to offer a huge range of window treatments that are available with blackout lining. No matter your interior tastes, we’ve got the perfect product for you. Click the images to find out more and shop direct, or view our full collection.
Now that you’re ready to revamp your bedroom and create a better sleep environment, here are a few of our favourite bedroom styles to inspire you further. Which would you love to recreate in your own home?
A good night’s sleep doesn’t just give your more energy. When you sleep well, you’ll be happier and healthier, with a sharper memory and better attention to detail. You’ll also be creative, more willing to learn, and more successful when completing complex tasks.
Want to know more? Get in touch with our team today and find your brand new blind or curtain to complete your perfect sleep environment!