Guest blog from Tuck:
A stylish, inviting bedroom is good for sleep. Any sleep environment where you feel comfortable, relaxed, and ready to drift off is a good one. But your bedroom design can have a negative effect on your sleep quality, making it difficult to fall asleep, or making you feel too anxious to get a good night of rest. Watch out for these design trends that look great, but don’t do anything to help you sleep at night.
- Light, thin curtains Light, thin curtains can be beautiful and airy. But they can make it difficult to sleep if they don’t block out enough light at night. Light is stimulating and can tell your brain that it’s daytime and time to be awake – even late at night. So your bedroom windows should be well covered to block out the light. If you like the airy look, consider arranging your curtains like hotels, with a heavier blackout curtain on the bottom and a more stylish one on top. You can pull the blackout curtains out at night and push them to the side during the day.
- Night lights and glowing lights in the bedroom Just like light from your window, lights inside your room can interfere with good sleep. A night light, phone, or other glowing lights can make you more alert at night and make it difficult to sleep well. Consider dimming your alarm clock and avoid using a nightlight – or put your nightlight on a timer, so it’s not on all night.
- Mattresses with style over comfort You may choose a bed that fits the room visually, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right size for your needs. Your ideal mattress depends on your body size, how many people sleep in your bed, if you sleep with pets, and more. It’s a mistake to choose a bed that works with the design of the room but isn’t the right size for your needs. Think about how you can fit the right bed into your bedroom. If you have a small room but need a large mattress, you may want to reconsider additional furniture pieces that aren’t necessary.
- Bright or loud walls Covering walls in loud patterns can make the room visually cluttered, and bright colors can be too stimulating. Loud patterns and bright colors can make you feel anxious in your bedroom and make it difficult to calm down and get good sleep. Instead, paint your walls in muted, light colors. Blue tends to be best for sleep.
- Bedding that collects dust Fabric and cushioned headboards may look beautiful, but they can collect dust. This is a particular problem for people with allergies, but dust can be a problem for everyone and make it uncomfortable to sleep. Choose a headboard that isn’t prone to collecting dust, or make sure that you have the tools and commitment to properly clean your fabric or cushioned headboard so you can avoid sleeping with dust and allergens near your face.
- Loft beds that are hard to get out of Loft beds can look great and save space. But when you need to get out of bed in the middle of the night, they may not be safe. Heading down the stairs groggy may be dangerous, and can jar you awake, so it’s difficult to get back to sleep again. Consider a bed that works with your space, but doesn’t require stairs.
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