What’s the one room of the house where you want the decor to be a snoozefest? The bedroom.
Without a restful space, getting a good night’s sleep is nearly impossible and you need that sleep to be your best. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2015 Sleep in America poll, released Tuesday to kick off National Sleep Week, good sleep is key to good health.
By decorating your bedroom to optimize a hearty slumber, you’ll be making sleep a priority, and people who do that have better sleep quality, according to the poll. To help you out, we asked a sleep expert and an interior designer for their tips on how to create a heavenly haven for slumber. Ready, set, dream!
1. Surround yourself with relaxing colors
Fire-engine red or electric blue may be your favorite color, but keep them out of the bedroom.
“Colors in a bedroom should envelope you to create a warm and cozy cocoon,” says interior designer Courtney Lake, principal of Monogram Decor in San Francisco. “I prefer soft and muted colors in bedrooms with grey tones. Think the warm colors you see during sunset if you are looking for color inspiration.”
2. Add calming aromas
Incorporating fragrant plants, scented candles or diffused essential oils into your bedroom’s design can help you fall asleep.
“Any fragrance that makes you calm and relaxed — lavender, vanilla and jasmine — can promote sleep,” says Dr. Natalie Dautovich, who focuses on the important role that one’s bedroom environment plays in achieving and maintaining a good night’s sleep.
“Your olfactory system is directly linked to the emotional center in your brain, so when you sniff something that brings back a good memory, your body releases feel-good, relaxing chemicals that can set the stage for great sleep,” Dautovich says, adding that buying a fragrant candle or spraying your pillow with an essential oil could help do the trick.
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