Room Design for Better Sleep

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Room Design for Better Sleep

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation

Imagine your bedroom as a sanctuary. When you walk in—or simply think about your bedroom—it should make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Taking care of your sleep environment and putting thought into its look and feel is important, and could help you welcome more restful nights.

Start by de-cluttering your room and creating a clean and relatively ordered space (not surprisingly, piles of unsorted papers could make you anxious or restless). Arrange your furniture in a way that feels natural and visually pleasing to you. Try to keep computers and TVs out, so that you come to know your bedroom as a haven for sleep, free of distractions.

Choose wall colors that elicit warmth and calm. Although researchers have studied the psychology of color and some believe that certain hues affect our mood (for example, red being stimulating), no one knows your color-feeling connections better than you do. Pick colors, artwork, blankets, and so forth that are soothing to you.

Supporting Research

National Sleep Foundation, 2012 Bedroom Poll