How Interior Design Influences Your Quality of Sleep

When people can’t sleep at night, they blame a number of things: that cup of coffee they drank an hour before bed, the sugar cookies on the break room table, the noisy cat outside, etc. However, what they don’t realize is the design of their bedroom and how they use it during the day can have a big impact on their quality of sleep.

Use Bed For Two Things

Reporter Eleanor Flegg recently interviewed sleep consultant Lucy Wolfe, asking for tips and tricks for a good night’s sleep. Besides stressing the need for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, Wolfe said, “The bed is for sleep and sex—that’s all it should be used for. Gadgets in the bedroom can keep you awake.”

Avoid Electronics In The Bedroom

Her best advice is to make your bedroom as electronics-free as possible. “All electronics create an electro-magnetic field that can interfere with sleep,” she explained, “So turn everything off at night—including the wi-fi—and if your bedroom is over the fuse box, try to position your bed so that it’s not directly above it.”

Leave Your Phone Across The Room

Thus, avoid watching television, sending last minute emails, checking Facebook, or watching Netflix while in bed, no matter what the time of day. Doing things besides sleeping in bed tells your body the mattress isn’t necessarily just for sleeping, and will become conditioned to become more aware, rather than drowsy, when you get in bed. Even your phone should be left out of bed. Wolfe suggested, “If you use your mobile phone as an alarm, it’s best to leave it on the other side of the room.”

Blue Wavelengths Affect Your Brain

According to Flegg, it isn’t just the use of electronics that can compromise your sleep. The light they emit is made up of blue wavelengths which American neurologist Dr. Brainard said, “slows the release of melatonin, the light-sensitive hormone that promotes sleep. So exposure to blue light may help to keep us awake, partly by suppressing melatonin production.”

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