Design Trends that Cut into Your Sleep Time

A few of times a year I am bombarded with blogs, Instagram posts, and magazine features about trends for bedrooms. The titles are always something like "New Year, New Bedroom" or "New Trends for Dreamy Bedrooms" or "Bedrooms of your Dreams in 2018"... and they almost always feature something a bit out of the box (think minimal beds and all mirrored walls). Changing trends can add fun and sophistication to the bedroom, but there are some bedroom trends worth skipping because they affect the quality of your sleep. The bedroom should be your sanctuary where you leave the rest of the world behind, but it’s hard to do that if the very room you love is working against you. To help you out, Tuck Sleep Foundation sent me a list of few trends you might want to avoid to get the best sleep possible. 

Multi-Use Room

In most areas of the house, multi-functional spaces are a great way to maximize usage and make every inch count. The bedroom is a different story. As tempting as it may be to put your home office in the corner of your bedroom, avoid it if at all possible. The reason--it sends your brain the wrong message. Your mind and body have to be able to relax, and if you’re drawn to a computer screen where emails await you, that’s not going to happen. If you cannot avoid having a multi-use space, divide the areas as much as possible. Visible barriers or even a change of paint colors will help your brain create the mental space it needs to shut down for the day. 

Bright Color Palettes

Color impacts your mind and body. Reds, oranges, and other bold colors subtly affect your mood and make you feel more awake. The bedroom needs to be a place of relaxation and calm. Subdued neutrals like beige, whites, and grays in soft tones can help calm the mind. Gentle, not dark, greens and blues are also associated with relaxation. In general, steer clear of warm colors as they stimulate the brain to an awakened state. 

Minimalism That Doesn’t Support the Mattress

Minimalism reduces clutter which promotes an equally uncluttered mind that falls asleep easier. But, there are some minimalist trends you might want to pass by if you have trouble sleeping or a bad back. A mattress placed on a platform rather than a box spring might not provide the right kind of support. Box spring designs have changed significantly so that now many have a wire support system that prolongs the life of your mattress while reducing body fatigue and pain. 

Large Televisions

You might be tempted to binge watch your favorite streaming service or watch your favorite movie until you fall asleep, but the light from a television (or any screen for that matter) stimulates the brain. It can confuse the circadian rhythms and make it harder to sleep. Having a screen in your bedroom creates a multi-purpose room, and you want to avoid that. A bedroom that has too many distractions doesn’t send the message that it’s the place to sleep. If you have to have a TV, consider a small screen that doesn’t give off as much light. Try placing the TV in a cabinet with doors where you can shut it away so you’re not tempted to watch at bedtime.

Bring Back the Ceiling Fan

A cool sleep environment helps the body maintain the low temperature it needs for high-quality sleep. Fans give you more temperature control options. Ceiling fans also provide white noise to drown out outside disturbances and lull the brain into a deeper sleep. Ceiling fans have come a long way from the faux wood with brass accents you may remember. They now come in everything from minimalist to modern farmhouse designs so don’t let aesthetics prevent you from making a move that could help you get better rest. 

Your bedroom should be your oasis - a place for you to relax and reset after a long day. If you are having difficulty getting a good night's sleep or want to know if a certain trend you saw online would be beneficial to your sleep then contact us and we can help you out. 

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