Creating a Bedroom for a Good Night Sleep

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Creating a Bedroom for a Good Night Sleep

I have issues with sleep.  Frankly, I just don’t get enough.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has stated that insomia (a sleep disorder) affects hearly 60 million Americans a year (NIH, 2007)  Poor sleep habits can result in daytime sleepiness and can weaken the immune system.  Studies by NIH have found that daytime sleepiness may be a contributing factor in automobile accidents.

Further studies by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF, 2011) have found that those who suffer from insomnia miss more work, have elevated risks of depression and higher overall rates of illness and overall poorer health.

So why is a designer writing about insomnia?

We may be able to help!

Studies by the National Sleep Foundation and others have found that the environment in your bedroom can aid or hinder your quality of sleep.  Here are a few tips to promote an environment that can help.

 Source : interiorarchi.com

Source : interiorarchi.com

Travelodge UK (yes the hotel) found that sleeping in a blue bedroom averaged 7:52 hours of sleep a night.

Rounding out the top five color choices for a good nites sleep are:

Annette English and Associates

Soft yellow bedroom by Annette English and Associates

Certain Shades of Yellow:  softer yellows stimulates the nervous systems which aids in relaxation and creates a warm and cozy environment.

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Green Bedroom by Susan Kennedy Designs

Green Bedroom:  Green is the only color that our eye sees as a neutral.  The Travelodge study found that those who slept in a green-themed bedroom averaged 7:36 hours of sleep a night.

Silver Bedroom by DKOR Interiors

Silver Bedroom by DKOR Interiors

Silver Bedrooms:  Coming in 4th as the most restful color is silver.  The luxurious colour evokes a moonlight-glow which tricks the eye in believing it is night time.

Orange bedroom by Kimball Starr Design

Orange bedroom by Kimball Starr Design

Orange Bedrooms:  Rounding out the top 5 is an orange-themed bedroom with the average nights sleep coming in at 7:28 hours per night.  The warm color promotes a stable and reassuring environment.  This color is known to warm and relax the muscles and orange is believed to aid in digestion, which is perfect for those who like a late-night dinner!

The study found that the folllowing colors created lower quality sleeping enviroments:

Brown, Purple and Grey.

Stay tuned for more tips on creating a bedroom that promotes a good night sleep!

August 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|