When it comes to designing your bedroom oasis, key features can help lull you to sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation recently debuted a website titled "Inside Your Bedroom"—aimed at helping Americans get the correct amount of shuteye. The new site uses the basics of science and aesthetic to show individuals how to design their bedrooms for optimal sleep.
"A growing body of evidence shows that the conditions of your sleep space—the sights, sounds, feelings, and even smells—can either help or hurt your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested and energized," a press release for the National Sleep Foundation says. "The more you know about how elements like light and sound affect your slumber, the better you'll be able to use these elements to your advantage."
Take a look at some important recommendations from the organization:
- Room-darkening shades: Early sunrise can trick your body into thinking it's gotten enough sleep, when in reality you may still be sleep deprived. The organization suggests blocking unwanted sun through shades or drapes made from thicker materials.
- Soothing colors: Do you ever notice that warm colors, like orange or yellow make you feel energized, while cooler toned hues can relax you? Our brains associate various colors with different psychological and physiological factors. If you want to feel at ease in your room, stick to subdued wall hues, like pale purple or blue.
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