Updated: Sep 6, 2021
We love to help our clients create comfort, rest, a way to recharge and catch some zzzz's.
Sleep is very important for renewing mind and body. Of course a lot of it has to do with what you put into your body, and personal habits, but having a restful sleep has a lot to do with your environment.
That's where a great designer comes in. We love to help our clients create a luxurious and restful bedroom spaces. We love a well decorated bedroom with all the layers of furnishings and accessories, but this post is all about tips for better sleep.
Here are our 5 tips:
Tip # 1 The right mattress
The right mattress can make all the difference in the world for enjoying a good night's sleep. It should never be an overthought, or a random purchase without understanding what you truly need.
These days there are many options available. From local mattress stores to mattresses in a box, it is easy to make a mistake.
Imagine having the opportunity to customize your mattress?
We are all unique and I am sure every person has different sleep habits and different levels of support needed while sleeping. There is a lot to consider when looking for the right mattress, and it is a good idea to take your time to understand your needs before you buy.
Having a custom option means you are able to build the mattress to address your specific needs. Here is a blog post from Naturepedic that provides some guidance on how to pick the right mattress.
The Naturepedic to EOS (Ergonomic Organic Sleep), is a comfortable customizable organic latex mattress that offers postural support, that naturally contours to your body for the most restful sleep.
Their pillow top mattress contains:
-3" organic latex comfort layer (organic cotton outer encasement)
-Attached pillow top encasement (organic cotton fabric + organic cotton fill + solid brass zipper)
-3" organic latex comfort layer (organic cotton outer encasement)
-8" encased coils with edge support (organic cotton outer encasement)
-Organic cotton batting
-Mattress encasement (organic cotton fabric + organic cotton fill + solid brass zipper)
You owe it to your body and health to choose the right mattress for a better quality of life and a bit more luxury as you sleep.
Tip #2 The right bedding
The right bedding can aid in a great night's sleep just as much as your mattress does.
This is one area that I advise clients to splurge a bit on. You spend so much time in bed that the bedding should not be the cheapest you can find on the market.
Your bedding should be breathable so you are not too hot or too cold.
I love linen bedding especially, but cotton is great well. Look for a really high thread count, which is usually a sign of good quality.
I love to layer bedding for the look and comfort. Layering allows you to have options depending on if you sleep cool or hot.
I usually start with a mattress cover, followed by fitted sheet, then flat sheet and sleeping pillows. I then add a coverlet, a duvet cover or comforter, and sometimes a throw blanket. Then I pile on the pillows and shams.
Here are some of my favorite picks from Fig Linens and Home.
These are some great organic options if you really want to go the healthiest route
Tip #3 Air Circulation and Purification
I have to admit that I am not a big fan of fans and air purifiers in a room, but I know that they have a functional purpose and very much requested by most clients.
In Texas where I live, it can get very hot at night during the summer, and having a fan to circulate air is always a good idea, even with the AC going. It is also a good idea to purify the air to get rid of toxins in the air.
Although fans are not the best looking, manufacturers are getting better at streamlining the look so they can work with your decor. There are fandeliers, which are a combination of a fan and a chandelier than can be less utilitarian looking than a fan.
I have rounded up a few below.
You can see that the fans below are a bit more modern than what we saw in the past. I would definitely avoid the fans with the tulip shaped hanging bulbs. They are bulky and they tend to get a bit noisy over time.
Something a bit more modern and clean-lined will work with many decorating styles.
Tip #4 Lavender Essential Oils
If you have difficulty sleeping, you may consider essential oils as part of your bedtime routine.
Essential oils are natural compounds that are extracted from plants. They have been around for centuries and are used in many cultures for cooking, medicine, cosmetics and perfumes. Essential oils have recently gained worldwide popularity for their calming and healing effects when used for aromatherapy.
I love the Cliganic starter kit essential oil on Amazon.
There are two ways to use essential oils to aid in sleeping.
Inhaling through a diffuser where the oil molecules are dispersed through the air for you to breathe in.
Direct application to the skin, where the body can absorb the molecules as the permeate through the skin. You will also be able to inhale and sense the aroma of the oil as some of it evaporates.
I know that there are people who ingest the oils, but personally I would be mindful of that.
It usually takes a tiny bit, as essential oils are concentrated and it might even be a good idea to dilute them.
I love these diffusers that would blend nicely into most bedroom decor.
Tip #5 Functional Blackout Draperies
We have done a lot of blackout functional draperies over the years, because many people realize the benefit of maximizing sleep time and blocking out the morning light.
These are especially handy if your work schedule requires that you work at night and sleep during the daytime, or if you have a new born baby.
Blackout draperies usually mean that the draperies panels are functional - meant to open and close for privacy and light control. We recommend that you install on a traversing system with a remote control or continuous cord loop with easy function.
They are lined and sometimes interlined with blackout lining to prevent light from filtering through the fabric. We often use linens, cottons, blends, and velvets for functional blackout drapery panels.
We may even add a bottom layer of roman shade (like the image above) to prevent daylight from filtering around the edges of the window. We strive for them to be totally darkness in the room when they are closed and when they are open, lets in maximum natural light.
True blackout draperies must be made custom, so please reach out if you need help with installing them to help with getting better sleep.
Hopefully these Friday Five Roundup tips are helpful for you as you strive to get better sleep.
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