Settling into bed after a busy day is one of life’s simple pleasures – and yet nearly half of Australian adults aren’t able to enjoy the recommended nightly minimum of 7 hours sleep. A lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on our physical and mental health, as sleep is a key factor in allowing our bodies to regenerate cells and fight disease.
According to experts, a peaceful bedroom space is an essential part of quality rest. Your bedroom should offer the most comfortable and calming space of the entire home. If you’re looking to catch-up on some Z’s, the experts at Pillow Talk have you covered. Their interior stylists have recommended these simple tips to create your ideal bedroom sanctuary, so you can enjoy a perfect night’s sleep:
Integrate calming tones into your bedroom to encourage rest and relaxation. Soft blues and deep azures are known to relieve feelings of stress or anxiety. Neutral colours such as sand and stone also encourage relaxation, especially when paired with greenery and natural wood elements. If you’re not able to repaint, introduce these calming tones into your bed linens, curtains or wall art.
Aromatherapy has traditionally been used to evoke calmness and serenity around the home. Integrate blissful aromas into your bedroom space, by investing in a quality candle or oil diffuser. Scents such as French vanilla bean and allspice are typically associated with feelings of warmth and comfort.
Light and shade
Human sleep cycles are moderated by our ‘circadian rhythm,’ a physical process largely associated with light. A bedroom with excessive light exposure can interrupt our natural sleep cycles, and result in feelings of negativity or distress. This makes investing in quality block-out curtains a must; as is choosing a soft-light lamp that can illuminate your room before bedtime. Try to keep smartphones and tablet devices out of the bedroom. Instead, choose a small tray or bowl where these can be stored securely until morning.
Feeling comfortable is fundamental to achieving a decent night’s rest. The style and construction of your pillow can sometimes be the difference between a peaceful slumber, or an evening spent tossing and turning. There are hundreds of pillows to suit a range of sleeping styles; including memory foam, feather, down, cotton and synthetics. With this in mind – it makes sense to head in-store and try a few pillows out on a tester bed, to find the right fit for you.
There is a common misconception that the higher the thread count, the better the quality of sheet. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Be mindful that some manufacturers will inflate thread counts by twisting together multiple fine threads, but this will not increase the quality. A quality sheet is best determined by the type of fibre, and the way it makes you feel – you’re the one that has to sleep on it! Choose linen that has a neutral tone, to ensure that your eyes are not distracted before bed. Limit patterns and prints to your bedroom’s cushions, throws and other eclectic decorative elements.
If you’re in need of extra rest and rejuvenation, look no further than Pillow Talk. Their team of expert stylists can recommend the most important pieces to update your bedroom oasis.