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It’s true. Your bedroom decor can have a positive effect on the quality of your sleep. So, what is the balance between the environment, your choice in colors and textures, and even your choice in furniture? Writer Sarah Perry is here to outline it for us …

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It’s been a manic day. Two kids to wash, dress and ferry off to school. Then there’s the morning traffic, paperwork to tackle and the dreaded question of what to have for dinner all before you’ve even arrived at work for a full day of meetings, endless emails and fast approaching deadlines. By the time you’ve cooked the evening meal, chased up incomplete homework and finally got the kids into bed you’re feeling exhausted, right?

But that’s where the problem starts. As tired as you feel you just can’t seem to switch off. After what seems like hours of tossing and turning you hear the dreaded 6am alarm bleeping away and it starts all over again.

Sound familiar?

Although, we can only sympathise with the hectic daily routine of many families, there are things you can do to make those precious nighttime hours count. Try these tips to help you get a more restful night’s sleep so that you can wake up revitalised and ready to face the day:

1. Color scheme

Your bedroom color scheme can transform the atmosphere dramatically. Bold colors like black, red, orange, yellow, and pink can make the body feel agitated so avoid using these colors in large amounts. If you want to use these colors try to limit them to smaller bedroom furniture and decor. The best colors to use are cool shades of blue, green and cream which can help the body to feel calm and relaxed. Chocolate brown can also help to create a warm and cosy feel. Try out different colors to see what works best for you.

2. Brightness

Make sure that your curtains or blinds shut out light completely. Street lamps and headlights in urban areas or natural daylight filtering through light or ill-fitting curtains can disturb your sleep prematurely.

3.Temperature

Make sure your room isn’t too hot or too cold. Try opening a window to let in a steady stream of fresh air throughout the night so your room stays cool and well ventilated.

4. Have a quality mattress

Considering we spend around 1/3 of our lives in bed it makes sense to choose a quality mattress to promote a good night’s sleep.  This is probably the most used piece of furniture in your home and there’s no point being kept awake by creaking or sagging mattress springs. Choosing a mattress that gives you plenty of support will not only keep your spine healthy but will help you to relax and fall asleep sooner. You should turn your mattress regularly (say every month) to prolong its life. It is also advisable to replace your mattress every 7-10 years. If you are waking up feeling achey or finding it hard to get comfortable then it sounds like it’s time to find a new one.

5. Metal-free bed frame

Our final tip for improving your sleep is to opt for a bed that is metal-free. This may sound odd but recent scientific studies into electromagnetic waves have suggested that the low frequency waves produced by electrical products such as mobile phones, radios and electric alarm clocks may interfere with the electrical currents that exist within our bodies.

This could prevent us from being able to enter a deep sleep. As metal is a good conductor of electrical currents, selecting a frame and mattress that are metal-free will help to stop these currents from interfering with your sleep. The best way to tell whether electrical products are stopping you sleeping is to remove them from the bedroom and see whether your sleep improves.

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Thanks, Sarah!

Sarah wrote this post on behalf of Wharfside, who  specialize in producing high quality handcrafted solid wood furniture that is built to last. For more information on solid wood beds or any other specialist home furniture visit www.Wharfside.co.uk or follow Wharfside on twitter or like the Wharfside Facebook page.

Cheers,

Rob.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.