If you have difficulty sleeping at night, have you ever thought that it may be as a result of your
bedroom décor? Here you can discover the décor disasters that may very well be sabotaging your
As a sleep and wellness specialist, it’s my job to figure out why some people might not be getting sufficient sleep. Often it’s because a mattress needs replacing or a bedtime routine needs to be enforced – but sometimes, the reason for a disrupted sleep can be down to a room’s décor.
If your bedroom is guilty of the following, and you’re not getting enough shut-eye, then it’s time you redecorated.
- Bold and Bright Walls
If the walls of your bedroom are painted in garish hues, this may be why you’re wide awake at night. Bold is often beautiful, but not when it comes to your boudoir. Opt for calming colours that will help you relax, such as muted blues, soft greens and pale greys.
I know it’s not what you want to hear if your bedroom walls are painted bright orange, scarlet red or hot pink, but it’s important that you leave these colours out of your sleeping space in order to rest. Your bedroom needs to be decorated in colours that aren’t going to keep your brain buzzing; if you really can’t stay away from bright colours, incorporate them into other areas of your home instead.
- Undressed Windows
Bare windows may look good, particularly when you’ve got attractive frames or a picturesque view, but you’re not going to achieve quality sleep. Why? Well, whether it’s the early morning sun, nearby street lights or the beaming headlights of passing cars at night, some form of light is going to be disturbing you.
This is an easy problem to solve. Dress your windows with curtains or blinds, depending on personal preference, and you’ll soon see in an improvement in your sleep. If it’s your bank balance that you’re worried about, you can pick up a decent pair of curtains without blowing the budget or opt for a roller blind.
- A Television
While it may seem a luxury to watch TV from the comfort of your bed, it can have a huge impact on your sleep if you watch television late at night. How? Well, the bright light from your TV screen will keep you awake. You may think that putting on your favourite programme will you help you to drift off, but it’ll actually have the opposite effect.
If you have a TV in your bedroom, I’d recommend moving it into a spare bedroom to see if you notice a difference in your sleep pattern. Swap that late night TV show for a book or magazine and it’ll be much easier for you to fall asleep.
I’d also advise placing your phone out of reach. If it’s within reaching distance, you’ll be more likely to check it intermittently, which will only keep you awake longer. Set your alarm for the morning and leave your phone out of sight, out of mind.
This isn’t technically décor, but if you’re extremely untidy, your floordrobe may as well be a part of the bedroom furniture. If you’re surrounded by clutter, your sleep may be disrupted.
A messy bedroom can make it more difficult for your brain to relax and turn off, so it’s important that you spend ten minutes tidying your boudoir before your turn off the light. Not only will you sleep better in a decluttered environment, the tidying will tire you out. Win-win.
About the Author
Joy Richards is the sleep expert Happy Beds, the UK’s leading bed and mattress store. Joy runs The Comfort Zone, the company’s news hub, which helps customers to improve their sleep and find the comfiest bed, be it a divan bed or a children’s cabin bed. You can get in touch with Joy by tweeting @HappyBedsUK.