It could be argued that much of the basis for individual health and beauty lies in a good night’s sleep. A lot can be done, of course, to cover the physical consequences of insufficient sleep. However, to achieve a secure foundation for both looks and general wellbeing, little can match a regular and healthy sleep pattern.
The Physical Importance Of Sleep
There are physical telltale signs that clearly indicate when you are going through a period of insufficient sleep. These signs go beyond an occasional yawn, and can include profound effects on physical appearance. Bags can appear under the eyes, dark circles and fine wrinkles can form, and the skin can take on a sallow appearance. A prolonged lack of sleep can even lead to increased appetite and, consequently, weight gain.
Sleep And Mental Health
Sleep is also extremely important from the perspective of mental wellbeing. Inadequate sleep over a period can negatively affect things such as concentration, problem solving, sex drive, and memory. It can make you prone to depression or to accidents; in severe cases, it is a significant health risk. Family life, work life, and general wellbeing can all suffer because of inadequate sleep.
Factors In Bedroom Design To Promote Healthy Sleep
As one step in working toward healthier sleeping habits, the design and decoration of the bedroom can have a significant effect in promoting better quality sleep. In fact, the whole sleep environment is an extremely important factor in affecting the amount and quality of sleep. Aspects include:
- Light: too much light coming through the windows, particularly in summer, can disrupt sleep.
- Noise: sounds from both outdoors and indoors can interfere with sleep.
- Temperature: if a room is too hot or too cold, this affects sleep.
- Bedding: uncomfortable bedding can prevent quality sleep.
- Humidity: if the air is too dry or too damp, sleep can be disturbed.
How To Create A Sleep-Friendly Bedroom
To tackle potential disturbances, here are some tips for establishing a bedroom that is sympathetic to healthy sleep:
- One way to block out light from outdoors, and to increase soundproofing, is by the use of indoor shutters.
- A programmable thermostat can adjust the temperature to optimal, cool sleeping conditions, without the need for manual changes in the middle of the night.
- If dry air is a problem, a small humidifier may help.
- A “white noise” appliance may help to muffle any unavoidable noise from outdoors.
- Find a mattress and bedding material to match your physical preferences. Test a mattress before buying.
Redecorating a bedroom in relaxing colors with the minimum of clutter may also assist in creating a sleep-friendly environment. Place your television, computer, and any work materials in a different room.
While lifestyle habits such as eating and drinking can affect sleep, a large factor in getting sufficient good quality sleep is a sympathetic bedroom environment. With surroundings that promote healthy sleeping patterns, you can gain physically and mentally from the benefits of regular sleep. As a result, your appearance and wellbeing can be substantially improved.