As many as 30% of adults complain of insomnia; having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not feeling refreshed in the morning despite having had a full night’s sleep.
There are many reasons for insomnia, some very complex, as a result of medical or health problems, or stress. It can last for short periods of time or be ongoing and require professional treatment.
Although not a cure for the more serious condition, our interior decorating advice on how to create a bedroom as lovely as a lullaby is a good start.
- Install shutters on all windows to have complete control over the lighting of the space. By simply closing the louvres, shutters block out natural and artificial outdoor light, and just as easily they can be opened to let in all the sunlight or moonlight you desire.
- Choose colours that have a calming effect; soft blues and greens, and pastels make for a tranquil peaceful space.
- Avoid busy patterns and artwork. Look for inspiration from calm tranquil nature settings.
- Keep your bedroom clutter-free, remove all unnecessary furniture and accessories. Indulge in a top-quality mattress, linen and soft finishes such as pillows and comforters without going overboard and cluttering up the room.
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- One of the most common reasons for not being able to fall or stay asleep is being too hot or too cold. To create a bedroom with the optimum indoor temperature, try any or all of the following:
- Insulate your home with ceiling insulation to regulate the indoor temperature in all seasons.
- Dress your bed with breathable cotton sheets instead of satin, silk or polyester.
- Create cross ventilation from windows to doors or fans.
- Turn off the lights; don’t have lamps burning to all hours as this gives off unwelcome heat. For the same reason, unplug all electronics in the room.
- Install shutters for complete ventilation control. Shutters are fitted securely to the window or door opening and do not rattle, bang or billow in the breeze like blinds and curtains.
- Make your bedroom an escape from the busy people-filled spaces of your home; a place where you can unwind, relax, sleep and dream in peace.
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