It’s well understood that most Americans don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep affects our health and wellness both physically and emotionally.

There are many reasons for this and sometimes require professional attention. There are also some simple design adjustments that we can easily do that can help.

This week’s article is a guest post written by Myra Campbell for and gives us a few ideas that can insure better rest for us all;


Your bedroom should be the ultimate place for relaxation. Good design can make your sleeping environment an inviting, stylish retreat where you feel comfortable resting at night. But some design trends are bad for sleep, and can negatively influence your sleep quality. These trends can make it difficult to fall asleep, or make you feel so anxious you can’t rest properly.


Twinkle light, nightlights, and other soft lighting in your bedroom can be romantic (and help you see better at night). But they can interfere with your circadian rhythm, telling your brain that it’s daytime and time to be awake. It’s best to avoid leaving lights on all night. If you want to keep lights on to fall asleep, consider using lights that can be set on a timer to turn off once you’re in bed.




Light, thin curtains offer a beautiful airy look during the day, but don’t do anything to help you block out light at night. Thin curtains create the same problem as bedroom lights: they invite light into your bedroom, which can be too stimulating for sleep. If you like the look of airy curtains, consider placing blackout curtains underneath them at night, then pull them to the side during the day.


A bright, bold wall is visually stimulating. It can be beautiful from a design perspective, but visually stimulating is not what you want in a peaceful, sleep inducing bedroom. Loud patterns and bright colors can induce anxiety in a room where you want to feel calm. It’s best to stick to light colors and muted patterns, especially blue, which is associated with better sleep quality.


Minimalism is in, and many people choose a smaller bed that fits the room visually. It may look nice and leave additional space, but you can’t skimp out on mattress size. Consider the number of people and pets that sleep in your bed, your body size, and more when choosing the size of your mattress.


Picking up a few pieces here and there can offer a creative look in your bedroom and create variety in your design. However, you should pay attention to symmetry, as it can bring balance to your bedroom design. For example, while your bedside tables and lamps don’t need to match exactly, it’s a good idea to choose items that maintain a balanced look with similar colors, sizes, and materials. This can reduce clutter and make your bedroom feel more calm.


A beautiful fabric or cushioned headboard can set the tone for a bedroom. Unfortunately, it can also collect dust that can disturb allergies while you’re sleeping. Consider a headboard that doesn’t have a lot of places to collect dust, or make sure you’re ready to clean your headboard regularly to avoid dust build-up.


We all want a beautiful bedroom, however, a large part of the design needs to incorporate the function of insuring a good sleep. These suggestions can make a difference.

Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.

Until next time…

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