Open layouts with a lot of natural light are all the rage right now when it comes to real estate.
You see it everywhere.
Historical and old-fashioned buildings have been renovated into apartments with as much space in a single room as possible. The fashion is also to install high-efficiency light bulbs to use as little energy as possible. You might also want a trendy mattress.
That’s great for the many days ahead, but when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, that can cause some problems.
Let’s start by talking about lights.
High-efficiency light bulbs are all the rage right now, and with good reason. The lower your power bill, the better your budget, right? They’re also slightly better for the environment than their lower efficiency counterparts. However, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs can actually be a problem when it comes to bedtime.
Our eyes believe that blue spectrum lights mean that we need to be awake and functioning. Many of the higher efficiency light bulbs give off a lot of blue spectrum light, which can make getting your brain to accept that we should be trying to fall asleep.
One way to help with that is to get a more yellow-tinted bulb, which isn’t hard to find with LEDs. You can also use old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.
Many younger people tend to keep their offices in their bedrooms, which is a problem.
The more distractions you have in your sleeping environment, the worse sleep you’re going to get, especially when those distractions include a computer. Computers and many electronics have blue spectrum lights built into their LCD screens, like high-efficiency light bulbs.
Those lights are great for increasing the amount of attention you pay to them, thanks to the way our brains work. However, they are not good at all for letting you go to sleep promptly.
The more stuff you have in your bedroom, the more likely you are to stay awake when you need to be asleep. You know what they say – out of sight, out of mind. That should apply to your office space. If you must have an office in your bedroom, you should put a divider or something to block your view of your workspace. You should also have an out-of-sight place to leave your phones, tablets and other electronics, to make sure that you have as few obstacles as possible between you and getting the best night’s sleep.
Now, that distraction-free zone should also have some plants in it! NASA did a study, and it showed that particular plants are good to have in your bedroom to have cleaner air. An easy way to include plants in your home is to have a window box or some floating shelves on the walls.
Clean air flowing through your bedroom means a high quality of sleep. Another great way to have these effects is to sleep with a window open, so make sure that’s a possibility when you’re looking for a home. If it’s not possible, a ceiling fan or air conditioning unit can also help. But fresh, flowing air is the best.
Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.
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