WHY LIGHTING IS IMPORTANT TO CREATING A SLEEP SANCTUARY
Sep 02, 2022
Sleep is considered more than just a time for our bodies to rest and recover. Studies show that not allowing your body to receive quality sleep can heavily impact on your quality of life during your waking hours.
We take the time to thoughtfully pick out design elements for other spaces in the home to make it cozy, warm and inviting such as the living area or dining space. But our bedroom space can often neglect key elements that should make it a sleep sanctuary that is conducive to rest.
And with the nature of everyday life getting busier in different ways, we often find ourselves sacrificing our sleep or finding it difficult to “rest”. Neglecting a sleep-inducing bedtime routine that encourages quality sleep also impacts on our overall health.
So how can we create a space of calm and rest? And did you know that choice of home lighting in your bedroom can affect the quality of sleep you receive?
CALM SPACE AND SLEEP QUALITY
Official health advice recommend that average adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep. But if your sleep quality is poor, you may find that you still feel tired after getting what should be considered enough. Conversely, if you’re getting good quality sleep, you may manage better with a little less.
Creating a comfortable space that induces good quality sleep is key to improving your sleep. And creating the perfect sleep sanctuary will help you commit to a bedtime routine that will induce proper rest and recovery. And picking out the right lighting can provide your mind with the rest reset it needs.
CREATE A CALMING ROUTINE
Think about why you manage to get good quality rest when on holidays, or what makes the luxury hotel room so conducive to good sleep? The elements found away from home should be incorporated into your bedroom so you are welcomed into your sleep sanctuary every night.
BED SHEETS THAT FEEL LIKE LUXURY
Invest in good quality bed sheets that are breathable and are not made of material that can irritate your body. Natural fibres like cotton, bamboo, or linen are ideal to wick away perspiration. Thread count can also play a role in how good the sheets feel and encourage good sleep.
And the latest trend of using silk pillowcases has benefits such as being hypoallergenic for your skin and reducing hair damage. Not to mention the luxurious nature of silk to promote a good night’s rest!
DIFFUSERS TO PROMOTE A SCENT OF CALM
All your senses within your sleep sanctuary should be gently nudging your body from work to rest. A diffuser is a great way to introduce calm by diffusing an essential oil like lavender that promotes your mind and body to wind down and rest.
HOW LIGHT EXPOSURE AFFECTS SLEEP
Excess light exposure can disrupt your circadian rhythm, particularly right before bedtime. Avoiding bright light can help you transition to rest and contribute to your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.
The excessive use of smart devices and mobile phones has been associated with poor sleep quality. Even exposure to bright room lights and energy saving lights can prevent you from falling asleep easily and peacefully. Devices can also over-stimulate your mind and eyes which can suppress the natural production of melatonin needed before sleep. The habit of having a TV in the bedroom that allows the binge-watching of favourite shows before bedtime is also impacting on sleep quality.
Instead, commit to scheduling an hour each night before you lie down to “starting” your bed time routine. This means turning off all bright lights and logging off all devices including your phone so that your eyes, mind and body is better prepared for “rest”.
INTRODUCE SOFT LIGHTS FOR YOUR BEDROOM SPACE
The home lighting you choose for any space will influence the ambience and mood you want to achieve. Opting for soft, dim lights in your sleep sanctuary can create a sense of calm. By allowing yourself to be immersed amongst gentle, muted lighting can signify to your body that it is time to gently ease into rest.
Also consider the use of stylish blackout curtains or blinds to prevent the early morning sunrise waking you up before you need to.
Styling your bedroom space with a cordless bedside lamp that provide soft downlight or transcendent glow will be the staple design piece that completes your sleep sanctuary perfectly.
Wireless table lamps also provide minimalist design that should be a key element in your bedroom space to eliminate the clutter and chaos of a busy day. Keeping your bedroom space minimalist and clutter-free allows for a more sleep-inducive space.
Our range of Appledas cordless lamps can provide that perfectly soft and muted lighting for your bedroom space. Our lamps perform beautiful dimming options to illuminate your sleep sanctuary perfectly. You can find a range Australian made bedside lamps in designs to match the aesthetics and mood of your bedroom while simultaneously welcoming a gentle end to the day.