CHANGE YOUR BEDROOM DÉCOR TO HELP YOU SLEEP
The countless sleep monitoring and wind down apps currently available paint a worrying picture of the health of our sleeping habits. With our high-powered lifestyles, many of us are battling to switch off at night. Yet, a few simple changes to your bedroom décor and routines can help you sleep peacefully.
Change your bedroom routines
According to renowned behavioural strategist, Joni Peddi, if you sleep less than six hours a night, you are four times as likely to catch the common cold. For those struggling to sleep, she recommends creating a bedtime routine and having a one-hour digital detox before bed. Watch the full video for free on the RE/MAX of Southern Africa YouTube page to hear the rest of her advice.
Hide your tech to help you sleep
Remove any electronics from your bedroom to eliminate the temptation to binge-watch series or scroll through social media in bed. Custom built-in storage solutions can be installed to hide light-emitting electronics that need to be charged overnight, such as cell phones. Well-designed storage space is always a huge value-adding feature in any property; so not only can this addition improve sleep, but it can also increase the resale value of the home.
Change the colours of your bedroom décor
The colour of the bedroom will also have a profound effect on sleep quality. Travelodge surveyed 2,000 British homes and discovered that those with blue bedrooms averaged 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep each night. The survey also revealed that certain shades of yellow and green were also popular choices among Britain’s most rested citizens. For those hoping to sell, it is better to stick to neutral shades on the wall for the broadest possible appeal. If you do decide to use colour on the walls, it is advisable to use lighter shades that can be easily painted over by future buyers.
Add new décor – or sell.
You can also introduce block out curtains or blinds and invest in high-quality bedding to help lull you into a deeper slumber. Of course, even with these additions, certain sleep-deterring factors cannot be changed, such as living next to a busy highway or having a streetlight shining directly into the main bedroom. In these scenarios, it might be better to reach out to a local RE/MAX agent and start searching for a new home with bedrooms that are more conducive to peaceful sleep.