Statistics show that between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States suffer from some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder. Whether you struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, or simply don't get quality sleep, it can leave you feeling fatigued and exhausted the following morning. But incorporating the right decor into your bedroom can help achieve a better night's rest.
Lighting is an essential element in all rooms, and the bedroom is no exception. Because this is the area in which you'll be sleeping, however, you need to carefully choose the right type of light. Light-emitting diode (LED) is preferred over traditional incandescent bulbs for several reasons. First, LEDs last longer and more energy efficient. Secondly -- and most importantly -- they create a more pale light that's not as blinding as their incandescent counterpart. By installing LEDs in your bedroom, you should have an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep.
You may also want to install dimmers on your bedroom LED lights. A dimmer switch gives you greater control over the intensity of the light output. When the sun goes down and you're getting ready for bed, you can dim your bedroom lights to create a more relaxing environment in which to sleep. Dimming switches are inexpensive and easy to install, making them an excellent decorative accessory for the bedroom.
In addition to dimming LED lights, you should also consider blackout curtains for your bedroom. Studies show that blackout curtains -- when installed throughout the home -- can save up to 10% on the average home's energy usage. This is because they "black out" the sunlight, restricting the amount of thermal energy that enters your home. However, blackout curtains can improve your sleep quality by creating a darker environment with fewer distractions.
Fewer Electronic Devices
Additionally, you should consider designing your bedroom with fewer electronic devices. You can still have a TV, but you should limit your use of other electronics, as this can negatively affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night.
Clean and Clutter-Free
Of course, maintaining a clean bedroom that's free or clutter is essentially to getting a good night's sleep. If your bedroom is messy, it will create mental stress and anxiety -- and that's exactly what you should strive to avoid when attempting to sleep at night.