Help me update my bedroom to maximize calm and sleep
October 12, 2013 2:33 PM Subscribe
I'm sometimes an anxious person. Most times it doesn't really bother me, but it does affect my sleep, thereby indirectly affecting other parts of my life. I'd like to improve my bedroom layout and decor to maximize my calm and relaxation when I enter bed. I'm hoping to give my sleepy time a little boost so that I can set aside life's worries for at least 8 hours a night.
posted by cman to home & garden (17 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
The room is long and narrow, 9'x15'. Right now it's pretty minimally filled: There's a dark-walnut Ikea bookshelf, a nice dark-walnut and orange fabric chair I restored, a plain white side table, and a bed I made that's basically a platform made of 4x4's (legs), 2x6's (beams), and 1x6's (platform). Room paint is off-white with a pinkish-beige tint (cant paint, and anyway I like it). The room itself has two doors, both of which have really cool arch features. The mattress is a soft spring topped with 2" memory foam (I have found that a soft mattress helps 6'2" me sleep comfortably on my side).
I'd also be interested in any habits of highly effective sleepers. I already try to keep my bedroom for sleeping only, with the exceptions of occasionally reading a book or some nookie with the girlfriend. And I try to keep the room cool and minimize outside noise by closing windows.