Interacting with nature can make you feel happier and healthier. And while spending time outdoors is ideal for enjoying nature, you can bring some nature into your home for a boost as well.
With design that incorporates natural design elements, you can bring some of the outdoors indoors, which may make you feel more calm, relaxed, and well rested. Some natural design elements that may be helpful include bringing plants indoors, using natural materials, and using colors commonly found in nature. Even opening your windows to let in fresh air can offer benefits for sleep and overall well being.
- Maintain indoor plants: Indoor plants are visually pleasing and can add a feeling of nature to your room more effectively than any other design element. With plants, you are bringing nature indoors. Plants can even clean the air for you, removing harmful chemicals from the air in your bedroom area so you can breathe healthier air while you’re sleeping.
- Use natural materials: Natural materials can include wood and textiles. For example, you can have natural wooden furniture to offer warmth and comfort in your bedroom. Natural textiles including cotton and bamboo offer a feeling of nature, and can also be more breathable, soft, and comfortable than synthetic counterparts. Look for mattresses and other bedding bedding with green certifications, including CertiPur, which tests mattress materials for substances that are harmful to human health, indoor air quality, and the environment.
- Let in natural light: During the day, natural light can offer a beautiful way to illuminate your bedroom. Natural light exposure can support a healthy circadian rhythm, as it sends a cue to your brain that it’s daytime (and time to be awake and alert). When you’re exposed to light during the day, it can be easier for your body’s internal clock to understand that it’s time to rest at night. Clear the way for light to come in when you’re considering design elements for your bedroom. But be sure you can block out light at night with blackout curtains to mimic the darkness of nature and avoid letting light from street lamps, headlights and other outdoor light sources in at night that may confuse your circadian rhythm.
- Follow a natural color palette: Earth tones are a good choice for your bedroom design. Generally, bold and bright colors, especially unnatural ones, can be too exciting and leave you feeling too energized to get to sleep. Neutrals and natural tones are more relaxing, including light shades of blue, yellow, brown, and gray.
- Open windows: If weather and security permit, it’s a good idea to install windows that can be opened at night so you can sleep with your windows open and keep doors open as well. You can let in fresh air from nature, which may improve your sleep quality with fewer awakenings, longer sleep length, and an ability to fall asleep faster.
Make your bedroom feel more comfortable with natural design elements, and you may sleep better in a more inviting environment. Introduce elements of the outdoors to mimic nature and give your bedroom a more outdoorsy feel.
Written by: SleepHelp.org