Warning: Your Decor Can Cause Insomnia

If you have trouble sleeping, you may think you are simply suffering from insomnia or stress, but did you know that your bedroom can actually hinder a good night’s sleep? According to ‘This Old House’, your bedroom can disrupt your sleep with anything from the presence of too many electronics to the colour of your room.

If you want to get a better night’s sleep, try making the following changes to your bedroom so it becomes a restful, peaceful haven that promotes healthy sleep and rest.

Block out light for a restful sleep

If you live in the city, you probably have a lot of light streaming into your bedroom at night. This disrupts sleep and prevents proper rest. You can solve this issue by installing black out curtains on your windows to block out unwanted light. You’ll sleep much better without the interference of street or traffic lights in your bedroom.


Remove electronics to remove sleep disruption

Electronic items can cause serious sleep disruption. A TV, cell phone, tablets, and other e-readers can cause your brain to engage right when it should be drifting off to sleep. Remove these items from your bedroom and make it an electronics-free zone to improve your sleep quality. Even the light from your alarm clock could be causing additional sleep trouble. At night, turn the face to the wall to block out the light. Use your alarm clock instead of your phone to help you wake up. You can buy a clock at your local supermarket for the price of a sandwich.

Decorate your bedroom with restful colours

The colour of your bedroom may be causing your brain to stay awake at night. Switch out busy colours and patterns for restful ones, such as soft blues, neutral tones, or soothing green colours. Avoid busy patterns and eliminate all clutter and excessive decorations from the bedroom.

Get a new mattress for proper sleep

Your mattress may be causing you to sleep poorly. A mattress that is uncomfortable, too hot, or simply the wrong style for your sleep habits will prevent proper sleep and make you sore in the morning. Visit a specialist Melbourne mattress store, or another big-city mattress store, to find a comfortable new mattress that suits your sleeping style. You may benefit from purchasing a harder mattress, a softer mattress, or a mattress made from a different material.

Add white noise to prevent insomnia

If the night is too quiet, you may find that even the smallest noises wake you up. You can solve this issue by adding white noise to your bedroom. You can use a white noise machine, a white noise app on your phone, or simply turn on a box fan at night. You may be surprised at how big of a difference this makes. See how to turn any room into a stress free sanctuary here. 

Rearrange the bedroom for better sleep

You may end up sleeping better if you arrange your bedroom according to Fung Shui. Even if you do not believe in the ancient spiritual practice, moving your furniture into a new position may give you better sleep because of the position in the room (closer to the heater or air conditioner, for example).

Before you pay for an expensive sleep study or resort to sleeping pills, try implementing some of these techniques into your bedroom. You may be surprised at how much better you sleep!

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This article is a guest contribution by Georgia Webster. Georgia is a freelance writer who loves sharing her advice with others online. Please share this article on your social networking sites, or with someone who you think needs it. Thank you.

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9 Responses to Warning: Your Decor Can Cause Insomnia

  1. Karlon September 6, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Hi Anne, it is common for almost all of us to get disturbed while sleeping either because of the light, or noise around, or our most beloved mobile phones. The thing is we keep ourselves so much surrounded by modern lifestyle, that even getting away to sleep peacefully seems difficult.

  2. Georgia Webster September 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Yeah Jeo, I can definitely relate, no one wants to catch me if I didn’t get my required shut-eye. :))

    I do believe that when it comes to stress it’s food, sleep ad physical activity that make the most difference.
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  3. Jeo September 4, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Hey Anne, these are amazing tips. I get all grumpy and annoyed when I don’t get proper sleep at night. It makes me feel as if I left home with half of my body still there. I believe we all are able to take the pressure of our lives because fo good food and sleep. Without these it would be impossible to think of working.

    • Anne September 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Thanks for your input, Jeo. I hope that this article has given you some good tips about getting a good night’s sleep.

  4. kitchen basics September 3, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    That’s very simple to follow thank you, I will pass this on, the great thing about home decor that can prevent you from insomnia. Thanx, for the post.

  5. Ben August 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I realized this recently when I moved house and was suddenly able to sleep a lot more easily!
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    • Georgia Webster August 30, 2013 at 10:20 am #

      Thanks for the comment Ben. I am glad that you liked the article!


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