With up to 45% of Australians struggling to catch a full 40 winks each night, sleep deprivation is a common bedtime gripe.
It's well known that lifestyle, stress and anxiety can all contribute to a restless nights sleep. And while we couldn't live without them, smart devices keep us in a constant state of connectivity making it harder than ever to switch off and unwind. I mean, have you seen the Netflix lineup for July?
However, not all would suspect that bedroom design and decor can impact your ability to catch some zzz's.
According to Christine Gough, interior design leader at IKEA Australia, your quality of sleep can be easily impacted by the materials of your bed linen, the design of your space and the elements surrounding you.
“One of the biggest things Australians tell us from our annual home visits is how much the environment affects their well-being in the bedroom. From the type of materials that touches their skin, to the sounds in the neighbourhood and the amount of lighting they have”CHRISTINE GOUGH
If you’ve tried meditation, ASMR, counting sheep, the lot, then perhaps it’s time to get back to basics and switch up your boudoir decor.
When choosing linen, Christine advises that natural textiles are the best way to inspire relaxation and comfort in your sleep zone.
"Invest in bed linen that is made of sustainable cotton. It allows your skin to breathe as you sleep while keeping you warm and cosy " she explains.
A 100% cotton sheet set like ÄNGSLILJA, will not only provide year-round rest it will become your nighttime hero. In the warmer months, opting for a densely woven cotton percale set like SÖMNTUTA will work harder at keeping you cool.
While cotton is a beautiful and renewable fabric, its farming can have a negative impact on the environment. Regardless of your fabric of choice, Christine stresses the significance of informed shopping habits.
"It’s important to always consider where your materials are sourced in the products you use every day – from your clothing to your home furnishings," she says.
To ensure you're going to bed with a clear conscience, do your research and shop ethically.
"Looking for the right cotton not only ensures you are using materials in your home with fewer pesticides and chemicals, but it also allows you to shop more sustainably."
Whether in the office, at home or anywhere in between, our mood can be a direct outcome of our environment. Bedrooms with cluttered, awkward layouts and design features can make you feel uncomfortable and tense. Not particularly conducive to sound sleep.
Decorate your bedroom to be your ultimate happy place and sleep will surely follow.
"A great option is to layer neutral colour palettes with different textures to create the perfect home retreat," says Christine, "Decorative items such as candles and lanterns can also help you achieve the perfect winter oasis."
Christine's top picks:
• SANELA cushion covers are made of 100% more sustainable cotton with a velvet, adding depth to your colour palette and softness to the touch.
• ODDRUN throw has a simple design which can add soft texture to any room. Made from 100% sustainable cotton, the throw is also machine washable.
Finally, consider bringing the outside in with natural surfaces like wood and pine and a touch of greenery. Layer with textiles such as cotton, wool and linen to bring calm to your home.
"We like to think of the bedroom as the soul of the home. To help get the best sleep at night, create a bedroom oasis that helps you disconnect from the day and unwind. Choose the right materials and textiles to help you have the perfect night rest."
Christine's top picks:
• TARVA bed frame, made from renewable wood and pine, is a modern example of Scandinavian furniture design, making it a timeless addition to the bedroom.
• GURLI cushion cover is made from 100% more sustainable cotton and comes in many colours, making it easy for a seasonal refresh in your home.
• JOHANNE throw is made from 100% more sustainable cotton with graphic patterns for the perfect statement piece in any space.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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