Would you consider changing your interior to help you sleep?

How can the use of plants when styling your home actually help you sleep better?

I have welcomed a company to do a guest post on my blog. The content is some what interesting and extremely helpful if you struggle with sleeping.

No matter where you are in the world we all want to make our living space a relaxing and a pleasant place to get away from day to day chores and stresses. Personally I occasionally have trouble getting off to sleep but have always relied on reading a book and staying away from Tv's and phone's. This doesn't always work!

If you are the same then take some time out to read this fascinating post from Best Mattress Reviews this is certainly a good bedtime read.

Written by Samantha (Sam) Kent from Boise Idaho who is a researcher for SleepHelp.org and her passion is to write about how getting enough sleep can help your life.

   Photo by MIke Marquez

Photo by MIke Marquez

Americans spend much of their days and nights indoors -- and that's not a good thing for health and overall wellness.

 

Evidence suggests that people are happy and healthier when interacting with nature.  A garden view can help surgical patients go home sooner, gardens can speed healing and recovery and spending time in a forest can lower stress levels and blood pressure while boosting immune function.

 

If you spend a significant amount of your time indoors, you can probably benefit from Biophilic design. The Biophilic design incorporates pieces of nature into your living space so you can get some of the benefits that you might experience while spending time outdoors.

 

Designing with plants is one way to introduce the outdoors inside. Houseplants including bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, Ficus, Gerbera Daisy, and peace lily can add a natural look. They have also been sown to be effective at removing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

 

In addition to bringing plants indoors, you can use plant inspired design throughout your bedroom. Use natural and earthy colours including blue, green, and neutral browns and tans in your bedroom design for a calming environment.

 Photo by Timothy Buck

Photo by Timothy Buck

 

If you have a great view, open your window during the day to take in the sunlight and landscape. If not, consider hanging art with images of nature in your bedroom so you can fake a great view.

 

At night, it's a good idea to sleep with your windows and bedroom door open. Doing so can help connect you to nature outside, which can help you feel more relaxed and better able to get a good night's sleep. In a recent study participants with open windows and doors showed higher sleep quality including fewer awakenings, longer sleep length, and falling asleep faster.

 

During the daytime, try to take advantage of natural light. Natural light is a powerful cue for your circadian rhythm, and getting good exposure to natural light during the day can help you sleep at night. However, light exposure at night can delay the onset of sleep, so you should use blackout curtains at night to block out light distractions.

 

Consider the natural elements of your bedding. Sleep on a mattress that has green certifications, such as CertiPur, which certifies that the foam in the mattress is made without certain substances that are known to harm indoor air quality, the environment, and human health. Choose natural materials for your bedding as well, sticking with breathable and comfortable cotton or bamboo instead of synthetic fabrics.

 

Another option is to use wood for your bedroom design. Whether you're using wooden furniture, wood panelling, or other wooden design elements, bringing wood indoors can help introduce more of a natural feeling in your bedroom.

 Photo by  Benjamin Voros

All of these are well worth a try if your a sufferer. Leave a comment and let us know if your already welcoming the outdoors in. Even better send us some pictures. Sleep tight.

Claire HornComment