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Last Updated on October 15, 2018
One study conducted by the National Safety Council found that 97% of Americans have at least one of the leading risk factors for fatigue, while 43% percent of those who responded said they don’t get enough sleep to think clearly at work, make informed decisions and be productive. Quality sleep has been proven to be as essential to survival as food and water due to the fact that without proper sleeping habits, your brain can’t form or maintain pathways that let you learn and create new memories. While you probably already understand how your body is affected by a lack of sleep, it’s just as important to understand the importance of crafting a space that promotes healthy living and quality sleep.
Using Smart Tech to Create an Environment Conducive to Quality Sleep
Due to the fact that most people work and live indoors and are affected by things such as television screens, indoor lighting and a pretty constant temperature with the emergence of A/C and heating, humans are living in a much more artificial world that requires them to regulate their sleep more. While smart technology might seem a bit redundant in this case, it is actually one of the most effective ways you can get better sleep. Smart thermostats, for example, can heat and cool a home on a specific schedule, which allows you to heat and cool your room while you sleep according to local climate changes. Dimmers, occupancy sensors, and smart shading are all great ways to help you achieve better sleep while also being eco-friendly.
Design Features That Help You Sleep
Lighting is crucial when trying to create any relaxing environment, and all lights in your bedroom should be dimmable, with low-level lighting being more ambient, flattering and atmospheric for quality sleeping conditions. Contrary to popular belief, an all-white, minimalist design in a bedroom actually isn’t that conducive to quality sleep. Green, blue, yellow and pink are known to have a relaxing effect on our brains and, when combined with textured design techniques, can craft a really great environment for sleeping. Regarding the textures, it actually depends on the climate you live in. Tweed and corduroys have been shown to be great for cooler locations and soft flannels or textured linens are ideal for warmer climates.
Investing in a Quality Bed
Investing time and money into finding or constructing the right bed can make a world of difference in achieving quality sleep. As a first step, you will definitely want to pay attention to the mattress you choose. Try it out beforehand and make sure there is no gap under your lower back when you lay down. When it comes to duvets, microfiber is a good choice and a natural filling will last longer while also helping your skin to breathe while you sleep. This will allow you to feel the most comfortable and experience a good night’s sleep every night.
Investing in Your Overall Health
Creating a healthy living environment is a quality investment into your overall health, and getting great sleep is a positive benefit of that effort. To achieve this, it’s important to maintain a consistent sleeping schedule, even on the weekends. Try setting an alarm to remind you when to start winding down for bed instead of one to wake you up in the morning. Replace this alarm with natural cues such as morning sunlight as much as you can and avoid introducing artificial light and electronics into your bedroom and sleeping space at night.