The architecture and design of any room should support its main purpose. In the bedroom, that’s sleep. Many aspects of the bedroom design can be altered according to the layout of your lot and home plan to optimize your bedroom for better sleep.
Light & Sleep
Natural light is one of the most important factors when designing a bedroom. Well-designed use of natural light reduces energy use. However, in the bedroom, you have to be careful because the body depends on light exposure to time the sleep cycle. The human body controls your sleep schedule using 24-hour biological and physiological cycles calledcircadian rhythms. Special photoreceptors in the eyes absorb sunlight and send signals directly to the circadian region of the brain. Morning sun exposure helps regulate the release of sleep hormones for the rest of the day. Conversely, at sundown, when light starts to decrease, the body begins releasing sleep hormones. At night, you want the bedroom to be as dark as possible.
Natural Light In The Bedroom
Bedrooms designed to let in the morning sun increase sun exposure when you need it most. Windows that face east maximize the use of the morning and evening sun. If the layout of your chosen home plan and the layout of your lot don’t allow for east-facing windows, you may want to consider skylights to let in some extra morning sunshine. While optimizing the morning sun sounds good when the days are short, early summer mornings might not be your favorite thing. Your interior design may need to include ways to keep the morning sun out until you’re ready to wake up. Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, and blinds are often a simple solution. Layered curtains – a heavy blackout and a sheer – give you more options and control over how much natural light enters your bedroom. You can also carefully choose the placement of your bed andmattress. Place the bed beneath or to the side of the windows so the morning sun doesn’t hit you full in the face.
Temperature & Sound Control
To get the deep restful sleep necessary for complete rejuvenation, you need to reduce sleep disruptions. Bedroom walls with extra insulation for soundproofing can prevent sound from a nearby street or your own living room from making their way to your bedroom. You can also maximize temperature control. Yourbody temperature drops at the onset of sleep. To maintain this lower temperature, most people sleep comfortably between 60 to 68 degrees. To stay comfortable without using your air conditioner or furnace, you might need a little help from your home design. Energy-efficient windows prevent a temperature exchange between your interior and the outside. Ceiling fans use far less energy than an air conditioner, and they can be used in two different ways. In one direction, the blades push air from the ceiling to the floor, creating a cool breeze. Reverse the direction, and the blades pull air up from the floor. If you open your windows, the ceiling fan can help pull cool outdoor air into your bedroom. That also means you want windows in the bedroom that can be opened to let in fresh air.
Design With Sleep In Mind
A bedroom that’s designed with sleep in mind can reduce your energy use and improve the quality of your sleep. Designs that keep the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet will be the most effective and cost efficient in the end.