Beyond Sleep II
nora bouz - Wellbeing Design Consultant
Beyond Sleep Part II delves into specifics around furnishings, usage and the integration of nature.
We spend an average of eight hours daily in our bed; it is the most used and impactful piece of furniture we own! Here are the most important things to consider:
The mattress: This element is critical to sleep quality. Invest in a good mattress made from healthy, breathable, natural materials. If you and your partner have different support requirements, consider using two separate mattresses but use one large topper to unify any gap that could emerge between them with movement.
The headboard: A solid or well-upholstered headboard protects you from cold walls and provides support for reading and resting.
Beddings and fabrics: Use natural cotton and avoid synthetics. Some manufacturers' advertising uses the term "bamboo" in the description of the fabric, which can be misleading. Bamboo is mostly a synthetic material unless the manufacturer assures you the material is "natural bamboo."
Multiple covers: Two covers of different thicknesses can allow for flexibility in case your warmth needs change throughout the night.
I'm not going to examine the "usual storage," as there are plenty of articles that do so, but instead, I want to focus on storage that people often don't address. If you'd like to encourage your kids to come to your room and spend more quality time, then consider a special storage space for games, toys, or books they like to read – even small floor cushions and furniture. If you like to enliven your intimate romantic life, having special storage for candles, incense, massage oils and toys might be what you need.
Play is essential for our wellbeing. Play brings us laughter and joy and strengthens our ties with those with whom we play. If your kids like to play dress-up and put on costumes, having a section in your dressing room or closet for their attire will encourage them to come in more often and spend quality time with you. Make sure you have a large mirror for the entire family to have fun.
Don't forget to integrate nature, the main source of our wellbeing, into your bedroom environment. Whether you choose to do so in a large or small way, materials, texture, and living elements such as plants can evoke a sense of the natural. If you're thinking about bringing in real plants, chose those that release oxygen at night like the Areca Palm or the Neem tree. I don't recommend snake plants or Aloe Vera, as they have thorns and sharp leaves. Flowers can add vivid colours and scent, as long as they are fresh. Even art can bring in feelings of nature and have a significant impact, especially large art and murals.
The bedroom is an intimate and deeply personal space, and it needs to reflect who you are. It needs to be inviting so you can share it with those you love and cherish most, as well as to be highly functional. Be brave. Express yourself, think outside of the box, and bring in the energy you need to feel the way you want. And remember, if you have a partner you share this room with, work together in creating a space for both of you: a space where you feel good, and where you build connections for a healthy and happy life and relationship.