The zen bedroom: Create an environment for yourself that’s conducive to sleep

by Alain Juneau

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If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, the consequences can be somewhat unpleasant: A child can be tired, have problems concentrating in school and start to feel somewhat unmotivated, whereas adults can have a prickly disposition and experience fatigue and a lack of concentration.

“Going beddy-byes” is, without a doubt, the most restful time of day! But to get to that stage, you need to have everything conducive to sleep in place. So here are a few bits of advice on how to create a sleep environment that works for everyone.


Location

If at all possible, set up your bedroom so that it looks out onto the backyard and street noises are far off and muted. Also, keep it as far away as possible from the main traffic areas and any sources of noise in your home. In the same vein, position the bed so the headboard is not up against a wall with the sound of a flush or the never-ending beep of Junior’s video console coming through from the other side.


Orderliness

Choose furniture that’s a good fit for size of the bedroom and make sure you have enough storage space to keep all of your personal effects out of sight. Avoid cluttering up the room with unneeded accessories and furniture – leave yourself some room to breathe. Disorder and relaxation do not go together. If you’ve made every effort to keep your bedroom uncluttered but you’re still short of space, you may want to think about buying a bed with built-in storage.


Colour

Go for soft, luminous colours. Green takes us to a place where nature is at its most soothing. Blue, the colour of the sky and water, will add a harmonious, relaxing ambiance to your room. Be careful with colours that are too bright or loud. They are best for accessories, to add a touch of cheer. If the bedroom is small, avoid painting all four walls a dark colour – your space will look even more cramped or confined. This accent colour should in fact be used to make the head of your bed stand out – you can paint the other walls white.


Light

Avoid direct lighting, and go for filtered light with notes that shimmer a little. A bedside lamp adorned with crystals calls to mind a constellation of stars, and a few small candle lamps will evoke memories of cozy evenings by the firelight. On a more practical note, install a motion-sensor light in your closet. You’ll find it highly useful for the look you want – even when the room is dark.

 

Materials

Surround yourself with “comforting” materials. For window coverings, choose sheers and curtains that will give your room both style and privacy. Scatter a few plush cushions on the bed and place a nice, comfortable rug on the floor. These accessories will help create a relaxing environment with the ultimate in comfort.


Ready for a good night’s sleep? Sweet dreams!