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Can science help you design the perfect sleeping space?

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Can science help you design the perfect sleeping space?

When you’re putting the finishing touches to your bedroom, you might pay attention to the latest trends to ensure it’s spot on in terms of style. But have you thought about consulting science when creating this room? If the answer to this question is no, you may be missing a trick. By referring to research that’s been done into everything from colour schemes to calming massage therapy systems, you may be able to design yourself the perfect sleeping space. With this in mind, here are a few useful scientific pointers that could help you to perfect this part of your home.

Choose calming colours

You might have a particular penchant for purple, or perhaps you’re raving about red. However, when it comes to creating a restful sleeping environment, it’s hard to beat blue. According to a study conducted on behalf of Travelodge, people with blue coloured bedrooms regularly get the best night’s sleep. In a poll of 2,000 British homes, it found that those who slept in blue rooms got an average of seven hours 52 minutes of slumber per night. Certain shades of yellow took the second spot with an average of seven hours 40 minutes, while green was third on seven hours 36 minutes. At the other end of the spectrum, people who slept in purple rooms reported the least sleep at an average of just five hours 56 minutes a night.

Responding to the findings, colour therapy and interior design consultant Suzy Chiazzari suggested that blue is known to be restful to the eye, while purple is often associated with creativity and may promote disturbed slumber.

Minimise screen exposure

If you want to improve your quality of shuteye, it may be time to banish screens from your bedroom. Research suggests that anything from TVs to tablets can get in the way of a good night’s rest. It has been known for some time that light has a powerful effect on people’s circadian rhythms. During daylight, people’s levels of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin are suppressed. As light levels drop in the evening, this hormone starts to build in the body, making people feel drowsy and ready for sleep.

Research has also now revealed that the so-called ‘blue light’ emitted by devices such as TVs and computers, which is short-wavelength-enriched, has a particularly strong effect on melatonin levels. One study, led by Anne-Marie Chang of Pennsylvania State University, looked at the effects of reading on a light-emitting device compared with a printed book. It revealed that people who used light-emitting devices felt more alert and took longer to fall asleep than those who read books. They also had less rapid eye movement rest (which is the dream phase of sleep) during the night.

Make the most of massage therapy

Many of us enjoy a massage, but have you considered the potential positive effects of having a massage therapy system in your bedroom? A well designed system could help to relieve the symptoms of a range of medical complaints and enable you to get a better night’s slumber. The NHC Cyclo-Therapy technology available with our adjustable beds and chairs is designed to deliver a deep and soothing massage and it has been clinically proven to relieve the discomfort associated with a wide range of health conditions. In fact, more than 27 research papers have been produced highlighting the medical benefits the system can bring, including the relief it can provide from the symptoms of conditions such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

So, by letting the science guide you and ensuring you make practical decisions about your bedroom setup and décor, you stand to reap major rewards when it comes to the quality of your shuteye.