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Furnishing a healthy bedroom: 7 tips for a better night's sleep

There are many reasons for sleep disorders. In addition to psychological and physical aspects, the furnishing of your bedroom can also have an impact on whether you sleep well or not. We present you 7 tips on how you can set up your bedroom healthily.

  1. 1. What is the best place for the bed in the bedroom?
  2. 2. Furnish a healthy bedroom with natural materials
  3. 3. Workplace in the bedroom?
  4. 4. More cosiness through textiles and soft colors
  5. 5. The bedroom as a lounge
  6. 6. Buy the right mattress and duvet
  7. 7. Plants in the bedroom - is it healthy?

Humans spend around a third of their lives sleeping. This frequently used number is very easy to understand. On average, you should get around eight hours of sleep a night to stay healthy and fit. But not all sleep is the same. Millions of people in Germany suffer from insomnia. This means that they take a long time to fall asleep, they wake up too early or they sleep very restlessly. The causes for this can be both physical and mental problems. While these usually don't just go away, you can still do something elsewhere to at least improve the quality of your sleep. We give you seven tips on how to set up your bedroom healthily.

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And for everyone who tosses around in bed for hours at night, we also have a few interesting gadgets ready to help you fall asleep.

1. What is the best place for the bed in the bedroom?

The bedroom is the room where the bed is. It's that simple. Or isn't it? After all, it also depends on where the bed is in the room and in which direction it is facing. Of course, that also depends on the size of the room and what it allows.

Most people find it most comfortable to face the wall and keep an eye on the door. On the other hand, pushing the bed into the corner with one of the two long sides against the wall is something of a youth hostel or even reminiscent of old flat shares.

But in the end it is a matter of taste. Before you decide on a bed and its position, you should therefore lie on the floor beforehand - without any bed or mattress. Feel free to try different directions and places in the room. Who knows, maybe the size of the room even makes for a free-standing bed in the middle of the room?

Drafts can also negatively affect the quality of your sleep. In summer there is nothing wrong with opening or tilting the window overnight to let cooler air into the room. The optimal room climate in the bedroom is between 16 and 18 degrees with 40 to 60 percent humidity. But if the bed is right between the window and the door, the draft can give you a stiff neck the next morning and you wake up completely unrestrained. Even old windows can cause drafts, even if they are closed. You should definitely seal them afterwards. You just want to ventilate briefly? Read our guide "Correct ventilation: How to ensure clean, fresh air in your apartment" to find out what applies to the bedroom.

2. Furnish a healthy bedroom with natural materials

Not only the position of the bed has an influence on your sleeping behavior, but also what materials it is made of. When buying, make sure that your bed and other furnishings do not contain harmful substances. In a broader sense, it also includes artificial room flavors and metal. The latter can generate an electromagnetic field and thus disturb your sleep.

Actually, the tip applies to all furniture in your home. In the bedroom, however, you should particularly heed this advice. You are on the safe side if you opt for eco-certified furniture.

Some people also swear by beds made of stone pine, with which you can furnish your bedroom in a particularly healthy way. The wood, which has been used for centuries, especially in the Austrian Alps, not only looks beautiful with its fine grain, it also smells good. The essential oils of the light and at the same time stable material smell comfortably warm of resin and can therefore have a calming effect. If you don't want a whole bed, a stone pine pillow filled with wood chips can work wonders.

We present more products made of stone pine in our article "Stone pine products: With these 7 accessories you can bring the scent of stone pine into your home". You can read where you can buy furniture made of stone pine in "Stone pine furniture manufacturers: Where to buy furniture made of stone pine online".

3. Workplace in the bedroom?

It should actually go without saying: The bedroom is called that because you sleep and relax in it. Conversely, you should, if possible, ban all work from the bedroom. However, this is not always an option, for example if you work in the home office, but you simply don't have the space for an extra study and the desk has to be in the bedroom. In this case, make sure that you leave your workplace tidy at night and that all work materials are stowed out of sight. Sometimes a curtain as a room divider can work wonders and create a relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom.

Incidentally, this also applies to household work: ironing boards, vacuum cleaners and laundry shouldn't be waiting in a corner at night. Other distractions such as electronic devices should also disappear from the room if possible. This actually also applies to your clock radio and especially to your smartphone.

4. More cosiness through textiles and soft colors

The cozier the better: Perhaps the worst thing you can do to your bedroom is to leave the room bare. If you have a parquet or laminate floor, give it and your feet a little warmth in the form of a shaggy rug or some furs. The walls don't have to stay white either: it's best to paint them in soft, pastel or darker, warm colors. Window curtains are primarily used to screen, but they can also let in some natural light and work, at least in larger rooms, wonderfully as an extravagant decorative element.

Urgently avoid cold or direct light. Use several small lamps rather than one large ceiling light. If you need some inspiration for the bedroom wall, you will find a couple of great solutions on the subject of bedroom wall design in the Wohngl├╝ck column by furnishing expert Eva Brenner.

5. The bedroom as a lounge

In general, there are no limits to your imagination in the bedroom. In contrast to the living room, the bedroom is often furnished very carefully and downright conservatively. This room can offer so much more than just a bed and a wardrobe. How about a comfortable reading chair in the corner? Or a narrow bench at the foot of the bed? Other decorative elements, for example in the trendy boho style, can upgrade your bedroom and make it a place where you like to hang out. You can find inspiration for the furnishing trend in our guide:

6. Buy the right mattress and duvet

If you want to sleep healthily and better, you should also consider the choice of mattress when it comes to furnishings. Maybe you have already found the right position for your bed in the bedroom. However, this is of no use if you wake up the next day with nasty back pain or are completely sweaty. But which mattress promotes healthy sleep? It's almost a science in itself. In the end, it should above all be comfortable. But there are a few useful golden rules to look out for when buying a mattress.

At the same time, you can also rethink the choice of your duvet. Are you freezing or sweating under her? Is it too easy or maybe even too difficult? This can also have an impact on the quality of your sleep. If you have always been a fan of down comforters, we would like to recommend our guide "Buying a down comforter: You should definitely pay attention to this". Because animal welfare also plays a role here. And you're guaranteed to sleep better when you know that your blanket was made under animal welfare standards.

7. Plants in the bedroom - is it healthy?

A myth persists: Plants are supposed to breathe oxygen away in the bedroom at night. Surely that has a negative effect on sleep, doesn't it? We answer the question in our guide "Plants in the bedroom: Do indoor plants belong next to the bed?" already got to the bottom of it and talked to an expert.

The short version: You can breathe easy. In fact, it is advisable to put a few selected plants in the bedroom, and not just for decorative purposes. Because indoor plants are ideal air purifiers. They not only filter pollutants from the air. Plants such as sword fern or tree friend are also excellent humidifiers, as they can give off a lot of moisture via their large leaf surface.

Especially those who are allergic to house dust mites should think about a few plants in the bedroom. Because if the air in the room is too dry, the dust can be better distributed in the room air. But be careful: If the humidity in the room is too high, harmful mold can form in the bedroom.

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