THE BEDROOM THREE C'S: COOL, CALM, COLLECTED
For teens, we believe that the bedroom be used only for sleeping. Nothing else. (So can we call it the sleeproom please, and not the bedroom?). For youngsters however, that's often more difficult as they can spend so much more time at home 'playing in their room'. So what we're suggesting here are the basic 'need-to-do's' to encourage healthy sleep, and a tip from a British study into bedroom color.
Room temperature should be constant and cool. Adults' bedrooms should be 65F. For kids, no more than 70F. But make sure they are dressed in not-too-thick PJ's. (Bamboo or fine Merino wool PJ's are best, and less is more, ie: boxers-only for guys...when the skin can breathe, the body can release heat and sleep.) And the fabric and fibers for their bedding should breathe, and help manage temperature so as to not overheat the body inside it. Wool is proven as a better bedding fiber for sleeping on and under for this reason.
AND PERHAPS, COLOR
Ok, we cheated and added a fourth 'C'... we just couldn't miss telling you the results of a British study on bedroom color: 2,000 adults gave the following results: Blue (think aqua or azure), is by far the best bedroom color for sleep. Blue is associated with calmness (just think of the ocean or the sky), and is known in adults to lower heart rate and reduce blood pressure. The next most appropriate colors were Yellow, then an earthy Green.
Grab your paint rollers folks!
'Calm' can have many definitions. It doesn't have to mean 'silence'. We live in New York, and rarely is there silence. Yet I think the constant hum of a big city is what gets our daughter to sleep. I believe this because when we're on vacation in pristine silence, she can find it hard to sleep. Enter the white noise machine. My point is, calm is in the ear of the beholder, you just need to find what works best.
And indeed, calm can also be a color.
Every child in existence has liked cleaning their room as much as a trip to the dentist. But there's a lot to be said for having a clean bedroom and the snug security of a well-made bed. Clutter, believe it or not, is stressful and can disrupt sleep. Removing dust from carpets can keep away dust mites, the number one cause of indoor allergies and asthma. A word of caution about cleaning products, many chemicals and fragrances used in commercial detergents and cleaners can be unhealthy. Chlorine bleach and ammonia are two culprits. Try to use green or DIY products instead. (Cleaners are super easy to make, fyi.)