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Get Some Sleep

Posted August 7, 2019 by & filed under

Design impacts the human condition, as believed by the American Society of Interior Designers, an organization
of which I am a member. Among other areas of our lives that design impacts, ASID announced that creating
wellness is among the priorities for those designing spaces. We’re not just color selection and fabric choices;
space planning, lifestyle integration and living a quality life are important aspects we look at. 

That’s why the fact that most of us are not getting enough sleep is not only a national health crisis, but a
design mandate.

Preschoolers who miss their naps are worse at memory games, and employees that don’t get enough
sleep are costing the US $441 billion in rising healthcare costs and employee disengagement according
to
Huffington Post.

The Washington Post said earlier this year that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported
in 2016 that 
a third of adults fail to get the recommended seven hours.

While meditation, healthy habits and at times medical intervention support getting a good night’s sleep,
here is where design can make a difference:

  • You spend one-third of your life in bed (or you should) and linen selection can make all the
    difference. I love organic and bamboo linen lines that are cooler for sleeping, and also don’t
    have chemicals that outgas during your night of slumber.
  • Palette selection can make a large impact on the space.
  • Biophilic design also creates a space with soulful resonance. It means to use elements of nature:
    textures, materials, patterns — that we would find outdoors in our favorite places.
  • Create a space that provides a cool sleeping environment. That could start with designing your
    home with the bedroom on the north side of the house, to additional insulation, to having a
    separate thermostat in your bedroom to maintain a cool temperature.
  • Invest in a good bed, and a designer can help you evaluate all the claims out there for what
    constitutes a good bed.
  • You’ll need a dark room to get the best sleep, and this means avoiding digital lights as much as
    possible in the room. For some sensitive clients, that even means finding switches that don’t have
    little lights on them. 
  • Room darkening drapery is a must. Enough said.
  • And turn off the “screens” at least 30 minutes before bed. In bedrooms, I provide design solutions
    for convenient but hideaway phone charging stations. For my clients that like televisions in the
    bedroom, I work to conceal them either behind millwork or on motorized storage solutions.  

In analyzing all of these elements, the equation is: good design leads to a good night’s rest, leads to a happier day!