How To Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Oasis - Wasatch ShutterOver half of Americans don’t get the amount of sleep that they need each night. It might seem like a small thing to miss out on, but lack of sleep can cause major risks to both personal and public health.

Lack of sleep leads to accidents behind the wheel, at work, and while operating machinery. Additionally, getting less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night greatly increases your risk of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity.

One of the biggest things you can do to improve your nightly rest is to change your bedroom. Turn it into a haven of sleep. Try incorporating these changes into your sleeping space tonight and see if you can spot the differences in the quality of your sleep… and the quality of your life!

Get a White Noise Machine

White noise blocks out distractions that will disturb your sleep. Additionally, white noise can work as a signal to your brain that it’s time to relax and sleep. If you make it part of your sleep routine, it can become a powerful tool.

Keep Electronics Out of Your Room

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Planning Your Room's Lighting Design - Wasatch ShutterA room’s lighting can set a mood, create depth and space, highlight the strengths of a room, improve the functionality of a space, and even regulate our sleeping & waking cycles.

Here are some tips to guide your room’s lighting plan:

What kind of mood do you want to create?

Different rooms should set different moods. For example, we like kitchens to feel bright, cheery, and functional. A bedroom, on the other hand, should be comfortable and relaxing. Bright lighting and task lighting can help a kitchen fulfill its purpose. A bedroom should allow for low lighting and block outside light when you need it to. (more…)