How Biophilic Design Could Help You Sleep Better

Biophilic bedroom design

One of the best night’s sleep I ever had was when I once stayed in a hotel where each hotel room was an individual wooden chalet.

Simply furnished, but very cosy, I’ve rarely felt so rested and refreshed upon waking up. While the clear country air certainly helped. It was pointed out to me that it probably also had a lot to do with the entire structure being made out of wood – a natural material.

That was the first time I made the connection between the effect of our bedroom environment  and its ability to help us sleep well. And the importance of bringing more nature and natural materials into our homes. I didn’t realise at the time that there was a name for this: Biophilia.

Various research studies have shown that there are clear links between biophilia and well-being. So introducing some elements of biophilic design into your bedroom could go a long way to helping you get a better night’s sleep.

Bedroom design with wood panel

Wood

There are so many benefits to adding wood to your bedroom decor. Whether as flooring, wall panels, for the headboard behind your bed or furniture. Wood is a natural insulator for heat and cold. It absorbs sounds so reduces echo and noise. And unlike other materials, it insulates against electricity and doesn’t transmit static. It’s also naturally beautiful!

Plants in the bedroom for biophilia

Plants

Plants help bring nature into your home, are gorgeous to look at, and add vitality to your interiors.

In addition, there’s a growing body of global studies that show that plants can also improve air quality by helping to reduce dust particles and air-borne pollutants.

There are also certain plants whose scents are known to help promote relaxation (which could help you sleep better) such as lavender, jasmine or chamomile.

Mediterranean style biophilic bedroom design with light and air

Light and air

Natural daylight is another important element. It can help to elevate our mood, as well as balance the hormones that regulates sleep. Exposing yourself to bright light in the morning and lowering the lights an hour or two before bedtime will help keep your body clock in check.

So try to keep your window dressings simple to allow as much light in as possible in the morning. With some heavy blinds or shutters for a dark room at night.

Fresh air will help you breath better, therefore promoting deeper sleep. So throw open the windows every morning to freshen up your room. And if you can, sleep with your window open at night, even if it’s just a crack.

Views and images of nature in bedroom design

Views and images of nature

Views of nature have been shown to promote physical and mental wellbeing. So if you have a breathtaking view outside your window, design your bedroom to make the most of it.

But if the vista isn’t all that exciting, hang some pictures on your wall with images of nature that you love. Research has found that even looking at pictures of nature can help reduce stress.

Biophlilic bedroom design to help you sleep well

Prospect and refuge

One of the principles of biophilic design is prospect and refuge. Which means that we like to look out at wide views from a smaller, enclosed area which feels more protected. This is never more important that in our bedrooms where we need a calm space.

So try to eliminate clutter and work – or anything else that stresses you. Think in terms of making your bedroom your protective cocoon. A cosy and serene place that makes you feel happy and relaxed.

I hope these tips will help you create a restful retreat for a good night’s sleep. And that you wake up feeling rejuvenated every day.

Sleep well!

[Image credits: 1 – Natural Bed Company |  2 – Cornerstone Group Architects |  3 – Alvhelm | 4 – Jason Schmidt / Marie Claire Maison | 5 – Kim Ficaro | 6 – Emma Thomas  ]

Comments

  1. Great and informative post! I’ll be moving to a new house soon and I have been thinking of incorporating a bit of everything you listed in my bedroom. Now all I have to do is show this article to hubby so he is fully on board ;).