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The Best Plants for Your Bedroom

Placing a few of these botanical beauties near your bed can help you sleep better. The furnishings of the average bedroom are fairly universal: a bed, probably a nightstand, a lamp, chair, and rug. But what about plants? Few bedrooms contain them—and that could be a mistake. Plants can improve the quality of the air in your sleep environment, while also encouraging sleep by reducing stress and improving calmness. If you are considering adding some flora or fauna to your room, these picks are a good place to start. Snake Plant (also called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) This tall plant acts as an exceptional air purifier, removing four out of five common toxins. It also converts carbon dioxide…

Prepare Your Dorm Room for Better Sleep

College students can turn even the smallest space into a sleep sanctuary. These five strategies can help you get started. Quality sleep doesn’t have to end when school starts. True, college life comes with many distractions that are not always conducive to getting enough sleep. As a college student, though, aiming for seven to nine hours a night should be your goal—it could help improve learning and even increase your grade point average. You can set yourself up for success by designing a dorm room that encourages shut-eye. Start with these tips to wake up feeling refreshed. Limit Outdoor Light When decorating your dorm, the first step is to find a way to control the amount…

What You Need for the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Whether you’re hosting your in-laws or a college buddy, the right sleeping space will help them feel at home. Helping out-of-town guests feel welcome and relaxed is the goal of any host. To prepare for overnighters, start by giving your guest room a mini-makeover. These simple upgrades can turn a spare space into a welcoming, sleep-ready retreat—and help visitors feel right at home. A Comfy Bed Whether you have the budget for a brand new mattress, or you’re pulling out a sleeper sofa in a multipurpose room, a neatly made bed can go a long way to making sure the space looks—and feels—cozy. Instead of piecing together cast-off sheets and pillows, invest in a nice…

How to Create a Safe Sleep Space for Elderly Parents

Tips for setting up a comfortable, accident-proof bedroom for aging parents in your home. Nearly one in three elderly people in need daily assistance live with a family member who is looking after them. If you fill that role for your parents, figuring out how to create a safe and comfortable sleeping arrangement for them is important. This is especially true for the 44 percent of older adults who experience insomnia, which could include moving around during the night. To create the best possible sleep environment for elderly parents in your home, consider these other tips: Clear the Room Make sure there’s enough space in the area where your parent will be sleeping to accommodate a…

How Designers at the Westin Hotel Approach Sleep

It may seem like it would be easy to design the interior of a hotel room. All you need is a bed, some furniture pieces, and a few lamps, right? It’s actually a lot more involved than that. “We don’t have full control over where everything is placed hotel rooms, but we try to consider as much as we can when designing them,” says Erin Hoover, vice president of global brand design for Westin, Sheraton, and Le Meridien hotels. For example, Westin rooms incorporate something known as biophilic design. The philosophy is focused in the belief that a connection to nature promotes well-being. It’s used by interior designers to create an environment that’s healthy and…

How Designers at Four Seasons Hotel Approach Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep while traveling is becoming more likely thanks to this hotel’s special touches. It’s safe to say that the luxury hotel Four Seasons takes sleep seriously. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how much thought the brand’s interior designers have put into the way each room looks and functions. Find out why you are bound to get a good night’s sleep in one of this hotel’s rooms, and follow the brand’s lead by designing your own bedroom in a similar fashion. The Bed is the Focus The designers think of each room as a sanctuary or sleep temple. They often choose elaborate, visually stunning headboards to draw attention to the centerpiece of…

Sleeper Sofas: How to Buy the Best One

Giving your guests a comfortable place to sleep has never been easier. In an ideal world, homes would always have full guest rooms, complete with a spare bed for friends and family who are visiting. But in the real world, that isn’t always the case. And that’s when a sleeper sofa or air mattress comes in handy. There are many reasons to pick a sleeper sofa. They tend to be more supportive than air mattresses (although they are also more expensive—anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars—which is why air mattresses have their place, too ). How a sleeper sofa works: During everyday life, it’s a comfortable couch that’s perfect for…

Choose An Air Mattress That Your Guests Will Love

Consider these four key factors to help your guests sleep soundly—even on an air mattress. Like pull-out sofas, air mattresses have a tendency to get a bad reputation. (And choosing between one or the other can be a difficult decision.) But with modern upgrades, air mattresses can provide a comfy night’s sleep for your guests (or even for you) for as little as the cost of a single night in a hotel room. Prices tend to range from as little as $10 to as much as $200. It’s just a matter of knowing what to buy to suit your style. Consider these factors when picking your next air mattress. Think About: Size. Air…

Design A Sleep-Friendly Bedroom For Your Child

5 essential sleep items your child’s room should have My two kids (3 and 6 years old) climb happily into bed at night. It’s not to say that bedtime is always smooth—they don’t want to stop building towers or running laps in Superhero costumes. But as their routine unfolds and they shift modes, they don’t fight sleep. They welcome it. Video production in partnership with There are lots of reasons for this (more sleep secrets to come), but one is that the bedroom is…

Technology Tips to Make Your Home More Sleep-Friendly

Six ways to create a healthier sleep environment Though gadgets can keep you awake at night, you can also use technology to make your home more sleep-friendly. Here are six easy fixes to make your bedroom a healthier sleeping environment. 1. Power Down Gadgets. The blue light emitted from the screens on your computer, cell phone, tablet, and television can keep you awake by suppressing melatonin, a hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle. That’s why it’s best to ditch any devices at least 30 minutes before bed. 2. Stick to Sleeping. It may be tempting to add a desk to your bedroom so that it doubles as a home office, or an entertainment system. But…