How to Design a Sleep Friendly Home

Written by Manny Erlich on January 9, 2014. Posted in Helping Your Snoring Spouse

















Creating the most sleep friendly environment possible is critical for those who suffer from the effects of snoring. If you are a snorer or the loved one of a snorer, here are some tips to consider for creating a sleep friendly situation in your home.


You may think that complete silence would be ideal for sleeping but according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), that is not true. Many people used to living in a noisy city would find it difficult to sleep in the silence of the country. Others may actually sleep better with a radio playing softly or with the ticking of a familiar clock. Others can benefit from the white noise of a fan or a specific white noise creating device.


Creating a sleep friendly environment for someone who sleeps at least partially during daylight hours can be enhanced with blackened blinds, shades or curtains. This is an investment that is well worth the cost.

Room Temperature

The NSF says that most people sleep best in temperatures between 54 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts say that cooler temperatures in a room can greatly enhance sleep. A window or ceiling fan could provide both cooler temperatures and ambient noise.

Getting Comfortable

Take time to try out different mattresses, anti snoring pillows and sheet and comforter sets. Many people use the same pillow for years without even knowing that could be part of the problem. You’ll also want to assure your mattress size is large enough to comfortably accommodate those who will be using it.

Use the Right Colors in Your Bedroom

The U.K.’s Daily Mail had a recent article on the effects of color on sleep, and found that those with blue bedrooms generally got a better night’s sleep. Since the color purple tends to stir creativity and the imagination, it was judged as the least likely choice for a solid night’s rest.

Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Using ancient Feng Shui principles in arranging your bedroom may offer comfort. Those include putting your headboard against a solid wall away from the door. It also includes utilizing rounded edges to soften the room. Feng Shui promoters would also encourage limiting clutter in your sleeping area.

You can create a friendlier sleep environment but it will take some time and effort. Finding the right combination can provide the new level of sleep you may be longing for.


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Manny Erlich

International Foundation of Employee Benefits - Certified Employee Benefits Specialist