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Embrace the March Time Change

Established 1999
08 March 2024 by Northwest Mortgage
Renovate Your Space for National Napping Day and Better Sleep

As the calendar flips to March, we're not only greeted with the promise of spring but also the annual time change known as "Spring Forward" on March 10th. This adjustment, while signaling longer days and more sunlight, can momentarily disrupt our sleep patterns. Interestingly, the following day, March 11th, is National Napping Day — a delightful coincidence designed to help us recoup that lost hour of sleep. In the spirit of embracing both these events, this blog post explores innovative renovation and decorating tips for your bedroom, home office, and living room. Our goal is to transform these spaces into sanctuaries for rejuvenating naps and peaceful slumber.

Bedroom Bliss: Crafting a Sleep Sanctuary

The bedroom, being the cornerstone of relaxation, deserves special attention when optimizing for sleep quality. Consider the following renovations and decor enhancements:

  • Color Palette: Soft, soothing colors can significantly influence your sleep quality. Opt for hues of blue, green, or even muted earth tones to create a calming atmosphere. These colors are known to lower heart rate and blood pressure, contributing to a more restful sleep.
  • Lighting: Invest in layered lighting options. Dimmable ceiling lights, bedside lamps, and blackout curtains can control the amount of natural and artificial light, setting the perfect mood for both winding down at night and napping during the day.
  • Mattress and Pillows: The foundation of good sleep is a comfortable mattress and pillows that support your preferred sleeping position. Memory foam or hybrid mattresses are popular choices for their balance of comfort and support.
  • Minimalist Design: A clutter-free bedroom promotes a peaceful mind. Opt for streamlined furniture and smart storage solutions to keep distractions to a minimum. Remember, a tidy space is a sleepy space.

The Home Office: Napping Nirvana

With more people working from home, the office space has become a crucial area to consider for relaxation:

  • Ergonomic Furniture: Comfortable, supportive office furniture can reduce physical strain, but consider a reclining chair or a small sofa that can double as a napping spot during those much-needed breaks.
  • Natural Elements: Incorporating plants and natural materials can boost mood and air quality. A small indoor plant like lavender or jasmine can add a subtle, soothing fragrance conducive to relaxation.
  • Soundproofing: If possible, invest in soundproofing your home office. This could be as simple as adding thick rugs and curtains to dampen noise or more involved renovations like acoustic panels.

Living Room Lounging: Cozy Corners for Catnaps

The living room, often the heart of the home, can also be a prime napping spot with a few thoughtful adjustments:

  • Dedicated Nook: Create a cozy nook using a plush armchair, a soft throw blanket, and a floor lamp for reading or soft lighting. This dedicated space can signal to your brain that it's a place for winding down.
  • Temperature Control: Maintaining a comfortable temperature is vital for good naps. Consider installing a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the room's temperature, making it perfect for a quick snooze at any time of day.
  • Sound and Light: Similar to the bedroom, consider blackout curtains for daytime napping and a sound machine or small water fountain to drown out background noise with soothing sounds.

Embracing Technology for Better Sleep

Incorporate technology thoughtfully to enhance your sleep environment:

  • Sleep Apps: Use sleep apps that track sleep patterns and play relaxing sounds or guided meditations to help you fall asleep faster.
  • Smart Lighting: Install smart bulbs that mimic natural sunlight patterns, gradually dimming as bedtime approaches to help regulate your circadian rhythm, especially helpful around the time change.
  • Air Quality: A smart air purifier can improve air quality, reduce allergens, and create a better sleeping environment, especially in urban areas or during allergy season.

Final Thoughts

As we "Spring Forward" and celebrate National Napping Day, it's the perfect time to reevaluate our living spaces for better sleep and relaxation. Simple renovations and decor changes can significantly impact your ability to unwind and embrace the benefits of a quick nap or a full night's sleep. Whether it's optimizing your bedroom layout, creating a serene home office, or crafting a cozy nook in your living room, these changes can transform your home into a haven for relaxation and sleep.

In this fast-paced world, taking the time to rest and rejuvenate is more important than ever. By making your home more nap-friendly and sleep-conducive, you're investing in your well-being and embracing a lifestyle that values rest just as much as productivity. So, this March, let's commit to better sleep, one renovation and decoration at a time.