How the Design of Your Bedroom Can Affect Your Health

Design your bedroom in a way that will be stylish but also healthy for a good nights rest!

 

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Given that our bedrooms are our safe space to relax, conduct our hobbies and do essentially anything else, it isn’t much of a secret that the way these spaces are designed can affect our health. Whether we are fostering a sense of calm, or spiking our energy levels, our bedrooms hold a lot of power when it comes to sleep, or getting amped up and ready for the day.

With this in mind, it’s interesting to know that we can ‘hack’ the power of our bedroom’s effect on our health to remain positive and promote a happier and healthier lifestyle. Whether we work on adjusting the colour of our walls or decor, reduce the amount of natural light or cut back on sound, there is a lot we can do to our bedrooms that impacts our health.

Let’s take a look below at how your bedroom’s design can affect your health, and how to hack it!

Temperature and Alertness

One of the first things to keep in mind is that the bedroom is one of the easier and more affordable spaces to heat and cool. Given that it is likely a lot smaller than the living room, you’re able to quickly heat or cool the bedroom to your liking, and this gives you the chance to do two things – either warm yourself up and relax yourself, or cool yourself down and amp yourself up for the day ahead.

As humans we respond quite well and quite quickly to temperature change, and so if you’re looking to get ready for bed, or for a relaxing night at home, then keeping your bedroom warmed up will help you out with this.

Adjacently, getting ready to go out or for the day ahead, you’ll be able to chill your room to get the heart going and to kick start yourself for the fast-paced day ahead. For those who work from home, you can also use this to your advantage in your home office space.

Sleep Can be Initiated by the Bedroom 

With our sleep being one of the biggest factors affecting our health, it is imperative to keep in mind that a bedroom which isn’t designed well enough for us to head to bed is going to have a negative impact on our everyday life.

As you will know, a bedroom with too much light, sound or even jarring and bright colours can wreak havoc on our sleep routine, and so it’s important to do all you can to reverse these issues. For example, keeping your bed from being too directly impacted by outside light is a good place to start, and so moving it to face a wall and investing in some blackout curtains is a good idea.

With this noted, keep in mind that a lot of sleep issues really can be remedied by bedroom design and so we have some tips for you below:

* Moving light sources out of view
* Choosing neutral colour tones
* Softening hard surfaces to reduce sound echo
* Investing in a well-sized mattress
* Furnish the bedroom for sleep

Added to these tips, making sure you have the correct sleep-aids for any conditions you have like sleep apnea is a consideration you should make when organising your bedroom. With a correctly-designed bedroom you’ll have space for a CPAP machine, for example.

Cramped Space Causes Stress 

Another key point to consider when it comes to bedroom design is to keep an eye out for avenues where clutter builds up. If you have a bedroom that has a lot going on in it, and nowhere to store your possessions, then you’re going to find yourself on edge and rather stressed simply because you’re living and sleeping in a cramped space.

Though you aren’t expected to throw everything out, it is a good idea to take a rather minimalist and ‘clean’ approach to our bedroom design if you’re looking to cut out stress and keep your health in the green.

One final thing to keep in mind is that when it comes to your bedroom’s clutter, layout of your furniture plays a big role here. We understand that not all of our readers live in spacious homes, and with apartments and smaller homes out there seemingly a little more difficult to de-clutter, we ask that you consider a more calculated approach to styling and furnishing a small bedroom to reduce your chances of seeing clutter-related stress.

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7 Lawn Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Grass Looking Healthy

Are you embarrassed by the current state of your lawn? Is your grass beginning to appear patchy or sparse? Are you looking worriedly at your lawn’s brownish hue?

 

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The landscaping industry has seen a significant spike in revenue in recent years; in 2019, it generated total revenue of over $99 billion in the U.S. alone.

Fortunately, you don’t always need a professional landscaper to keep your lawns in great shape. Whether your lawn is thriving or merely striving, here are seven top lawn maintenance tips that will keep your lawn looking its best at all times.

1. Develop a Watering Plan

There are plenty of misconceptions floating around with regard to irrigation. Many homeowners overwater their grass, while others don’t give their lawns nearly enough nourishment. Identify the best times to water your grass and choose the right watering pattern for your lawn. This might even require you to invest in a different sprinkler system—one that offers better coverage for your lawn. Do your research, craft a watering schedule, and make sure your grass is getting an ideal amount of water each day!

2. Remember to Fertilize

Ample water and sunlight will go a long way towards enhancing your lawn’s appearance, yet it’s important that you also fertilize your lawn. Naturally, the soil will contain many of the nutrients your grass needs to thrive; but as your lawn grows and is mowed, your soil is unlikely to contain all of the resources that your grass requires. An organic fertilizer—applied once every two or three months—will provide a much-needed boost!

Just be sure to keep all fertilizer products labeled at all times and keep them out of the reach of children and pets. Certain products have been linked to cancer, neurological effects, and birth defects.

3. Keep your Lawn Clean

While definitely essential, proper nourishment isn’t the be-all and end-all of lawn maintenance. The health of your lawn also depends on how tidy you keep it. Particularly if you have young children who like to play with toys outside and kick balls around the yard, make sure you keep an eye out for any objects that could be blocking areas of grass from receiving proper sunlight, water, and fertilizer. Make an effort to clear all objects from your lawn in a timely manner, as neglecting to do so will likely result in sparse grass and patches of visible soil scattered across your property.

4. Always Pick up After Pets

While it might be tempting to leave pet droppings on your lawn to decompose naturally, keep in mind that this process takes a significant amount of time. In colder conditions, it can take up to 12 months! Well before the waste has had a chance to decompose, you’ll start to notice patches of dead grass and bare soil form across your lawn. Instead, be diligent about picking up after your pet. You’ll find that this relatively minor inconvenience will save you plenty of headaches down the road.

5. Cut your Grass at the Right Height

Did you know that shorter isn’t better? If you’re like most people, you’ve probably set your blades close to the ground in order to avoid mowing as frequently. However, setting your mower’s blades any shorter than a few inches from the ground often results in a bad cut—causing the tips of your grass to develop a lifeless, brownish color. The ideal cutting height for most lawns is between 2 ½ and 3 ½ inches. While setting your blades to this height might require you to mow more often, your lawn’s enhanced appearance will be worth the extra work.

6. Maintain your Lawnmower

Like all machines, lawnmowers break down over time. When the blades on your mower become dull, they will no longer deliver a sharp, uniform edge for your grass. Rather, they will leave your lawn with an uneven, jagged cut. Over time, this will cause your grass tips to take on a brownish tint.

Fortunately, maintaining your lawnmower isn’t nearly as difficult as it might sound. Simply servicing the blades once or twice annually will allow them to stay sharp throughout all mowing seasons!

7. Get Help from a Pro!

Remember, taking care of your lawn is hard work. If watering, fertilizing, and maintaining your mower is a little over your head, or if you simply the lack the time or money to invest in your lawn, consider hiring a professional who can handle all of your lawn care needs.

Today’s landscaping and lawn maintenance experts can draft up a maintenance schedule that will keep your lawns looking lush and healthy year-round—and with very little effort needed on your end!

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