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Bedroom lights should be soft and pleasing to the eye, so there’s no use in getting too bright light sources for this space. In the morning, especially in winter time, your eyes are quite sensitive to the light and this may cause negative emotions. On the other hand, in the evening both your vision and brain are preparing for sleep, and consequently you should avoid any intensive irritants.
The best choice is to diversify the light sources: for example, arrange the lights on the ceiling, on bed sides and by the wardrobe. And each of these lamps should give soft and a little bit dimmed light. In the bedroom lampshades of some warm tones are the best ways to create soft, indirect light.
As for massive and expressive bedside lamps that are usually arranged by designers on the nightstands, it should be mentioned that despite their great stylistic and compositional role, they take pretty much space, and you may find it difficult even to find a place to put your glasses, tablet, pills or a book. So, a more practical choice is a couple of elegant sconces. And reading fans should give preference to LED lights on flexible rods that give directed light right into the book; such a solution is not so aesthetical, but very practical.
The main purpose of the bedroom is to ensure full-fledged rest of body and soul after a working day. So, if you work in this room, either by the writing desk or lying with a laptop in the bed, your brain would find it difficult to get tuned for healthy sleep, since it would literally get puzzled in distinguishing your work area from the sleeping area. And all that would result in your morning exhaustion and sleepy state of mind during the day.
If there’s no chance to put the writing desk away from the bedroom, you should at least make sure that the room is properly zoned, for instance, by a shelving unit or an alcove. Such a solution is non-cluttering and airy and doesn’t take much space away, while your body will get a clear understanding of where it should work and where it’s supposed to sleep.
Say goodbye to movies
Many families have a tradition of watching movies or TV shows before sleep. However, this must be done in a living room, while the bedroom should be released from any TV sets. The thing is that when you’re watching TV, your brain is not having rest. Quite the opposite, it processes a huge flow of information, which is frequently negative to crown it all. This leads to a state of neural arousal and sleep disorders. Besides, as a rule people watch TV in a bed in an uncomfortable reclining posture, which results in tension in cervical and chest departments of a backbone. And this, in turn, causes headaches, a general feeling of faintness and fatigue.
Besides, the presence of a silver screen affects marital intimacy of the spouses. The research conducted by a famous Italian psychologist Serenella Salomoni shows that couples watching TV in the bedroom have half as many sexual contacts than those who don’t have silver screens in their rooms. The most negative impact on marital intimacy is produced by reality shows and aggressive movies.