Create a brain-boosting bedroom

Posted on 04 / 11 / 2013 by Sleep Lover

Seem like a daunting task? Not with our help. According to new research if you want to help boost your brain power then it’s time to transform your room into a Brain Boosting Bedroom; and that includes streamlining your surroundings and stimulating your senses with the colour blue.

To help you plough through all the information available we’ve summarized it all below. All you have do is read through it to get some top tips on how to make changes that suit you…

Opt for blue or green in the bedroom

According to psychotherapist and author Angela Wright, gentle shades of green and blue help concentration, memory and emotional tranquility. “Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently it is serene and mentally calming.”

And expert author Martin Mak says “Green is said to counteract headaches, disturbances of vision and loss of concentration and gentle shades of blue and green are therefore thought to relieve stress and improve concentration levels.”

De-clutter

According to Feng Shui experts clutter creates low, stagnant and confusing energy that constantly drains energy from you.

The basic principles of Feng Shui say that we are influenced by things, events and people closest to us so clear the clutter in your bedroom to give the mind space. This includes everything from toys through to bulky furniture.

Get smart bedding

Even your choice of pillows and duvets can help to make you smart, because they can help to deliver a great night’s sleep, which allows you to consolidate the information learnt the day before.

The Fine Bedding Company’s Smartfil® bedding products use innovative micro-fine fibre technology specially created to help you get the great night’s sleep you love; clever technology for clever minds!

Research also claims that an extra hour of sleep can boost youngsters’ alertness and brainpower and even modest sleep loss from going to bed an hour later than usual can diminish their brain functioning. If sleep is cut short the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases it needs for muscle repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite. This results in reduced concentration and less motivation to learn throughout the day, so it makes sense to take sleep seriously.

Top tip: Using blackout blinds in bedrooms can help ensure even if it’s daylight outside, children know it’s time to go to sleep.

Read in bed!

Reading a book before going to bed is a good way to calm the mind and to help you relax so you are able to drift off peacefully.

Professor Jim Horne, a leading UK sleep researcher, said “pre-teenage children should not be allowed to use televisions, videos and computers after 8pm.” This is because use of electronic devices close to bedtime can stimulate the brain and so can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, which is especially important for children of this age.

Open windows and have fresh air in the rooms

Teenager’s rooms can often be a little bit stuffy and lacking in fresh air. But fresh air supplies the brain with essential oxygen it needs for sleep recovery, and also helps to cool the body down as in order to drop off the body must first cool off. So by simply opening a window a few hours before bedtime, you can help induce a good night’s sleep.

1. The results were reported in the psychology journal Child Development and published here *(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-170266/More-sleep-boosts-kids-brains.html#ixzz2bx0V7Rw8)

2. Source: http://www.colour-affects.co.uk Angela is author of The Beginners Guide to Colour Psychology,

3. Source: http://EzineArticles.com/718003. EzineArticles.com Expert Author Martin Mak

4. Source: http://fengshui.about.com/od/thebasics/qt/clearclutter.htm

5. Source: http://lifehacker.com/5896513/study-before-bed-for-significantly-better-retention

The study in question asked participants to memorize related word pairs (e.g., circus – clown) and unrelated word pairs (e.g., cactus – brick). Some participants learned the words at 9am, some at 9pm. The 9pm crowd went to sleep shortly after learning the words. The 9am crowd did not.

The results: Sleep made no difference when participants were asked to recall the related words, but when participants were asked to recall unrelated word pairs, the 9pm group—the group that slept right after learning—did significantly better. So where your brain already has a strong semantic roadmap for learning (as is the case with the related word pairs), sleep doesn’t have a major effect. Where it’s forming new connections, sleep makes all the difference

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