From the Queen of Westeros to our favourite fashion femme in Sex and the City, sleep experts at PeopleWhoSleep.com rounded up the best on-screen TV bedrooms for a sleep-decor makeover and asked our community of sleep experts to review them. This is what they say good sleep looks like. On and off the screen.
Could it have been Cersei’s poor sleeping habits that were responsible for her seven-seasons long reign of misery on Thrones? Here’s why she should have traded in the Iron Throne for better sleep.
- There’s plenty of space for a pre-bed wind-down. Yoga, light stretching or journaling helps calm the mind and prep the body for rest.
- Dark colours on walls and floors can make larger spaces feel more intimate. We’d add a cosy rug under the bed to further warm up her room.
- The large windows are great for morning light (keeping the circadian rhythm in sync), but there should be no light seeping into the sleep space. The heavy drapes on the four-poster bed will shut out any light and other distractions.
The Flintstones are a page right out of history, and you can take a page from Wilma and Fred on how they get their z’s… their bedroom forms the bedrock of an ideal sleep-inducing environment!
Here’s how they’re getting it yabba-dabba-doo right, and where they can make some small changes for even better z’s:
- We give five gold dinosaur eggs to Fred and Wilma for their choice in a firm mattress, which promotes a healthy sleeping posture.
- The stone used to build their house and their bed will help keep them cool in summer.
- We suggest adding a window for ventilation. Just make sure it’s covered with a chic pelt to keep the room dark at night.
All hail the four sassy Miami ladies of the Golden Girls! We know that Blanche was the diva of the lot, so we can’t blame her for going full tilt on the decor. Blanche once asked the question: “Dorothy, what do you think I oughta do with my bed?”
We’re happy you asked.
- This room shouts comfort and good sleep. Texture in the bedroom that is soft, warm and inviting is the best choice for sleep success.
- We love the toned-down print on the wallpaper. If you choose too bold a print for your bedroom, it can overstimulate your mind, making it hard to fall asleep.
- Bedside lamps can create a lot of clutter, but here, the lamps are tastefully chosen to provide enough light for an evening read. Too bright a light can trigger the body clock to stay awake.
We’ve given Carrie’s Manhattan address a fresh face, but is it a picture-perfect sleep sanctuary, worthy of the cover of Vogue? If you want to wake up with a Jimmy Choo spring in your step, you need to make sleep a priority.
- Even though the city is the other leading lady of SATC, we’re glad to see that Carrie has closed the curtains on NYC for a darker, quieter room.
- Art is chic, but it can be a fashion faux pas in the sleep department, triggering the mind and making it difficult to fall asleep. The jury’s still out on the poster above her bed.
- An untidy room is synonymous with an untidy mind. We’re glad that Carrie has cleared her clutter to prioritise her sleep.
For 31 years, the Simpsons’ couch took the spotlight, but it’s Bart’s bedroom that really deserves more attention. Here’s what we suggest for a sleep-promoting makeover.
- The Simpsons are all about those primary colours. But these stay-awake tones should stay well clear of the bedroom. Softer hues and less stimulating shades are better for bringing on the z’s.
- Change the curtains from yellow to a dark navy blue. If your curtains are too light in colour, there’ll be too much environmental light stealing into your sleep space. This can affect your body clock, messing up the natural rhythms of sleep.
- It’s nice to see he’s tidied up his room (Marge would be proud), but we suggest removing the shelf for an entirely uncluttered view above the bed.
We gave Rachel’s NYC bedroom “the Rachel cut” (boy do we miss those 90s haircuts) and a magic forty-winks makeover. How does it measure up?
- Soft, pale colours promote relaxation and good sleep.
- The lighting in Rachel’s room is great. She should stick to the warm lighting in the room and avoid LED lights with blue tones, as blue light can interfere with melatonin production.
- An uncluttered sleep space goes a long way towards improving the quality of your z’s. This is because clutter can be stimulating and make it harder to fall asleep.
Inspired by these TV bedroom makeovers? Turn your room into a sleep sanctuary so that your sleep plays the starring role in your own sweet dreams TV show.