The concept of smart living has changed tremendously during the past decade.
If you think back to it, you’ll find that much of what we can do today wasn’t even imaginable about 10 or 15 years ago. And for most people, the idea of living in a smart home still brings on associations of Disney Channel movies of the late 1990s.
But, things have evolved. Today, anyone can afford to invest in home tech and reap its multiple benefits. And while most people’s focus tends to be on savings and security, it turns out that there are many benefits to having a smart bedroom as well.
Here are the top ideas to upgrade your bedroom so that it works for you.
Invest in Motorized Blinds
There are many reasons to invest in a quality pair of blinds. Not only do they allow privacy, but they also help you control the amount of light in your bedroom. And, they may even help keep heat out in the summer months.
But, it’s no secret that closing and opening them can be a nuisance. That’s the problem that motorized shades solve. They allow maximum control and benefits with a push of a button (or a smartphone app).
And the best thing about this type of blinds is that you can easily automate them. For example, by setting them to open at a pre-set time of day, you can enjoy a gentle and natural wake-up call every morning.
Automate Your Lights
Did you know that the shade of light in your environment directly impacts the quality of sleep you will get during the night? That’s right – blue light exposure can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
So what does this have to do with your bedroom? Well, you’d be surprised at how many people choose the wrong color lights for the space that’s supposed to be an oasis of rest.
But, while you may opt to place orange-hued bulbs in your bedside lamps, it’s safe to say that this color doesn’t exactly work in all situations. For example, dimmed lights work great before sleep. But in the morning, a cooler shade of white may help you wake up more quickly.
That’s why investing in smart lights around your home is such a great idea. Yes, you can automate them to cut down the work you need to do. But the biggest benefit is definitely going to be the one to the quality of your sleep.
Make Better Use of Your Smart Plugs
Most people invest in smart plugs with the purpose of cutting down on power consumption. But did you know that you can use these to turn any device in your home into a smart one? What is more, did you know that you can directly incorporate these plugs with automated routines for your home?
For example, if you’re one of those people who have to have their coffee the moment they open their eyes, you can set up a routine with your assistant of choice. So, the smart plug can be automatically activated the moment you stop the wake-up alarm on your phone, resulting in a fresh brew waiting for you on the kitchen counter.
Help Kids (or Elders) Feel Safe With Motion Sensors
Most family homes have at least one set of nightlights. And these work great for providing comfort and making navigation easier at night. But they’re not exactly eco-friendly. Plus, if they’re not positioned correctly, they can make it more difficult to fall asleep in the first place.
Fortunately, however, there’s a variety of smart motion sensors out there that can be connected to a light or even an entire zone within your home. With such a gadget, you’ll find it much easier to find your way to the bathroom in the pitch dark. Plus, they can be a good solution for kids who are scared of the dark or wake up a lot during the night.
Bedroom Items You Should Keep Old-School
Now, while some gadgets really help your home to work for you (instead of it being the other way round), there are a few items in your bedroom you should definitely not upgrade yet.
Keep Your Mattress “Dumb”
The first item in this category is obviously your mattress. While there are a few smart mattress brands out there, their prices are still too high for most people. Plus, if you take into account that most mattresses need to be replaced every 6 to 8 years, that’s a lot of your money out the window.
Instead of going the fully smart route, you can choose a high-quality king-size mattress that’s sure to serve you perfectly. Then, track your sleep data with a wearable such as a smartwatch, ring, or under-mattress tracker.
Decorate With Real Plants
Another thing to keep in mind about your bedroom is that it needs to offer near-perfect sleeping conditions if you want it to be a safe haven. And that means temperature, air quality, and even scent. While you can address all of these with smart devices like thermometers, air purifiers, and diffusers, you can also get a lot from something as simple as a plant.
Ideally, you should add a few pieces of greenery to the calmest area of your home. Go with lavender, snake plant, or English Ivy. These will all purify the air and provide you with some beautiful decor that won’t overpower your favorite pieces of furniture.
There you have it, the best ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a smart bedroom. While you might find this information overwhelming, keep in mind that you don’t have to make all the adjustments at once. Instead, pick the ones that appeal to you the most, then go bit by bit depending on what you think would be a valuable addition to your living space.
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