Get in Bed!!!
The expression “sleep tight” comes from the 16th and 17th centuries when mattresses were placed on top of ropes that needed regular tightening.
A bedtime story:
An oasis within our home’s, sleeps the bedroom. This room is a place of conversation, from the time you rise up until slumber. The bedroom is intimacy on all levels. Emotionally driven, this room gives a response on all psychological levels. It is the space in which we express ourselves whether verbally and/or visually, becoming the true center of one’s home. “Happy wife…happy life”
The design aspect and process of the “Master Bedroom” especially has evolved over the years. Originally designed by the female and/or wife, has become more of a joint effort including the male/husband. The room reflects both masculine and feminine attributes. Even though, this is a sure accomplishment in one area of balance, there are two other areas in the bedroom that have become a source of the tipping scale.
Innovative technology, although convenient have entered the bedroom resulting in sleep deprivation and distraction. It turns out, because we rely so heavily on the technology, we have made it the biggest part of our lives; resisting the time to turn them off. Instead we continue to check emails, write emails, send texts, etc. The issue seriously becoming aware as to when to turn off. By not turning off our TV’s, cell phones, computers, etc it has translated to our brains resulting in the inability to completely turn off and rest.
The romance aura in the bedroom has so often been lost in translation resulting in couples either no longer having any physical contact or worse in separate beds. Research studies have shown that couples that have some sort of physical contact through touch actually have a happier life overall, as it is our “need” as humans to feel, touch, in order to express love, receive love, and support our emotional beings.
The importance of décor in the bedroom plays a big part visually. The design: an enhancer of a multitude of areas. Factors everything from the positioning, lighting, functionality, balance distributed by furniture, colors, fabrics, etc that interact with the psychological aspect attached, results setting the mood.
It has been suggested that dim or soft lighting in the bedroom is important in calming the mind. Another relaxation variable is color. Despite what studies, research, and theorist, may say, the color of relaxation really is in the body of the individual. It is believed supple pastels or cooling colors are ones to use in decorating the bedroom; however, everyone’s programmed, conditioned differently, overall it is a personal preference.
In the beginning, history time line: The “bed” actually dates back to the Neolithic primitive era which is over 10,000 years ago. Most, when asked would date the bed back to the Egyptians, as they were the first to encumber design detail on the bed frame with jewels, and rare metals in the outer banks of the beds. The official decoration of the “bedroom” started with the Ancient Assyrians, Medes and Persians. Famous for its prestige the ‘four poster’ developed in England around the 18th Century. Today, we use one bed for either one or two people, however back in the day one single bed would sleep several people as they were grand in size.
“Make your bed” a common phrase used by parents to their children instills the importance of maintaining, appreciating the place in which our bodies rejuvenate, repair, restore, etc. Pride and careful planning ones bed can be referred back to the description In Homer’s Odyssey, as a description of how Odysseus made his own bed: “the trunk of an olive tree was cut to the exact shape and planed smooth; after holes had been drilled in the framework, oxhide thongs, dyed crimson, were threaded back and forth to make a pliant web; finally, the wood was embellished with inlay work in gold, silver, and ivory.” (2011) Encyclopedia Britannica
The bedroom serves as a room of many functions for our everyday lives. From the layout to the mattress this room spares no expense. Time has value as we spend about eight hours of our twenty-four hour day in this part of our home. The importance of sleep displays itself through the mattress. The spring coiled mattress was introduced in the 1820’s. Today, we have improved on this invention to the bed with: innerspring, latex, memory foam, air bed, water beds, adjustable and dual purpose beds. There are many different subtypes within the types above, there’s firm, soft, pillow top, etc.
The way we use our bedrooms begins with the architect whom designs the layout of this popular room. The flow and space usage is a key from the position of where the bed is placed, the location of the bathroom and its access, the closet, as well as the size, shape, placement of the windows.
The bedroom also can play many different personalities to our lives. As kids, it can be the place of punishment unfortunately at times. However, it can also be a place of imagination, and comfort. As adults it’s the place where one goes to find peace, quiet, and alone time. When away from home, we realize that there’s really no place like home, and we miss our beds; a whole new appreciation for what we have, our preference of comfort.
The sanctuary of our dreams we also make the bedroom our temple, church, and/or place of worship when we say our prayers each night. This room can also be related to the core and beginning of our homes as it is also the potential place in which we procreate.
The bedroom is a place of beauty for sleep.
Style and Design,