A woman has revealed how she managed to drastically improve her insomnia, simply by transforming her bedroom into a calming oasis.
Despite being hesitant due to her fear of change and budget, Heidi managed to give the room a stunning makeover by buying second hand deals and using her creative DIY skills.
The thrifty crafter turned her room for a dated and busy space to a nature-inspired calm sanctuary, complete with indoor plants and a wood canopy, all for just £338.
Heidi Crumpton, from Bedfordshire, took to DIY On A Budget Official to reveal that she had been advised to redecorate after having trouble sleeping due to her ADHD and dyslexia. Seen before: Her busy and vibrant purple bedroom
Seen afterwards: The nature-inspired calm sanctuary, complete with indoor plants and a wood canopy, all for just £338, which made her sleep ‘much better’
A snap of the bedroom before the transformation shows a purple wall, floor and curtains, purple bedding and bedside lamps and even drawers of the same shade.
Heidi opted for a nature-theme, painting the white bed a mellow green, tying rustic rope around the head and foot board and adding a canopy made from a branch and a leafy throw.
She transformed the bedroom lamp into a quirky rope light, adding an array of real and artificial plants, and a water feature for relaxing sleeping sounds.
Finally she painted the walls a relaxing and fresh white, and switched the curtains for fresh blinds, matching the radiator to her bedframe.
Sharing the impressive before and after pictures, Heidi wrote: ‘Having ADHD and dyslexia by brain seems to overload at bedtime, I hate insomnia.
‘I was advised to redecorate, after weeks of deliberation – I hate change – I let myself get creative.’
Revealing that she was still deciding what to do with the floor, she continued: ‘My partner thought I was mad wrapping my bed in rope – or just disappointed as it wasn’t a 50 shades of grey room lol.
Despite being hesitant due to her fear of change and budget, Heidi managed to give the room a stunning makeover by buying second hand deals and using her creative DIY skills (seen before)
Heidi opted for a nature-theme, painting the white bed a mellow green, tying rustic rope around the head and foot board and adding a canopy made from a branch and a leafy throw
‘I didn’t want to get a new one so just pimped up with paint and rope. Here is the outcome… I love it and most of all I’m sleeping better.’
- Wicker and furniture and planters second-hand £51
- Set of nets £12
- Live and fake plants £125
- Rope £35
- Candles, water fountain, accesssories £50
- Blinds £60
Total cost £338
Explaining how she transformed the room on a budget, she said: ‘All wicker and furniture and planters were £51 bought second hand.
‘The sets of nets were £12 – I already had a brown set – and the blind was most expensive thing at £60.
‘I got a mix of live and fake plants for £125, and the cost for painting the bed and adding the rope was £35, as well as spending £50 on candles, a water fountain and other little bits. Total cost so far is £338.’
The post racked up hundreds of comments from impressed followers who praised how much calmer it looked.
One wrote: ‘Looks so much more relaxing than the purple version, you’ve done a great job’.
Another added: ‘Your shelving and canopy are amazing! Awesome result.’
Elsewhere one wrote: ‘The purple before actually felt rather oppressive, the newly decorated style and colours look so much more relaxing. Well done’.
Heidi told FEMAIL: ‘I started a new job in January working for a local charity as a senior in finance. As I have dyslexia and was recently diagnosed with ADHD, I went through access to work to get support and help in my job.
‘I was assigned a therapist called Amber Hampton, she has made a vast improvement in the short time I have been with her.
‘After hours of discussion, she noted I go to my room when having anxiety attacks, I’m sad or stressed this caused my subconscious to react negativity to bedtime as my brain sees my bedroom as a negative place.
‘As I use colour to help visualise and study for my dyslexia she then realised colour makes a big impact on my brain.
‘One thing Amber asked where was I naturally happy, which was my garden or local woods and she advised me to recreate that.
‘I’m sleeping 50% better in my room, have not had a full on anxiety attacks in three weeks and I’ve even braved the shops for the first time since lockdown.’
She joked: ‘My partner thought I was mad wrapping my bed in rope – or just disappointed as it wasn’t a 50 shades of grey room lol.’
She transformed the bedroom lamp into a quirky rope light, adding an array of real and artificial plants, and a water feature for relaxing sleeping sounds
The post racked up hundreds of comments from impressed followers who praised how much calmer it looked
WHAT IS ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
It affects around five per cent of children in the US. Some 3.6 per cent of boys and 0.85 per cent of girls suffer in the UK.
Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more noticeable as a child grows. These can also include:
- Constant fidgeting
- Poor concentration
- Excessive movement or talking
- Acting without thinking
- Little or no sense of danger
- Careless mistakes
- Difficulty organising tasks
- Inability to listen or carry out instructions
Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.
ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.
Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are more at risk.
ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s and epilepsy.
There is no cure.
A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make day-to-day life easier.
Source: NHS Choices