Exploring the nexus between bedroom design and sleep quality in a warming climate

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Bedrooms are important spaces that are often overlooked in the design of residential properties. The interior environment of bedrooms directly affects our sleep quality, which affects the quality of our lives and impacts productivity, health, and wellbeing. Insufficient sleep is a well-known problem in society, having significant negative consequences for health. This is compounded during heatwaves when it can be challenging to get sufficient sleep because of high night-time temperatures, especially in temperate climate zones with no tradition of mechanical cooling. A narrative review was used to explore the inter-relationship between sleep quality, bedroom design, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and overheating. In addition to highlighting the different focus between health research and built environment research, the outcomes indicate that greater attention needs to be given to bedroom design in domestic properties. The originality of the findings relates to the need for evidence to help inform building designers to mitigate the effects of extreme heat on sleep quality, helping to improve resilience and the health of residents in a warming climate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101635
JournalUrban Climate
Early online date29 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank Pamela Gregory for guidance on the sleep literature and for the initial discussion that led to this article.


  • Bedroom design
  • Healthy homes
  • Heat impacts
  • Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
  • Overheating
  • Sleep quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies
  • Atmospheric Science


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