Most of us take sleep for granted. It forms a standard part of our daily lives, around eight hours of it a night. However, as soon as you start experiencing problems with getting to sleep, you’ll experience frustration like never before.
Sleep plays such an important role in our lives that missing just a few hours on just a short-term basis can cause disruption to our daily lives. Securing a good night’s sleep every night is vital to our happiness.
Here are a few changes to your bedroom and its contents that will help you along the way.
Choosing the Right Mattress
Your mattress is perhaps the most important part of your bed. It largely determines how comfortable your night’s sleep will be. So you need to make sure to choose the right one for your needs.
The first thing to consider is the size, which needs to match the size of your bed base, or you can face overhang or a mattress that doesn’t quite cover the base. If you live alone, a single mattress may well suit your basic needs, but we’d generally recommend going a little bigger.
The most common sizes sold are double, Queen and King. A double is great for singles who like to stretch out a little. A Queen is great for couples who like personal space, and a King provides you with a single bed’s worth of space each. There are even larger sizes out there, but it can be more difficult to find the right bedding to sufficiently cover these, limiting your aesthetic options.
Once you’ve settled on a size, you need to find the best style of mattress. There are eight common types that you’re likely to come across: memory foam, gel, pillow tops, innerspring, water mattresses, air mattresses, latex mattresses, and mattresses with adjustable bases. Most people will settle on memory foam, gel, or pillow tops.
However, it’s important to remember that if you are unsure or your needs change relatively regularly, you might want to settle on a basic spring mattress and add memory foam, gel, or pillow top mattress toppers. These can be added so you get the same luxurious feel, but they can easily be removed. Don’t make any of these decisions lightly. Mattresses don’t come cheap, they are a real investment. So, do your research and ask professional salespeople for their advice. For further help take a look at specialist tips when choosing a new mattress.
Taking Care of Your Mattress
Purchasing your mattress isn’t the end of its journey. They need taking care of too. If you neglect it, it won’t provide you with the same quality sleep as time goes by. As soon as your mattress arrives, unwrap it. Unwrapping will allow your mattress to breathe, releasing the chemical treatment smell that often comes with brand new products. In fact, many companies recommend that you air your mattress for a few days before putting any sheets or bedding on top of it.
If possible, also pull your duvet back each morning, allowing it to air on a daily basis. A next step in the mattress care process is to turn it regularly. Most of us will sleep in the same spot and a pretty similar position each night. This means that the given area will experience more wear. By turning, you can spread the pressure and allow your mattress to last for longer. Finally, remember to replace your mattress every eight to ten years.
Light really can play a crucial role in deciding whether you get a good night’s sleep or experience frequent disruptions through waking. It can also determine how long it takes you to get to sleep in the first place. Exposure to light stimulates both your body and mind. As soon as it hits us, we assume that we should be awake and alert. This can be difficult if you are experiencing longer days where the sun rises earlier and sets later, or if you work night shifts and have to get to sleep in the middle of the day.
The easiest way to control lighting is to invest in high quality blinds or curtains. Black out blinds are experiencing an increase in sales, as they promise to eliminate as much light as possible. Simple eye masks can work really well also, especially if you share a room and your partner doesn’t like blackout or goes to bed later or gets up earlier than you.
Benefiting From a Bedside Table
Every bedroom should have a bedside table, so if you don’t yet have one, or the one you have doesn’t have enough space for all your bedside essentials, it’s time to invest in one. A bedside table serves as a convenient storage space that can be filled with all sorts of essentials to help you get the most comfortable night’s sleep possible. No one wants to get out of bed repeatedly to find hand cream, lip balm, eye masks etc.
Ensure that it has a large enough surface for a small lamp to rest on top. This means that when you want to get to sleep, you can click a switch to turn the lights off rather than having to get up and walk across the room. This can also serve as a space to keep a bottle of water so that you can keep hydrated throughout the night. It;s definitely worth going for an an option that has a drawer. This can be filled with products you don’t want on display but want to keep close by, such as earplugs, an eye mask, sleeping pills or herbal remedies that you might have, and a book or selection of books if you find that this helps you to nod off.
A pen and paper can be handy too, so you can write yourself a note for the morning, phones can do this, but it;s good to not have them in the room you sleep, plus writing things down is a much more symbolic way to empty your head ready for sleep too.
Small changes in your bedroom design and increased focus on sleep-oriented features can really help you to secure a comfortable rest each and every night.