None of us can afford to overlook the importance of healthy sleep habits. So, if your current quality of slumber leaves something to be desired, you’d do well to address this problem post haste. Although there are a variety of reasons for which people have trouble sleeping, the cause(s) of your troubled slumber may lie in your choice of bedroom furnishings. If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep, here are some practical ideas to try.
There’s no denying that high-quality mattresses often represent expensive purchases. And due to the inherent desire many of us have to spend as little money as possible at all times, we tend to cheap out when it comes time to purchase new mattresses. In our minds, price reigns supreme and comfort is purely secondary. However, while this approach to mattress shopping may result in short-term savings, it can also pave the way for years of overnight discomfort.
Since you’ll be living with your choice of mattress for quite a while, it’s imperative that you put genuine thought into this purchase. The next mattress you invest in should flawlessly suit your height, weight and general comfort preferences. And while you shouldn’t have to break the bank to purchase a good mattress, you’ll also need to avoid going into ultra-frugal mode. A mattress is more than a quick one-time purchase – it’s an important investment in your long-term overnight comfort.
Although pillows tend to be smaller-scale purchases than mattresses, you should approach pillow-buying in a similar manner to mattress shopping. Like a mattress, your choice of pillow can have a considerable impact on your night time comfort levels, and purchasing pillows solely because they’re inexpensive is unlikely to generate favourable results. So, when seeking out new pillows, look for ones that provide your ideal level of softness (or firmness) and solid support. Furthermore, people suffering from acid reflux, back pain, GERD and various other afflictions can benefit from a good wedge pillow.
Getting up in the middle of the night can cause considerable problems with your sleep schedule, especially if you tend to have trouble falling back asleep. While there’s no definitive way around having to use the bathroom overnight, there is an important step you can take to avoid getting up for other things – investing in a spacious nightstand. A nightstand that’s large enough to hold any and all items you may need throughout the night can help ensure that you’re able to complete overnight tasks in a timely manner and promptly resume your sleep session.
For example, if you often get up for a drink in the middle of the night, purchase a nightstand that’s large enough to hold a water bottle. Similarly, if you have to get up to take a pill, look for a nightstand that provides ample space for any medications you may need overnight. The longer you’re up and about, the harder getting back to sleep is likely to be, and the right nightstand can ensure that any deviations from your nightly respite are short.
If you live in an area that’s prone to extreme seasonal temperatures, it’s important that your bedding choices reflect this. Sleeping with the same bedding year-round stands to leave you uncomfortably warm throughout the spring and summer months and uncomfortably chilly throughout the fall and winter months. So, if your bedding doesn’t currently change with the seasons, there’s a good chance that this may be contributing to any overnight discomfort.
During periods of warm weather, your sheets and comforters should be made up of light, breathable materials. On the flipside, your cold weather bedding should be composed of materials that are thick and adept at heat-retention. Needless to say, your choice of sleepwear should meet similar criteria.
Good sleep quality will serve you well across every area of your life. From helping you operate efficiently at work to providing you with abundant energy for assorted everyday tasks, a peaceful night’s rest can go a long way. So, if your current sleep quality could use some improvement, there’s no time like the present to get a handle on the issue. To this end, make sure to consider the furnishing choices discussed above.1