Up Your Bedroom For Quality Sleep
Guest Post by Andre Smith
In today’s busy world, getting quality rest is crucial.
As you invest in a new home, you can take the time to put your bedroom together to make it easier to sleep deeply and well.
When choosing the right bed for you and your sleeping partner, there are several variations that will impact the quality of your sleep. For example:
- Bed size
- Mattress stability to prevent disturbing your partner
- Pillow firmness
- Pillow size
It may be tempting to buy matching pillows so everything looks more consistent when the bed is made up, but if you’re a side sleeper and your partner sleeps on their back, one of you is going to be uncomfortable!
Choosing a Bed
One of the nicest things about modern mattress manufacturers is that you can test drive your mattress.
However, be aware that those test periods can vary greatly.
For example when comparing Ecosa vs Bambillo mattresses, Ecosa gives you 100 days to decide; Bambillo only 30.
Are you a swaddler or someone who needs to sleep cooler?
If you spend your nights trying to prevent a blanket thief from stealing your covers, you may want to invest in two comforters so both you and your partner can cuddle up under their own blankets.
One of the benefits of investing in a larger bed is that you can always reach out if you’re feeling alone, but cuddle up and sleep soundly in your own space.
Doubling up on available blankets can reduce night time tensions.
Lighting: Natural and Man-Made
Depending on the street lighting near your home and which direction your windows face, it may be a good idea to invest both in blinds and in blackout drapes.
This combination can assure you of quality darkness in which to fall asleep.
Each are easily opened to let in the sunshine and fresh air when you’re ready for it.
Consider the source.
If your bedroom lamps are easily accessible or easily controlled by smart home technologies, you can quickly move from necessary lighting to darkness.
For tablet or e-reader users, there are many studies that indicate that light exposure from electronics can suppress melatonin, the hormone that triggers your natural sleep rhythms.
If you have a hard time falling asleep, reducing your exposure to blue light, such as from your table screen or from LED lighting, can help.
Some people have to have noise to fall asleep while others need complete quiet.
Sometimes a good compromise is to add a bit of white noise to your sleeping space.
An electric fan is an ideal source of white noise, and there are manywhite noise apps that you can use on your phone to add a low hum to your sleeping space.
When arranging your bedroom furniture, set things up as simply as possible.
For example, access to the nearest bathroom should be simple, with few obstructions.
Make sure each person in the room has easy access to a light if they need one.
If your bedroom has a solid surface floor, invest in runners or throw rugs so that first step out of bed isn’t too much of a shock.
Moving into a new space can be a challenge.
Reward yourself with a bedroom set up that makes getting a good night of rest simpler.
Invest in a bed that’s large enough for everyone to have plenty of space, and be sure that the firmness level will work for both partners by buying a mattress with an adequate return policy.
Use pillows that work with your sleeping position and spine (not just your decor) keep the light level low and make sure everyone has enough blankets.