Getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. Sure, you can always lay in your bed and stare at the ceiling for hours — but you’re only fooling yourself thinking that you’ll come out the next morning well rested.
There a number of factors that can contribute to a bad sleep. The worst part about it is that once they become a habit, they're difficult to shake. Establishing good bedroom practices and knowing exactly what you need for an optimal sleep is crucial. While everyone is different when it comes to their sleep pattern, there are some universally accepted things that can help.
Understanding what you need in your bedroom for a better sleep environment can lead to other health benefits outside of being rested, too. In order to unlock these, however, you need to identify the basics and go from there.
Find the Right Mattress
This one seems pretty self-explanatory, right? If you’re sleeping on a pile of rocks that’s masquerading as a mattress, you’re already down on the scoreboard.
The importance of finding the right mattress cannot be understated. Also, we quite literally mean the right mattress, not the most expensive or the fanciest. A lot of people go to furniture stores and furniture liquidators in search of the top product on the market and fail to realize that it might not work for them.
Your sleeping needs are different from your friend with the memory foam mattress. Maybe you prefer a spring mattress and you don’t even know it. The only way to truly know is by doing your own research and spending some time trying some out to get your answer.
Don’t be afraid to get picky, either. This is the mattress you’ll be spending your entire night sleeping on. It has to be tailored to suit your needs. If you’re unsure what you need, there are plenty of experts at furniture stores and liquidators that can help. Use all the resources at hand to find the right mattress.
Beat the Bedroom Heat
We’ve all had those nights. You wake up at midnight in a pool of sweat and think to yourself, “This summer thing isn’t really working for me anymore.”
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As humans, we aren’t meant to sleep in the sweltering heat. Keeping yourself cool (not Polar Bear cold) is an important part of getting a great sleep. While you can always turn down the temperature in your bedroom, that’s not always the best answer.
The best place to start is by investing in breathable bedroom sheets. Shop around at some furniture stores and find materials that don’t heat up at night. You can even find mattresses and pillows with special cooling technology that won’t ever let you overheat in your pyjamas again.
Sleep in Complete Darkness
Okay, we know you’re not Count Dracula and that’s fine. The point is that there are real benefits to sleeping in an environment with as little light as possible.
This has become especially complicated in the digital age. Your phone is flashing at night. The PVR has a bright recording light on. Your laptop has a sudden burst of email notifications at 3 a.m. There’s a simple solution: turn all those devices off. Difficult as it may be, all those artificial lights can really hamper your ability to sleep well.
Then there are the lights you can’t control. Street lights and emergency crews flashing their lights at night. Stuff like that. The best way to have some kind of influence over their impact is by purchasing drapes or curtains that block that light out. Furniture stores and liquidators have plenty of options you can turn to for that.