What’s worse then a bad night’s sleep, two nights? Nope, a whopping three nights. Have you tried the warm milk trick? Yeah, that didn’t work for me either. Well, here are some tips for a better night’s sleep that will get you some zzzzz.
Did you know the average person spends around 30% of their life sleeping? Yep, that’s a lot of time, and we’re only missing out if that time isn’t well spent.
What we do know is a more comfortable, organized, and relaxing bedroom will give us tons of benefits. Among them are better sleep, a boost in our mental health, and improvement in our physical well being.
Not sure about you, but I could always use help in those departments. So, let’s go over some tips to better our sleep.
What Are You Sleeping In?
Have you ever wore an itchy wool sweater? The thought of it makes me want to scratch. With that in mind, let’s chat about our bedding.
It took me a while before I realized spending a little more money initially for bedding would actually save me more than just money. First, quality bedding will save money since it will last longer. Second, it will also provide me with a heck of a lot of coziness which means reducing the need for counting sheep.
I’ve dumbed down some key factors to look for when purchasing your next bed linens. Don’t worry; you will NOT need to blow your budget on expensive sheets you just need to learn what’s important.
Sheets in the range of 200 to 800 thread count are considered good quality. Top-quality sheets can have a range of 1,000 or higher.
However, the higher the thread count is not the only indicator of quality bed sheets or pillowcases; the type of fibers used also need to be considered.
You may have noticed that some brands promote using long-staple fibers in their thread count. What does that mean? A long strand of fiber is the finest cotton that can be used; it is not only stronger but also smoother in texture. Smoother texture equals more comfort for you and me.
When looking for fabrics, the best choices are cotton, satin, and silk. I aim for a mid to high thread count, and if purchasing cotton I make sure it’s made with long-staple fibers.
Now let’s top off your bedding layers with a weighted blanket or comforter to feel super tucked in. When you feel snug as a bug – you sleep better.
Have a Good Foundation For Better Sleep
If you’re waking up in pain, tossing and turning or just not feeling well-rested, maybe it’s time to consider looking at your mattress as the culprit.
Personally we are fans of foam mattresses and have own several in our homes. We’ve owned a Tempurpedic for about 15 years and have been struggling to make the plunge into a new one. Don’t get me wrong we still love it, but we want to upgrade to King, and the prices are costly.
These days we have alternatives that were not available when we first purchased our Tempurpedic. We have been pleased with our guest room foam mattresses which have been great options. Nolah mattress offer the first 120 nights on them and won the award for best side sleeper mattresses.
Keep Your Temperature Cool
Honestly, this has been a game-changer for us! According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60- 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The 67 degrees is probably for men, and women….the colder, the better! Come on, would you rather sleep during a cold winter or humid hot summer night?
For those who would rather not change the house thermostat here are some alternative options to lower your body temperature, which not everyone is aware of. Keep in mind; you can apply one of these “cooling” tips for better sleep and upgrade to another method later on.
Cooling sheets are made from breathable materials like bamboo or cotton. They are designed in a way to wick away moisture to keep you dry.
Keep Your Bedroom Tidy
Okay, in life there are people who make their beds and some that don’t. I get it, why even bother if you’re only going to crawl back in any way. A messy environment decreases our comfort and increases our stress.
We can all relate to the feeling we received when we first walk into our hotel room, ah! It’s neat, clean, and inviting. But most people soak it all in, take an Instagram photo, before they destroy it and wreck havoc. Adopting a habit to tidy up your space will mean you won’t be walking into or waking up to mess. Cut down some of your cleaning time by reading How To Clean Your House Like A Pro?
Keep Technology Out
This is a hard one, as most of us are glued to our phones. Messages, emails, and notifications are consistently pinging, giving us the urge to keep on checking. These habits are causing mental stimulation which does not allow us to enter a relaxed state.
In fact, it is suggested to avoid any type of blue light as the ones from devices at least a few hours before bedtime since it disrupts the level of melatonin according to the National Sleep Foundation.
The Darker The Better
Melatonin, commonly known as the sleep hormone rises during the evening as darkness falls and continues to climb during the night. As early morning approaches the levels of melatonin then fall. Light helps control our internal sleep clock.
Try this simple tip to help adjust your “clock” to follow your schedule. Wear an eye mask to deepen the darkness and block out any traces of light. It will take you a little time to adjust to wearing it; however, this can significantly help in providing you will better sleep. My favorites ones are similar to what is used on airplane flights very simple and “light” fabric.
As you slither into your freshly laundered sheets as if anything could be better, you will become a believer in the benefits of your bedroom makeover. By incorporating one or even a few of these tips for better sleep, you’ll be feeling better in no time, and your body and mind will say, “Thank you.” Give it a shot and let me know how you feel!
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