Home design should never be boring, however, there’s one room in your home that should put you to sleep – literally. Your bedroom should be a serene space that promotes relaxation and helps you unwind from your day. If your bedroom isn’t doing its job it could be affecting your health and wellbeing.
Sleep affects all aspects of our lives. Studies show that when we sleep better, we’re healthier, we have more energy, we’re happier, we can focus longer and we look better. In fact, health experts call sleep the third pillar of health, in addition to eating well and getting exercise.
For fully restorative sleep, you must set the stage with a proper bedroom environment. It’s one of the easiest and most basic ways to look after your overall quality of life, but often it’s the detail that gets overlooked. Make sure you’re getting the rest you need by asking yourself these five questions:
1. Is my bedroom quiet? Distracting sounds such as noisy furnaces, barking dogs, neighborhood traffic and roommates or family members can disturb your sleep. Your bedroom should be kept as quiet as possible. If you can’t get rid of the sound, try masking it by using a fan, humidifier or a white noise machine that will create a soothing noise, such as rain or a babbling brook.
2. Do my window treatments let in too much light? Too much light in the bedroom can contribute to sleeplessness. Use dark fabric or black-out curtains to block light from windows. .
3. Is my bedroom too hot or too cold? ?The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees, so it can help to turn down the thermostat before you go to bed. Since your body temperature drops when you go to sleep, be sure to have sufficient blankets to keep warm during the night. During the summer, bamboo sheets will wick moisture, and help cool you down.
4. Is my mattress more than eight years old? According to the American Chiropractic Association, mattresses should be replaced every 5 to 8 years to ensure proper support and comfort. Older mattresses start to break down and can cause you to wake during the night due to pain caused by improper alignment. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine said that sleeping on a new mattress can significantly reduce stiffness and back pain. If you need to replace your mattress, our PureSleep experts will fit you for the right one, helping you get a great night’s sleep.
5. Is my pillow more than a year old? If you’re not sure how old your pillow is, it’s probably ready to be replaced. You can also take this quick test: Fold your pillow in half, squeeze and release it. If it doesn’t spring back into form, it’s time to get a new one. The editors of Prevention magazine suggest that you change your pillow once a year. If you use a protective pillow cover, you can double its life.