Daylight Saving Time: The Perfect Chance to Create Great Sleeping Habits

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday November 4. Since we fall back, we get an extra hour of sleep. This is a prime chance to catch up on rest, and rethink your bedroom design and routine to ensure that you’re getting enough sleep. Your bedroom should be a serene space that promotes relaxation, helping you to unwind from your day. If it’s not 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.

Make sure you’re getting the rest you need by asking yourself these five questions:

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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.

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.

Is my bedroom too hot or too cold? 

The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees, so it can help to adjust 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, especially since Daylight Saving Time occurs near the beginning of winter.

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.

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.

Make sure to make the most of Daylight Saving Time by rethinking your sleep. You’ll set yourself up to enjoy the rest of your year, and that’s a gift you give yourself.

How to Transition a Bedroom to Fall

The change of seasons is a good reason to refresh your home décor, and fall is the perfect time to update your bedroom with warmth and coziness in mind. From your window coverings to your bedding, quick changes will get you ready for the cooler weather. Here’s how to transition a bedroom to fall.

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Swap Out Bedding

Speaking of bedding, change your sheets to warmer choices, such as microfiber or flannel. Add a blanket or quilt to your bed, and consider a throw blanket that will a sense of luxury and can be pulled up when needed. You might also choose richer colors.

Add Drapes

Summer is time to let in the sun and let your space shine. When fall comes around, you might need a little more warmth, especially if your windows are a little drafty. Add drapes or curtains over your shades or blinds. You can choose a color that complements your bedding or adds a new texture to the room.

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Layer Lighting

The days are shorter in fall and winter, so make sure you have layers of lighting in your room. Use a lamp on your nightstand. Update overhead lighting with a chandelier or statement fixture. And consider using candles in your space. Be sure to extinguish them before you go to bed or choose the realistic battery operated models available today.

Use Fall Scents

One of the best parts of the fall season is the variety of scents associated with it. If you use candles in your space, consider scented options, such as cinnamon or pumpkin spice. You can also add scent with a diffuser or large bowl of potpourri.

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Bring in a Rug

Warm up things underfoot by using a rug. Your feet will appreciate the warm landing in the morning, and a rug visually warms a room, as well. Choose a thick pile, such as shag, which will have the added benefit of providing insulation.

How to Layer Bedding to Create a Designer Look

Beds that are featured in magazines and catalogs are so inviting. The trick? Designers layer pieces to create visual and textural interest. While it looks complicated, it’s really not. Here are four steps that show how to layer bedding to create that designer look at home.

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Start with Sheets

Solid sheets serve as a nice foundation for making a beautiful bed. Choose crisp white or a rich color. The idea is to create a sense of contrast with the rest of the bedding. To style the bed like a designer, use this trick: place the flat sheet “wrong side” up. This allows you to fold it over your blanket, exposing the finished hem.

Add Shams

Next, add height and depth to your bed by using shams behind your regular pillows. Square Euro shams will add height, while king or queen size shams add depth. For a king-size bed, use three Euro shams for balance. Shams should match your duvet or quilt, while regular pillows should match your sheets.

Then a Comforter

The next layer is a comforter or duvet. Introduce a new texture, pattern or color on the duvet then fold it and the flat sheet about a third of the way down the bed.

And a Quilt or Throw

Depending on how much warmth you need, top the comforter or duvet with a quilt or throw blanket. For a quilt, fold it in half, and place it on the bottom half of the bed. With a throw blanket, you can do the same, or toss it at an angle at the foot of the bed for impact. Create a sense of balance by choosing a color that matches or complements the sheets.

Have Fun with Toss Pillows

The finishing touch for how to layer bedding is throw pillows, and this is where you can have lots of fun. Mix and match colors and take advantage of texture and pattern. Choose a variety of shapes, as well, such as square or bolsters.

Sleep Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Your Bed?

How much do you know about your bed and sleep environment? You might be surprised at a few facts. Take this better sleep quiz to see if you’re “sleep smart.”

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1. How often should you replace your mattress?
    • a.) Every three years
    • b.) Every five to seven years
    • c.) Every 10 years
    • d.) Every time you get a new bedroom set

Answer: Replace your mattress every five to ten years. Sleeping on older mattresses causes unnecessary back pain.

2. True or false: Your mattress can double its weight without a proper protector.

Answer: True! Dirt, oil, skin cells and dust mites get trapped inside, weighing it down as well as causing allergic reactions.

3. True or false: Sleep is more crucial to survival than food.

Answer: True! A human can survive two months without food, but only 11 days without sleep.

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4. How often should you replace your pillow?
  • a.) Every 12 months
  • b.) Every three years
  • c.) Every five to 10 years
  • d.) The age of the pillow isn’t important

Answer: Replace your pillow every 12 months? Hair and body oils soak into a pillow’s fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.

 

5. How long should it take you to fall asleep?
  • a.) As soon as your head hits the pillow
  • b.) 10 to 15 minutes
  • c.) 30 minutes
  • d.) 45 minutes

Answer: If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep, you’re probably sleep-deprived. Ideally, falling asleep should take 10-15 minutes.

How did you do on this better sleep quiz? Let us know in the comments below. And if you need to update any of the items in your room, head over to Art Van PureSleep for the latest technology and sleep solutions.

The Truth About Your Dorm Mattress

The biggest piece of furniture in your dorm room is the bed. It needs to be comfortable and it needs to serve lots of purposes, such as sleeping, studying and socializing. Unfortunately, the dorm mattress most colleges provide is stiff, saggy and old, and it could actually hurt your GPA.

Sleep helps us all retain what we learn during the day. At night, we go through different stages of sleep where our minds are working, filing and organizing all of the information we collect during the day. If the mattress doesn’t support you properly, you will toss and turn and that can lead to fragmented memory and trouble in school. Set yourself up for success with these vital sleep essentials:

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A New Mattress

Dorm rooms are typically equipped with an extra-long twin bed, but old college mattresses are not a good way to start the year. A good night’s sleep is vital for your health and learning process, and you want both the right support and a healthy sleeping surface. Art Van Furniture offers the new Twin XL mattresses to fit the dorm frame. They start at just $149, and we’ll deliver one right to the dorm or apartment on move-in day.

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Mattress Topper

If you’re unable to replace the mattress, make your bed more comfortable by using a mattress topper. Made of memory foam, the topper will provide a soft surface that allows for airflow and contours to your body, helping you sleep.

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Mattress Protector

Whether you bring your own mattress or use the dorm mattress with a mattress topper, invest in a good mattress protector. Not only does it wick away moisture while you sleep; it safeguards against spills, stains, dust mites, germs and allergens, protecting your bed and keeping you healthy.

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Pillow

A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck; it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience and retain what you learned during the day. Here are some tips for choosing the right pillow.

Sleeping might not be the first thing on your mind as your head off to college, but a comfortable bed will help you make the grade. Make sure you have everything you need to go from Zzzz’s to A’s.