A good night's sleep can be elusive. In addition to getting sleep, you want to truly rest. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help the cause.
You've probably heard that you should get regular exercise, drink plenty of water and go to bed at the same time each day. There are also things that you can do to make your sleeping space more relaxing. Here are our best tips for setting up the perfect sleeping arrangement:
Make the most of your mattress
All mattress are not created equal. There are soft mattresses, hard mattresses and everything in between. Take the time to figure out what's best for you. You might want the coziness of a soft bed, but you might appreciate the support of a firm mattress.
Mattresses wear out over time. “Ultimately, you spend about a third of your life in bed. It's worth your while to have the best mattress for you”, according to the Atlanta-based mattress and sleeping experts at Ben’s Furniture.
Select soothing sheets and blankets
When you're choosing sheets and pillows, don't ignore an allergy. Experiment with different types of pillows until you find the one that's most comforting. Choose bedding colors that are soothing and peaceful. If you are an anxious person, you might appreciate the comforting feeling that comes with sleeping under heavy blankets.
Set the scene
Temperature can make a difference when it comes to a good night's sleep. Experiment with whether you like it cold or hot. You might like it cold with a lot of blankets, and you might like it warm with just a sheet on top. If you don't have air conditioning, try a standalone fan.
Spot the sun
Depending on where you live, the sun can wake you up in the morning before you're ready to be up. If you have windows that face east, the sun might just invite itself in and rudely wake you up. This can be especially problematic during the long, wonderful days of summer.
Some thick window coverings can keep things under control. If you take the time to choose blinds and shades that are easy to open and close, you can have the best of both worlds. Sleeping until it's wake up time can help you feel more rested.
Make it about you and your sleep
Your sleeping space is not the place to exercise. Think of relaxing things to add to the room that mean something to you. You might want a plant.
You can experiment with scents. In addition, you might appreciate keeping photos of loved ones nearby. When your sleeping arrangement is your idea of relaxation, you can drift off to a peaceful night's sleep.