There’s nothing more satisfying than curling up in your own bed and when you’ve made a bed that makes it hard to climb out of in the morning, you’ve achieved perfection.
If that’s not the case, then we’re here to rescue you from any more nights of sleep that have been less than average.
When you have a well-made bed and a curated environment, you can improve your sleep quality for the better.
The importance of good sleep
It cannot be stressed enough when it comes to the importance of good sleep. Ideally, you should be getting between seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Any less and you’ll be risking your health, which could impact your quality of life.
With 68% of Americans struggling to sleep at least once a week, it’s important that we all try to improve our sleep habits.
A regular bedtime is an important first step towards a good night’s rest but a lot of it comes down to your bed and the environment you create around it.
How to make your bed irresistible
So how do you make a bed irresistible? We’ve broken it down into layers so that you can create the perfect place to rest your head – and body.
Well first, you want to have the right mattress.
Every mattress is different and depending on the budget you have, you may wish to splurge on an expensive one or save your money and get something more affordable. Typically, the more you spend, the higher the quality of the mattress.
So how do you choose the right mattress for you?
Consider how firm or soft you want your mattress to be. Some come with memory foam, some have inner springs and others can be hybrid. It’s up to you and what you find to be the most comfortable.
Whether you need just one pillow or several to help you fall asleep based on your sleep position, pillows are often a personal preference based on your sleeping position:
It’s good to know what materials are out there when it comes to what supports your head and is comfortable for you to drift off effortlessly.
The Bed Sheets
Body temperatures can be difficult to regulate for some and so picking the right bed sheets is essential for sleep time.
From mattress toppers to the right bed frame, there’s plenty of other sleep products and furniture that contribute to a better bed.
Tips for improving your bedroom environment
Improving your surroundings is the next step to creating a bed you can’t resist.
There are a number of considerations to make and when you’re looking at how to sleep better, these can all help.
Firstly, when it comes to light exposure, you want to make sure that you’ve prepared the space to be as dark as possible. You can trick yourself into falling asleep, even those who are night owls. Invest in blackout blinds or curtains to remove any external light.
You may also want to spend some money on an eye mask if you’d prefer to block out light that way and if any bedside lamps are on when sharing the bed with a partner.
The scent of a room can impact your satisfaction with the surroundings and so it’s useful to get some scented candles which you could light an hour before bedtime. Anything with lavender is an added bonus as this is a scent that triggers a relaxed state.
Often saved for a special evening, music in the bedroom can also be used to help fall asleep. Gentle music that you’d typically hear in a spa, for example, would be a great option to play in your room before going to bed.
There’s nothing worse than being too hot or too cold when it comes to the temperature of the room.
This is something that can easily be controlled, whether it’s a fan to cool down the space or making use of your heating to take the chill off the room.
Make sure to do this before getting into bed so that you don’t fall asleep with any heating or cooling system running on through the night.
What to do if you’re in bed and you can’t sleep
If you’re really struggling to get to sleep even after implementing all of the suggestions above, you may want to consider what you’re doing in the day to help prepare for sleep and what you can do for your body to relax and get it into that sleepy state.
A recent post on how to get ready for bed is a great resource to prepare your mind and body for bed.
- This could be taking a warm shower or bath before bed.
- Going to bed on time every night can also train your body to feel tired at a specific point in the evening.
- It might be taking melatonin supplements to improve the production of melatonin in your body. This hormone is what’s generated in the dark and can help you to fall asleep quicker.
- You may want some bedtime stories in the form of a book or two by your bedside. Reading can be a helpful way to unwind without using your mobile phone.
Insufficient sleep can really mess with your mood, so how you prepare yourself for bed can help you to fall asleep quickly.
Why I cannot sleep at night
There’s also a chance that the reason for you not sleeping is that you may have some sort of sleep disorder. It’s a good idea to approach your family doctor, sleep expert or health care provider, in order to rule out any sleep disorders or to diagnose you with one.
Practice healthy habits in the daytime
There are lots of healthy habits you can introduce to your daytime routine in order to help maintain the harmony of your body clock. A few suggestions are:
- Wake up at the same time every morning with an alarm clock for assistance.
- Avoid caffeine beyond a certain point in the day.
- Do regular exercise and some light physical activities before bed.
- Reduce the amount of time you spend in front of a computer or any blue light device.
- Cut down on what envokes stress and anxiety in your life.
- Get as much natural daylight as possible.
These are just a few suggestions but there are plenty of other ways that you can focus your attention on improving so that you can sleep a little easier at night.
Sleep is a wonderful benefit for your body and the more you can get of it, the better it’s going to be for your general wellbeing.
Transform your bedroom space and the bed itself so that you give yourself the best opportunity of sleeping well on a regular basis.
1 in 3 people struggle with sleep, so make the changes necessary to improve your sleep.