For most adults (definitely me), the daily grind of life is full of stress, long hours, and exhausting tasks that can make us simply want to curl up and avoid the world… at least for the hours we’re allowed! In terms of bedtime, there are of course ways to make it more relaxing for the kids, but I don’t need to tell you about the benefits of proper sleep for adults. We all know how lovely and refreshed we feel after 6-8 hours of rest, but sometimes there are many factors in our bedroom that prevent us from a delightful 40 winks. Whether it’s back pain, too much light, or noisy neighbours, I’m here to tell you how your bedroom can be improved.
Sort out your mattress
When was the last time you remember saying “I just love back pain”? An unlikely situation if there ever was one, yet so many of us silently put up with an aching back day by day, and hope a bit of a stretch and a brisk walk will cure all. How about you leave the dreaming for when you’re asleep okay? Memory foam mattresses are being hailed as a great choice for aching bodies, but finding the right, high-quality sleeping materials is easier than you might think. Companies themselves provide many useful reviews of their products on their websites, so your new favourite mattress could be right under your nose. Putting in the time, money, and effort into choosing a memory foam option can pay back tenfold with less back pain.
Bonus tip: Spinning your mattress 180 degrees every month can help keep it in a good shape over the course of the recommended 10-year lifespan.
Pick the right colour
You might scoff at the mention of a colour being able to affect your sleep, but there is real understanding behind it. Blue is said to be the most favourable choice when it comes to giving off a calming presence, whilst green, pale yellow, and silver are also great options. However, purple or red are told to be the worst colours to choose for your bedroom.
Hang thick curtains
Just like a vampire, sunlight is the enemy for sleepers. Our body clock is programmed to awaken once light is in the room, so making sure you select dark thick curtains for your bedroom is paramount; wearing an eye mask can also assist in this regard. Similarly, getting off your phone or laptop (yes, I know it’s hard) at least an hour before bed can help your body wind down and prepare for sleep.
Block out the sound
Any sort of noise – even if it’s from a loving partner – can be incredibly detrimental to quality sleep. Whilst you can shut your eyes to avoid things you don’t want to see, shutting your ears to things you don’t want to hear isn’t so easy, until now. Earplugs are nothing new of course, but ones that play calming white noise, effortlessly block out external sounds, and can be synchronised to your smartphone so you don’t miss your alarm? That’s what I heard about these innovative earplugs. From a company called Hush, these are still a few months away from being released to the public, but look like they could revolutionise sleep for those who find noise to be the biggest obstacle to a good night’s rest. No more staring at the ceiling because of a snoring partner!