Troubled sleep can impact our everyday lives in a variety of negative ways. In addition to adversely affecting one’s job performance, consistently poor sleep quality can turn simple chores, basic social interaction, and other everyday tasks into exhausting ordeals. So, if the quality of your nightly respite has taken a nosedive, it’s in your best interest to take stock of your sleeping space. As you’ll find, there are a number of ways in which your furnishing choices can impact sleep quality.
An uncomfortable mattress or bedding can significantly decrease your quality of slumber. So, if your current mattress, pillows, sheets or comforters are lacking in the comfort department, it’s time to change things up. For example, upgrading to a mattress that’s perfectly suited to your weight, height, and comfort preferences stands to improve your sleep quality overnight – no pun intended.
Furthermore, make sure that the sheets and comforters you use are seasonally appropriate. For instance, using thick, heat-retaining bedding during the summer months will leave you uncomfortably warm, making it virtually impossible to sleep through the night. You’ll also need to ensure that any pillows you sleep with offer comfort and provide sufficient support. People who suffer from back pain, acid reflux, sleep apnea and post-nasal drip would do well to purchase a good wedge pillow.
Too Much Light
It’s easy to see why so many of us get our best rest in total darkness. After all, a pitch-black room is among the best spaces for forgetting about the various stressors of the waking world and allowing your mind to completely relax. However, if you live in an area that receives a significant amount of sunlight or your current window dressings are extremely thin, external light stands to impact the quality of your slumber. This is particularly true during the summer months, when the sun rises much earlier and sets much later than other times of the year.
So, if you’re not fond of getting up with the sun or do most of your sleeping during daylight hours, you’d do well to rethink your choice of bedroom window dressings. Outfitting your bedroom windows with blackout curtains can be an effective – and cost-effective – way to keep external light from invading your sleeping space. These curtains, which are crafted from much thicker materials than standard window dressings, are designed to keep external light to the barest of minimums, enabling you to enjoy a perfectly dark sleeping environment.
If you don’t feel like replacing the window dressings in your bedroom, consider placing blackout screens on the windows. Although these screens tend to be less expensive than blackout curtains – which are readily affordable on almost any budget – they generally don’t last as long. Furthermore, if you go with the stick-on variety, be advised that you probably won’t be able to reattach them to your windows after they’ve been removed. However, they’re so inexpensive that replacing them is unlikely to place a strain on your finances.
Too Much Noise
Excessive noise can be a tremendous hindrance to proper slumber. In fact, some of us are unable to get to sleep if there’s even a small amount of noise in the vicinity. So, if you live in a bustling area with lots of vehicles and/or foot traffic, it stands to reason that external noise may be impacting your quality of sleep.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of ways to prevent noise from interfering with your nightly respite. For starters, you should consider investing in soundproofing curtains. Like blackout curtains, these specialized window dressings are created from much thicker materials than standard drapery, thus enabling them to cancel out a significant amount of exterior noise. Of course, if you’re in the market for a more immediate solution, a good pair of earplugs shouldn’t run you more than $30, with non-reusable options being readily available for just a few bucks.
Persistent sleep issues are among the last things you want to be afflicted with. If left untreated, sleep problems can make every area of your life considerably more difficult. Even everyday tasks that seem like second nature are liable to present frustrating complications in the absence of proper sleep. So, if you’re ready to get to the bottom of your sleep problems, make a point of starting in the bedroom.