If you’re struggling to get a good night’s rest, you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults does not get enough sleep, despite quality sleep being critical for good health. The necessary changes to get more sleep can be hard to stick to but aren’t complicated. The CDC says that lifestyle changes can improve sleeping ranging from removing televisions and turning off mobile devices in the bedroom.
But beyond tips like turning off your computer and decompressing at night with a good book, your bed can also impact your quality of sleep. In order to maximize your comfort and rest in the bedroom, you also need to figure out how to transform your bed into a restful oasis and make it more comfortable. Here’s how to get started.
How to Make Your Bed More Comfortable
Choose the right mattress
If you’re waking up every morning with aches and pains or just tossing and turning all night, your mattress might be to blame. Look for a mattress that optimizes your comfort level and supports your body’s pain points, whether it’s an ultra firm or a memory foam option that adjusts to your body and can help take pressure off your joints. But if you’re not sure you need a new mattress, you can opt for a mattress pad topper that adds the memory foam comfort or softness you’re looking for while protecting your mattress at the same time. Top it all off with a plush down comforter or hypo-allergenic alternative to envelop yourself in comfort.
Ditch the old pillows
Overlooking the age and quality of your pillows can make a negative impact your health. Sleeping on an old pillow may not seem like a big deal, but actually collects body oil, dead skin cells and unsightly hair that can become a breeding ground for dust mites and allergens. The National Sleep Foundation recommends changing your pillow out every one to two years. A new, quality pillow can also help support your neck and reduce pain and stiffness, and over time can start to sag and lead to a poor night’s rest.
Up your thread count
Cotton sheets tend to be popular choices for their soft durability and ability to breathe well throughout the night. They’re also usually suitable for those with sensitive skin. Although thread count isn’t everything, good sheets should range in the 200 to 800 mark. Play it safe and opt for comfortable sheets somewhere in between with double ply fabrics that maximize your comfort and softness.
Calm your senses
Once you’ve settled on all of the essentials for your bed, it’s time to indulge your senses to enhance your relaxation. Spray your bed with lavender essential oils and diffuse some frankincense nearby to create a positively relaxing and tranquil environment for a good night’s sleep.
A comfortable bed is totally worth the investment when it aids in improving your sleep, and consequently your well-being and productivity. But the real key is holding your new bed and calming nighttime routine sacred with an unbreakable focus on getting a good night’s rest.