Bed is a place where we all spend a lot of time. But did you know that the quality and amount of sleep you manage to get can seriously affect your ability to maintain inter-personal relationships and perform well at work? All the more reason, then, to make sure you get the most out of this simple piece of furniture, by employing the tips below.
First of all, it’s important to keep your bed clean. Whether you suffer from allergies or not, it can easily become unpleasant to sleep in a bed with musty-smelling sheets and if you are allergic to dust or suffer from asthma this can really have an impact on your health. Wash your sheets once a week on sixty degrees, and you’re sure to notice a difference. While it can be a pain to put the sheets back on, especially if you have a very heavy duvet or a very large bed, it is more than worth both the joy of crisp, clean sheets and the repercussions it can have for your physical well-being.
A bed is primarily for sleeping, but you can and should enjoy it for other reasons, too. While watching the television before bed is not recommended if you suffer from insomnia, it can really be a nice way to relax with your partner or on your own. Books, too, are wonderful companions and it is important to have a bedside lamp. This can be helpful simply to ensure you don’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light when you’re already half asleep, but also to allow you to enjoy a bit of reading before you fall asleep. For some people, like myself, this is essential to being able to fall asleep at all, but even if that isn’t the case it can help you unwind and let go of the day-to-day stresses.
Nothing is worse than waking up in the night to find that your sheet has come loose from the mattress. Ensure you use the right size for your mattress, and don’t be afraid to go out and buy a new sheet every now and again. A new set of bed linens can really spruce up the way your bedroom looks, and can also help you enjoy your bed afresh. While there is nothing wrong with mismatched sheets, pillow-cases and duvet covers, the satisfaction of lying down in a well-matched bed is incomparable and can really help you enjoy your time before, during and after sleep more, too.
Finally, keep some essentials by your bedside or within easy reach. A pint glass of fresh water can help you get hydrated, and I personally like keeping a blister pack of Strepsils by the bed, too, as I frequently wake up with a sore throat which precludes talking. A phone charger or iPhone dock are a good idea too as they allow you to charge your phone while you go to sleep and/or use your iPhone as a fun alarm clock set on shuffle.
Your bed is a place where you spend untold hours every day. Don’t be cheap; you can help yourself enjoy it more by spending a small amount of money and maintaining it on a regular basis.