Bedroom Fashions Guide
Start with the perfect bed (and bedding).
On average, we spend 2,688 hours a year (or roughly 1/3 of our lives) sleeping. So why then do so many of us neglect to treat ourselves right in the one place that we spend so much time of our time – our bedrooms? Here are some tips on how to relax, unwind, and get a great night’s sleep.
The single most important factor in getting a really good night’s rest is your mattress. Everybody is different and therefore, finds different mattresses more comfortable. Some prefer a softer mattress while others swear by a firmer one. But one thing is for certain, if you’re having trouble waking up, waking up tired, or plagued by body aches, chances are it’s time for a new, quality mattress. Invest in the best mattress you can afford and you’ll be amazed by the improved quality of your sleep!
Not yet ready, or able, to take that costly plunge? Here are a couple of quick fixes that might help for a little while. Slip a piece of plywood between the mattress and box springs of a too soft mattress for increased support. Or, add a mattress topper or feather bed to the top of a too hard mattress for increased softness.
Finally, be sure to top your mattress with a mattress pad that’s right for you. Choose easy-care polyester, breathable, absorbent cotton, eggcrate-type foam, memory foam or the waterproof variety for kids.
The right pillow is also essential for a good night's sleep. Go to "Ahhh…the perfect pillow" to learn more.
You’d be amazed at what a difference high thread count sheets can make on your bed. Indulge yourself in oh-so-soft 250-thread count or higher sheets and you’ll experience the most luxurious night’s sleep you’ve ever had.
|Sheets - Thread count is the number of threads per square inch.|
Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom so why not reflect your personal style and taste in the bedding you choose? It’s the quickest and easiest way to decorate, or re-decorate, your room, and with the wide variety of comforters, duvet covers, bedruffles and decorative pillows out there – it’s also the most fun!
Pamper yourself – it just makes “sense”.
Your bedroom should be a quiet, tranquil place – a place that invokes a feeling of calm when you’re there. We’ve talked about some of the obvious ways to make your room more comfortable (touch and feel), but try employing some of these tips for three of your other senses, and see what a difference a few simple changes can make.
From the color of your bedroom walls to the photographs you have displayed in your room, visual stimuli have a great impact on a soothing sleep experience.
- Choose a soft, muted color for your bedroom such as: green, blue or violet to promote a restful feel.
- Choose soft lighting to invoke a relaxed mood, though be sure and have at least one excellent source of light for reading.
- Choose draperies, blinds or sheers to create the desired degree of darkness that you sleep best in.
From the absence of, to the addition of, the types of sound in your bedroom can make the difference in getting a really good night’s sleep.
- A simple fan in the corner of your bedroom can act as the perfect sound blocking tool.
- Background music is an effective way to drown out unwanted noise and helps some people sleep better.
- Try a sound machine to mask annoying outside sounds, or to add sounds that you may not find in your natural surroundings. Ocean waves in the city, or song birds in the winter are two good examples of such.
A wonderful, inexpensive and often over-looked way to help create an inviting retreat is by adding fragrant smells to your sleeping environment.
- Fresh flowers add a lovely, soft fragrance (and they’re pretty to look at too).
- Candles and incense are also good choices, especially when fresh cut flowers aren’t available.
- Tuck sweet-smelling sachets under pillows for an aromatic sleeping experience.
Remember - some like it hot (and some don’t).
The temperature of your surroundings is critical to your comfort level. There is really no perfect temperature to sleep in, but research has shown that cooler is definitely more restful than warmer. What to do when two people don’t agree on the room temperature? The best solution here is to settle on the cooler temperature, and have one person use a warmer cover. You can also use a dual-control electric blanket or mattress pad to help even the score on this issue.
Another adversary of a good night’s sleep is a drafty room. Window treatments such as draperies are especially helpful in this area, trapping warm or cold air in the room and making it more comfortable. Rugs can also be helpful in insulating rooms with hardwood floors, tile or concrete flooring.