Quality sleep is necessary for proper function and productivity throughout the day. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a third of the adult population fail to get the sleep they need each night. Longer work schedules and more responsibility often contribute to poor sleeping habits, but the furniture and fixtures that outfit your bedroom also play an equally important role.
Before you outfit your bedroom, learn some sleep-promoting tips that can help you get better rest.
1. Mattress Expiration
A quality mattress lasts about eight years, on average. However, the age of a mattress isn't the only quality that determines the need for replacement. Learn some telltale signs that show a mattress may be beyond its expiration.
Always pay attention to the surface of your mattress. Areas of visible sagging mean that its foam or spring system is worn. As a result, the mattress will offer very little support. A lack of support will keep you tossing and turning all night.
Changes in sleeping practices also influence a mattress's lifespan. Consider a newly married couple that decides to keep the wife's old bed, for instance. Assume she has a mattress with a thin layer of support to handle her slim build.
Also, assume her husband is heavier than her. The thin support system won't be enough to keep him comfortable and support his spine. A mattress with thicker support will offer greater comfort. Replace your mattress whenever comfort becomes an issue.
2. Bed Placement
The journey to restful sleep begins with relaxation, and not just in terms of a luxurious mattress. The placement of your bed also speaks to the level of relaxation you achieve. Consider a sleeper who is sensitive to light, for instance. A bed positioned in front of a large window might not work for this kind of sleeper.
Some of the light from the sun would inevitably peer through the slats of the blinds and beam onto the person's face, which could wake them. A better option would be to position the bed further from the window. If space is limited, choose a bed with a tall upholstered or wood headboard to serve as a shield.
For parents of young children, promote relaxation by positioning the bed to face the door. A clear view of the hallway allows parents to check on their children throughout the night. A bed positioned opposite the door requires the parent to get out of bed to glance down the hall, which would disrupt their sleep.
3. Room Clutter
Disorganization and chaos affect your sleep quality and elevate your risk for developing a sleep disorder. Discourage clutter in your bedroom by choosing pieces with ample storage. Invest in dressers and armoires that offer plenty of space to house all your necessary items. A bed with underside drawers is another excellent option for adding storage to your bedroom.
You should also look for extra storage space when you select a new bedside table. A lamp and alarm clock are about all you want to store on top of the table. Too much more causes clutter.
Clutter induces stress because the brain processes clutter as unfinished work. If you glance over at a cluttered nightstand in the middle of the night, your mind could go straight into work mode. A bedside table with a shelf for quick access items and a drawer for personal items is a great option.
More restful nights are yours with the right bedroom design. Whether it's time to replace your mattress or you need a bedside table with more storage options, Stanley's Get It Today has you covered. Stop by and browse our selection of bedroom furniture to outfit your home.