These days we need our immune system to be in the best shape it’s ever been, to give ourselves and those we love a better chance against COVID-19.
That is a huge challenge, given how hectic most of our days are. The good thing, though, is that COVID has made us more conscious of our health—which means we are more open to adopting healthy habits we should have embraced long before.
Our sleeping habit is one of those habits that need our attention right now. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should log seven to nine hours a night; however, most of us are notorious at sacrificing sleep for the sake of work—as well as fun, come to think of it.
While we definitely need to figure out how to keep work from taking over our lives, we may have overlooked something that has the biggest impact on the quality of sleep we get night after night: the state our bedroom is in.
The key to setting up a bedroom that’s perfect for sleep is a serene, relaxing mood. Here are the best ways to achieve that:
1. Clear the clutter.
This is your first order of business. By the time you’re done, you should no longer be seeing discarded socks, items of clothing piled on a chair, dirty mugs and glasses, magazines and books strewn about, and so on. If the space under your bed is available, it’s about time to put it to good use for storing things that you would otherwise easily leave here and there
2. Remove, and keep away, everything work-related.
Most of us almost always don’t think twice about taking work to bed with us—whether in the form of our laptops and desktop computers, tablets, or phones, hard-copy files, etc. The more we do this, the more we make it hard to wind down and relax and prepare for sleep.
3. Get your lighting right.
Be sure that your bedroom lights are not too bright. Naturally, you need to turn off your bedside lamps and leave only dim lights on. Bright lights signal your biological clock to wake up and are likely to throw off your sleep cycle and affect the overall quality of your sleep.
4. Set the right temperature.
The Sleep Foundation says the best bedroom temperature for sleep is approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius). This doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, but most doctors recommend keeping the thermostat set between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 to 19.4 degrees Celsius) to ensure the most comfortable sleep.
5. Invest in a comfortable bed.
A poor-quality bed sabotages your chances of getting quality sleep. Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, says the mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position—that is, your spine should have a nice curvature, and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head should be supported in proper alignment. You know you have a great-quality mattress when you feel no pressure and wake up in the morning sans lower back pain.
Oh, and be sure to make your bed every morning; it pays to come home to an inviting bed.
6. Choose the best sheets and pillows.
Once you’ve got the right bed, you need to make sure your sheets are just perfect. The best sheets, however, may not always have to depend on thread count. Tests conducted by Good Housekeeping showed that “300 to 500 is a sweet spot for softness and strength.” Meanwhile, you can’t go wrong with 100% cotton, which is soft and affordable.
Cotton is also your best bet for pillows. After that, you need to consider fill/fiber, fill weight, fill quality, size, and fabric. And don’t forget the relationship between mattress and pillows: for a firm mattress, get a softer pillow since it will be lying on a firm surface and has to adapt to the pressure of the weight of your head in your starting sleep position. For a softer mattress, a firmer pillow will do a better job of keeping your head and neck aligned.
This guide from The Sleep Doctor should help ensure you spend your money on a worthwhile purchase.
If you’ve just moved into your new home, don’t forget to set your bedroom (and the children’s) up to help you get the best-quality sleep.
If you’re still looking for the right home, take into the consideration the possibilities offered by your prospect houses’ bedrooms for creating a perfect space for sleep.
If you’re looking to sell your home, pay extra attention to making the bedroom convey comfort and promise restful sleep for the prospective new owners.
Contact Team Clancy today to talk about your buying or selling plans.