As I awoke to my radio alarm the presenters on the morning programme were chatting about sleep patterns. Prominent politicians and high flying business people often boast that they need only four or five hours sleep; the discussion centred around the likelihood of a person’s judgement being impaired through lack of sleep. How does a body respond to what, in effect, is sleep deprivation? Negatively it seems. Perhaps no surprise. That it can cause long term problems, even shortening your life expectancy, well that was a bit of a shock to me. Most of us know that eight hours is about right and that’s fine when you have a good mattress (buy mattresses from Fantastic Furniture), and a lifestyle that supports this routine.
When I work with clients on bedroom design I look for ways to create a serene environment for them. I seek to remove distractions and enhance relaxation with a pleasant view. It depends on how the room is situated of course. You might be fortunate enough to have a scenic view right outside your window but if not you could create a focal point with a large mural or painting, or use drapes in a fabric pattern that represents the type of landscape you most enjoy.
And here are three tips to consider when buying a new mattress:
- Check your body’s needs for levels of comfort. As I’ve got older I’ve found a softer mattress suits me better. What worked for you ten years ago might not be ideal for your body now. Everyone is different: age, weight, joint health, and many other considerations affect your decision. Try out various types of mattress to find the one that gives you the best support.
- This leads me to the next tip. If you share a bed, and your needs are different from your partner’s, think about buying two single mattresses instead of one large one. I’m not suggesting single beds… where’s the fun in that? But single mattresses snuggle nicely together in the right type of bed frame. This arrangement will provide the perfect recipe for a good night’s sleep.
- And my final tip is to renew your mattress regularly. Retailers tell you this but it’s not just sales-speak. I love to laze in bed when I can, enjoying the luxury of relaxation and the bliss of being comfortable. But no matter how many hours we spend in bed we are, excuse me for saying so, depositing skin cells at an astounding rate. Not only do they litter the house in the form of dust, but they get trapped in bedding. Over time they settle in the mattress. It’s a hygiene thing. Wash sheets regularly and change your mattress as often as you sensibly can.
Fortunately I have no trouble falling asleep. Staying asleep though… well that’s not so easy sometimes. Oh, for a perfect world! But I’m sure you’ll agree, we should do what we can to make our nights the best they can be. Sleep well.
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