Quick answer, it’s not just about your mattress…
Lately, I haven’t been sleeping well. Blame it on the combination of peak allergy season + being 5 1/2 months preggers, or just blame my bedroom. This lack of sleep inspired me to research what can be done to zen out our bedroom; you know so that I can sleep longer than 3 hours. As I suspected, creating a more tranquil sleep environment helps increase stress release, relaxation, and aids better sleep. Sign me up for all of that!
Most sleep experts recommend: keeping your bedroom clutter free and clean, buying 100% cotton sheets, trying out Aromatherapy, and investing in quality sleep clothing. There is no mention at all of investing in a high priced, trendy mattress or bed frame.
Keep It Clean
Your bed sheets should be your priority when you’re in cleaning mode. This is because bed sheets should be removed and washed every 7 days! This isn’t just an Italian mother cleaning obsession. There is science behind it, gross science. Your bed sheets collect sweat, body oils, saliva, outside dirt, sexual fluids (yes I went there) and even fecal matter. According to experts, if you have a cut or scratch on your body you risk getting an infection from dirty bed sheets.
Still, 1 in 20 of us washes our sheets only every four weeks. Not only should you change them more frequently, there is a particular recommended process. Microbiologists recommend washing your sheets in warm to hot water, and hanging to dry, to kill most microorganisms. It is also recommended to run a hot iron over your pillow cases, but I’ll admit that is too much, even for me.
Invest In Good Sheets
For me, this has to be the most difficult part about decorating a bedroom. For a husband and wife to agree on bedding there has to be a certain level of masculinity present and for some reason a lot of the color blue! I spent many, many months choosing our bedding. I read one popular interior designers recommendation to try out an entirely white bedding set. Sheets, pillows down filled blanket, cover and all. There is no way that would fly in our household, with a toddler and two large dogs constantly running through our room and jumping on our bed. It didn’t seem practical and I’m not sure how many households that would work for.
On the other hand, I have seen some photos of some bloggers bedrooms and let’s just say these husbands have no say in what goes down in their own home. No man wants to sleep on a bed that looks like a cupcake. The best compromise and my suggestion after years of struggle in this department, pick something with blue in it (yes their favorite color) but also with white and gray. Recently I got word that Ted Baker has released their luxury bedding collection in Canada. Available at Hudson’s Bay the collection includes comforter sets, coverlets, and decorative pillows. The designs are bold floral prints, geometric and textured patterns, but are done in such a cool way I don’t think your husband would mind. I can see why sheets and comfortors of this quality, and that are this chic, would aid in better sleep.
So once you’ve chosen some pretty bedding (that your partner approves of) and you vow to wash it regularly, the next step is to get yourself a pair of PJs. Most adults sleep in sweat pants, the t-shirt they wore all day, their husband’s t-shirts (guilty), old PJs that are tight and restrictive, or just plain ol’ naked. I’m guilty of a few of these actually. But one thing I am doing right is using aromatherapy to fall asleep. This diffuser from Saje Natural Wellness is my favorite way to experience aroma therapy in my home.
Have you already adopted some of these tips for a more zen sleep environment? Do they work? Do you have your own tips and tricks?