If getting a good night’s sleep is becoming a bit of a challenge, it could well be time to give your room a makeover and by considering a few simple bedroom hacks you could soon have yourself a shiny new sleep cave.
12-July 2007, Source: Mind Body Green (edited for content)
Isn’t it ironic that we go on (and on) about how much we love sleep, and yet never seem to get enough? Or maybe you’re one of those industrious individuals who wishes sleep wasn’t necessary to our health and well-being because you’d rather be doing literally anything else. Regardless of where you fall on the slumber spectrum, sleep affects your life. We all know it, and yet many of us—one in three, in fact—aren’t getting enough. Whether it’s due to stress, the summer heat, or your cute-but-needy pup, it seems like there’s always something.
The bad news? It might be time to give your room a makeover. The good news? There’s quite a few simple bedroom hacks you can make that’ll have a positive effect on your rest. Here’s exactly what you need to turn your bedroom into a sweet sleep cave.
1. Invest In A New Mattress
Investing in a new mattress could well be one of the most important bedroom hacks you could make. A pressure-relieving, memory-foam Casper mattress is actually designed to keep you cool. Fun fact: temperature is one of the most important factors to consider when falling (and staying) asleep. According to sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60 to 67 degrees. Instead of trapping heat like more-traditional memory-foam mattresses, Casper’s layered foam helps absorb and move heat away from the body, so you’re primed for sleep whenever you’re on it.
2. Himalayan salt lamp
There isn’t much research confirming or denying the health benefits of salt lamps specifically, but exposure to salt has been known to help asthmatics and others with respiratory issues. Sure, a small lamp may be more decorative than therapeutic. But their pink glow is so pretty and zen-inducing, you’ll want one in your sweet sleep cave whether you have asthma or not.
3. White-noise machine
One (or even two) of these machines can make all the difference in the world, especially when you live on a noisy street. They produce sound that’s part whirr, part hum, and part box fan that can be adjusted in pitch, tone, and volume.
4. Supportive pillows
Nothing is worse than tossing and turning due to a subpar pillow situation. You know the one: pancake-pillow syndrome. The stuffing is so old and packed down, it might as well be a flapjack. Having a pillow that supports your neck and head with a little give is important for your cervical spine, even if you prefer a flatter pillow. Get some inspiration from Casper.
5. Air filter
Did you know that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air? It’s true, but there’s a remedy. The Rabbit air filter is a tried-and-true winner and arguably the best in its category. It’ll keep the air in your room circulating, fresh, and free of toxins and allergens, making for a peaceful, restorative rest.
6. Room spray
We like this SENSE healing mist, with an illustration of the moon on its label. There are small amethyst crystals inside the bottle, and the ingredients are nontoxic, harvested from sustainable sources, and have a healing vibe. Four to five spritzes over your mattress while you’re getting ready for bed is all it takes.
7. Plants on plants
Plants help filter the air in your home and will lift the spirits of any room. Here’s a definitive list of indoor plants that do a stellar job of purifying the air. Bonus? No green thumb needed—these plants are survivors!
8. A bed for your dog (or cat)
If Fido wakes you up before it’s time to get up, get him (or her!) a bed of his own. Seriously! Casper studied dog habits like “faux digging,” a love of chomping, and curling up in a ball before designing the dog bed, which might be why it’s a crowd favorite on their website. It’s great for pet owners, too, because it’s easy to wash. Plus, you and Fido will be twinning, and that’s simply priceless.
9. Sheets that breathe
Temperature is one of the most important factors in falling asleep and staying asleep. Too often, especially in the summer, we’re overheated when we head to bed. If you want to supplement your new memory-foam mattress, consider Casper’s percale sheets. The sheets are made with super-soft Supima cotton—the most durable cotton you can find—in a percale weave, which makes the sheets ultra-breathable. Plus, Casper’s cotton is sourced directly from California. Go local! Stay cool.
Article and image source: Mind Body Green