A good night’s sleep can make the difference between waking up ready to take on the world or wishing you could make the world completely disappear. While there are many factors that contribute to the kind of rest we get – some beyond our control – there are ways anyone can ensure they have the best chance of an undisturbed slumber. Many of the things listed below are all about the bedroom environment itself and how it can be set up to be conducive to the best rest possible.
4 ESSENTIALS FOR A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
1. Lavender Essential Oils
Pure lavender oil has been proven to facilitate sleep, easing anxiety and insomnia and thus making it a great addition to the bedroom. How you choose to administer it is up to you. Some people add a few drops onto a handkerchief and place under their pillow; others release the oil into the air by mixing it with water in an ioniser diffuser.
One thing is for sure: the benefits of aromatherapy should not be overlooked in the pursuit of a perfect night’s sleep.
2. A Good Mattress And Pillow
The bed is undoubtedly the most important part of ensuring quality sleep. The most important sleeping and bedding products are the mattress and pillow.
A good mattress should be firm for lumbar support while still being comfortable. If a mattress is older, chances are the box springs will have worn unevenly with parts of the mattress higher than others, causing restlessness as you move around to get comfortable.
Quality pillows can help provide the sufficient density and height needed so the neck is supported. The density and height of a pillow will depend on whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back.
3. A Heavy Quilt Or Blanket
Heavy or weighted blankets not only help sleeping in cooler temperatures; studies have shown they also assist with calming nerves and helping us feel secure, which can boost relaxation and feelings of safety.
Despite heavier blankets being important to help us feel secure in our beds, the best blanket or quilt for a good night’s sleep should suit the season, avoiding keeping you too warm or too cool. A good quilt will also be hypoallergenic for those prone to allergies and asthma.
4. A Fan Or An Open Window
Air circulation is another important factor in creating an environment that facilitates sleep. For many people, a fan will help – especially during the warmer months. The consistent whirring sound of a fan can also be beneficial as a form of ‘white noise’ blocking other ambient sounds.
For those who prefer to not have a fan blowing on them, opening a window or moving the bed closer to a window or door can also help provide the right temperature and environment for sleep.
What other factors are essential for the perfect night’s sleep? What environment do you best sleep in? Share your tips and advice with a comment! Your advice might just be the answer another reader needs to get a good night sleep.