Get Your Bed Winter-Ready

W-i-n-t-e-r, now say it with me. Winter. Yes, the season is upon us for bone-chilling days. Though the penetrating frost may not stick around the whole duration, Houstonians are familiar with the fickle weather that just can’t seem to make up it’s mind. When the radiating heat subsides and the nights get longer, that’s your cue to trade in your thin bedding for something a little more cozy and insulating.

The goal here is to not only provide you with a warm and restful bed, but to also, hopefully (fingers crossed) save some green when it comes to your energy bill. Anyone can turn up the heat, but it is time to think about making your room more comfortable by keeping the cold out and the heat in with these tips that can help you warm up your bedroom without breaking the bank:

First Layer:

The key to being “snug as a bug in a rug” is starting with a good mattress pad. Now, considering your geographical location, one night you might experience the bleak chill from good ol’ Mother Nature, and the next you may break out in a sweat and want to turn the fan on. With that being said, a wool mattress pad is a great way to go. Wool repels dust mites and other allergens, making it ideal for year-round snoozes. Wool also insulates to keep you warm on cold nights, and keeps out moisture to keep you nice and cool in the southern heat.

Change Your Linens:

When it comes to staying warm this season, don’t overlook the role your sheets play. We all know the comfort of falling asleep in our favorite fleece hoody. You can have that same satisfaction without the restrictions with a set of performance fleece sheets to bundle up in. Another luxurious alternative are super-soft Microplush sheets. They are inevitably comfortable and keep you nice and warm on the coolest of nights.

Layer Up:

As you sleep your body temperature drops, therefore you will need to be cool enough to fall asleep, yet comfortably warm enough that you are not interrupting your sleep-cycle by waking up and reaching for more blankets. Be sure to trade out your light, summer quilt for a wool, down, or synthetic filled comforter. You can even trade your cotton duvet cover for a flannel, or microplush one to warm up your sleeping quarters immediately. Don’t just add another blanket atop of your current one, it will just add weight and not warmth.

Finishing Touches:

Now that your bed is coming together and I’m sure it’s inviting you on in for a nap right about now, there’s one more thing that some don’t pay much mind to: Pillows. There’s nothing like being encompassed in a warm bed with a plethora of puffy pillows. Throw those puppies in the washing machine, and tumble dry them on low with tennis balls to fluff them right back up. Once you have your pillows dressed and organized on your bed, you can pick a cozy throw blanket to keep at the foot of the bed. This is a nice finishing touch and convenience for those lounging days or night when you don’t want to fully submerge yourself in the comfort of your bedding while watching tv or reading a book.

A good night’s rest is vital when it comes to your health and well-being. While winterizing your bedding, it is always a good idea to keep up with the age and condition of your mattress. Anyone who has been deprived of a good night’s sleep due to an old, warn out mattress will tell you, there is literally nothing like quality rest. At Mattresses For Less they have thousands of trusted name-brands to chose from, and shipping available, so you can make tonight’s sleep the best yet.

 

 

Chill Out, Rest Easy

As you narrow down the factors to resolve your slumber mystery, you may realize your health is the common denominator behind achieving a good nights rest. Choosing the appropriate room temperature to sleep in can affect your well-being and sleep habits more than you think. Temperature can have a big impact on your health and general productivity, so it is wise to pay attention to the thermostat.

Your body temperature follows a natural pattern of highs and lows during a 24 hour period. During this occurrence, peak temperature takes place in the late afternoon and reaches a minimum a few hours prior to awakening. When you go to sleep, your brain sets a target temperature for your body to achieve, if conditions fall too far below or above it can lead to restlessness. Sleeping conditions should be slightly cooler than normal; approximately around 65-72 F range is ideal for slumber. Cooler “climate” helps assist the decrease in body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. Studies show that temperature regulation plays a role in many cases of chronic insomnia. For instance, insomniacs tend to have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers just before bed, which leads to heightened struggle to fall asleep as the body tries to reset its internal thermostat.

Sleep is typically initiated during the time when body temperature starts to rapidly drop due to increased heat loss. If you are in a cooler room, your body has an easier time adjusting it’s internal thermostat to promote the proper temperature that invites sleep.Think of your bedroom as a place of hibernation,it should be cool, quiet and dark when trying to achieve quality rest.

 

Creating an atmosphere that encourages sleep is extremely important such as keeping electronics away from your sleeping space and using your room for sleep only. (Not for studying or work) Alongside your sleep atmosphere, one of the most important items that is a necessity in your bunk room is your mattress. Invest in a heavenly sleeping atmosphere by stopping by Mattresses For Less and finding the perfect mattress for you. Don’t let your old, worn out mattress be the last thing that is holding you back from the rest your body needs.