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.

 

 

The Purpose of Pillows

There are some components of a well-made bed that are associated with decor, and others that are associate with a good night’s sleep. There are obvious ones like sheets and comforters that provide warmth and a sense of security and protection. Other accoutrements such as bed-skirts or dust ruffles have a more practical purpose; namely to deflect dust particles that often gather in the space underneath the bed.

Do pillows have a real purpose in the overall sleep equation, or are they just another decorative touch? Do you even need a pillow to experience rest-full sleep? The answer may surprise you.

Pillows were designed to keep your head elevated and your neck in a neutral position. Together, you can sleep much more soundly. They have a considerable effect on the quality of sleep you get, and directly affect how rested and alert you feel in the morning.

Without a pillow, depending on how you sleep, you may wake up with head, neck, or back aches as well as temporary numbness to certain extremities. Pillows are designed to keep your spine straight while you sleep so without them there can be some serious discomfort and sleep problems.

Depending on what position you typically fall asleep in, you might need a particular type of pillow. For those of you who like to sleep on your back, you will probably prefer a pillow that is a bit thinner than normal since your neck doesn’t need much elevation to keep your back straight. For the side sleepers out there, you will probably need a thicker, firmer pillow since there is plenty of room needed to keep your head in the proper position. If you are someone who sleeps on their stomach, you probably need a very thin pillow or no pillow at all. The position we tend to doze off in is important to consider when shopping for the right pillow since it may be the difference between a normal nights sleep and a great nights sleep.

There are a wide variety of pillow types, the difference between them being the material with which they are stuffed. For back-sleepers the best choices are memory foam, kapok (from the soft fibers of the ceiba tree), or polyester fiberfill due to their softness and lack of resistance. There are many options for those who prefer to sleep on their side such as natural latex, organic wool, buckwheat as well as memory foam and polyester fiberfill since all of which are thick or supportive enough to keep your head properly elevated. Down feather or organic cotton pillows are best suited for stomach sleepers since they are very maleable and soft.

It is a good idea to wash you pillow case often and replace your pillow at least once every two years. Pillows will begin to gather all kinds of nasty things like mildew, dust mites, and mold which can lead to allergic reactions and discomfort if they go unwashed and do not get replaced. If you are sleeping on an old pillow, or even just a pillow that isn’t right for your sleeping style, you may be suffering from minor exhaustion.

Next time you are shopping for a pillow, think twice before just pulling one at random off of the shelf. Consider how you prefer to sleep and make an informed decision so you can optimize the quality of sleep you are getting nightly. Besides a comfortable mattress, a pillow that meets your particular needs can be the best tool to be as rested as you can be.