We all know the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. You have more energy so you’re more productive, you’re more creative and you won’t be snapping at your family and co-workers from 2 o’clock on. Even though we know this, most of us aren’t getting anywhere near enough sleep. Too much work, too much stress, too much caffeine, even too much Facebook after ten can leaving you tossing and turning instead of snoozing.
Tired of being tired? Here are the 4 essential items you need to turn your sleepless nights into a cozy and relaxing experience.
- A Good Pair of Pajamas
Toss the oversized t-shirt and the pants with the stretched out elastic and buy yourself an amazing pair of pajamas (or two). The Ultrasoft pajama sets from LLBean are made of a brushed cotton that feels like a baby blanket against your skin. Get the short sleeve top for summer or with the longsleeve Henley for winter.
If you want something with a bit more edge, check out the new sleep rompers from Victoria’s Secret. Low cut and lacey, this romper is made with a bit of spandex so it moves with you, not against you when you sleep.
- Egyptian Cotton Sheets
Egyptian Cotton sheets with a high thread count (the higher the count, the softer the sheet) will cost more than most but when you divide the cost by the daily usage, it’s not so bad. The Wamsutta® 620-Thread-Count from Bed Bath and Beyond is an excellent choice. Soft but crisp, it’ll hold up to multiple washings and leave you feeling cool and clean.
- The Perfect Pillow (or Two)
This is another area where you don’t want to skimp. Choose a firm pillow that bounces back when you press down. Pick one that feels full but light and reject any pillows that sag on the ends when you hold them in the middle. If you have allergies, pay attention to the fill and if you can afford it, buy a second pillow so you can have all the support you need while you sleep.
- The Mattress Matters
The most important part of a good night’s sleep is your mattress. How old is the one you’re currently sleeping on? You probably don’t even realize how bad it is because you’re so used to the lumps and slumps.
Get thyself to a mattress store and don’t feel weird about trying each one out. You’re going to spend a large portion of the next few years in bed, so it’s important to get the best fit for you and your body. There’s no scientific evidence that proves one type of mattress is better for you than another, so start with in-between; not too soft and not too hard. The goal is to find one that cradles your body so you don’t feel the need to shift and roll over and over again during the night. If you’re sharing your bed, a memory foam mattress is more likely to keep things calm on your side even if your partner is tossing and turning.
Even though we spend about a third of everyday in bed, we all have a tendency to cut costs on the bedroom essentials. Here’s a better option, use a coupon code or deal site to monitor prices so you can get afford the best by paying a lot less.