Even though you don’t think about it, your bed plays an important role in your life. After all, you spend one-third of your life sleeping, which means your sleeping habits can have a significant impact on your daily life. If you don’t have a comfortable bed to sleep in at night, your days may be impacted far more than you realise.
Sleep is a crucial function that enables your body and mind to replenish, allowing you to wake up refreshed and aware. A good night’s sleep also helps your body stay healthy and avoid ailments. Your brain cannot function at its full power if it does not get adequate sleep and this can affect your ability to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories. If you think your bed is preventing you from having a good night’s sleep, it’s time to enhance its comfort so you can get a restful slumber and thus, feel better.
So, what do you need to make your bed more comfortable? Below are some great tips to help you transform your bed into the most cloud-like, sleep-inducing wad of fabric you’ve ever slept.
Upgrade Your Sheet Collection
Have you considered that your bedding is what might be affecting the quality of your sleeping? Nowadays, sheet sets are frequently composed of synthetic materials that have been treated with harsh chemicals or additives that might leach into your skin, causing irritation or allergic reactions. If you sleep using such bedding, upgrading to a higher-quality sheet set will undoubtedly improve your sleep.
But what makes a better bed sheet? Natural fabrics, particularly cotton, are a superior choice for keeping you comfortable all night. When it comes to performance, cotton checks all the boxes – it’s absorbent, breathable, soft, and long-lasting. Cotton also has the ability to regulate your body temperature by wicking away sweat and enabling air to move through. With a controlled body temperature, you’ll be cool in the summer and toasty in the winter – and well-rested all year.
Whether you need a queen or king size bedding set or any other size of that matter, you can easily find cotton sheet sets to fit all mattress dimensions. Sleeping on a mattress with a sagging bottom bed sheet can also be very uncomfortable. So, make sure your sheets are the correct size. If you are looking to buy a king size bedding set, don’t settle down for a California king-size bedding because it will fit loosely due to its larger size. Take into account the thickness of your mattress as well. Most bed sheets would fit mattresses up to 40 centimetres deep perfectly. Just keep in mind that not all kinds of cotton are created equal. Higher-quality cotton, like the proven pure Pima cotton, resists fraying and will stay softer, breathable and stronger for longer.
In your search for the best bedding for sleeping, you may also want to consider the different cotton weaves. Cotton weaves describe how the fabric s spun and woven. Crisp, cool, and ultra-breathable percale cotton makes the ideal choice for hot summer nights. On the other hand, cotton flannel’s snug, toasty, plushness may be exactly the thing for winter. And for all-year luxury, nothing beats the silky-smooth feel of wrinkle-resistant sateen cotton sheets.
As for thread count, 400 is considered the gold standard for cotton. Anything above that number could mean one of two things: the manufacturer used thinner threads, resulting in a higher thread count, but not necessarily improved quality — or they twisted two threads together. Regrettably, this does not indicate softer or more durable bed sheets.
Get a Plush Duvet Insert
Although the style of the duvet cover is significant, it is the insert that mostly affects whether you get a comfortable sleeping experience or not. For a luxurious, toasty piece of bedding, choose a fluffy insert packed with European white down. There are many down-alternative duvet inserts available if you’re on a tight budget. Duvet inserts developed with moisture-wicking fibres are available for hot sleepers and will keep you cool throughout the night.
Invest in Supportive Pillows
Your pillow could also be the reason why you’re having difficulties sleeping. A comfortable pillow that also supports your head and neck ergonomically can make all the difference, even if your mattress isn’t up to par. The right pillow thickness for you will be determined by your favourite sleeping position; Thinner pillows are better for back and stomach sleepers, while thicker, more supporting pillows are better for side sleepers.
Make Your Mattress More Comfortable with a Topper
If your mattress is old but you don’t have the budget to replace it at the moment, a quality mattress topper is a great alternative. A mattress topper is an additional layer that sits on top of, or straps onto your mattress. A mattress topper is an extra layer that lays on top of your mattress or straps to it. Its function is to add some padding to the surface to promote comfort and support, and smooth out any bumps.
A topper can also be used to make a firm mattress feel softer. So, if your mattress is new but is too firm that you cannot find a comfortable position when you’re sleeping, a mattress topper will provide an extra cushioning layer to make it more comfortable. Just like mattresses, mattresses toppers are available in different materials including foam, cotton and down, in different sizes and firmness. Make sure you explore your options to find one that best suit your needs.
Don’t Skip the Finishing Touches
Throw pillows are a must for every comfy bed. To add interest to otherwise neutral bedding, choose pillows in a variety of colours and patterns. However, there’s no need to stock up on pillows to the point that the bed itself becomes invisible. To prevent this, there’s a practical rule of thumb designers use. For a queen bed, two pillows on top of each other on either side of the bed are enough. Use 4-6 for a king if you want the bed to feel full. You can utilise the pillow shams and/or cases that came with your sheet set or you can use normal white pillowcases for all of them instead.
A few throw blankets can also contribute to the cosiness of the bed and for warmth in the winter and flair in the summer. For those times when you need a little more warmth, use something soft and comfortable. Chunky knits are ideal for the fall and winter seasons, while lightweight throws are ideal for the summer months. For a more rustic, nostalgic look, roll out your grandmother’s handmade quilt across the bottom of the bed.