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The Steps to Having a Bed That’s an Oasis

When you do it right, buying a new bed can be one of the best purchases you make. Part of the reason for that is because so many people are sleeping on beds that are past their prime. It usually takes a fair amount of time before we realize that the reason we aren’t sleeping well or that we are waking up feeling stiff and sore is because our bed is no longer giving us the support that we need. And even after the realization hits, it often takes a while longer before we actually make the decision to do the research and go out there and spend the money. A high quality bed can represent a big chunk of change, so it’s no wonder that we tend to be hesitant. But when you take the time to do it right and find the mattress that is the perfect fit for you, you’ll realize what a wise and worthwhile investment it is.

If you’re not sure whether you need a new mattress or not, ask yourself these questions and see how many of them you can answer yes to:

• Do you love climbing into your bed each night? • Do you feel as though your bed is cradling and supporting every muscle of your body? • When your skin touches your sheets, do you love the way that it feels? • Does your pillow give you a sense of support and softness at the same time? • When you’re in your bed do you have a sense of overall wellbeing? • Do you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day?

 A bed isn’t something to skimp on. It’s fine to comparison shop to get the best deal, but make sure that you buy the best bed you can afford, because you’re going to spend one third of every day on it for the next several years. It’s worth the investment. A bed isn’t something to skimp on. It’s fine to comparison shop to get the best deal, but make sure that you buy the best bed you can afford, because you’re going to spend one third of every day on it for the next several years. It’s worth the investment.

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you don’t need to read any further – you’re in great shape in the bed and bedding department. But if your responses were less than positive then there’s a good chance that at the very least it’s time to invest in some new sheets and pillows, and possibly that it’s time to purchase a new mattress.

Here are some of the most important things for you to consider as you prepare for this major purchase:

• A bed isn’t something to skimp on. It’s fine to comparison shop to get the best deal, but make sure that you buy the best bed you can afford, because you’re going to spend one third of every day on it for the next several years. It’s worth the investment. • Don’t rush in to a purchase without doing your research. There is a lot of information online and a lot to be learned when you go into the store. Don’t let either stand alone … learn what you can from the internet, read reviews and Consumer Reports for ratings on both mattresses and stores, and then see what they have to say in the stores that you trust the most. • Spend time actually lying on the beds. You can’t buy a bed from a picture and a review. You have to actually go into a store and see how a bed feels, even if you’re going to end up buying it from a website. If you sleep with a spouse or partner, make sure that you both go in and try out the bed together. Don’t feel uncomfortable – it’s what the beds are there for. • Go ahead and compare prices. There are plenty of great deals available in the stores as well as on the web. Once you know what you’re looking for, comparison shop to get the best deal you can, and remember that price isn’t the only thing to look for. You also want to find a good warranty and a reasonable return policy. • Remember the bedding. The comfort that you can get from a great mattress isn’t complete without a good pillow that is appropriate for the position that you sleep in, and having high quality sheets can make a big difference in the level of comfort and relaxation that you get, beyond the support that the mattress itself provides. • If you don’t get it right the first time, keep trying. If your mattress comes with a return policy and you find that you selected something that is too firm or too soft, go ahead and make the exchange in order to find what works best for you. The same is true for the bedding that you choose. You want to find a combination of pillows, sheets and blankets that provide you with comfort, so if your comforter is too heavy or your blankets aren’t keeping you warm enough, keep fixing it until you get it right.

When you’re done with all of the tactile things that make your bedroom comfortable, you can turn to your other four senses and make sure that they are addressed too. All of them contribute to your ability to relax and the sense that your bedroom is an oasis to which you escape from the day’s troubles, so don’t forget the following ways that you can make it seem like your own personal Shangri La:

• Smell – Both lavender and chamomile have been shown to help aid relaxation and provide a sense of calm, and the two scents are available in a variety of products, including sprays that can be used on sheets and pillow cases, neck pillows that can be warmed in a microwave in order to enhance the aroma, and essential oils that can be rubbed onto the skin or inhaled. • Hearing – Using a white noise machine can block disruptive sounds from outside of the bedroom or simply instill a sense of drowsiness on its own. • Sight – Use room darkening shades to block out unwanted light from outside, and decorate your bedroom in calming tones. • Taste – Keep the foods that you eat before going to bed light and healthy. Avoid fried or heavy foods that may make digestion more difficult and keep you awake at night.

The more comfortable and relaxing your nighttime environment, the better you will sleep and the healthier you will be.

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