How Bedding Can Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep

There are few things in life that are better than waking up on a beautiful sunny day after a great night’s sleep. How often does that happen for you — once a week? Maybe a couple of times a month? If you’re struggling to think of the last time you had a restful snooze, then you might want to think about how your bedding is affecting your sleep.

Many of us need to have specific surroundings to help us sleep well, so we might have already taken care of our daily routine to help us prepare for our nightly slumber. If you haven’t given your bed (and your bedding) a second thought recently, then here are some suggestions on what you could do.

Think About Your Sheets
You may know that having your bedroom at the correct temperature is important to get a good night’s sleep, but it’s also recommended that you choose natural, breathable fabrics for your sheets (as well as your nightwear, such as pyjamas). You should also think about how often you wash your sheets, too: washing them once a week will rid them of any trapped dust that may be making them hotter.

Check Your Pillow
The perfect pillow should keep your spine and neck in a straight line. This will help you to avoid any tension or cramps that can be stopping you from getting to sleep. Ask someone such as your spouse to check how your head and neck is aligned when you’re in the start sleeping position; if your neck is flexed back or raised, then you should think about getting a pillow that lets you sleep in a better position.

There are many different types of pillow fillings from which to choose, including goose down. Pillows from Hamvay-Lang, for example, use 800 fill power white Hungarian goose down, with sateen shells that look and feel great. These shells also include silver, which inhibits bacterial and fungal growth.

How’s Your Mattress?
The wrong mattress — or one that’s too old — could be causing you more than just pain in your neck or lower back. One study found that new beds led to a reduction in stress, possibly because of increased sleep quality and decreased pain associated with a firmer set-up.

You could also be allergic to dust mites, which feed on the dead skin cells we shed naturally — and which are also found on, and in, your bed. If these are a problem, then clean your mattress with a vacuum cleaner. You may also need to get a new mattress if there are obvious signs it’s time to replace it, such as a spring sticking into the small of your back. Yet if you aren’t sleeping as well as you used to (and you sleep better when you’re away from home), then it might be time to get a new one.

You should spend time testing your mattress before making a purchase. That’s because there’s no standard definition of what’s a firm or soft mattress. What’s firm to one person, may be soft to another.