Getting the right amount of sleep is vital for keeping our bodies fighting fit. It can also have far reaching effects on our daily lives, from how we deal with stress and anxiety
to our performance at work
. However, when you aren't getting enough rest and you can't pin point the cause, it can be incredibly frustrating to deal with.
If you're having trouble drifting off and don't know why, it can be beneficial to look at your bedroom first, according to the Sleep Council. Many people don’t realise how much the state of their environment can impact the quality of their rest, and it could well be the case that it is the major disruptor of your sleep without you even realising.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget to invest in many of the quick fixes for their bedroom, such as a new bed or expensive blackout blinds. To help you out, we've put together a list of five wallet-friendly bedroom upgrades you can make to improve the quality of your sleep.
Improve comfort and support with a mattress topper
Trying to drift off on a worn-out, aged mattress can be the reason you spend all night tossing and turning, trying to find the right sleeping position. It can also leave you waking up from whatever shut-eye you've managed to get with a bad back and aching limbs.
The Better Sleep Council recommends
switching mattress every seven to ten years, but what happens when you just don't have the budget to invest in a quality product? Well, it can often be worth giving your old one a new lease of life with a mattress topper.
Here at Dormeo, our mattress toppers
use memory foam technology to provide you with the essential comfort and support to get the rest you need. They're available in a variety of sizes to match your current mattress, too.
Block out the light with a sleep mask
We find it much easier to drift off and enter a deep sleep when we're in total darkness, which makes blocking out the light in a bedroom a priority. However, if you live in a city with lots of streetlights or need to keep irregular work hours, it can be difficult to completely eliminate light. That's why many people invest in blackout blinds or curtains, which are specially designed to keep bedrooms dark.
However, good blackout blinds and curtains can be expensive to buy and fit, so not everyone can benefit from them. A good alternative is to purchase yourself a quality sleeping mask, which will essentially do the same job at a fraction of the price. They can take a while to get used to, but it's worth persevering to get a good night's rest.
Declutter with extra storage options
Do you have an untidy or cluttered bedroom? A recent study
found that there was a link between those that had a problem with hoarding and disturbed sleep cycles, concluding that a less usable bedroom can increase stress levels to the point sleep is affected. So, with this in mind, taking the time to declutter your room may lead to a better night's rest.
You can make it easier to take care of any stuff you might have lying around by investing in some extra storage options for your bedroom. Maximising under-bed space with pullout boxes, adding shelves to your walls, and putting a shoe rack at the bottom of your wardrobe are just some of the ways you can provide more space for your belongings, and they won't cost you a fortune, either.
Sleep naturally by adding houseplants
We're often at our calmest when we're in the great outdoors, so it's little wonder that adding some greenery to your bedroom is a great way to relax and drift off. What's more, a study
by NASA found that plants have the ability to purify the air while you sleep, reducing the impact of pollution, odours, and mould on breathing.
Buying a few houseplants and placing them around your bedroom is a cost-effective way of enhancing your sleeping environment. Even if you're not green-fingered, there are species that are incredibly hardy and need little maintenance — just take a look at Bidvine's list of easy-care plants
to get an idea of what you should be looking to purchase.
Relax your mind by painting your room
Psychologists have long thought that different colours can have different effects on our brains and how we sleep. In research
commissioned by Travelodge, it was found that people that had blue walls, a relaxing colour, in their home get an average of almost eight hours per night. On the other hand, those with a purple bedroom, a mentally stimulating colour, sleep for less than six hours.
If you want to exploit colour psychology to improve your own sleep, you could consider repainting your bedroom to a sleep-friendly shade. The study found that blue, green, and yellow are the best colours for a longer night's rest, while purple, brown, and grey were the worst. Also, doing the painting job yourself can bring the cost right down, making this a relatively inexpensive upgrade.
If you're looking to improve your room for sleep on a budget, we hope you've found the advice here useful. Don’t hesitate to explore our mattress, bedding, or bed ranges or get in touch in touch if you have any questions. Visit this blog and our advice centre for more sleeping tips.