There are countless reasons why you may want to live a greener life: reduce your carbon footprint, save the turtles and rid of a guilty conscience. However, have you ever considered how opting for a more environmentally friendly lifestyle could improve your sleep?
We all struggle with sleep implications at some point in our existence and being such an important factor of our lives, we want to avoid any problems with it as much as possible.
With the stresses and demands of everyday life, it can be so frustrating when you finally have time to settle down to sleep and your body just simply will not allow it. If this sounds all too familiar to you, then perhaps it’s time to join the hype of going ‘green’ for a healthier, happier and better rested life. Hear me out, here’s how it can benefit you…
Say Goodnight to Your Screens
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Check your phone? Perhaps the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night is the blaring TV screen?
Cutting out electric devices and bright lights at least one hour before laying your head on the pillow for the night will work wonders for your sleep. This will allow your mind to take time to unwind and prepare for rest, so your body can drift off to sleep a lot quicker when you hit the hay. That email can wait until the morning, it’s time for sleep!
We don’t have a lot of time for essential recharging before the next day, so it is vital that we take advantage of every second we have until the madness commences once again. So, instead of bright lights and screens, set the perfect sleeping environment with cosy ambient lighting and candles. These work fantastically so you’ll struggle to think about anything else other than being completely relaxed.
Refresh Your Mattress
When was the last time you updated your mattress? Many people squirm at this question as it is a change which we tend to avoid, falling at the bottom of our prioritised ‘to do’ list for years. We underestimate the power and importance of our mattresses; they truly are the most essential tool in gaining a good night’s rest. If you’re guilty of neglecting your mattress, this could be the reason behind your restless nights of tossing and turning.
Every mattress should be changed every eight years at least, due to wear and tear causing a reduction of comfort and decreased sleep quality. You may not think it makes a difference, but just because your mattress is out of sight under clean sheets does not mean it isn’t dying! You can update your bedding, add pretty throw cushions and cover it with all the memory foam mattress toppers you want, but if your mattress itself is neglected, your sleep quality will suffer.
If you’ve lost the receipt to your mattress and simply cannot remember the day you bought it, there are many ways to check the quality and age of your mattress with indications which alert you when your mattress needs a little TLC.
Check out our guide ‘How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?’ to learn the key signs.
I know there are many implications when replacing a mattress. We avoid the process so much because we simply can’t be bothered to deal with disposing of the old one and finding/buying a new mattress. Finding a mattress is the easy part, with endless ranges available to cater for your specific needs and efficient online services to ensure your perfect mattress arrives right to your door! It is disposing of your old mattress that is the daunting task; they’re not exactly small objects and can’t be thrown away in a wheelie bin.
What if I told you recycling your mattress could be quick and easy? Many aren’t aware of the incredible services offered by local councils for recycling old mattresses – some are even free!
Happy Beds care about our beautiful planet and do everything we can to ensure our environment is kept as green as possible, that’s why we now offer a nifty search feature which will help you find the right mattress recycling service for your local area. Simply pop in your postcode or location and we will do the hard stuff. Who knew it could be this easy to get a better night’s sleep and do our bit for the environment at the same time? Are you running out of excuses yet?
A Green Bedroom, Literally
I simply couldn’t write a blog about going green without mentioning plants, could I? Adding greenery to your bedroom is not only the most on-trend for 2019, but it also has sleep-aiding properties. There are endless benefits to adding plants and foliage into your home, from improved aesthetics to better breathing.
Interior designers and environment-lovers alike encourage adding greenery to your home to reduce growing carbon-dioxide levels, do your bit for the environment and make your bedroom look pretty stylish all at the same time.
The beautiful lavender flower is the go-to plant for sleeping problems, with an extensive market of lavender-based products created from the quality within the plant to improve sleep from bubble baths to bedding. This aromatic herb calms the body and allows you to drift off into a welcomed state of relaxation, not to mention it smells incredible.
A recent study found that one hospital used lavender aromatherapy within their Intensive Care Unit, which proved to significantly improve sleep quality of patients with heart disease – quite a powerful move for a small, affordable flower.
Here at Happy Beds, we love lavender for its gorgeous fragrance and its health benefits, which is why we created our Lavender 3000 Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress: designed to offer endless peaceful nights of complete relaxation and improve sleep quality.
Getting creative with various stress-reducing plants such as peace lilies, ferns, passion flowers and valerian will work to make your bedroom a place of beauty whilst promising the perfect environment to unwind and relax. Fill your room with gorgeous aromas, bright colours and natural sleep-aiding qualities for the perfect environment to gain a good night’s rest – with these plants being both affordable and beneficial, you simply can’t go wrong.
Sleep Better By Going Green
There you have it – some quick tips to getting a good night’s sleep and doing your bit for the environment at the same time. For more ideas, check out our post: Asking Britain’s Blogger: Eco-Friendly Tips for the Home
Itching to get started on putting an end to your sleepless nights? Check out our brand new recycling tool on the Happy Beds website for quick information on how you can dispose of your old mattress on your journey to better comfort and, while you’re at it, shop our endless range of mattresses to find the perfect one for you.