Shop­ping for a good night's rest

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKEND SHOPPER - - CHAR­LOTTE DU­RUT

IN an ever busier and more hec­tic world, it can be more and more dif­fi­cult to save time for sleep.

Yet a lack of sleep can lead to a range of phys­i­cal and men­tal health prob­lems, in­clud­ing stress and de­pres­sion.

A good sleep be­gins in the be­d­room which when well planned and sit­u­ated, should be­come a beau­ti­ful sleep sanc­tu­ary where a ben­e­fi­cial slum­ber can be en­joyed ev­ery night.

When cre­at­ing such a sanc­tu­ary, pur­chas­ing a com­fort­able, sen­si­ble bed with good bed linen is the right place to start.

Such fur­ni­ture can be bought and sold in the Be­d­room Fur­nish­ings sec­tion of Week­end Shop­per which in­cludes all man­ner of items in­clud­ing bed­side lamps, dresser mir­rors, tall­boys, and of course, beds.

The per­fect sleep sanc­tu­ary should also fea­ture gen­tle colours, very lit­tle clut­ter, no men­tal stim­u­la­tion such as tele­vi­sions or com­put­ers, the right tem­per­a­ture, and as lit­tle light and noise at night as pos­si­ble.

Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Rose­mary Stone from Sleep Ther­apy Australia said en­joy­ing a good night’s rest of be­tween six and eight hours be­gan with a com­fort­able bed and a dark, quiet place, with no in­ter­fer­ence from tele­vi­sions, com­put­ers or even LED light clocks.

"For those who live in high noise ar­eas, it’s a good idea to in­tro­duce white noise such as turn­ing on a fan at night or al­ter­na­tively, wear ear plugs," she said.

Ms Stone said re­gard­less of what peo­ple needed to do to ob­tain a ben­e­fi­cial sleep, it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that sleep was re­lated to men­tal per­for­mance and a lack of it could con­trib­ute to many health dis­or­ders.

"Fam­i­lies of­ten don’t have par­tic­u­lar sleep timeta­bles and chil­dren also take com­put­ers and tele­vi­sions into their bed­rooms," she said.

"But sleep needs to be given top pri­or­ity in our lives.

"If you get lots of sleep, you get more out of life and life gets more out of you."

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