Shopping for a good night's rest
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."