Have you ever thought about what happens to your sleep cycle as you move through life? You start out alone and peaceful and in the blink of an eye, your bed has turned into a family gathering space rather than a quiet sanctuary where you dream, when you marry and have children. In honor of Better Sleep Month, Jaron’s has put together a guide on how you can get the best sleep, no matter what your situation.
Sleeping Alone: You can do so comfortable in virtually any size mattress, and you have the freedom of making the space work for you. As a child, you work your way up from a crib, to a small twin size bed of your own, and then eventually to a full-size mattress, perfect for a single adult. You may sleep on your side, your stomach, or your back – it’s all about personal preference.
- Con: It can get quite lonely!
- Pro: You can sleep whenever and however you like!
To get the best sleep you can, create an atmosphere that’s set directly for your preferences. A dark, quiet, cool room is the ideal sleep situation and since you are alone, you can choose the perfect temperature and level of darkness without worrying what works for someone else.
Sleeping With Another Person: As you mature, you seek the companionship of another human being. Eventually you start dating, form a relationship, and may even get married. This drastically changes your sleeping situation. Suddenly you have several things to consider about your partner. Do they snore? Are they a blanket hog, or worse, a bed hog? Do they talk in their sleep? Do they sleep walk? You’ll learn a lot about your partner just by sharing a bed with them!
- Con: Your significant other may create a sleep-debilitating problem for you!
- Pro: You’ll have the comfort of having another person to cozy up with at night.
To get the best sleep you can, choose the right mattress. Your actual bed can make all the difference in the type of sleep you are getting, so it’s best to be comfortable. You want enough room so that when you and your partner are done cuddling, you can each roll over and get an undisturbed sleep.
Sleeping With A Pet: If you have chosen to adopt or buy a pet, they may start out in a crate or on the floor, but sooner or later, they’ll probably start sleeping with you in your bed. You’ll learn to accommodate them and allow them the space they need at your feet, or if they’re really lucky, a place cuddled up right next to you.
- Con: You’re sacrificing your space and possibly your maximum comfort level.
- Pro: You’ll further the unconditional love your pet has for you.
To get the best sleep you can, unfortunately you would have to keep the pets out of the bed all together. If you have guilt about putting them in a crate all night, why not create a sanctuary just for them? Buy your pet a luxurious bed and keep it in your bedroom so they’ll still be close by. They may actually enjoy that even more than your bed.
Sleeping With A Person and A Pet: If you’re living with a significant other and you own a pet, you’ll notice that space is becoming limited in your bed. Two bodies means less room for your pet, pushing them to another area of the bed, be it by your headboard, curled up at your side, or lying across your feet. Your significant other may take your sleeping needs into consideration, but your pet will not and you may start sacrificing your own comfort for theirs.
- Con: The lack of space may start to annoy your significant other or pet, causing them to want to sleep elsewhere.
- Pro: You’ll never feel neglected by anyone!
To get the best sleep you can, train your pet to sleep in a certain spot on your bed. If they are trained to stay in one spot, they may be less likely to try and takeover you and your partner’s personal space and get up and roam around the bed in the middle of the night.
Sleeping With The Family: As life goes on, you may choose to have children. As these children grow, with them grows their impending fear of the dark and need to sleep with you. This means everyone piles into bed at night – the spouse, the children, the pets, and you. You may wonder how you don’t end up on the floor every night considering the serious lack of space.
- Con: It may seemed cramped at times
- Pro: Once you adjust and find where you’re most comfortable, you’ll realize that you wouldn’t rather be sleeping any other way.
To get the best sleep you can, create a schedule where everyone has to go to bed at the same time. If everyone is lying down at once, there will be less in and out of the bed. This would also be extremely beneficial if everyone wakes up at the same time. Going to bed and getting up in the morning at the same time every day really optimizes the quality of sleep you are getting on a daily basis.
Remember, in order to get the best night’s sleep, you need to learn how you sleep as an individual. Making sacrifices for your pets and loved ones is something that happens every day, but in order to live a full, healthy lifestyle you cannot neglect your sleep. Check out Jaron’s selection of mattresses to find the one that’s right for you and your situation and be on your way to your best sleep yet!