How to become an emperor of sleep. Part 1

Millions of Americans struggle with insomnia, but that doesn’t have to be you! Unleash your inner Morpheus, king of dreams, by making your bedroom a palace for sleep.

Deep, regular sleep promotes daytime alertness, heals illness and injury, and helps you process life’s stressful problems. This guide will help you arrange all aspects of your bedroom and your day so you’ll end your evenings in slumber land.

#1. Choose your mattress

Choosing the right mattress deserves a guide of its own– luckily, we’ve got you covered on that front! Mattresses range from soft to firm, and can be made of a variety of foam or innerspring materials.

Mattress prices range anywhere from $100-$10,000, so figuring out your price point before going through guidebooks can keep you from losing sleep over going over-budget. Feel free to check out our mattress guide; we’ll still be here when you return.

#2. Choose your foundation

The foundation is whatever is underneath your mattress. Bedroom kings and queens don’t just plop their mattresses on the floor; not having a foundation is such a peasant move.

But if you’ve never put much thought into what’s under your bed (monsters excluded, of course), there are three kinds of bases to consider: a frame with a box spring, a platform, or an adjustable base.

Frame and box spring

The majority of beds are on top of a frame and box spring; it’s pretty common. But common doesn’t necessarily mean mediocre. Box springs are fabric-covered wood or steel framed boxes with large internal springs, creating a sturdy surface.

Their main purpose is to reduce wear and tear to your mattress over time by absorbing some of the shock when you get in and out of bed. These furnishings usually come with your mattress when you purchase it, and they raise your bed about 16 inches off the ground.

Platform bed

A platform bed combines a frame and a box into a single product. It doesn’t have springs; instead, it has wooden or metal slats across the frame. These platforms are more compact and keep your bed lower to the ground.

Often, these products come with a decorative headboard to keep your pillows from falling off and sliding into the crack between the head of your bed and the wall, although this isn’t true of every platform bed.

Adjustable base

An adjustable base is incredibly helpful to anyone with sleep trouble. Adjustable beds have an internal mechanism that raises and lowers the top half of the bed at an angle, so a sleeper doesn’t have to lie completely flat. This angled position can help you if you have back pain or respiratory problems, so you can sleep pain-free.

#3. Choose your mattress protector

Mattress protectors are there to keep your mattress clean and free of bed bugs, dust mites, allergens, and permanent stains. These protectors can help keep you from voiding the warranty on the mattress and make it last longer, and they also protect your health when you sleep.

Most mattress protectors fit over your mattress like a sheet with elastic corners that can hug the mattress’ body even when you roll around at night. There are basically two kinds of mattress protectors to look into: traditional mattress protectors and mattress protectors designed to defend against allergens.

Traditional mattress protectors

Traditional mattress protectors are made of rubber, cotton, or synthetic materials like memory foam. The rubber and memory foam protectors are easily washable and designed to defend your mattress from spills and sweat. But, they can be hot to sleep on.

Anti-allergen mattress protectors

Anti-allergen mattress protectors are zippered, fully covering the mattress and, if applicable, the box spring. The zippered encasement kills mites and bedbugs and prevents new eggs from being laid. These are made from waterproof materials to prevent mold from growing in the mattress.

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