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Designing a Healthy Bedroom

By Donna Stark

I have an appointment with a podiatrist in a couple of days. I am going to see him because for three months now, I have been dealing with a fair amount of pain in one of my toes. You see, there was a night back in November when I climbed out of bed to turn my fan on. And although that sounds like a harmless thing to do, it certainly wasn't harmless that night because in the darkness of my room, I smashed my foot into my desk. It hurt so badly, that I couldn't even utter any cries of pain and by the next morning, I woke up with a black and blue foot. Since then, I have made some changes to my bedroom to ensure it is a place of rest and not a source of pain. Take a look at a few of them below.

Motion-Activated Lights

I stubbed my toe because I hate night lights, but if I had a set of lights that were motion-activated, I may have been able to avoid months of pain and future doctor visits. These lights are exactly as they say ... they automatically provide a low light when motion is detected. And to make it even easier for people to use, some are plug-ins and others adhere to the underside of your bed frame, so they can be placed wherever the extra light is needed.

Therapeutic Wedge Pillows

I purchased some therapeutic wedge pillows for my bed to ease neck, shoulder, and back pain. These can either be used while sitting or as a support if your legs and feet need to be elevated. They can also help relieve certain health issues, such as acid reflux, snoring, and congestion.

Quality Mattress and Orthopedic Pillows

If your mattress is older than dirt and your pillows have lost all their support, it may be time to take action. I did, and I don't regret it one bit. Investing in a quality mattress and a set of orthopedic pillows is the best way to support your body and encourage proper alignment while sleeping.

Mattress Protectors

And while you are at the mattress store, consider purchasing a waterproof mattress protector if you suffer from allergies as well. Mattress protectors fit on your bed like a fitted sheet, but unlike sheets, they help protect you from the dust mites and allergens that can cause sneezing, coughing, and serious respiratory issues.

A Healthier Bedroom

We don't normally associate what should be the most relaxing room in the house with pain, but if you find yourself hurting in the middle of the night, you may want to consider the suggestions above! Give your body the rest and relaxation it deserves and start creating a healthier bedroom today.

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