Your bedroom is where you lay your head to sleep and where you expect to be able to release the pressures of the day and just relax. You don’t sleep with a light on and you don’t have trash to recycle in here, so how could this room need any greening? Go ahead and settle in for the night, snuggle under the covers, and read on.
One of the biggest compromises in any bedroom occurs between the sheets. Quilt or no quilt? Turn up the heat, or turn it down? And what two people can ever agree? It is guaranteed: if one person is freezing, the other is sweating buckets. So, to stop erupting into a fist fight during the pillow talk, here are a few green and’ simple ways to compromise under the sheets:
- Dress for the occasion. If you have a tendency to get cold while sleeping, then wear heavier pajamas. And vice versa when it comes to getting too hot. If you dress to suit your individual needs, your dreams will be cozy and you won’t upset your bed companion.
- During the summer, use lighter sheets. Thinner sheets obviously do not weigh on you and will keep you cooler. Or, sleep without the sheets. Or, sleeping in the buff is always an option.
- Cover up during the winter. Use heavy sheets and make sure to add extra blankets. Throw a quilt between the sheets and the comforter to add a little extra warmth.
- If you are in need of new sheets, go extra green and buy organic. Doing so will ensure that you are avoiding any allergy-causing synthetic fibers or dyes.
- If your feet always get colder than the rest of your body, invest in a pair of thick, cozy socks to sleep in.
- If you have a ceiling fan, try turning it on just before you go to bed. If you are hot, a fan will circulate air enough to cool you before you turn in for the night. It can also circulate hot air in the winter. You may find that once you get your body regulated, you can turn it off for the night. But, if you need that slight bit of moving air, keep it on.
Regardless of whether you have a tendency to heat up or cool off during the night, it is important to remember that running to your thermostat should be the last resort. There are simple and effective ways to maintain or release the heat without ever having to leave the bed. And, you won’t find yourself having constant arguments with your bedmate over the perfect temperature between the sheets.