5 Things Around Your Home that Will Keep You Awake at Night
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You may not know it, but there are many items in your home that can keep you awake. From modern conveniences to things that change your mood, some of the worst offenders are here.
An Outdated or Lower End Bed Set
Obviously, your bed affects how well you sleep. Which is why you need to get the best bed set you can afford. Replacing your old spring mattress with a modern memory foam one does wonders for your back. Likewise, making them an excellent mattress for scoliosis and other spinal issues. Yet even a creaking frame will arouse you as you move around in bed. And then there’s your bedding. Low-thread count linens and non-hypoallergenic pillows could make you hotter when you sleep and encourage or exacerbate your allergies from dust and dander.
Your Smartphone and Tablet
Like billions of others, you might have a smartphone. And you may also have a tablet. Either way, you should be careful about taking these to bed with you. The LED screens give off blue light radiation, which alone can keep you awake at night because it interferes with the brain through your eyes. However, even switching off the screen, you will still be awakened by message alerts, updates, and calls. So unless absolutely necessary, switch these devices off altogether or leave them in another room where you can’t hear them ring or vibrate.
Older Appliances will Keep You Awake at Night
Further to your personal devices, many appliances around your home could disrupt your sleep. And they cost you money. In the UK alone, a single inefficient appliance could cost you over £100 per year. The refrigerator is a usual suspect since it uses heat to keep things cool with a compressor. But compressors are also noisy. You might not even notice it during the day because you’re used to it. But you can hear the compressor of an older fridge on the other side of the house at night. So a noisy fridge may also be a sign you need to replace it.
The Settings of Your Boiler
A boiler is essential for heating and hot water. But there are two ways a boiler can keep you awake, and they have to do with the settings. First, you might have your boiler set to keep your water tank hot. This means you have instant hot water when you use a hot tap. But this uses far more gas than you need, especially at night. But it also means your boiler constantly comes on to heat your water. While that may not sound that bad, it isn’t uncommon for a boiler to be in the bedroom in smaller homes and apartments. Meaning you are awoken each time it kicks in.
The Décor of Your Bedroom
You are mostly unaware of it, but the décor of a room impacts your emotional state, and your body can also react. For example, a room painted in a very light blue color will seem cooler than it really is. Conversely, you will feel warmer in a dark red room, even when both are at the same temperature. Therefore, you must redecorate your space to accommodate this. Otherwise, you may wake up because you feel hotter than the recommended 18 degrees celsius. Additionally, you can unconsciously feel distressed if your room is cluttered.
You need good sleep for wellness. But many things can affect your sleep around the home. Your bed is an obvious one. But your appliances can be noisy, and the bedroom décor can wake you.
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By the way, not only do the boiler you are talking about prevent you from sleeping at night due to constant work, but also greatly increases your utility bills. After crunching my annual energy spending numbers, I deduced that my tank water heater consumed a significant amount of energy. The heater was old and ran round the clock.
When searching an alternative, I decided to install a tankless water heater.
The result of this change was almost instantaneous. Unlike conventional heaters, demand-type water heaters only function when needed. With a tankless heater, water is heated directly without the need for storage. In doing so, these heaters don’t generate standby energy losses.
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