We spend a lot of our time in bed — conventional wisdom says a third of our lives in fact (though it you're a bed-reader like myself, it's probably way more). It's why trying to make your bed the coziest place on earth actually makes a lot of sense. The bedroom is a big part of our lives, and unlike other places we spend a lot of time — like, say, public transportation, or the office — we actually have some control over how our sleep space looks and feels.
And it's not just a matter of indulging ourselves. According to a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 70 percent of Americans report having trouble sleeping a few nights a week or more, and 70 million of them are affected by regular sleep problems. The study, which compared sleep patterns in participants with bedding systems older than five years and participants with brand new ones, showed that newer, higher quality bedding significantly increased sleep quality and reduced back discomfort.
This, combined with the fact that the National Institute of Health tells us that a lack of quality sleep affects our "mental health, physical health, [and] overall quality of life," means that making sure our beds are super comfy is actually pretty freaking important.
If you've been having trouble sleeping, or just want to feel like your bed is a total oasis at the end of the day, here are seven hacks for getting the comfiest bed ever. And since we don't all have the funds to run out and buy a brand new mattress or box spring, these tips are all catered to fixing up the bed you already have.
Get A Mattress Topper
In a video on website, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart recommended a mattress pad — or topper — that goes directly on top of your mattress and under your first layer of sheet. You can get mattress pads in anything from memory foam that fits to the curves of your back to a classic egg-crate shape to a plush fleece. These pads instantly make your mattress feel super lush and decadent, and for the fraction of the price of investing in a whole new mattress.