The one thing that your busy lifestyle cannot afford could be happening right now. You may be struggling to get a good, restful night of sleep. Caffeine, sugar right before bed, energy drinks and stress could be the culprits. Your bedroom, the place where you go to rest, could also be keeping you up at night.

Why your bedroom could be costing you sleep

At the top of the list of why your bedroom could be keeping you up at night is your actual bed. A bed should be firm, but not hard. It also shouldn’t be spongy, causing you to lose support while you sleep. Being uncomfortable in bed could cause you to rest on the same side each night, creating sore hips and shoulders. Lay on your back at night and you may snore. People who develop sleep apnea have been known to be back sleepers.

As tempting as it is, sleeping with the TV on is not a good idea, especially if you are noise sensitive. Lay in bed watching game shows, sporting events and other programs that maintain your attention and you could start to become more alert and awakened rather than drowsy and sleepy. Try turning the TV off fifteen to twenty minutes before you are ready to go to sleep. Avoid reading and planning.Relax.

Do you ever feel like you sweated all night when you wake? Or do you ever feel cold? If your bedroom is too hot or too cold, those extreme temperatures could be keeping you from enjoying deeper sleep. Do a little exploring and try turning the heat up or turning on a fan or the air condition just before you go to bed.Notice if you sleep better. Another trick is to wear socks to bed on cold nights or a thin pajama set when it’s warmer outside. Taking a shower just before you go to bed when it’s hot outside can also help to cool you off.

More ways to start gaining a good night of sleep

Early morning light can serve as a natural alarm clock. Too much light streaming through your bedroom window could find you waking every one to two hours. It could also keep you from going into a deep sleep. Workarounds include hanging darker curtains, blinds or drapes or sleeping with an eye mask on. You could also try moving your bed further away from the window or positioning your bed in your bedroom so that the head of your bed is away from outside lights.

Noise is another element that could keep you up at night. Squeaking floors, music playing in the background and noise coming into your bedroom from outside could keep you alert. So too could barking pets. You could install insulated window treatments to reduce noise and train pets to rest at night instead of staying up and barking at every sound they hear.

Drinking warm teas and relaxing for thirty to sixty minutes before you head to bed can also help you to rest better. Finishing projects, paying bills on weekends instead of on weekday evenings, eating a healthy diet and exercising, are other ways that you could set yourself up for a good night of sleep.

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A brand new house offers you more than upgraded amenities, modern floor designs and a vibrant lawn. When you purchase a new house, you get the luxury of waiting three or more years before you start performing general maintenance on the property. You could pocket $4,000 to $6,000 over those three years off the maintenance savings alone.

It’s a welcomed luxury that could create the wrong expectation. Just two years of a maintenance free lifestyle could tempt you to wait until something at your house breaks before you start conducting regular inspections,replacing worn parts and keeping your house up to code.

Regular maintenance on your home leads to huge cost savings

Wait until parts start to break and you could erase the entire savings that you built up during the first few years you owned your new house. Avoid that headache by making minimum performance checks and maintenance updates to your house. Included among the items that you should regularly inspect and repair are:

Fire alarms – At the minimum, check the batteries in fire alarms once a quarter. As a tip,if your fire alarms start beeping, it could be a sign that the batteries need to be replaced.

Check and replace fire extinguishers – A fire extinguisher should be checked at least once a year by a company that manufactures fire equipment. Certified home inspectors can also test fire extinguishers.

Look for frayed wiring – Repair frayed wires when you see them. Also,check breakers and circuit boards to see if they spark. Contact an electrician to replace damaged wires.

Uneven flooring – Bubbles in flooring could be a sign of water damage. Flooring can also bubble or become uneven due to wear and tear. Replace floor panels after they become misshaped, uneven or bubble. It prevents injuries and could help to keep more floor panels from becoming uneven.

Wall discoloration – Stains and discolorations on your walls could be a sign of a roof leak. A leaking roof could erode insulation and walls. Dampness can also create mold. Contact an inspector to check for roof damage and to see if there is interior damage to your home.

Driveway – Start inspecting your driveway annually. Look for cracks and unevenness. You could repair small cracks yourself using concrete sealers, con create patch and resurfacing materials.

Roofing – Things to look for in your roof are rust, buckled shingles, torn rubber boots, discolorations and missing shingles. Replace missing or damaged shingles early and you could avoid having to replace your entire roof.

Lawn – Holes, dryness, patchiness and brown spots are things to check your lawn for. If you spot problems with your lawn, you may need to test the soil to see if it has become acidic or has too much alkaline. Holes in your lawn could also be a sign that pests are damaging your property. In that case,you may need to install lawn screens or put up a fence, especially if you have plants or vegetables in your yard.

Garage door – Pay attention and notice if your garage door sticks when you open or close it. Also, test your garage door automatic opener. Call a technician if the door sticks, the automatic opener malfunctions or the door becomes off balance. It could keep someone from getting stuck in your garage.It could also keep the garage door from falling on someone.

Pests – Spot pests early. Put down traps and apply environmentally safepesticides. A single pest left undetected could turn into a swarm.

These regular house inspections and maintenance steps could save you thousands of dollars. They also help you to enjoy your home without constantly feeling as if you’re replacing a part on your house. Each of the steps also helps to keep your house safe.

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