When you have a chronic illness, you often spend a lot of time in bed. I suffer from ME/CFS, so I know what it is like to be bedridden many days of the week. In order to make myself comfortable and to either entertain or get some work done, I have a few essentials. Here I recommend 5 bedroom essentials for the bedridden. These are 5 things I would not be able to live without while recovering from ME/CFS.
5 Bedroom Essentials for the Bedridden
1. Laptop Bed Table
If you’re spending most of time in bed, it’s a great idea to have a portable and adjustable laptop table for your bed or couch.
When resting your laptop on your lap or chest, laptops often overheat, as well as overheat yourself. Using a table prevents your laptop fans from being covered by sheets, allowing it to breath!
You can also say goodbye to neck strain, and invest in a table that tilts up so when you are laying day, you can comfortably see the screen and type.
I’m betting that you will probably eating meals in bed too! A laptop bed table you can make it much easier eat meals in bed. How relaxing!
2. Snake Plant
When you’re in your room all day, the air can get a bit stuffy, especially if your home does not have great circulation. One easy way to liven up your room and create a clean space is to add a snake plant.
The Snake plant, also known as the Sansevieria is an exceptional plant at purifying air. NASA has done studies showing that these plants remove toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides.
Unlike most plants, the snake plant converts CO2 (carbon dioxide) into O2 (oxygen) at night so you can breath easy. 😉
3. Comfortable & Clean Bedding
Make sure you have a comfortable mattress or at the very least, a cushy mattress topper. You are spending so much of your day in bed, so you should feel relaxed while recovering.
To add to your comfort, be sure to have soft, comfortable sheets and a nice warm comforter.
But most importantly, be sure to change your sheets weekly. Did you know that our sheets get covered in dead skin, sweat, saliva, and oil from our skin? This is a paradise for dust mites. And although you can’t actually see them with the human eye, they are there. So to keep up with personal hygiene, be sure to swap sheets weekly.
4. Essential Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils to promote health and well being. If you’ve been to a spa, you may remember that they have soothing scented rooms of scents like lavender or eucalyptus.
To turn your room into a more relaxing place, add an essential oil diffuser and try an oil like lavender.
Studies have shown that lavender can help with insomnia, depression, anxiety, restlessness, and inducing sleep.
5. Bluetooth Headphones
There is something about being wrapped up in a melody. If you are really into movies, I would invest into a nice pare of bluetooth headphones. For one, they sound great, and two, they will not disturb anyone else in your home.
Another great use for having bluetooth headphones is for disconnecting. On days where you don’t feel like watching TV, connect your headphones to your phone, close your eyes and listen to soothing sounds of the ocean. Feel your breath rise and fall. Yes, I like to use headphones to help relax and escape.
So those were the top 5 essentials for the bedridden. What items would you include as your essentials? Leave a comment below!
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