There is a primitive change we experience when the shorter days of fall beget the darkness that creeps in earlier each passing day. Somehow, the subtle shift causes us humans to want more sleep and sometimes causes a bit of an emotional slump. When something occupies a lot of our time, we often begin to think more about the activity than usual. When it comes to sleep, it is the very bed that we sleep on that deserves a little attention during autumn.
Now, this might mean that you merely take a look at the coverlet on top of the bed and considering changing from a lightweight summer type to a cozier winter covering. I use an old-fashioned white bedspread with a long fringe during the spring and summer months because it is appropriate for the warmer weather. Because I have dogs, I also like the convenience of being able to wash the spread at home instead of sending it out to the dry cleaners. However, for winter months, I use a coverlet made of a much sturdier woven fabric boasting deeper colors of gold, teal, rust, blue and red, which are rich in contrast to the starkness of summer white. If you do not care to make a seasonal change in the top treatment of your bed, you might simply add heavier blankets and flannel sheets in preparation for the approaching colder weather. Even in this horrible economy, a new set of sheets might still be possible and can make you feel snug as a bug when you crawl into bed at the end of a stressful day.