A good night of sleep is the foundation of any healthy lifestyle. Betwe 7-9 of sleep is advised for adults. So are you getting enough? With so many distractions available, no one can be blamed for occasionally falling behind on their sleep quota. Bad sleep habits can have a detrimental effect on both work and social life. If you’re finding it hard to switch off at night time, consider your surroundings. A bedroom should be the most relaxing room in your home. It’s easy to make mistakes when it comes to sleep hygiene, but it’s never too late to “wake up”. Transforming a stressful environment into a serene spot for snoozing is easy!
Start with the basics. How cluttered is your room? Is that clutter preventing you from relaxing? Having a clear out offers a broad range of health benefits. Only keep functional or sentimental items nearby. Keep anything work or stress related stored away in a cupboard. A muted interior theme can also improve chances of relaxation at bedtime. Green and blue are peaceful colours for bedrooms of all sizes.
The Mattress and Pillows
Memory Foam Mattresses are an increasingly popular choice. The open cell structure provides unrivalled support, moulding to fit the unique shape of your body. It guarantees a more comfortable night of sleep as well as improved posture and joint pressure. The same goes for pillows- which are also available with memory foam filling.
Picking a suitable tog duvet for each season can improve your quality of sleep. Treat yourself to cotton sheets and duvet covers with a high thread count. Natural fabrics are both durable and comfortable against the skin.
It’s best to make your bedroom a tech-free zone, as artificial lights can affect the body’s ability to relax. Blackout curtains can help sensitive sleepers during the summer months. Slowly dim the lights a couple of hours before bedtime in preparation for sleep. If you wake up during the night, avoid switching on ceiling lights as this can prevent you from falling back to sleep again.
Your body’s natural temperature drops at night time in preparation for rest so requires a cool environment for a restful slumber. Leaving the windows open is ideal if it is quiet enough outside. A low-noise fan can provide extra comfort on warmer evenings. A warm bedroom may feel cosy, but it will not provide the best conditions to help you drop off.
Still not sure where you’re going wrong? Check out some common mistakes you might be making that prevent a proper night of sleep.