Create Your Sleep Sanctuary
From time to time we all struggle with sleep, but creating the ideal environment to get some shut-eye could be easier than you think. Read on for our top tips for creating a calm and comfortable bedroom, and maximise your chances of sleep perfection.
Clear the clutter
Ever heard the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’? It definitely applies to bedroom clutter! If you’re surrounded by messy chaos, or even a neat pile of tasks you keep meaning to complete, you could spend your last minutes before bed being reminded of how you STILL need to do this and that which could put our mind into planning and activity mode. A clean, clutter-free room means there’s no distractions before you slip into bed, and should encourage your mind to be as clear as your bedside table (a place you should use for essential comforts only).
Invest in proper support
Aches and pains can get in the way of getting a decent night’s sleep by slowing down the process of drifting off and waking you up throughout the night. Your body is in contact with your mattress for hours and hours every night, so if it’s not doing a good enough job of supporting your movements and easing your joints, you’ll end up waking up to discomfort and weariness – not a great start to the day! The right mattress for you depends on your body type and needs, but an easy test to see if it’s a good fit is to lie down on the surface and see if you can slip your hand under the small of your back. If it’s a struggle, the mattress is too soft and you’re sinking in too much, if it’s too easy, the mattress is too hard and your body is sitting on the surface without being cradled and supported.
Stay cool with an airy mattress topper
There are lots of reasons why you might be getting too hot in bed, and whether it’s seasonal, hormonal or a partner that seems to radiate heat, we’ve all experienced nights where it seems impossible to cool down and get comfortable. While you can peel off layers like duvets and sheets, there’s no escaping a too-toasty mattress – but that’s where a temperature regulating mattress topper comes in handy. They’re made from materials that help to keep you cool by allowing more air to circulate and by taking moisture away from your body to help it find a consistent and comfortable temperature.
Be sniffle-free with anti-allergy pillows
If you’re allergic to dust, dust mites or pollen, an anti-allergy pillow is a must have. Typically, an anti-allergy pillow will have a tightly woven casing that dust mites find difficult to penetrate, be made from fibres dust mites don’t enjoy, and/or be chemically treated to deter dust mites from setting up camp, and make your bedding inhospitable and ultimately un-survivable to any that do make their way in. The other thing about anti-allergy pillows is that they can be washed at higher temperatures to remove any nasty bits of pollen or dust that might be lurking inside and irritating your sinuses.
Switch to a light duvet for summer
Most of us like to have something over us when we sleep even in peak temperatures, but at the height of summer this can be unbearable with your normal duvet. The low tog duvet is an often unsung hero of summer sleep that provides all the perks of a soft, comforting layer, but is much lighter and airier to snuggle up in so you can keep your cool.
Accessorise to complete your bed
Getting your decor right isn’t just about looking good, it’s about setting the right tone for the room too. Your bedroom should be a place of contentment, happiness and relaxation, and all of these things can be helped out by making it somewhere you love to look at and admire. There’s a lot to be said for choosing tranquil colours to give your mind a visual signal that it’s in a safe, calm environment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your personal style into play too.
Eliminate blue light
Phones, tablets, laptops, video games and TVs are all great fun, but they’re fun because they provide you with an endless stream of stimulation for your senses and get your brain going. Pretty much the opposite of what you need when it’s time to sleep! As much as it may pain you to stop scrolling or binging a box set, it’s important to give your mind a chance to wind down if you want a good shot at falling asleep within a reasonable period. Try reading a real book instead of Facebook, or listen to some relaxing music instead of watching a true crime TV show, and you should be in a more relaxed head space to snooze.
Use scents to create relaxation
Scent is one of your most potent senses, so while a waft of something on the breeze can take you back to your childhood, the right scent can also put you in a calm state of mind. For a chilled out sleep sanctuary, we recommend indulging your senses with a spot of classic aromatherapy, and choose a lavender room diffuser for its naturally calming qualities. Reed Diffusers are great for a slow, gentle release of soothing scent that comforts and calms your senses and mind as soon as you step into your bedroom.
Let the sun in on your schedule
We naturally equate darkness with sleep, so it naturally follows that to create a tranquil sleep zone you’ll need to exert some control over your light situation – especially with the extended daylight hours in summer that might wake you too early. Our Blackout blinds are designed to tackle this very problem, and successfully block any external lights from disturbing your sleep (as well as dampening sound and helping to insulate your room to get the temperature just right).
Control the temperature
It’s not always extremes that keep us awake, sometimes you can be held back from a perfect sleep set up by something that’s ever so slightly wrong – like being a little bit too warm or too cool in bed. If this sounds like you, our Blackout curtains could help. They have a thick but soft lining to boost their ability to keep your room insulated, and they work all year round to keep your room warm in winter and cool in summer. So simple, so easy, and so stylish (if we do say so ourselves).