Isn’t the perfect night’s sleep one of the most coveted treats around? When you’ve got young kids, or even just a vaguely anxious personality, a good night’s sleep can be quite elusive. And it’s not just as easy as getting into bed and switching the light off – a fair amount of work has to go into it. There’s creating the right environment, getting the right bed and bedding, and even the lead up to bedtime which can affect your quality of sleep.
Create the perfect environment
Even though most of us sleep in the dark, the bedroom environment is still a critical part of relaxation before bed. Even if you read or play on your phone for a few minutes before you attempt to sleep, your environment has an affect on your ability to wind down. If it’s cluttered or too colorful, it can have an energizing effect on the brain, making it more difficult to sleep once the light is off. Keep the bedroom clean, tidy, and free from strong smelling candles and burners which can keep you awake. Make it a tranquil place, with no electronics, which purely exists for relaxation.
Get a good run up
The run up to bedtime is almost as important as bedtime itself. We’re all so busy that it can be almost midnight before we remember that we really ought to wind down before bed. But the last hour at least before it’s time to sleep has to be conducive to relaxation if you want to achieve good quality, deep sleep. Avoid food for at least a couple of hours before bed, and try to keep away from electronics as well. A bedroom routine including a bath, a relaxing cup of chamomile tea, and a good book can help to make you feel super sleepy and de-stressed when you crawl into bed.
If you’re not comfy, you’re not going to sleep well. Your mattress, pillows and bedding will contribute to your comfort, and therefore your quality of sleep. Bedding which is soft, scentless, and supremely cozy, such as this Bedloves luxury linen pillowcase giftpack is the perfect way to ensure you’re comfortable enough to sleep well. Making sure you have the right mattress for your needs is also important – anything too hard or soft could cause you discomfort, which will obviously disturb you when you should be in the land of nod.
Noise and light are the main causes of disturbed sleep. If you’re living near a main road, the light from passing headlights could pass through your curtains and disturb you without you even noticing. Investing in black out blinds or thick, heavy drapes helps to minimize this. Similarly, noise can disrupt your sleep without you necessarily realizing, so trying to keep the rest of the house quiet is important. If you’re unfortunate enough to have a partner who snores, like so many women, investing in some good quality earplugs can really help you to get a better quality of sleep.
Since we spend around a third of our lives in bed, we might as well try to make the most of it!