Posted on August 23 2017
Everything we read tells us that sleep is the ultimate restorer. Want to improve your concentration? Get more sleep. Want to look younger? Get more sleep. Want to feel motivated? Get more sleep. Want to improve your circulation, improve problem-solving abilities, be more productive in your day? Get more sleep. There's little wonder that getting a good nights' sleep is imperative for a healthy body and a healthy mind, allowing yourself the time you need to repair and rejuvenate for whatever life throws at you during waking hours.
However, getting the most restful, deepest sleep is sometimes more difficult than it sounds. Personally, I suffer from a sleep disorder known as night terrors, where I wake up in the night scared and anxious, heart beating out of my chest but with only a hazy memory of what it was that woke me. As a result of my own sleep disorder, getting a good night's sleep is absolutely imperative to my well-being and so I've taken time to research what will give me the best quality I can get.
Perhaps for you, it may be anxieties of the day that keep you tossing and turning or perhaps external factors that keep you lying awake far longer than you'd like. One of the easiest things you can do is to make sure both your body, mind and of course, your bedroom is really optimised for rest and relaxation. Adopting a few of these design tricks might just make getting your head down a little easier.
Choose the right mattress and the right size bed
One of the most important investments you should be making for your sleep is a good quality mattress. Bigger is almost always better so a Queen or King size bed when sharing will always be much more comfortable to allow for stretching out and getting comfortable. The mattress itself should be neither too soft or too firm, supporting your weight comfortably. When it comes to your mattress, you will always want to 'try before you buy', giving yourself the best possible chance to find something that's right for you.
Invest in good quality bedding
There's little wonder why we all seem to enjoy visiting a luxury hotel. Snuggling into high-quality sheets is always a pleasure and so why skimp on that quality when you are at home? Buy the best quality you can afford. Higher thread-counts mean a tighter weave and a softer, heavier drape on your body, creating a wonderful oasis to crawl into each night.
Consider black-out blinds or heavily lined curtains
If the early morning sun is waking you from a restful slumber far too early in the morning or if you have street lights or passing cars lighting up your room, then you'll want to swap to either heavily lined curtains that you can close or black out blinds which will block any light coming into your room. Your body clock works on light so the less in your room when you are trying to sleep, the better.
Research has shown that the screens on our devices emit blue light which can actually be damaging to your body's natural clock at night. In order to get the best rest, it's important to switch off your devices at least an hour before your head hits the pillow. It may be difficult not to sneakily check on your Instagram before shut eye but your body will thank you in the morning! To make it easier, consider leaving your devices in another room entirely before unwinding to resist the temptation to check your emails or social media just one more time!
Remove Distractions and Clutter
While it's important not to have a lot of tech cluttering up your room (including a TV), ensure there are no distractions of the day around you either. So if you have paperwork cluttering up your dresser or you have a pile of laundry that still needs to be put away on the floor, these items may remind you of the chores you have yet to do. Disassociating your bedroom with these activities and keeping it as a place of rest imprints the idea that the bedroom = sleep and not work. Create a stress-free zone in your bedroom so that the last thing you see at night is a tidy space and this is the last thing you see before shutting your eyes.
Consider your lighting
While you probably need general or ambient lighting in your bedroom (usually the single light fixture in the center of your ceiling), before winding down at night, it's important to set the mood for sleep and relaxation. Consider bringing in other smaller light fixtures - a pair of table lamps or smaller wall lights at the sides of your bed is a good start. With only these smaller task lights on, you will create a restful environment rather than a bright space.
Create a bedtime routine
Keep your body on a regular schedule for the best night’s sleep and be sure to go to bed and get up at the same times each day, even on the weekends. In your nightstands, consider keeping some pampering products to help you unwind. It can be as simple as softening body lotion, a lavender-filled eye mask or a warming (or cooling) neck pillow to give you a little relaxing treat before winding down.
Lavender has long been known for its sleep-inducing properties. Try adding a few drops of lavender in your night-time bath, use a scented eye mask or tuck a lavender sachet under your pillow. Or you may want to consider sipping camomile tea – another scent known for relaxation – just before bedtime to signal your body it’s time for rest. Jasmine and Vanilla can also help induce restfulness and sleep so consider a scent diffuser with any of these fragrances for the bedroom.
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