We all have little techniques for ensuring we get a good night’s sleep, but if your slumber has been troubled recently then today’s guest post will give you some ideas on how to aid a restful sleep. Enjoy!
Now that the evenings are getting longer and the nights warmer, your body might try to trick you into thinking you don’t need as much shut-eye. Don’t be fooled, just because the sun hasn’t set yet, sleep is as important as ever.
To rekindle your winter love affair with your bedroom, why not take a few simple steps to spruce up the space and transform it into the perfect sleep sanctuary.
Any bedroom makeover has to start with a good ol’ tidy up. Take your time, and enjoy channeling your inner Marie Kondo to overhaul cluttered surfaces, cupboards and forgotten drawers. (But don’t just hide everything in the wardrobe!)
Be ruthless and get rid of stuff you no longer need. Your bedroom should be a calm and quiet environment that you love spending time in, and tidiness can encourage a sense of peace and relaxation.
Choose a calming colour scheme
The goal is to make your bedroom a place where you immediately switch off and start to wind down, so go for colours that create this atmosphere. Stick to calming tones, such as blues, greys and greens. But you don’t need to limit yourself to the pastel spectrum – if you’re feeling bold, go for a deep, dark blue and create a really relaxing, cosy sleep den.
Set off your bedroom colour scheme with key features such as a rug, curtains or a funky pillow selection, but make sure they don’t give you a feeling of stress or anxiety.
Invest in a high-quality mattress
There’s one thing which is guaranteed to improve your sleep – a quality mattress. If you’ve been tossing and turning or waking up feeling achy and uncomfortable, then it’s definitely time to look into an upgrade.
Choosing the right mattress can be a frustratingly daunting task. So rather than a 5-minute lie-down in a showroom, try to go for a company which lets you test the mattress in your own home, like Bruno Sleep from Germany.
The Bruno has a breathable natural latex top layer, which ensures the surface remains cool and comfortable to sleep on, even during the warmer summer nights. The base is cut into 7 different zones which support the natural contours in your spine, relieving pressure points so you’ll wake up pain-free. You get up to 101 nights to work out if Bruno is right for you. If not, simply send it back (free of charge) and you’ll get a full refund.
Add some plants
A really simple and effective trick that will improve the style and atmosphere of your room is to add a few pot plants. This isn’t just a superficial aesthetic trick, a study by NASA back in the 1980s showed that many household plants can purify nasty toxins in the air, making it easier to breathe and encouraging a more peaceful slumber.
Whether you’re green fingered or not, you can find some hardy but beautiful plants which will survive in most bedrooms, and have been proven to improve sleep. Favourites include aloe vera, the snake plant and the peace lily.
If you get into bed and struggle to drift off, it’s worth taking stock of your lighting situation. Halogen bulbs are daylight bright, and high wattage bulbs should generally be avoided in the bedroom. Installing a dimmer switch can create a perfect feeling of cosiness and you can lower the light as bedtime approaches to help encourage those sleepy urges.
If outside light is the problem, consider fitting blackout blinds to your windows to block out artificial streetlight – you can always hide them behind stylish curtains. Most importantly, they will make sure the sun can’t sneak in to interrupt your weekend lie-in!