It’s a vital part of life, most of us do it at night, the Egyptians had a new way of doing it; of course it’s sleeping! We actually spend over a third of our lives doing it, and there’s even a whole day dedicated to it.
There are many theories on what makes for good sleeping habits, and it’s been documented that there’s no real method to it, however researchers at the University of Manchester recently discovered that people who had higher levels of gratitude and positive thoughts before bed, described better rest quality and they slept for longer.
So to ensure you get the best out of your eight hours (we wish!) here’s some top tips to help you relax in the bedroom.
The right bed
It was the Egyptian Pharaohs who first thought to raise their beds off the floor to appear above the ‘common folk’, so take a leaf out of their book and choose a decadent bed frame like this luxurious Kingsize Sareer Marcle Bedframe for your boudoir and an all season’s goose down duvet that can un-button into two to suit warmer summer nights.
It’s no surprise that a good mattress can help prevent back problems and neck pain, so it’s important to invest in a good one. This double open spring mattress comes highly recommended teamed with a posturepedic neck support pillow and you will be counting those sheep before you know it.
The right smell
A surprising method to aid natural sleep is scent; apparently Jasmine provides less movement during slumber and greater sleep efficiency. Who would have thought you can be an efficient sleeper? Try a jasmine diffuser to help you drift off for a peaceful night.
The right linen
Everyone has stayed in that one hotel that gave you a night of sleep you’ll never forget. You just wish you could smuggle away that bedding with you! The ambience in a room is so important to aid a good night’s sleep, and there’s no reason why you can’t re-create the boutique hotel feel along with the comfort of your own home. To make sure you keep your bedding on this season’s trend Achica’s Home Buyer, Roni Carol, recommends –
“Introduce a classic New England style to your bedroom this spring. Combine white washed wood and coastal inspired accessories for a timeless and eye-catching look”.
We’re in love with these iconic designs from the Lexington range.
To accessorise with soft tones and ensure you invest in lightweight breathable fabrics for the summer, look at the Chambray range of duvets and pillow covers in 100% cotton.
The right accessories
Creative home blogger Jen from Love Chic Living recommends ‘carpeting in the bedroom, though cosy, isn’t to everyone’s taste, as some find that it looks quite old-fashioned. For a modern twist, you can opt for laminate flooring in your bedroom and then add some warmth and depth by using soft rugs on the floor.’ Try this beautiful handmade Dhurry Rug (it’s called this due to the Indian style with which it is hand woven on a bobbin-style loom) teamed with these beautiful coastal accessories such as this storage bucket or this stripe wall clock, to give that real air of relaxation and serenity.
The right lighting
Making sure your room is dark with low lighting and turning off your technology (yes all of it) will help your brain relax, and it will prevent you stirring every time you hear the notification ping on your phone!
Lifestyle blogger Stephanie from Cocochic blog, gives some great advice about the perfect nights sleep, she says ‘If you’re one of those people with lots of will power, then 100% do turn off your technology. But, if you kind of rely on all things electronic to survive like I do, try turning down the brightness of your gadgets as the evening goes on instead. I always try (emphasis on the word try) to turn off my computer at least an hour before going to bed, just so I can start to wind down for the night ahead.’
The right thirst quenchers
Most people know that caffeine is a stimulant, so why oh why do we drink it so close to bedtime? Cutting out the after dinner coffee will help you sleep more effectively, according to NHS Direct, the effects of caffeine can last a long time (up to 24 hours) so the chances of it affecting sleep are significant. Instead they recommend having a warm, milky drink or herbal tea.
If you think tea is just for old ladies then check out this solo tea maker, it allows your tea leaves to brew for longer in boiling water making the perfect cuppa; and it looks super stylish too.
So no matter where you live or what size your room is, hopefully our handy tips will help you drift off to the land of nod and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised.
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