When it comes to all round health and wellbeing, few things are important as getting your eight hours of nightly sleep. Essential for rest and repair and for waking up feeling refreshed the following day, a good night’s sleep can mean the difference between a productive week and a wasted one.
But thanks to mobile phones and laptops and the blue light they emit throughout the evening, combined with busy and stressful lifestyles – not to mention the current pressure of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, getting a truly restful spell of shut-eye can feel more difficult than ever.
Previous data from a sleep study by Bensons for Beds has shown that the average Brit gets only around five hours of sleep per night. Dubbed the UK’s sleep deficit, it’s having a serious impact on our productivity. But what are we to do if we just can’t seem to nod off – no matter how hard we try?
Transforming your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary is a guaranteed to help, and will create a relaxed and calming environment in which to enjoy a serene and peaceful night. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier to achieve, and with a generous injection of luxury and a few simple tweaks, those long nights of insomnia or waking in the early hours could soon become a thing of the past.
Invest in some luxury bedding
According to a previous study, the average person will spend over 229,961 hours sleeping in their lifetime. That’s a lot of time to spend in bed, so it stands to reason that you should make the experience as pleasant and relaxing as possible.
At LLM, we love Catherine Lansfield’s beautiful range of bed linens, which are just perfect for creating that sleep haven you crave. With a range of stylish designs to choose from, each mixing on-trend patterns and colour with beautiful textures and touches of comfort, making your bed over with a brand-new set is a great way to reset the clock on sleep. So what are you waiting for? Get your favourite Catherine Lansfield bedding from Yorkshire Linen today.
Add some Egyptian cotton or silk sheets to really up the luxury factor, and getting into bed each night will fast become the highlight of your day.
Get the temperature right
The temperature of your bedroom can have a huge influence on how well you sleep at night, so getting it right is imperative if you’re feeling unrested and desperate for some quality rest.
Thankfully, your new luxury bedding will help to keep things cool, but it’s important to adjust the thermostat, too. Experts say that we should be aiming for between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius for an optimal night’s sleep – whether you prefer it at the warmer or the cooler end of those is down to personal preference.
Avoid putting too many blankets or additional layers on the bed, too – or sleeping under a duvet that is too thin for the time of year.
Turn technology off
Or better yet, keep it out of the bedroom entirely. The blue light that is emitted by phones, laptops and the TV have a detrimental impact on our sleep patterns, disrupting our natural circadian rhythm and making it even harder to doze off.
To maintain your sleep sanctuary, leave all electronics downstairs – and yes, that does include your mobile phone. Commit to turning everything off at least an hour before you go to bed, then do some light reading instead to help prepare your mind and body for sleep.
A long hot bath or some lavender essential oils can also help with the calming effect, and have you drifting off to the land of nod in no time.