There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to get a good night’s sleep, and for two thirds of us[i] it’s a reality time and time again.
Tossing and turning throughout the night not only leaves you feeling sluggish the next day, but it’s not good for you in the long run either. With sleep now being hailed as the third pillar of good health[ii], Jean-Paul Barnett, Bed Tester at luxury bedmaker Harrison Spinks has shared some tips to help make sure you’re getting your 40 winks this National Bed Month.
Start winding down before bedtime
Having a pre-bed routine can help us to relax as we’re telling our body that it’s nearly time to sleep.
Something as simple as reading a book or having a bath can really help us to mentally unwind in preparation for going to bed and can put our mind and body at rest after a long day.
We’d recommend getting into a routine where you start to wind down and get ready for bed at the same time every day. That way you’ll train your body to relax at night, which will in turn make it easier for you to fall asleep as time goes on.
Make your bedroom a sanctuary
Your bedroom should be where you feel comfortable and calm. Make sure it’s kept tidy so that stress and frustration don’t take over when you walk in and be sure to make the bed on a morning so you can jump straight in at night without any hassle.
Bedroom decoration also plays a big part in your relationship with sleep. Using blue tones for walls or bedding has actually been proven to aid in getting to sleep. Our receptors see blue as a calming colour, meaning that your brain allows your body to fully relax when you see it.
No tech in the bedroom
We know it’s difficult, but you should be leaving technology outside the bedroom. Electrical items, no matter how big or small, give off light and heat which, in turn, causes disruption to your sleep whether you realise it or not.
Experts advise keeping laptops and mobiles out of your bedroom completely and recommend buying an alarm clock to wake you up instead of your phone, so that it’s nowhere near you when you’re in bed.
If this isn’t an option for you, then try unplugging any electricals that you aren’t using to prevent any unwanted light and heat. It could also be helpful to set a time when all electricals are turned off so that you have some time to wind down before bed, allowing your mind to clear before you try and fall asleep.
Even though we like to feel as snuggly as possible in bed, especially in the winter, it’s actually easier for our bodies to sleep in cooler temperatures.
Sometimes we can’t control how warm or cool our bedrooms are, due to the temperature outside, but certain mattresses and bedding are heat regulating and work by ensuring your body remains at the optimum temperature for sleeping, making it easier for you to get some well-needed shut eye.
Natural materials are worth considering as they are temperature regulating and breathable, creating a hygienic sleeping environment that will keep you comfortable at night, whatever the weather.
Invest in a good mattress
A poor night’s sleep could mean that you’re less productive in your everyday life and can seriously affect your physical and mental health. In our opinion, it’s definitely worth spending a little bit more on the right mattress that can fulfil all of your needs.
A luxurious mattress might seem expensive to begin with but when you work out the cost per night, it really doesn’t seem that bad. For example, if you were to buy a mattress for £2,000 and you kept it for ten years, it would be costing you around 55p per (good!) night’s sleep.
However, before you go full steam ahead and buy the most expensive mattress you can find, you want to make sure that it is actually right for you. We strongly recommend going into a shop and lying down on one, as you would at home, to see how it feels. Firmness and support are both important things to consider and remember zip and link mattresses are also available if your preferences are different to your partner’s.
Harrison Spinks is one of Great Britain's most established and innovative bed makers. The 180-year-old family business is one of the most vertically integrated bed manufacturers in the world - from drawing its own wire for its unique spring technology, to growing its own natural fillings on its own farm in Yorkshire. For more information on Harrison Spinks, please visit: www.harrisonspinks.co.uk.