A Sleepy Scene: How To Create A Relaxing Bedroom
It’s not just Benenox that prepares you for a deeply relaxing and satisfying sleep. Your bedroom also plays an important role in your quality of sleep and how easily you can drift off to the land of nod. Here are six things you need to consider for your sleep sanctuary…
Mattresses can bring out the Goldilocks in all of us. What’s too hard or too soft for some, is just right for others. Make sure you’re sleeping on the kind of mattress that’s perfect for you - and remember to turn it regularly. If you sleep in the same position every night it can wear unevenly, and by the time it starts sagging, it could be too late to solve the problem. If your bed is past its best but you can’t afford an upgrade, try adding a mattress topper. It’s a simple, but cost-effective way to breathe new life into your bed.
Make sure everything on your bed is beautifully soft and comfortable. Natural fibres like 100% Egyptian cotton will ensure your duvet cover, pillow cases and sheets always feel crisp and fresh. Add throws and cushions in sumptuous fabrics for a luxurious touch that will make bedtime even more of a pleasure.
Warm or cool?
How warm or cool do you like you like your bed? If you’re naturally hot-blooded and get hot and sticky in the night, choose a cool duvet with a 3 or 4.5 Tog rating. If you’re the bed socks and hot water bottle type, go for a warm and cosy duvet with a 13.5 Tog rating. For the best of both worlds, opt for a “Four Seasons” duvet that you can adapt for all-year-round comfort.
The dark side
Investing in blackout curtains or blinds can make your bedroom an even more relaxing space. They eliminate any outside light sources that might disturb your sleep, from street lights and car headlights to a full moon. The extra thick linings of blackout curtains also help to soften sounds as you’re drifting off to sleep. And as an added bonus, they provide thermal insulation to regulate your bedroom temperature. So you stay cool as a cucumber in summer and toasty warm in winter.
The right light
You also need to the right lighting for your relaxing sleep sanctuary. The first rule is to choose lights and bedside lamps that emit a soft, warm white light and create a cosy atmosphere. LED lights will save energy and provide beautiful, high quality light. Choose dimmable styles so you can adjust the light levels to your needs, whether you’re reading a book at bedtime or searching for that sock you lost under the bed.
And finally, no technology. You might be tempted to check your social media last thing at night, but research shows that the blue light emitted from your mobile, laptop or tablet actually inhibits the production of melatonin. That’s the natural hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Switch off at least an hour before bedtime to wind down gently and prepare for a great night’s sleep.
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