Interiors // Struggling to get your 40 winks? Create a cave of relaxation

February 6, 2018

Sometimes in life, there come prolonged periods of time where try as you might, you just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep.


It could be the heat and light of the summer days that occasionally stop you from nodding off; it could be some stress from work or your home life, you might just have so much on your plate that you cannot turn your mind off. You’ve tried all the usual remedies, warm milk, herbal teas, meditation, and even pillow sprays. But nothing seems to help, and it’s time to take some more drastic measures. {See previous post here with Teapigs}


Below are my three simple tips to help turn your humble bedroom into a cave of relaxation and rest.



Light and sound


It’s well-known that in order to sleep, you need your room to be dark, cool, and quiet. But how do you achieve that? For a start, try turning off all those electronic devices an hour or so before bed. 


The glare from the screens can disrupt your body’s production of melatonin which regulates when you feel tired. After that, it’s time for a bit of DIY. 


If your bedroom overlooks a streetlight, you may end up with a lot of glare coming in through your windows. Not only should you invest in some heavy duty blackout blinds or curtains, but you could also go an extra step and create a way of attaching a thick sheet around your window frame to stop the trickle of light that creeps around the edge of your curtains. 


 You should also make sure that your double or triple glazing is in good repair to block the noise from the outside world.





Next, you need to create a mood in the room. As you settle into bed to read for a short while, take the time to make sure that the lighting is dim, but not so dim that you will strain your eyes to read.


You could also look into reed diffusers, candles, or room sprays that contain lavender, chamomile, bergamot, or sandalwood. 


All of which are well-known to help the body to relax. If you like incense, then burning some an hour or so before you go to bed is a good idea to create a pleasant aroma. However, be careful of creating an atmosphere that is stuffy or oppressive.




{Image credit: Static.Pexels}


If none of those methods have worked, it may be time to bring out the big guns. Many people don’t invest in their beds as heavily as they should.


But considering you spend a third of your time in bed, it makes sense to ensure that it is giving you the best quality of sleep. The Hypnos Mattress is used by many hotel chains to provide their customers with a good night’s sleep and are well-known for quality and longevity.


A good mattress should be changed every eight years. However, a poor quality or cheaply bought mattress might not even last half that long. Be sure to pick something that is comfortable, but supportive enough to keep your spine aligned in your chosen sleeping position. Many a bad night of sleep has been caused by a mattress that is past its prime or not suited to an individual’s particular needs.


There you have it, three simple ways to create a room that will help you to get the best sleep of your life. You’ll sleep so well that you’ll wonder how you ever coped before.


Blunty xx


{Collaborative post, as always my opinions are my own} 

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