Getting yourself set up for a peaceful night’s sleep is about more than just your bed, mattress and bedding. It’s also about how relaxed you are! With that in mind, here are our top tips for getting yourself set up for a peaceful night’s sleep.
1. Slow down before bed time
A common difficulty people have in getting to sleep is down simply to not being able to switch off. And if you’re one of those people who works hard up to the moment you go to bed, then you too might be setting yourself up for a hard time dozing off. Instead, try to take a little time before bed where you wind down. Relax with a book, watch some TV or even just enjoy a soothing chamomile tea.
2. Avoid electronic devices in the bedroom
The screen of your smartphone could be causing you all kinds of problems getting to sleep. Set your alarm and then put it down! Similarly, a TV might do more harm than good in the bedroom. Keep the bedroom for sleep and leave the electronic devices to one side.
3. Room humidity
The humidity of your room can really have an effect on how well you sleep. Humidifiers and de-humidifiers can help you to get your room humidity just right, aiding a peaceful night’s sleep
4. Room temperature
Particularly in the winter months, it can be tempting to have the heating on in the bedroom. But if you’re sleeping under a duvet or blankets, this could easily result in your waking up too hot in the night. Similarly, in summer, many of us forgo the duvet altogether to avoid feeling too stuffy, but your body temperature changes when you sleep anyway. So in the summer months, maybe keep a light sheet over you to avoid waking up shivering. And in winter, leave the heating in the bedroom off in favour of cosying up under a duvet with a hot water bottle, if need be.
5. Create a routine
This isn’t just a handy hint for getting baby to sleep! A bedtime routine can help adults sleep too. Consider the same pre-bedtime routine each night to help your body get into “sleep mode.”