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6th Oct 2016

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

The colder, darker nights are drawing in and that means it’s time to hibernate. But it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep in the colder months. Getting a good 7-8 hours sleep a night will leave you feeling alert, rejuvenated and feeling like a new person. But sometimes getting those 7-8 hours is easier said than done. Try out our tips to getting a good night’s sleep, from setting the right mood with calming colours in the bedroom to making sure you have the right bedding materials for you.

  

Your bedroom

First things first, get your bedroom in order. If your bedroom is your go-to place to watch tv, work or eat, then something needs to change! Your bedroom should be the place you go to unwind and get ready for sleep, which means it should be free of food, work and unnecessary light and sound. Colour also plays a big part in how you sleep. Did you know that those with purple bedrooms get up to 26% less sleep? A study suggests that blue is the best colour to have in your bedroom, with blue bedroom dwellers getting up to nearly 8 hours a night. Echo’s Jakarta Duvet Cover (from £56) is the perfect blue bedding companion to drift off into a spiritual sleep and wake up fresh to a new day.

 

Keeping your extremities warm

It can be tempting to whack the heating right up on cold nights but your bedroom should be a cool temperature to maintain an undisturbed sleep. However, your hands and feet should be nice and toasty at bedtime, as cold hands and feet are associated with sleeplessness! Try a heated throw or electric blanket to keep those toes warm and cosy.

 

Your bedding 

Do you ever find that a night away from home in another bed sometimes gives you a better nights sleep than at home? Then it may be time to consider a new bed, mattress or pillows! You know your own body and what it considers comfy, so think about this when choosing new bedding. If you get hot easily then memory foam might not be for you, instead, try a pillow like the Fine Bedding Company Cool Touch Pillow (now £32). If you suffer from allergies, then try the Snuggledown Anti-Allergy Pillows (set of 2, £16)

 

Extra tips to keep a focused sleep schedule

- Set a strict bedtime and waking up time. Making sure you have a structured routine will make sure you are getting the right amount of hours for you.

 

- Remove all laptops, televisions and (yes, we’re going to say it) phones from your bedroom. The light on our phones trick your brain into thinking it’s daylight, even in night mode settings. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, move it away from your bedside, over the other side of the room preferably, and lie it face down. This will also ensure that you get out of bed to turn your alarm off in the mornings!

 

- Set up a before-bed routine. Washing your face and brushing your teeth before you get into bed is an easy start. Put any technology away and focus on good old paper. Read a book, write in a journal, do some creative colouring or create a to-do list for the next day. To-Do lists are great as you can write down all the things you need to do the next day instead of worrying about it over night!

 

- Try some herbal remedies. Chamomile and lavender are two of the best readily available remedies to try before bed. Whether it’s lavender oil in the bath or a sleep spray, combined with a calming chamomile tea will leave you feeling de-stressed and relaxed ready for sleep. 

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