Sleep can be a somewhat elusive commodity at times, often forsaking us when we need it the most. Indeed, Google reports a whopping 1.6 million ‘can’t sleep’ searches per month; that’s a LOT of tired souls wandering around. But whatever’s keeping you from the land of nod – be it a stressful day, a screaming baby or knowing you have an early start in the morning – your bedroom itself should be a sleep haven, and certainly not on that list of sleep-stealers.
Here we take a look at how to transform your bedroom into that all important sleep haven, designed to get you snoozing before you know it. Read on for our top tips to get you nodding off in no time.
A comfortable sleep haven
Goldilocks was right when it comes to mattress selection. Some people need a mattress that offers more spine support, while others may need one that is softer on pressure points, such as hips, so you might find that certain levels of firmness are more suitable. A mattress is a very personal thing, so it’s important to get the one that suits your particular needs. If you’re in the market for a new bed, try investing as much as you can afford on a decent model – it’s the place you spend a third of your life, so it pays to make sure it’s comfortable.
Generally speaking, the higher the number of springs, the better quality a mattress. If you’re sticking with what you’ve got, however, consider investing in a mattress topper instead – the padding on top of a mattress provides added comfort, so bumping up what you’ve already got will therefore aid a restful sleep. Picking the right mattress for your requirements is super important. Refer to the Dreams Mattress Guide for the information you need.
Back to basics
There’s nothing like snuggling up under a nice plump duvet and resting your head on soft, full pillows. The Sleep Council suggests replacing pillows every three years and duvets every five, so if you’re due an upgrade, now’s the time to invest in a set which will benefit both mind and body. Changes in body temperature throughout the night are one of the most common reasons for disturbed sleep, so opt for a set that will help counter these fluctuations.
Natural down and feather duvets and pillows can offer softness and insulation, or for those with allergies, look for alternative fillings, such as alpaca wool, which helps regulate temperature as well as being chemical-free and naturally anti-allergenic. And increasingly, technology is being used to upgrade synthetic duvets and pillows – whilst climate control microfibers, which aid airflow and help maintain your body temperature, might sound like science fiction, rest assured they’re out there, and it won’t be long before they become standard.
Read more about down and feather duvets.
Beautiful bed linen
Now you’ve chosen your nice breathable bedding, you’ll want to dress it with an equally beneficial bed linen set. A high thread count (where a greater number of fine threads is used within the make-up of the fabric, resulting in a softer feel) is often top of people’s bed linen wish-list, but in truth this is only one element to consider.
While cotton is generally the most popular fabric option, other materials are equally worth considering, too. As well as aiding a more casually elegant look, linen manufactured using the traditional stone washing process, which uses abrasive rocks to smooth the naturally rough texture of the linen, results in a tactile fabric that feels wonderfully soft next to the skin. Linen’s natural properties allow it to breathe and – an added bonus – it looks even better when it’s slightly crumpled, meaning one less thing to iron.
Silk sheets may have connotations of cheesy 1980s bachelor pads, but, thankfully, today’s offerings are far easier on the eye. Never mind its ‘sexy’ reputation: silk has been revered for centuries due to its high protein content, so, unlike cotton, it doesn’t absorb moisture from the skin or hair, meaning it can actually reduce the likelihood of waking up with facial wrinkles and an out-of-control bedhead (yes, really!)
Just as going out in several thin layers can offer more temperature control than simply throwing on a giant jumper, layering your bed can be a wise option, particularly if you’re prone to waking up hot or cold in the night.
Try placing a flat sheet underneath your duvet, folding it over the top to form a cuff, then adding blankets and throws on top of it all. As well as looking sumptuous and cosy, this approach allows for lots of easy adjusting in the night as your temperature fluctuates. Extra blankets in particular can be a useful commodity in all seasons, from adding extra bulk in chilly months, to pairing alongside a simple sheet in summer ready for a chill in the night. To avoid feeling stifled, go for a natural material – Welsh blankets are a particular style favourite of mine, and the one pictured from welshblankets.co.uk looks like it would do the job perfectly.
Let us know how you get on transforming your bedroom into a sleep haven in the comments section below.