Seven ways to create your own sleep sanctuary

We spend a third of our lives in bed, so it makes sense to do it well.

Sleep affects our health, productivity and happiness, so making sure you have a comfortable and cosy sleep sanctuary that encourages a restful sleep really can change your life.

The experts over at Bedfolk who specialise in ultra-comfortable bedding have given their seven tips for creating the perfect sleep sanctuary to ensure you get a good night’s slumber.

1. Dim the lights.

It’s no secret that harsh, bright lighting can make us feel more awake whilst also triggering headaches and eye pain. When you’re settling into your bedtime routine, whether that’s reading a book, watching a film, or listening to a podcast, ensure you have a night lamp which you can turn on to create a gentle, soothing light. You can also use candlelight if you want to feel extra relaxed and sleepy.

2. Get tidy.
Studies by The National Sleep Foundation have shown that a tidy bedroom means better sleep. Clearing away your day to day clutter can really help to create a sleep sanctuary (with people who make their beds being 19% more likely to sleep well that people who don’t!)

3. Ban electronics.

Laptops, tablets and smartphones emit ‘blue light’, which can stop the production of melatonin (the hormone that makes us feel sleepy). To help you feel relaxed and able to sink into a deeper sleep, keep your electronics away from arms reach so you aren’t tempted to have a scroll.

4. White noise.

Those who live in a noisy city may be disturbed by sounds such as cars passing by, people in the street and sirens. Creating white noise can help to drown out these sounds and promote a more restful sleep. Many people use household items such as a fan or a de-humidifier to act as constant noise, which can also be quite comforting.

5. Create a scent.
Scents such as lavender and chamomile can work wonders in sending you off into a deep sleep. You can get these within oils, pillow sprays or candles and they are a great way to help your body and mind relax, especially at times of stress.

6. Invest in quality bedding.
The most important thing when it comes to creating a comfortable place to sleep is ensuring you have quality bedding. Pure, natural and super-soft bedding can really enhance your sleep experience. Sheets, pillows, duvets and mattress toppers are all hugely important, and ensuring you choose the right material and texture for you is imperative. Bedfolk offer a range of natural bedding to suit your style and taste.

7. Create a routine.

After a busy day, it’s sometimes hard to switch off and get to sleep. The best way to prepare yourself for a good sleep is to create a wind-down routine; have a candlelit bath with some lavender oil, do some meditation, or listen to a calming podcast – these are all ways to slowly relax your mind and body ready for when you settle down to sleep.

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