Are you forever counting sheep? By making just a few small changes, you could vastly improve the quality of your sleep…
1) Mattress matters
Your mattress is probably the most important bedroom purchase you’ll make. Be sure to try before you buy if possible, or take advantage of free return offers and guarantees if you’re not completely satisfied.
2) Colour coded
Try not to flood your bedroom with too many vibrant colours. It needs to be a place where you can unwind, so keep your colour scheme soothing and simple.
3) Pattern perfect
Similarly, choose a pattern or design you like, and stick with it. There’s certainly room for a little creative license, but notice how your furniture and bedding choices move your eye around the room – if there’s too much to take in, then you may find it difficult to relax.
4) Fix your frame
Creaks and rattles are annoying when we’re awake, but they can be very disruptive when we’re asleep. If you’ve noticed that something has come loose in the frame of your bed, fix it as soon as possible. It won’t right itself, but it will keep you up at night.
5) The right light
Flexible lighting is very important, and it often pays to have more than one option available. Make sure you are happy with ceiling pendant designs, and consider installing a dimmer switch or LED smart lighting for greater control. Of course, there’s always room for a bedside lamp or two.
6) Window opportunities
Depending on the size of your room, the window can often be very close to the bed. Be sure to locate and address any draughts, as well as cracks in the curtains or blinds which allow for unwanted early morning light.
7) Hot and cold
Take charge of the temperature of the room itself by running your heating on a timer, and try not to sleep too close to a radiator. For bedding, it’s better to have more covers than you need. Losing a sheet is easy, but trudging to the cupboard in the middle of the night for extra blankets isn’t.
8) Switch off
The modern day habit for checking smartphones just before we go to sleep (and the very second we wake up) could be wreaking havoc with our sleeping patterns. Put your devices away at least 30 minutes before going to bed, and allow your mind to wind down.
9) Wake up call
Revert back to a traditional alarm clock to further reduce your smartphone use and, if possible, set up a regular waking time. It’s also advisable to pre-set your alarms, if your device will allow you to do so. This way you needn’t worry about waking up the next morning, when trying to fall asleep.
10) Make your bed
A surprising number of Brits ‘forget’ to tidy their beds in the morning, which means a lot of us are greeted by messiness when it’s time to turn in. For the sake of 60 seconds in the morning, hitting the hay becomes a much neater affair.
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