According to 2021 statistics, 36% of UK adults struggle to fall asleep at least once a week. If so many of us find it hard to switch off before we fall asleep due to everyday stresses and busy lifestyles, what can we do to improve this? Well, luckily we have a few helpful tips to improve your sleeping space, so you can get that well-deserved good night’s sleep!
Unless you’re not a fan of the dark, it’s a good idea to make sure you sleep in complete darkness to help you towards your night of rest.
We’d recommend you invest in some blackout blinds or curtains to block out any light coming in from your windows. This would be especially helpful if you have any street lights directly outside your home.
If you prefer to have a nightlight in your room, perhaps find one that has a dimmable feature, so you can have it to a brightness that’s comfortable for you and that will also allow you to fall asleep easily.
Ditch the Electronics!
According to The Sleep Foundation, watching TV before you go to bed negatively impacts your quality of sleep. Your exposure to blue light before you sleep (which comes from most phones, tablets, computers and televisions) affects your circadian rhythm, which is the internal process in everyone’s bodies that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. If you need any devices in your room before bed (i.e., your phone for your alarm in the morning), keep it out of arm’s reach and avoid using it for an hour before bedtime.
Instead of browsing social media and whatnot before bed, read a calming book before bed, have a soak in the bath or have a chat with your loved ones or whoever you live with.
We can’t always control outside noise that might disturb our sleep, however there are ways to block this out! Whether you’d prefer to create white noise by having a fan on during the night or wearing earbuds to block out the noise, all we recommend is to do whatever makes you comfortable!
Your Bed & Mattress
Mattresses are made to last for up to 10 years, and they can be quite an eye-watering cost when you first look into getting one! You have to remember that we spend almost 1/3 of our lives asleep, so we need to make sure that time is spent as comfortably as possible! If your mattress is lumpy, torn or even if you wake up feeling sore and still tired, it’s probably time to buy a new mattress!
Although online shopping seems like the future, we’d still recommend doing physical bed shopping. Go and lie down on various mattresses at your local mattress retailer and see which one fits you best!
Also, if you find yourself fluffing up your pillows during the night or your head doesn’t feel comfortable when you’re asleep, it’s time to buy some new pillows too!
Neutral colours and soft furnishings on your bed and in the room can help you feel comfortable and relaxed. Decorating your bed with extra cushions and throws can not only make it a more comfortable space for relaxing as well as sleeping.
Our stress levels are very easily affected by mess and untidy spaces, especially in rooms where we’re meant to relax and unwind! Make it a habit of putting dirty clothes in your laundry hamper, or if they can be worn again, put them away in your wardrobe instead, so they aren’t piling up on the end of your bed or on a chair.
Make sure any drinks glasses next to your bed don’t pile up, and if you can, avoid eating in your room so dirty plates or food debris don’t start appearing. While odour doesn’t usually wake us from sleep, it can make it much harder to relax if you can still smell your dinner while in bed!
Did you find these tips useful? We’d love for you to let us know in the comments! If you’re looking to get any wardrobes fitted to reduce any clutter in your space, you can give us a ring on 01536 697996 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.