We interrupt this blog post with some BREAKING NEWS.
“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?”
Taken from the best selling author, scientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker’s book, Why We Sleep. The treatment is, you guessed it, sleep.
We all know we need sleep to function. We’ve naturally done it since we were born, so why do we struggle to understand it’s importance and do it well when we’re adults?
It can come down to many reasons, but here at Christy, we have a few tips on how you can get some serious shut eye and sleep well from tonight.
Being to hot or too cold can seriously impact your sleep, but keeping your body temperature at the perfect point can be tricky, especially if someone is constantly stealing the duvet.
Make sure you have the right duvet for the season. A lighter tog of 4.5 is perfect for summer, 10.5 is great for all year round and 13.5 is best suited to the winter months. In fact we’ve written all about the different types we offer in the Christy Duvet Buying Guide.
You may also want to size up your duvet, to avoid any middle of the night, bed related arguments. If your bed is a King Size, size up your duvet to Super King and see how soundly you sleep.
The Perfect Pillow
Be as picky as Goldilocks when it comes to finding the just right pillow and settle for nothing less than perfect. Finding the right one could also prevent you or your significant other from snoring , which is a sure fire way to ensure a better night sleep immediately.
Our range of pillows are the perfect addition to your bedroom, from King Size to anti-allergy, we have the one for you.
Sticking to a routine is crucial to keeping your sleep on track. That means winding down for bed at least an hour before you intend to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, yes even at weekends!
Try to avoid heavy exercise, alcohol, sugary foods, caffeine and heavy meals in the evening, as all of the above can disrupt your valuable shut eye.
If you’re struggling to wind down and sleep, try a calming spray designed to be used in your bedroom. Sleep sprays formulated with lavender and chamomile oils will give you a relaxing and rejuvenating deep sleep. Inhale deeply and exhale all of your worries.
You wouldn’t continue to sit in a chair for eight hours a day if you were uncomfortable or not supported and the same should go for your mattress. If you’re struggling to drift of, waking up in the night or not feeling rejuvenated in the morning, your mattress could be to blame.
Invest in a quality mattress and consider both yours and your partners needs. If you both prefer different levels of firmness, consider getting a mattress that suits you both by getting a half and half one.
Not in the position to purchase a new mattress? No problem, there are a wealth of mattress toppers out there that can upgrade your quality of sleep overnight.
Sometimes, as hard as it is, clearing the mind and concentrating on your breathing really can make all the difference to your sleep.
Try to do this during the day with an app on your phone such as Headspace or Calm and use your new found skills when it’s time to snooze.
Keep your bedroom as device free as you can. No mobiles, tablets and definitely no work laptops. Blue light from these electronics can negatively impact your quality of sleep and keep you up for longer from aimlessly scrolling.
If you use your phone as an alarm clock, consider going old school and wake up with a clock or wake up light.
Have you got any tips on how to get a good nights sleep? Please feel free to drop them in the comments below.