Add individual touches
Your bedside table is a great little spot to tell your story and is one of the first things you see in the morning, so keep it clutter-free and full of the things you love. From photos, trinkets, books, dishes to store jewelry, drinking glass, and a notepad, make sure it makes you smile every day.
Don’t forget the scent
The power of scent will affect how you rest in the bedroom. The scent of a room will combat an overactive mind and help to quieten the senses, so fill the room with scented candles, room diffusers and use room mists to keep it fresh. Look for calming ingredients with sleep-inducing scents like lavender, bergamot, sandalwood and ylang ylang that ease you into relaxation and a peaceful sleep.
From the right lighting to the perfect pillow and scent, here’s how to create the ultimate dream-worthy space to sleep in, whatever your style.
You spend one third of your whole life sleeping, so getting the room where this takes place and the best routine before bed should be optimized to promote a good night’s sleep. Here’s how.
A good pillow & duvet
For a great night’s sleep, you need a pillow with the correct support for how you sleep and a duvet that will keep you comfortable. Remember to buy a pillow every two years as they flatten over time, causing strain on your neck. For the pillows on your bed, keep the colours minimal for relaxation but amp up the texture with a variety of materials, think velvet, wool, and cotton waffle.
The right lighting
Creating a relaxing ambiance in your bedroom is important for a good night’s rest, so lots of lamps in warm colours are sleep-inducing and create the right mood. Whether it’s a pendant, wall light, or table lamp, make sure you mix different levels of lighting to create that ambient mood to make you feel calm.
Whatever you wear to bed will affect your sleep, so you need to choose sleepwear that is comfortable. While some people find cotton and linen the ultimate material, others may find it irritating on their skin. When you are choosing what you sleep in, you need to know how the materials will feel on your skin. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen are breathable, and soft on the skin and silk, while more expensive, is also one of the best moisture wicking sleepwear as it regulates your temperature. Go for clothing that allows movement and avoid too many buttons, tags, or zippers since these may irritate you during sleep.
Treat your skin
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep and glowing skin, hence the term ‘beauty sleep’. As your body and skin repairs at night with new skin cells growing faster, now is the best time to treat your skin. Take advantage of this skin renewal by cleansing before bed and choosing products that will optimize this recovery period, so that you wake up with a glow. Go for a soothing cleanser, a night cream or night mask and eye cream to give your skin all the nutrients it needs. Don’t forget sleep-aiding beauty products like relaxing bath foams and body moisturisers and oils.
Checklist for a better sleep
+ Have a good sleep routine. Develop a consistent sleep-wake cycle to keep the body clock regulated. Wake up at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays and work out a bedtime that allows for at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
+ Avoid certain foods and drinks before bed. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are stimulants that can keep the body awake, so avoid them at least 4-6 hours before bedtime.
+ Create an environment that supports sleep. Keeping the room cool can help improve your sleep, a temperature of 60-67oF is ideal. If light and noise are an issue, try blackout blinds or wearing an eye mask or earplugs. Invest in a comfortable mattress that supports the alignment of the spine.
+ Relax before bedtime to help your body unwind. Aim to avoid screens such as phones, laptops, and TV at least 1-2 hours before bed as the blue light can disrupt the production of melatonin the hormone involved in sleep. Listen to relaxing music and take a warm bath or shower 1-2 hours before bed.
Go for fabrics that breathe, as the wrong sheets against your body can lead to a disturbed sleep and a lack of energy come the morning. Linen and cotton are the perfect choices for adding comfort while you sleep as it is naturally moisture-repellent, helping to regulate temperature. For a restful night, always use a fitted sheet over the mattress as this won’t come loose as you move then add layers, a top sheet, duvet cover and a soft throw or weighted blanket for the ultimate comfort.
“Linen and cotton are the perfect choices
for adding comfort while you sleep.”