Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Top tips for a better bedtime

With the tail end of January finally finished, and February just beginning, what better way to enjoy the coming months than treat yourself to a better sleep? With this in mind, here at Savoir we’ve collated our best advice to truly make the most of your bedtime.

1)      Don’t take the heat

If you find that you are horribly hot and bothered at bedtime, the sheets you choose could be the culprit. Synthetic fabrics are more likely to trap heat, meaning that you may feel too warm to doze off, leaving you frustrated and unlikely to sleep well. Selecting a higher quality cotton sheet is more likely to let you maintain your perfect temperature and enjoy a better sleep experience. We recommend a high thread-count Egyptian cotton, which is not only luxuriously soft, but will keep you cool throughout the night.

2)      Turn off the tech

Recent research has found that 77% of 35-49-year-olds watch TV right before bed, and almost two-thirds of 18-34-year-olds use their smart phones before sleep. According to Business Insider, the artificial light from electronic screens impacts circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycles, and ultimately impacts negatively on your sleep. Shunning electronic devices in the bedroom is one way to chill out and ensure you are sleep-ready when it comes to lights off time.  If you feel restless and aren’t able to relax, why not try reading a book, which will relax your mind ready for sleep.

3)      You + a quality mattress = a good night’s sleep

According to the Better Sleep Council, you should ‘Get on Top of a New Mattress and Get to the Bottom of Your Sleep Problems.’ The BSC recommend that you reassess your mattress every 7 years and consider buying a new one. We spend over a third of our lives in bed, so doing this in comfort is certainly recommended. If you are not ready to invest in a new mattress however, here at Savoir we recommend that a mattress is flipped, or rotated, monthly, so that what was your sleeping surface is now the bottom of your mattress – often giving your bed a new lease of life.

In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on Sunday 29th of March, so why not use February to trial the above tips and get into a more positive sleep pattern.

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