Friday, 12 August 2016

Pillow Talk - A Guide to Getting a Better Night's Sleep

Managing your sleep, and the amount you get each night, might feel like an impossible task – especially when juggling a busy work and social schedule. However, it is important not to lose faith, because your sleep is defined by more than just the hours you lay in bed. Here, we give our quick and easy steps to ensure a good, undisturbed night’s sleep.

1)      Time out

Spending hours looking up at the ceiling trying to fall asleep can be avoided by scheduling in time to ‘wind down’ before settling in for the night. This doesn’t even have to mean reading a book for half an hour - instead turning off or dimming the lights an hour before your planned bedtime will help your internal body clock to do its job. The kind of light that will most inhibit the production of melatonin (that sleepy feeling we all crave as we turn off the light) is artificial electronic light, the kind given off by phones, tablets and computers - so, it is most important to switch off any of these devices at least an hour before bed.

2)      Not too hot, not too cold

The perfect temperature for sleep varies widely depending on the person - so firstly, make sure the room is comfortable. Following this, remember it is better to sleep in a cooler room than a warmer one, as this is less likely to interrupt your REM sleep. Sleeping on a bed made from natural materials, like a Savoir bed, will also help to regulate your temperature as they can ‘breathe’ and wick moisture in a way synthetic fabrics cannot.

Taking a bath, cold or warm, a few hours before bed is a good way to encourage sleepiness because as your body works to warm up or cool down (depending on the baths temperature) it will tire itself out - leaving you more inclined to a night with no disturbances.

      3) Feeling blue 

According to research, blue is the best colour to paint your bedroom. Linked to calm, peace and serenity, this colour is thought to slow your heart rate - or even reduce your blood pressure! If you're not sure blue is the hue for you - then green and yellow are also close contenders. Avoid dull colours such a grey and brown, these are unlikely to relax you and could instead leave you feeling depressed! 

One of Savoir's supremely comfortable designs 

4)   The Beauty of Bespoke

Of course, one of the most important factors for a good sleep is the bed. At Savoir, we create bespoke designs for our clients, because we understand that one size does not fit all. Our expert showroom staff actually fit customers for the perfect bed, checking their sleep posture, level of comfort and support. It’s important to try your bed before you buy it, to ensure you are sleeping on the right mattress tension and that you are supremely comfortable – after all, you spend a third of your life in your bed!

Do you have any more tips for the perfect night’s sleep? What colours help you to dose off? Tweet us @SavoirBeds1905


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