How to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary?
Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our health and well-being, which makes getting good quality sleep more important than ever. In a previous post, we shared the top 10 tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Asides from a heavenly bed with soft bed linen, cosy duvets, plump pillows and a supportive mattress are all essential for enhancing the quality of those precious eight hours. We believe it is equally essential to establish an environment dedicated to helping you drift off blissfully, so here are seven tips on how to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary for a peaceful night’s sleep:
1. Declutter the Bedroom- Cortisol is a hormone produced in response to stress. Cortisol levels are typically highest in the morning and generally drop throughout the day. When your bedroom is filled with clutter, it will weigh on you consciously or unconsciously, and our brain interprets visual stimuli as tasks that need to be complete. This can disrupt our sleep cycle meaning we are not able to get to sleep quickly or access the deep sleep which rejuvenates us. Removing the chaos of clutter not only gives your full unconscious capacity to relax and release tension, it can also help you sleep better.
2. Silk Soft Pillowcase - Laying your head to rest at night on a silk pillowcase is the perfect way to end your day. Best related with that “aah” moment when we treat ourselves to a massage, a relaxing day at the beach or a quiet evening in the bathtub. There is no better feeling than the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed at night. Escapism is something that you truly deserve! What’s more, silk items can do wonders to hair and skin all while you sleep. Shop for organic peace silk pillowcase here.
3. Bedroom Plants - Not only do plants look great, but they also have fantastic health benefits, including aiding your sleep. We love peace lilies, they are known excellent air cleaners and can increase room humidity by up to 5%. Increased humidity is great for breathing while asleep. Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin and hair, increased susceptibility to colds, respiratory illnesses and can allow viruses and germs to thrive. Peace lilies are easy to look after, they have beautiful white flowers and need little light and watering, it’s a fantastic way to bring nature into the bedroom.
4. Removing Electronics - This shoots two birds with one stone. Not only are you limiting your exposure to the glow from electronics, but you are removing the temptation to stay up into the wee hours of the night surfing the Internet. We suggest powering down at least an hour before your bedtime and charge your phone in another room. This will remove any disruption that could intrude your mind and sleep so that you can re-establish your bedroom and nighttime routine for relaxation and sleep.
5. Breathable Sleepwear- Choosing the right sleepwear is vital for a good night’s sleep; it should make you feel good when you put it on and not cause your body to overheat. When you overheated during sleep, your body doesn’t produce adequate melatonin and growth hormone, both of which are important for repair and anti-aging. We recommend sleepwear made from natural fabrics such as peace silk. Silk is light and ultra-breathability compared to synthetic materials; it is also a magical thermo-regulator to help keep you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re hot.
6. Lighting - Winding down for the day can be challenging and can take time. As important as natural light is to wake us up, darkness is what tells our bodies it’s time for bed and helps keep us asleep throughout the night. Instead of relying on a single overhead light, try a variety of targeted amber lights or candle lights to help you feel calmer earlier in the evening and reset to your natural sleep rhythms.
7. Bedroom Scent - Scent has the power to get your attention and affect your actions. It can also be a great tool to get better sleep. Lavender, chamomile and mandarin are all proven to create a relaxing atmosphere. You can use automatic air sprays or essential oil diffusers to fill your bedroom with those calming scents. We love to follow a wind-down ritual to prepare for sleep with Spritz Wellness sleep spray; it’s completely natural and designed to stimulate senses, calm the mind, energise the soul and send you off to sleep.
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