Sweet dreams – Top 5 products for a great night’s sleep
PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 May 2020
Worrying about the coronavirus and adapting to recent changes to routine can wreak havoc with your sleeping pattern. So we’ve put together a run-down of the best products to order for your bedroom to ensure you’re getting a good night’s sleep.
498... 499... 500 sheep counted – and yet you still can’t sleep. There’s no doubt about it, coronavirus has been interrupting many people’s slumbers. Reports of troubled dreams and long nights of tossing and turning are rife at the moment.
This is not surprising given that anxiety levels are skyrocketing across the globe as we worry about the risk to our own health, as well as our loved ones. Our usual routine has been interrupted, disturbing our body clock. And then there’s the money worries...
We all know how a sleepless night can leave us feeling tetchy – not ideal when living in lockdown – but sustained lack of sleep can complicate other physical and mental health problems. Fortunately, short-term insomnia is very likely to resolve itself, especially if you can implement methods that maximise your chances of high-quality sleep.
A lot comes down to creating the right environment – somewhere comfortable, where you can drift off peacefully With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of sleep-promoting products you can have delivered straight to your door to help set up your bedroom as a theatre for peaceful dreams.
The perfect bed
First and foremost, you can’t guarantee a perfect night’s rest without finding the right bed for you. You’ll want something that looks as good as it feels – a bed that’s stylish and chosen to fit the size of your bedroom.
How firm a mattress you should get will be dependent on your sleeping position, as well as your height and weight. Softer mattresses are great for those who move about in the night, while firmer mattresses are better suited to those with back issues.
Now that you’ve found the perfect piece of furniture for hibernation, you’ll need to dress it with bedding that you’ll love sinking into every evening. And don’t be afraid to express a little personality with your choice of linen. We love the Lyndon Wild Stag bedsheets from Aldiss, which summon a sense of natural wonder by bringing the great outdoors into your bedroom.
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White noise machine
Ambient noise can improve your sleep quality, not only helping you to drift off but also helping you stay deeply asleep for longer, so you wake up rejuvenated in the morning. White noise works by slowing down brain waves to enhance deep sleep and REM, which will leave you feeling more satisfied come morning.
White noise machines are especially helpful if you are a light sleeper and you find that random sounds wake you up throughout the night – whether it’s a barking dog, a noisy neighbour, a beeping car alarm or something else. The soothing sounds produced by these devices can be adjusted to find a frequency that works for you, helping to mask noises in the night.
Aromatherapy can work wonders for your slumber. You could opt to burn incense or light scented candles, but it’s safest to extinguish flames before going to sleep, so use an aroma diffuser to create the relaxing atmpophere.
Dispersing essential oils such as jasmine, sandalwood and lavender, an aroma diffuser can establish a sense of serenity in your bedroom. The exotic scents can relax the mind and body, helping you to fall asleep effortlessly. Studies have shown that aromatherapy positively influences sleep disturbance, meaning that you are less likely to wake during the night.
It is vital to make the most of your sanctioned outdoor exercise for 30 minutes each day so your body is exposed to natural light. This raises the body’s level of melatonin – a hormone that helps to regulate our sleeping and waking pattern.
However, when it’s time for bed you’ll want your bedroom to be as dark as possible. Exposure to artificial light in the evening can suppress your body’s production of melatonin and trick your brain so that it thinks it’s time to wake up. Blackout curtains block outside light, helping your body regulate its natural circadian rhythm and boosting overall sleep satisfaction.
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