As the seasons change, quite often it can leave your body in disarray. Differences in light and temperature can play havoc on your sleeping patterns, and there is nothing worse than lying awake at night tossing and turning until the birds start chirping. Quality sleep is vital to your health, and it heals, rejuvenates and eliminates toxins from your body. When you reach the deepest stage of rest, growth hormones peak and stimulate tissue and cell repair. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure you sleep deeper, and longer, in the Springtime.
Switch Up Your Mattress.
Bad posture in bad can sleep to aches and pains throughout the day, leaving you even more tired than when you went to bed. If your mattress just isn’t cutting it for you anymore, then it’s time for a serious switch up. Uneven surfaces and dodgy springs can make for an uncomfortable nights sleep, and don’t even get us started on the bacteria in a dirty mattress- yuck. The SIMBA Hybrid® mattress is the first dual spring and memory foam mattress of its kind in the UK market. Its cutting-edge innovative technology – the result of over 80 prototypes – offers the comfort of five layers of memory foam with the support of 2,500 patented conical pocket springs. The patented springs make them unique, moving horizontally & vertically to fit the shape of your body and give you the best sleep. The Simbatex layer provides cool, gentle support, whilst their Visco memory foam moulds expertly to your body shape. It’s like a mattress tailor made for you.
Ban The Technology.
It’s official, we’re all glued to our phones and it’s affecting us nodding off. The phone screens, tablets and even televisions release a blue light from the screens that mimics daylight and actually stimulates you and often keeps us awake longer. Binge watching those Netflix shows can leave you feeling tired, anxious, and depressed when you wake up. That’s why you should power down devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
Entice Your Senses.
Certain fragrances and smells encourage relaxation and essential oils and room sprays are a great introduction to any bedtime routine. From scented bubble baths and body products to mists you can spritz around you room and on your bed linen, there are so many products you can pick up. The L’occitane pillow mist features a 100% natural scent and can be sprayed to create a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being. It contains the essential oils of lavendar, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium and is proven to be effective at creating a soothing sensation, conducive to a peaceful, relaxing night’s sleep.
L’occitane Pillow Mist £18.00 From John Lewis.
Have A Snack.
Going to bed on an empty stomach can affect everything from sugar levels to your digestion, and those with particularly sensitive tummies find it helpful to eat a small snack an hour before bed time. Avoid things with high saturated fats and opt for something like a handful of nuts, or even a banana. Those lovely yellow fruits are rich in magnesium which relaxes muscles and they also contain serotonin and melatonin, which encourage sleep.
Have A Drink.
Adequately hydrating your body before going to sleep is always a good idea no matter your sleep pattern, but there are certain drinks you should opt for if you struggle to drop off. Helping digestions and ridding your body of toxins is always a bonus to and can be achieved with certain drinks. Milk is rich in tryptophan, which the body converts into serotonin – a natural hormone in the body that can make you sleepy, and hot milk is even more comforting. Whittard Of Chelsea do a great range of teas that are soothing at night, particularly their Sleepy Tea. It is blended with soothing camomile and lavender with the subtle freshness of linden flowers, creating an infusion that’s deliciously mellow with a hint of sweetness. You should most certainly avoid sugary drinks or caffeine right before going to bed of course.
Sleepy Tea £5 from Whittard Teas.
The Perfect Temperature.
Are you hot, are you cold? The change of the season is often frustrating in the fact that often you can never maintain the ideal temperature. There are so many different quilts and quilt covers you can but it can often become more of a headache than a help! For a truly inspired sleeping experience, Tradelinens are a great point of call. They have developed products that will help you snuggle in for the night and feel like you’re on a cloud. From goose down to duck down products, they have been providing the top luxury hotels their bedding for over 30 years, and have recently launched a consumer brand, Tielle Love Luxury that includes bedding and more. Their faux fur throws are not only stunning to look at and soft to the touch, but provides an injection of warmth when you need one, both on the bed or on the sofa!
Black Out Your Room.
Spring and Summer months inevitably bring lighter and brighter skies, and quite often the wrong curtain can let in too much daylight into your room in the morning. Good quality black out curtains will help to reduce the light dramatically, allowing you to avoid the sunshine for a longer period of time. Just be careful the first time you put them up- you can easily think it’s the middle of the night when your 7am wake up call comes along.
Write Down Your Worries.
Sometimes, it isn’t the light, or the temperature that’s stopping us from drifting into slumber. It’s the everyday stresses and worries of life. Rather than let your thoughts run away with you, put them down on paper in a diary or a notebook. Making lists of things to do throughout the week, the errands you need to run, the deadlines you need to meet and just general notes on how you’ve been feeling that day can be a weight off your shoulders. Keep a book like this Daily Thoughts Journal by Scandinavian living inspired company Kikki K by your bedside and right jot down all your thoughts and worries half hour before bedtime. It’s addictive. It can also double up as a dream journal in the morning.
Daily Thoughts Journal £15.00 www.kikki-k.com
Test The Atmopshere.
The Healthy Home Coach from Netatmo is a smart device for monitoring indoor environmental elements. This includes air quality, humidity, temperature and noise, and is effective for light sleepers or even those with allergies at night. It alerts users when a room’s atmosphere is unhealthy and offers personalised advice on how to improve air quality and conditions. How fab!
Relax By Candlelight.
Sometimes the bright light of a lamp or overhead light can be too harsh when you’re trying to settle down for the evening. There is something very calming about candlelight, whether it is in a room, or by the side of your bathtub, and people have long been meditating by candlelight. By choosing a scented candle, you are maximising the results of the candle, and it makes for a great way to ensure your room is smelling sweet and fresh. Just remember to put the candle out before you fall asleep!
Candles from £12 from Kikki K www.kikki-k.com
Sweet dreams everyone!
*Thank you to SIMBA Sleep and Kikki K for collaborating on this post by providing products for review.