Creating A Sleep Space For Autumn
Change is most definitely afoot! The days are getting shorter, the mornings are colder, X Factor and Strictly are back on our screens – there’s a distinctly autumnal feel in the air this week.
At times like this our attention turns to all things indoors, not least getting cosy in the bedroom (it’s not just animals who hibernate, you know!).
So, reading an article in the 3rd September issue of Grazia magazine we were alarmed to learn that according to a recent study, sixteen million people in the UK struggle to sleep. In fact of the 13 countries studied, the UK is the ‘most exhausted’. Sleep, as we’re all aware is “the foundation of good physical, emotional and mental health,” and the average person needs 7-8 hours each night. According to the article, one of the reasons we’re struggling to sleep is our “inability to relax.” Dr Meadows, a sleep specialist, recommends a two hour wind-down routine before bedtime doing things like watching TV, listening to music or reading a book. This evening ritual, he says, should be consistent, and ideally you should go to bed and get up the same time each day. Other top tips for a great sleep include:
* removing screens from the bedroom
* a hot bath before bed
* a dark, quiet, cool, well-ventilated, tidy and comfortable sleep space
* clean bed linen
* cotton nightwear that takes heat and sweat away from the body
* daytime exercise
Futon Company says: Whether you live in a palatial house or a one-room studio, space needn’t be a hindrance to a great night’s sleep. A futon or sofa bed can be just as good as a bed. If your space is limited, create the illusion of a dedicated sleep space when night falls by introducing a lamp, cushions and throws to create the ultimate cosy corner.