Top tips for a comforting sleep environment
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, struggling to get to sleep, it may well be that your environment is to blame. The Sleep Council advise that aside from putting your smart phone away 30 minutes before sleep and taking warm baths, a key step in creating the perfect sleeping environment is to make it relaxing and adjusting it to suit your sleep needs. ‘The bedroom should be an oasis of calm and tranquillity – uncluttered and devoted to the land of dreams.’ This may sound a little daunting, but these top tips for a comforting bedroom environment will help optimise your space for a better night’s sleep.
Immerse yourself in relaxing scents
Everyone has heard of the relaxation benefits of lavender, and with good reason. Rolling a small piece of lavender between your wrists, or using lavender scented massage oil can work miracles for a better night’s sleep. You can also use scented pillow sprays or pop a drop of essential oil in your aroma diffuser to fill the room with gentle, relaxing fragrance to help you drift off.
Find your ideal temperature
The optimal temperature for a peaceful night’s sleep is between 16 – 18 degrees Celsius, but with the constant fluctuations in British weather it can be hard to maintain this – if it’s a few degrees too hot or cold, you’ll find yourself waking up throughout the night. Utilising breathable fabrics such as cotton bedding will help your body regulate its ideal temperature for a peaceful night. If it’s the peak of summer or winter, investing in a cooling fan or portable radiator to maintain a comfortable temperature can be ideal to help keep your sleep cycle regular.
Keep the air clean
If you or a family member suffer with allergies, it can be difficult to fall asleep through the sniffles and coughs. Using an air purifier can reduce the presence of polluting agents such as dust, spores, bacteria and pet dander. Finding one with a HEPA filter and ioniser, such as our Dimplex model, is ideal, as they can retain up to 99.97% of these aggravating particles in your home, helping to create a calming, more peaceful sleep environment.
A good night’s sleep shouldn’t be a thing of dreams. By taking a few simple steps to changing your environment you can transform your sleep cycle and give yourself a better chance at a restful night.