Why sleep is important: Kindred bedroom designed to help you sleep

How to Sleep Better at Night

01st Mar 2017 Inspiration & Lifestyle

Here at Kindred, comfort is at the heart of everything we do. We know why sleep is important when it comes to everyday life.

The Sleep Council know why sleep is important. They say that if you are having difficulty sleeping one of the first things to look at is your bedroom. It is important to have the right environment to ensure the perfect night’s sleep.

We have identified five simple ways to help you sleep better. 

Temperature

A room can become too hot, cold or draughty throughout the day, which can have a big impact on your sleep. Body heat peaks in the evening, then drops to its lowest levels whilst you are asleep. In order to regulate your room temperature around your body, we suggest keeping your bedroom between 16 and 18 degrees celsius.

This might seem a little chilly, but we are sure that if you try it you will notice the difference. Young children or elderly people may require a little more warmth to sleep comfortably. Using extra blankets and pillows, hot water bottles or bed socks, are simple ways of providing a little extra warmth, especially in the colder months.

Lighting

The light we are exposed to throughout the day impacts on our bodies more than we might realise. It is very important to keep the bedroom as calming and as dark as possible when going to sleep.

Seeing light in the morning helps us to become more alert and energised, and dimmer light is an indication to our bodies to loosen up, helping our bodies to release more melatonin and us to drift off. Using an eye mask or blackout blinds eliminates any light when falling asleep.

Comfort

We wouldn’t embark on a climb without the correct harness, so why are some of us trying to sleep in a bed that we do not find comfortable? The bed is the most significant aspect of a good night’s rest, after all it is said that we spend 25 years of our lives asleep.

It is almost impossible to sleep in a bed that is uncomfortable, and not sleeping comfortably will leave you waking up still tired and aching. Making sure you test out your mattress or bed before buying is essential. Lay how you naturally fall asleep for 10-15 minutes and this will give you the best indication of the mattress (even if it does make you look a bit weird in the shop).

'We have all fallen victim to taking our smartphones to bed'

Mobile Phones

Technology is having an impact on more and more of our lives, however not all of it is positive. Your bedroom should be a place of relaxation, a hub of tranquility. We have all fallen victim to taking our smartphones to bed, responding to emails, sending last minute texts, and in the morning the very same devices are in our hands before we are even out of bed.

Phones ring, vibrate and light up, which can be disruptive to a good night’s sleep and interrupt the body’s natural clock. We suggest turning off electrical items at the mains, or even better, leaving them out of the bedroom completely.  

Noise

That house down the street where almost every day appears to be a special occasion, or the highly sensitive car alarm that is triggered by anything. We all experience unwanted noise that can have an impact upon how we sleep. These noises can prevent us from falling asleep initially, and even wake us up in the middle of the night.

We all have our own individual responses to certain noises. It is obvious that loud noises interrupt a peaceful sleep. The easiest way to avoid this is to keep windows closed, however during summer months this can be difficult when temperatures rise. Foam ear plugs can help to provide the silence needed to have the most peaceful sleep.

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