Did you know March is National Bed Month? No, neither did we… but we’re not complaining. An official excuse to spend more time snoozing is fine by us, plus it’s a great time to stock up on some stylish new bedding, or even a mattress and revamp your sleeping routine!
To make the most of a month dedicated to slumber, we’ve pulled together our top tips for a comfy, cosy, super chic bedroom space. Gives yours a makeover and treat yourself to a lie in…
1. Avoid naps
Although tempting, especially if you are feeling very tired, try to avoid nappng, especially in the afternoon. The idea of a quick power nap might seem like a great idea, but if you have trouble sleeping at night, cutting out any naps in the daytime is a good place to start!
2. Stick to a schedule
We are creatures of habit and going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every day will help your body clock to regulate, with this bringing a better quality of sleep between those hours.
3. Exercise daily
Tiring your body out physically can be a great way to make sure that you fall asleep when it comes to night time, as your body needs to recover and rejuvenate. It's better to exercise a good few hours before trying to sleep though, as the body can take a while to relax after any adrenalin fuelled activity.
4. Create the perfect bed
Make sure your mattress is the correct firmness for you and that it hasn't exceeded its life expectancy. Most good quality mattresses will last about 10 years. If it's time to get a new mattress, our buying guide has some useful info that might help you and we have all the things you need in your life for the perfect sleep. From duvets and pillows, to bed linen and protectors.
5. The ideal sleeping conditions
For optimum sleep, your bedroom shouldn't be too warm, it's better to be on the cool side. Try to make the room as dark as you can, blackout curtains are a great investement, particularly for the bright mornings of summer or if you work shifts. And finally, make sure your space is as quiet as possible, the smallest noise can have an impact on your sleep. So snorers, fans, dehumidifiers, ticking clocks - get them out!
6. Change your sheets regularly
You can't beat that Sunday night fresh sheets feeling and it can help your sleep too! Build a weekend sheet change into your weekly routine to ensure your bedding is always fresh and gives you the best chance of a good nights kip. Some bed linen materials are better than others when it comes to creating the cosiest bed, Linen bedding or Cotton Percale bedding are some of the best materials around when it comes to good quality bed linen. Our bed linen buying guide can help you choose which is for you.
7. Wind down
Make sure you have a relaxing hour before bed so your body can shift into sleep mode. A shower and fresh PJs, followed by time away from screens of phones and laptops can really help. Try reading a book to help you relax your mind. You'll be drifting off in no time.
8. Avoid alcohol, coffee and cigarettes
It seems obvious, but alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes can disrupt your sleep pattern and cause you to have lighter, more broken sleep. Try to avoid coffee in the afternoon and avoid alcohol and cigarettes altogether if sleep quality is your priority.