Struggling to get to sleep at night is one of those niggling little problems which can afflict us all regardless of age or gender, and regardless of how successful we are in life. Fortunately, for the vast majority of us, it’s relatively easy to resolve.
These relaxation tips for sleep will help you get the sumptuous night’s sleep that you deserve, whether you’re sleeping in a wrought iron bed or a wooden bed, in Egyptian cotton or in silk. They’ll make you look forward to bedtime again, and in the morning, you’ll wake up feeling fresh and bright, fully restored and ready for the day ahead.
Wind down in style with these relaxation tips for sleep
One of the most common ways in which we make it harder for ourselves to enjoy a good night’s sleep, even in luxurious made-to-measure beds, is by failing to wind down properly during the evening hours. This is a time when our bodies are geared to respond to the soft hues of twilight and gathering dust, or to the warmth of a crackling fire.
Staring at a blue-lit computer or phone screen sends entirely the wrong signals, making us think, subconsciously, that it’s daytime. Television can do the same thing. Turn off the screen and try relaxing with a book for a while, sharing lazy conversation or listening to a radio play. Choose lighting or lampshades which bathe your rooms in soft pink light and you will gradually feel overcome by natural sleepiness.
Product: Shouldham Wooden Bed Frame
Before you turn in for the night in one of our handsome bespoke beds, why not treat yourself to a bath? Make it warm but not too hot, light some candles to create just the right ambience, turn on some gentle music and then just lie back and soak. Avoid citrus-scented bath products, which will wake you up. Instead choose a soothing aroma like lavender, which has been shown to induce relaxation. Dry off afterwards with a soft flannel towel and you’ll be in perfect condition to slip in between fresh sheets and get the sleep you’ve been craving.
Enjoy the optimal bedroom environment
Did you know that tiny differences in your bedroom environment can have a huge effect on your capacity to sleep through the night? That’s because your body is primed to wake up if something feels wrong.
The first and most obvious matter to attend to is light. If you live in a place where a lot of light seeps in from outside, it may well be worth getting your curtains fitted with a blackout lining which minimises the intrusion. A good overlap at the sides and a pelmet on top will help, and will also reduce problems with being woken up too early by morning light in the summertime.
Even the most comfortably upholstered beds will only help so much if you are waking up at night due to dehydration or low oxygen levels. Make sure that your room is properly ventilated and consider using a humidifier, at least during the hottest part of the year. Keep a glass of water on your bedside cabinet so that even if you do wake, you don’t need to disrupt your metabolic rhythm by getting up.
Check your radiators and ensure that your bedroom is a comfortable temperature year-round – generally a couple of degrees lower than the rest of the house. Using layered sheets and blankets rather than a quilt or heavy eiderdown will let you adjust your temperate naturally without waking up.
Sleep in the bed you deserve
It almost goes without saying that a good quality bed makes sleep easier. That’s partly because of the way it makes you feel: it’s much easier to relax when you’re in a beautiful place, surrounded by luxury. Our elegant four poster beds add that touch of romance which will make you feel as if you’re already dreaming when you’re awake, whilst our cast iron beds have a sturdy, imposing quality which provides a sense of reassurance with its simple splendour.
When you have a bed which really speaks to your personality you’ll feel instantly at home in it, making it much easier to tune out the rest of the world and be at ease.
Our made-to-measure beds offer the ultimate in nocturnal indulgence, fitting neatly into your room and giving you precisely the support you need. They help to create a space which is psychologically relaxing, a comfortable area where you will want to spend more than just your sleeping hours, getting away from your day-to-day stresses to curl up for a nap or relax on a matching sofa with a tall, cool drink.
Bespoke metal beds look stylish no matter what you combine them with, whilst our customisable beds are ideal if you’re one of those people who likes to change with the seasons, adding your own unique flair to rooms which are always in style.
Treat yourself to a superior quality mattress
No mattress lasts forever, and if you’ve been suffering from discomfort when trying to sleep, or if you’ve woken up feeling stiff or bruised, it could be that yours needs a change. Because they deteriorate slowly over time, it’s easy to get used to those feelings and not realise how much of a problem they’ve become.
When you switch to a new bespoke mattress you’ll be amazed by how comfortable it feels, and by how easy it becomes to rest your head on your pillow at night and wake up again at the perfect time in the morning, feeling fantastic. A good mattress will make you feel almost weightless, support easy movement and make many commonplace aches and pains literally vanish overnight.
Product: Ambassador 2000 Mattress
Our made-to-measure mattresses are designed to fit any bed so that even if yours is an unusual size or shape you can enjoy the highest quality support. Properly fitted, they won’t move around at night, even if you toss and turn when sleeping. They breathe efficiently so you won’t feel sticky or clammy, even in hot weather, and they ensure that even if you sleep next to somebody who moves around a lot during the night, your own sleep won’t be disturbed. Pair such a mattress with one of our bespoke fabric beds and you’ll sleep better than ever.
Lifestyle changes to aid relaxation
When you’re feeling rough all the time, it’s difficult to contemplate making any significant changes in your life, but once you’re starting to do better, it’s time to start thinking about how certain adjustments could make your sleep even better. If you’ve started to wake up feeling better, for instance, you can follow that by getting some early exercise, whether it’s a jog or just a gentle walk around the block. This will help to establish a regular rhythm for your body, so that it’s ready for action at the right time of day and, consequently, ready to relax at night.
Healthier eating choices, particularly cutting down on fats and processed foods can also improve overall sleep quality. If you don’t want to cut them out entirely, try to reduce the amount that you consume in the evenings, in the run-up to going to bed. Cutting down on the amount of salt you eat and on your alcohol intake will lower your risk of dehydration and as such will also help you to get a better night’s sleep.
If you want to know more about our products and how they can help you to sleep better than ever, enquire today. That first night of proper sleep in one of our luxurious beds could be just what you’ve dreamed of.
By Shane Cousins on
By Shane Cousins on
By Shane Cousins on