• Dawn Bowden

Creating Your Own Sleep Paradise

Anyone who has been through periods of not sleeping will know how much it can impact on daily life. Even if it isn't our anxious thoughts that awaken us, they can do a very good job of not allowing us to go back to sleep. The chattering mind seems to set an alarm for around 3am with a reminder of all the things there are on the to do list along with anything else that we might otherwise be coping with…. but not in the middle of the night. Sound familiar? It does to me.

Studies show that the environment we sleep in plays a very big part in helping to ensure we have a peaceful and uninterrupted night sleep. I have certainly found this to be true. According to The Sleep Council. …‘In order to get a restful night’s sleep you need the right setting, which means a clean, peaceful and welcoming room’ Many of us are unknowingly sleeping in a bedroom that is simply not fit for purpose, and that environment could be the key cause of a restless night.

They advise the following 7 changes to your bedroom environment to make a difference with your quality of sleep. Why not spend the extra time we have at home improving the room you sleep in by doing the following...

1. Make your bedroom a peaceful place for rest and sleep. The temperature, lighting and noise should be controlled so that your bedroom environment helps you to fall (and stay) asleep. Try and block out any possible sources of light.

2. Declutter your bedroom so it is a clear and uninterrupted space. For example, keep your bedside table free from clutter and remove things like washing baskets that act as a reminder of what we haven’t done!

3. Say NO to technology in the bedroom. Things like TV’s and Laptops can be very tempting when you cannot sleep. Switching them on only adds to the problem. If possible, keep mobile phones out of the bedroom. Replace your phone alarm with an old fashioned clock or let the radio wake you up in the morning.

4. Avoid using your bedroom for work or anything else other than sleeping (and sex)

5. Add special touches to the space. These will help you feel more connected and peaceful. Family photographs, and ornaments will help to create a room that’s pleasant and relaxing.

6. Avoid using certain colours when decorating. Bright reds, yellows and oranges are jarring, while browns and whites can be drab. Instead, choose soft, muted tones that will make you feel calm.

7. Introduce relaxing smells into your room. Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Geranium are naturally calming, so invest in some essential oils to add to a diffuser (or our CALM Candle) to help you drift off. We always light a CALM in the bedroom an hour or so before going up to bed. Always remember to blow any candles or burners out before going to sleep. Never leave a candle unattended.

Sweet Dreams X