Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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Tips for better sleep & productive mornings

Tips for better sleep & productive mornings

So we’re a little bit late with this, but March was National Bed Month, and who doesn’t love their bed. In celebration of this, we thought we’d share with you the tops tips we’ve found on getting a good nights sleep and having an energizing, productive morning. Yes, it is possible!

Evening/bedtime

Winding down

  • Read a book to help clear your mind, but NOT on a digital devise, an actual book
  • Switch off ALL electronics at least an hour before bed
  • Jot down any worries you might have to prevent them from keeping you up all night. And write down good things that have happened too!
  • Having a warm bath with essential oils is the perfect way to wind down
  • Sip a hot drink – chamomile is the best to promote relaxation
  • Do some Yoga, stretches, meditation or breathing techniques to help you feel calm
  • Only use your bed for bedroom activities only (you know what we mean)
  • Try progressive muscle relaxation; tensing and relaxing each part of your body
  • Create a relaxing night time beauty routine that you look forward to doing

Your room

  • Get the right temperature, not too hot and not too cold
  • Keep pets in a different room, yes we know its hard, but its necessary!
  • Have plants in your bedroom that are relaxing and purify the air such as lavender, aloe vera, spider plant and Peace lily
  • Make your bed in the morning – its so much nicer getting into a nicely made bed
  • Have thick curtains to block out light, get rid of any light when you’re going to sleep, and before sleep use yellow light not blueSleeping_Space_5
  • Decorate your bedroom with cool or earthy colours to create a relaxed feel
  • Create a super cosy and comfortable space, and make sure its clean and tidy
  • Use plush textures, natural elements, personal details and calming scents

Tips for a beneficial nap

  • Power nap, 10-20 minutes, if you want to get straight back to work after
  • Nasa nap, 26 minutes, for alertness and if you’re working over time
  • Slower wave 60 minutes nap, to help cognitive memory
  • Full cycle 90 minute nap, for creativity and emotional/procedural memory
  • Optimum nap time between 1-4pm, sleep slightly upright in a dim room

Other tips

  • Avoid sugars and grains before bed, the best foods to eat in the evening are ones rich in magnesium, melatonin and B6. Try: almonds, honey, banana, salmon, turkey, warm milk, kale, walnuts and dark chocolate
  • Maintain a regular bed time, even on the weekends (yes we know this one is hard)
  • Avoid: caffeine 6 hours before sleeping, alcohol 3 hours before, dinner at 2-3 before, exercise 2 hours before, and working and using electronics 1 hour before
  • Full body exercising at some point during the day helps you to sleep at night
  • Adults need 7-9 sleep a night, make sure you get it!
  • Find the best sleeping positions if you’re in a couple
  • If you can’t sleep, get up! Read a book or listen to music, then try sleeping again

Morning

Waking up

  • Like with bed times, have a regular waking up time (again this one is a struggle!)
  • Don’t hit the snooze! You’re sleep will be fragmented and make you groggy
  • Expose yourself to natural light as quickly as possible, and get some fresh air
  • Have a cool morning shower to feel refreshed and awake
  • Drink water: hot water with lemon will help to clear and detox your body
  • You could try some energising Yoga poses, stretches or meditationmiracle-morning

Morning routine

  • Do as much prep as you can the night before & have a set routine to avoid rushing
  • Wait an hour to eat from when you wake so your metabolism can get going
  • Eat breakfast: the most important and enjoyable meal of the day
  • Schedule in family time if possible by all eating breakfast together
  • Avoid watching TV or using electronic devices for an hour after waking
  • Try creating a vision/motivation board to look at for inspiration in the morning
  • Be positive, create to do lists and plans for your day
  • Take a few minutes for yourself just to be peaceful before the busy day ahead
  • Try to walk or bike to work for as much of your journey as possible

Happy sleeping!