As a population, our lifestyles are becoming increasingly demanding. But do you know the difference between being busy and being stressed?
The chances are, you’ve probably experienced stress in some way during your life, consciously or not. It can feel like an overwhelming sense of pressure, both mentally and emotionally, and can leave you feeling drained.
“A part of our lives that’s particularly affected by stress is our sleep,” says Time 4 Sleep director Jonathan Warren.
“Our bodies rely on sleep to help us recuperate so it can be extremely difficult to deal with our day-to-day tasks if we’re not sleeping properly.”
The team at Time 4 Sleep has compiled its top tips for relaxing at bedtime and getting a good night’s sleep:
Find the perfect bed
Creating the perfect environment is key to helping you sleep better. You should look forward to relaxing in your bedroom and that starts with choosing the perfect bed for you.
Start with the bedstead. Do you feel like you need more room to spread out when you’re in bed? It might be time to invest in a king or super king size bed. If too much space makes you feel anxious, consider a double or even a single bed.
You should also think about the style of the bed. If you’re looking for ultimate comfort, a soft, upholstered bed is a great option. However, if you want to feel more enclosed, wooden beds with a headboard and a footer may help you to feel more secure.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect bed, think about your bedding options. If you tend to feel cold during the night, opting for a thicker duvet will help. Investing in good quality sheets is an option too. They might be more expensive, but ultimately they will last longer and wash better than the cheaper alternatives.
Invest in the right mattress
A good mattress should support all parts of your body, from your head to your feet. Consider what your sleep needs are – if you suffer from back pain, a firmer mattress or memory foam mattress may help. Similarly, if you find that you often feel too warm to sleep at night, a mattress with a high content of natural internal fillings will be cooler than a memory foam.
The right mattress will provide comfort and support, ultimately enabling you to sleep better. It’s worth spending some time and selecting a mattress that best suits your needs.
Choose the right décor and accessories
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary at the end of the day so it’s important to ensure that you create a relaxing environment with your décor. Calming, muted colours are comforting and will help you to relax before you go to bed. A gentle, blue colour will help create a tranquil atmosphere in your bedroom.
When choosing your accessories, try to stay subtle. Bright colours and patterns can stimulate your brain and hinder your sleep.
One of the many benefits of regular exercise is that it can help your mind and body relax later in the day. You don’t have to join a gym either; you could join a running club, start cycling or follow an at-home workout routine. The benefits of exercise are endless; you just need to find the right exercise for you.
Have a relaxing pre-bedtime routine
It’s important to wind down before you go to bed, just taking the time to relax can really make a difference to your sleep.
Give yourself half an hour before bed to truly relax and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Switch off the TV, put down your phone, take a hot bath, read a book or even try meditation techniques as part of your pre-bed routine.
For more useful tips and advice on stress and sleeping aids, visit the Time 4 Sleep Relaxation Zone.