The importance of a good night’s sleep – it’s National Bed Month
More sleep? Yes please!
Throughout March it’s National Bed Month – time for a lie in before learning about the importance of a good night’s sleep! Organised by The Sleep Council, the month aims to remind us all of why a sound sleep is good for our health.
Forget the old saying that if “You snooze, you lose.” It’s thought that a good sleep has amazing properties that make you healthier and happier, and can even add years to your life! In 1988 a ground breaking study found that by switching an uncomfortable old bed to a lovely new one meant an extra 42 minutes of sleep!
You can put your own bed through an MOT at the site and find out if changing it could lead to better sleep!
It is often overlooked when it comes to working towards a better night’s sleep but is an essential ingredient. A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. Remember, if you’re not comfortable in bed your sleep won’t be as deep.
During National Bed Month, it’s important not just to look at the health of your bed, but your bedroom environment too. You need the right environment to get a good night’s sleep and that means a bedroom that’s cool, quiet, dark, tech free, clutter free and comfortable.
Here are some top tips on creating the ideal haven for sleep:
• Keep your room completely dark, if necessary use blackout curtains or use an eye mask.
• Make sure your room isn’t too hot or too cold, keep it slightly cool around 16-18°C (60-65°F).
• Keep clutter out of your room – for example, try putting the laundry basket in the spare room, bathroom or the landing.
• Don’t treat your bedroom as an extension of your living room or a study. Avoid having a television or computer in the bedroom, and turn off your mobile phone and anything with an LED display (including clocks).
• Adorn your bedroom with beautiful things such as photographs of loved ones, artwork that you like, plants and flowers. It will help you feel more connected to the room and look forward to going to bed.
• Try to avoid bright colours such as reds which are less restful and quite stimulating, and less conducive to a good nights’ sleep. Use muted and pastel colours, which are a lot more calming.
• Some smells can affect your mood, making you more relaxed and calm. Sprinkle a pot pourri with essential oils of lavender or geranium, though never use during pregnancy or in children’s rooms.
• Take a long, hard look at your room and see what it says about you and understand that you have a duty to care for yourself, your sleep area and your general health and wellbeing – you’re worth it!
• Make sure you’re sleeping in a comfortable, supportive bed. The bigger the better too – for less partner disturbance. And spend as much as you can afford: we spend a third of our lives in bed, so compromising on quality at the cost of a good night’s sleep doesn’t make sense! For more information on buying a bed visit the NBF website here.