Getting enough quality sleep is essential for general health and wellbeing. The amount of sleep a person needs differs from person to person, but generally, at least eight hours are required to ensure you are performing at your best during the day. Without it, the ability to concentrate and make well-reasoned decisions is the first function to suffer. In addition, any model will tell you that getting enough sleep is a vital part of their beauty regime; lack of sleep leads to dark circles around the eyes and a dull complexion. This is because, while you sleep, your skin repairs and renews itself. Have a look at the design of your bedroom to see if there are any changes you can make to increase the chances of you getting a good night’s sleep.
Decorate in calm, neutral shades, with the minimum amount of patterns and fuss. Cool colors lower blood pressure and heart rate, which will help you get a better night’s sleep, whereas fiery colors can create anxiety and restlessness. Your bedroom is your private sanctuary, where you go to let down your guard. If you treat it as a room for rest and romance only, you might find it a lot easier to relax when you are in there. This means getting rid of the computer or laptop and banishing anything work related that might distract you or stimulate your mind. Aim to create a serene, clutter-free environment.
Your bedroom needs to be well ventilated and cool – consider turning off radiators or heaters and keeping a window open when you sleep. Noise reducing windows and more effective window drapes or blinds may help if your sleep is being disturbed by what is going on outside. Rather than hanging heavy drapes or curtains, window shutters are extremely convenient because they can be adjusted to keep out the sun, particularly in the summer months, and they look neat, tidy, and modern.
A good quality, comfortable bed is essential. If the time isn’t right for a new bed or mattress, consider memory foam that sits on the top of the mattress and molds to the shape of your body when you lie on it. Invest in cotton bed linen with a high thread count and use the correct tog of duvet for the time of year. Use extra sheets, throws, pillows and cushions to create a beautiful, restful and inviting bed.
Some Feng Shui experts recommend placing the bed against the wall and positioning it so that you can see the door from your bed to help you relax; mirrors bounce energy that is not conducive to sleep. In any case, you should consider your other senses – lavender is a soothing scent for the bedroom. Scented linen sprays and pillow mists are available. You could also try relaxing sounds on a CD or via an app on your phone.
Besides the setup of your bedroom, a routine that includes time to relax before bedtime is vital to preparing for a good night’s sleep. Inhibit your consumption of caffeine as the day goes on; eat your evening meal several hours before you retire, particularly if you like rich, spicy foods. Many people swear by a warm bubble bath, a comfy pair of cotton pajamas and a milky drink. Others find a good book helps them to unwind. What most people do agree on however, is that time must be made to mentally unravel before you try to sleep. Make some time just for you before you slip into your cool, calm, comfortable sanctuary and give yourself the best chance of a good night’s sleep.