2013 New Year’s resolution: time to get a better sleep!
Each year at this very same period comes the time to write down new resolutions that we will strive to keep for the year ahead. It is a great way to look back on what we have achieved, or not, over the past 12 months and to set up some new objectives. The chance are that most people will realise that they didn’t keep their last year’s resolutions … so why not start this year with an easy one to warm you up for bigger achievements?
What about sleeping better in 2013, being well-rested all year round in order to better keep all the other resolutions? Whether it is due to a physical condition such as sleep apnea or the sleeping environment in itself, almost half of us confess to not getting a good night’s sleep every night. This is why we have put together 5 easy steps to implement right now that will allow you to get a better sleep:
1- Create a great sleeping environment
In order to create a restful environment when bedtime is getting close you should make sure that your curtains are thick enough to prevent the light outside from keeping you awake. Try also as much as possible to keep the noise down and the room cool. If external factors such as the flashing light of the alarm clock or the inevitable bustle of the night life outside can’t be avoided, the best solution is to wear a sleeping mask and ear plugs!
2- Ensure that your bed, mattress and pillows are supportive and comfy
Once you have made sure that nothing around you can prevent you from getting the beauty sleep you deserve, you should then double check the quality of your bedding, pillows, mattress and bed. Creating a restful sleeping environment is one important thing but if you are sleeping on old mattress that is not supportive enough for your spine and joints the risk is that you will keep tossing and turning at night and wake up as unrefreshed as before.
3- Give in to temptation of luxury
Have you ever dreamed of sleeping on bed sheets made of silk, Egyptian cotton or other luxurious materials? Are you tired of feeling restricted by the size of your double bed? When it comes to sleep, anything is permitted so why not take advantage of the January sales to treat yourself to breathable bed sheets and a luxurious king size mattress to sleep like a King?
4- Set up a sleeping routine
Synchronise your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Try to get between 7 and 8 hours sleep every night, to go to bed and wake up every day at the same time. Keeping a regular sleep schedule will help you get up quicker and more refreshed so you can stay attentive all day long.
5- Read a book
Switch off the TV, turn off the electronics and immerse yourself in a good book that will keep your attention up for 15 minutes before you feel the physical need to close up your eyes and drift off to sleep.
Interior design enthusiast and furniture lover, Camille writes on behalf of Wedo-Mattresses.co.uk, an online supplier of beds and mattresses.