Sleep – the mysterious shift in consciousness that our bodies require every day – is so vital for our health and well-being.
That’s why we need to do all that we can to ensure that we enjoy quality sleep and deal with any sleep problems to avoid long-term health problems.
We can all feel tired at times but it is important that it is not disruptive to our daily life or general health. Simple changes to your choice of mattress, bedroom environment and bed time habits could be the answer to improving your sleep.
Here’s our advice on three key areas that could make all the difference in you getting a perfect night’s sleep.
The foundation of good sleep is a comfortable bed and mattress.
Many people underestimate the importance of a comfy and supportive mattress, but research found that swapping an uncomfortable mattress for a new one resulted in at least an extra hour of sleep – and a more undisturbed night.
Lack of support from a mattress reinforces poor sleeping posture which can prevent you from getting a restful sleep. If you find you sleep better in a hotel or other bed away from home; or are waking up with aches and pains which wear off as the day progresses, it may well be time to change your mattress.
With a wide choice of mattress types on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult. It’s a good idea to do your homework so you understand more about all the different components you can find in a mattress (see our guide to mattress types).
When you do decide to head out shopping for a new one our expert Bed Centre team will be on hand to offer expert advice, but do always consider these factors:
- Put value and quality over price. Of course, there are some perfectly acceptable, lower priced beds available but the better the construction, the better the support and comfort.
- The right support and comfort is critical. A mattress that’s too hard or too soft for your needs will be even more uncomfortable as time goes by. It needs to be firm enough to support your spine in correct alignment – but must also conform to your body’s individual contours for comfort.
- Try before you buy. You should lie on each bed you’re seriously considering in our showroom for at least 10-15 minutes – and try different positions (you move 40-60 times a night) – to decide if it’s a good fit.
- If two people will be sleeping on the mattress, you should both visit us and test it at the same time to make sure it has enough space and that you are both comfortable on the same type of mattress.
You need to create the right environment to get best night’s sleep possible, and that means a bedroom that’s quiet, calm, inviting and welcoming – inducing a sleepy notion.
Here are some of our top tips to creating the best environment for you to enjoy a sleep filled night.
- Keep your room as dark as possible, if necessary use blackout curtains or 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 and avoid having a television or computer in the bedroom.
- 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 you’ll look forward to going to bed.
- Don’t treat your bedroom as an extension of your living room or a study. Use it as a quiet space for sleeping.
Our brains respond well to routines and abiding to best practice in the lead up to sleeping can make all the difference to how quickly and soundly you’ll sleep.
There are some easy steps you can take to ensure your space and mind is set for the best chance of a great night’s sleep.
- Reduce the intensity of light in your home in the evenings by using dimmer switches or lamps with low wattage bulbs.
- Establish a bed time routine and regular time that you go to sleep to maintain a standard sleep pattern.
- Avoid the use of technology in the few hours before bed time and turn off your mobile phone at night.
- Find alternative ways of relaxing like warm baths with calming scents, quiet music, reading and yoga.
- Use a hot water bottle if you get cold feet.
- Avoid foods and drinks that can hinder sleep.
- Avoid napping during the day.
A combination of the right bed, environment and pre-sleep routine really could transform your night’s sleep into one full of rest and rejuvenation – leaving you bright and feeling good every morning.
The team at Vincent Bed Centre are experts in all things beds, mattresses, pillows and toppers, and can give you all the advice you need to make an informed…and comfortable decision.
You are assured of competitive prices, expert service and a relaxed environment so pop in and try our large selection of beds and mattresses. Find the foundation to your perfect night’s sleep from the best manufacturers including Hypnos, Harrisons, Sleepeezee, Sealy, Dreamworks and more.