Once again Vincent Bed Centre is supporting Sleeptember. It’s an initiative run by The Sleep Council to encourage people to think about how they can achieve improved sleep and see the benefits a good night’s sleep can bring.
The campaign highlights the health benefits associated with a good night’s sleep to increase awareness of how sleep can impact your health, overall well-being and productivity. Just like a healthy diet and exercise, sleep plays a vital role in keeping you healthy, happy and helping the body heal.
Poor sleep and fatigue are common problems. Just one bad night’s sleep can affect your mood, concentration levels and energy levels, while long-term sleep deprivation is linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
If you’re struggling with sleep then maybe changing your sleeping habits this September could be the first step to a whole new routine which will leave you healthier, full of energy and reaping the rewards for having a better night’s sleep.
Here are five simple steps that we recommend you take this Sleeptember.
Your bedroom environment is a big factor in helping you achieve a good night’s sleep. Ideally the space needs to be cool, quiet and dark. Keeping your bedroom clean and free from clutter also provides a much more calming environment to help you wind down into a deep sleep. It’s time to de-clutter your bedroom, consider if you need black out blinds or maybe lined curtains if light is an issue and keep the radiator thermostats set to a low temperature to avoid excessive heat over night. Three simple steps to aid a more restful night’s sleep.
Curb the use of gadgets before bedtime
The use of smartphones, laptops, TVs and games consoles can all have a negative effect on your sleep pattern. Using them close to bedtime can make it even more difficult to switch off and wind down into restful sleep. The lit displays can prevent you falling asleep as the gadgets will activate your brain which suppresses the natural production of melatonin which helps tell your body it is time to sleep. Create a new ritual where you do not use gadgets an hour before you go to bed. And make sure your phone is left on silent mode and face down on your bedside table during the night.
Create a pre-bed ritual that will aid your sleep this September. Reduce the intensity of light in your home in the evening by using dimmer switches or lamps with low wattage bulbs, and find alternative activities before you go to sleep to avoid gadgets and TV like a relaxing warm bath with calming scents, listening to quiet music, reading or meditation. If your mind starts to wonder about all the things you have to do the next day when your head hits the pillow try writing a list in a bedside notebook before you go to sleep so you can sleep with a clearer mind.
Keep to a routine
It may seem a hard one to crack, but going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day, even on weekends, helps your body set a routine and ensures you receive the optimal amount of rest. Keeping a regular schedule sets your body’s internal clock and with a regular pattern in place you can fall asleep quicker and will wake up much easier. Give it a try in Sleeptember and see the benefits. Choose a bedtime that works best for you and your daytime routine. It may take a little while to adjust, but stick with it and within a few weeks you should be noticing an improvement.
The foundation of good sleep is also 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. 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.
If Sleeptember has got you thinking it may be time for a new bed or mattress we welcome you to come and spend as long as you like in our bed showroom trying out different mattress types and comfort levels to find the right one for you.
Action the above steps and you should be well on the way to better sleep. If you are confused by all the different mattress types available our blog, uncovering the different types of mattresses, is a good place to start.
And if you do decide it might be time for a new bed or mattress, our summer sale bed offers are here until the end of September to help you sleep well for less.