5 tips to creating a healthy sleeping environment

According to Insomnia Statistics UK 2021, 36% of UK adults struggle to get to sleep at least once during the week and almost 1 in 5 have trouble falling asleep every single night.

There are multiple factors that can cause a bad night’s sleep, but the good news is there are a few things you can do with your bedroom décor to help.

Re-evaluating the space in which you sleep and making a few minor changes can go a long way to creating a healthier sleeping environment. Here are our top 5 tips:

Create a comfortable bed
It may sound obvious, but the key to a good night sleep is a comfortable bed. The Better Sleep Council says mattresses should be replaced after 5 to 7 years to ensure maximum support. So, if your bed has a large impression where you sleep, and you happen to be experiencing aches and pains, it’s probably time to get a new one.

Every hour is golden hour
Bright white lights in a bedroom can be harsh and can even trigger migraines. Replace your white light lamps with an easier-on-the-eye golden light to create a warmer tone. Pop these on at night when you start to wind down and flick on your big light in the day to feel more awake.

Invest in plants
Plants have many advantages, they add an aesthetic edge to your room, have many health benefits and they can even help you sleep. The scent of a Jasmine plant can help with lowering anxiety and an Elecampane plant can cause sleepiness. An Areca Palm can work as an air purifier by releasing oxygen at night and removing harmful chemicals from the air.

Design a serene space
Creating a sense of calm in your bedroom can help you relax when it comes to bedtime. Infuse your room with soothing scents such as chamomile, lavender or cedar. Whether it’s a candle or a diffuser, the scents will help to create a stress-free vibe. To add to this vibe, clean out the clutter in your room – nothing says anxiety like a messy, unorganised space.

Try to avoid screens half an hour before bed and place serene photos on your bedside table, so the last thing you look at before going to sleep is a calming and relaxing image.

Re-evaluate your colour schemes
Our brains process dark colours with being asleep. Try painting your walls in a darker shade such as emerald green, navy, brown or a soft black to create a cosy and comforting effect. Try doubling up your bedroom windows by having both blinds and curtains. This will allow you to control the light in your bedroom and get a better night’s sleep in complete darkness.

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