How to fall asleep faster and feel more rested
Last year, the New Zealand Herald reported that nearly 40% of kiwis sleep less than seven hours per night - a significant number considering the recommended duration is 7 - 9 hours.
That said, this blog post is not written to convince you to go to bed earlier. We understand that lives are busy and time slips away from us all; so below you will find some tips to help you fall asleep quicker, and set your room up for a better quality sleep - making the most out of the sleep you can get.
Even when our eyes are closed, they have receptors which respond to light - meaning if it is light in your bedroom, your body will think it is time to wake up. This is where curtains and drapes come in… Good quality blackout curtains block light pollution in the evening, and those bright sun rays in the morning, to help you sleep as soundly as possible. Not to mention they also double up as sound insulation - dulling any outdoor animal or traffic sounds.
Temperature regulation at night is often overlooked, but it can be the difference between waking up feeling rested, or needing another three hours of shut eye.
The easiest way to address this is through your bedding material. Organic cotton is a great choice as it is very breathable - perfect for those who heat up over the course of the night. Linen is known for its temperature regulating properties which makes it perfect for nightwear and sheets; not to mention the slightly heavier weight works wonders in calming the body down in preparation for sleep.
We have all been told many times that the blue light from smartphones, tablets and LED TVs suppress the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, but these devices have become deeply integrated into our daily lives so how do we find the right balance?
Sleep psychologists recommend making the bedroom screen-free. Keep your phone downstairs, watch TV on the sofa, and allow the bedroom to become a sleep sanctuary again.
That leads us on to the penultimate point… Use a good ol’ fashioned alarm clock! Smartphones are intelligent devices which can do everything including track your sleep and wake you up in the mornings, however in the big picture they do more to disturb your sleep than improve it. Luckily there are plenty of good looking alarm clocks on the market to suit any budget and style.
Having a strong routine by waking up and going to sleep at the same time everyday will train the body to fall asleep faster - setting your alarm for the same time every morning will significantly help with this.
If there is an alarm clock, there has to be somewhere for it to go!
The bedside is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning, so it should put a smile on your face. Take the time to find one which suits your style and that you love, there are endless designs out there but do not be afraid to get crafty and make it your own.
A general rule of thumb is a bedside table should be big enough to fit a glass of water, a book and… you guessed it - an alarm clock. Drawers or shelves for extra storage come down to preference, but a tidy space helps the mind relax so whatever your style, the bedside table should help to create a tidy and calming environment.
Image credits in order:
Pexels, Elle Decor, Hale Mercantile Co., Rafa, Natural Bed Company, EnWallpaper, Elle Decor, Pooky Lighting