17 Jul Transform your bedroom: sleep your way to good health!
Your mood, productivity at work and even your health: they all depend on a good night’s sleep. Given how it is so important to our health and wellbeing, it is surprising that all too many of us sleep in bedrooms that are simply not fit for purpose. Follow these simple tips and turn your bedroom into a sleep haven!
1. Shun the light, embrace the dark
Light is the enemy of sleep. You probably knew that, but did you know why? Well, the reason is that light inhibits the release of melatonin, a hormone that naturally encourages you to fall asleep.
So, turn off or dim bright overhead lights whilst getting ready for bed. If you can’t dim your main lights, perhaps use a bedside lamp instead. Consider purchasing thick curtains or an eye mask that will truly block out any light and let the melatonin flow!
2. Keep cool
When you fall asleep, your body temperature will naturally fall. You can start the cooling process yourself and put your body in the mood for a much need rest by turning down the thermostat. Experts advise setting the thermostat 5-10° lower than its normal setting will encourage sleep.
3. Keep it quiet
So many bedrooms in London are treated to a nightly concert by the passing emergency service sirens. Even those homes and flats on quieter London roads can be disturbed by brawling cats or noisy neighbours. Try listening to a soothing CD, ideally on a player with a “sleep” mode setting which will automatically turn the music off after 30-60 minutes. If you can’t fall asleep with music on, a trusty pair of ear plugs should do the trick.
4. See calm, be calm
You need to pick up calm vibes the moment you step into your bedroom. Walls should be decorated with soothing colours; try to keep any patterns subtle and simple. Also, try to de-clutter your room. If it doesn’t help you sleep, does it need to be in the bedroom? By all means have personal mementos decorating your bedroom’s walls, but keep in mind that your bedroom should be the one place where you can close the door on the stress and action of the outside world. Do not invite it in with a TV!
5. Say no to screens
Admit it, you can’t resist checking your phone or browsing on your tablet before you lay your head on the pillow. Put those screens away! Seriously. Tablet computers, televisions, mobile phones… all of them! For one they omit light (remember, this inhibits sleep inducing melatonin) and they also stimulate your mind to be alert, ready for action. It’s a good idea to stop looking at all screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
A good night’s sleep can work wonders for everyone’s health and beauty. You owe it to your body to have a rest after all the stress you put it through. And if you really want to thank your tired, overworked body – visit our salon in Kensington and Chelsea and leave feeling fabulous!
Sleep well London.