Top tips for optimising your bedtime routine to wake up refreshed
We think it’s safe to assume we all want to get the best night’s sleep possible and wake up feeling refreshed. But sleep is a funny old thing, as something we do every night, you’d think we’d be well practised; but it seems some of us could do with some pointers on getting consistent, high-quality sleep – the kind where you wake up before the alarm!
The secret to waking up refreshed lies approximately 8 hours before the alarm goes off; it begins with our bedtime routine. Taking the time to wind down properly and leave the day behind has the power to set you up for the best night’s sleep possible.
So before you settle into your heavenly French Bed, we’ve collected a few tips on how to master a truly calming bedtime routine…
Turn Down The Statement Lighting
We all know light and sleep don’t go hand-in-hand, so being mindful of the lighting in your home as the evening moves towards bedtime is imperative.
As the sun sets and it starts to get dark, our internal body clock triggers the release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin – we’re sensitive souls! We don’t want to stand in nature’s way so, during the evening switch from the impressive overhead pendant lights and sparkling French chandeliers to softly lit table lamps, dimmed wall lights and luxury scented candles to create a sleep-inducing cocoon of ambient light.
A Calm Bedroom Retreat
Having a calming, designated space to end your day is imperative. A beautiful dressing table, with soothing scented candles and everything to hand is the perfect place to remove your makeup, brush away all the busyness and signal to your body that it’s nearly time to sleep.
Ideal Temperature for A Good Night’s Sleep
Our body temperature plays a huge part in how well we sleep – too hot and you can have a restless night’s sleep; too cold – can lead to stiffness and a feeling of being unwell. Consider everything you have contact with when you sleep: pillows, duvet, luxury mattress, bed linen and even pyjamas. Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, silk, wool, bamboo and flax are ideal for maintaining an optimal body temperature when sleeping. These natural fibres are breathable (allowing air to circulate), durable, moisture wicking and available with sustainability in mind – meaning you can sleep soundly without the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Write This Down
Emptying your mind at the end of day allows you to switch off. If you’ve got a lot on – stress, worry, creative thoughts are likely to interrupt your sleep. During the evening, before you head to bed, write out a ‘to do’ list, leaving your worries and ideas on the page and not taking them to bed.
A Soft Landing
Once you’ve achieved the perfect routine and a good night’s sleep, it’s time to get up. Temperature matters more than ever in the morning, to keep the cosy bed feeling for longer, let your feet land on a thick, plush rug. It may seem a small detail, but it will make a big difference to your morning.
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