How to sleep well

Sleep is gold. Without enough sleep or quality of sleep, it leaves us feeling exhausted, and unproductive and can eventually wreak havoc on both our physical and mental health. This is why it is so important to establish sound sleep hygiene.

The Comfort Specialists know that to get a good night of sleep, it starts before your head hits the pillow. They believe there are 5 main stages to sleeping and living well.

  1. Wind down

A lot of people attempt to sleep straight after they have been watching TV, scrolling through their phones, or even working on their laptops. This often results in their sleep being interrupted by blue light from electronic devices. Blue wavelengths which are emitted from screens are usually not an issue during the daytime but can cause issues when used at night. Blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps us fall asleep and stay asleep. Instead, try cooking a meal, taking a warm bath, or reading a good book to help prepare your body and mind for sleep.

  1. Get comfy

It is important to be as comfortable as possible when going to sleep. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake in the hours before bed and avoid eating close to bedtime, especially spicy and fatty foods, so your digestive system isn’t working too hard. Sip on herbal teas and water and if you are still feeling peckish after dinner, a handful of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews are known for helping aid sleep. Make sure you wear comfortable, loose, breathable sleepwear to bed like a soft pair of pyjamas or loungewear. Other sleeping tools can enhance your sleep such as herbal drops, mists, and sleep technology.

  1. Bedding

There is no better feeling than when you sprawl out on beautiful sheets and snuggle up under a cosy, warm blanket. Investing in good-quality bedding is imperative when it comes to sleeping well. A good under blanket and quilt can help regulate your temperature while you sleep, ensuring you stay asleep and don’t get too hot or too cold. Look for materials like cotton, linen, silk, and bamboo as these breathe well and feel comfortable. During the colder months, a woollen underlay is warm and soft, and paired with a feather and down doona, you will stay toasty in bed. During the colder months, a cotton underlay paired with a natural fibre, light feather doona will keep you cool and rested.

  1. Pillow talk

Everyone is always looking for ‘that’ perfect pillow. This is because a pillow is important – it supports your head, neck, and ultimately, the rest of your body. Take the Sleep Quiz and find out which pillow suits you best.

  1. Dress your pillow

A high-quality pillowcase is also just as important. It feels good against your face and ultimately, helps you sleep better. Linen, cotton, silk – the choices are endless!

If you aren’t sleeping well or you want to sleep more, these sleep tips can make a difference. Address your sleep issues now so you can have a healthier, well-rested, and happier life!