The link between sleep and your space

By Tricia Scott

The quality of your sleep is probably one of the most important factors in a productive, happy day ahead. Yet more often than not we collapse into bed after yet another crazy, busy day with little or no regard for the quality of shut eye we are about to encounter. 

Your bedroom is not just a place for sleeping, It should be a sanctuary away from excess noise, screens and gadgets. The place in your home where you can go to relax and fully escape reality, for a while at least. Lack of sleep or indeed good quality rest will leave you irritable and unable to concentrate during the day when you need to be productive and alert. In fact, one in three people now claim to suffer from lack of sleep on a regular basis.

The cost of such patterns are not only  bad moods and lack of focus, according to the National Health Service there are proven health issues and risk of serious medical conditions to take into consideration when it comes to sleep such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity to name just a few. If that's not enough for you to get exploring better quality Z's then I don't know what is! 

There are several things you can do to in relation to your bedroom to promote a good quality sleep pattern these include:

Making sure the room is dark, hiding digital clocks and phone screens from view (if possible removing altogether) and if street light pours in from outside consider investing in blackout blinds or curtains. 

A spray of Lavender water onto your pillow will work wonders when you're trying to nod off. Lavender is known for its natural calming and relaxing properties so grab a bottle and give it a go.

Chill out (literally). A cool temperature in your bedroom will let your body know it's time for sleep, the recommended temperature is between 16-18 degrees so turn that radiator down G'friend

Soothing colour schemes have been proven to promote relaxation, top of the list is shades of  blue, with silver and green following close behind in a recent survey carried out by Travelodge. If it's good enough for Lenny Henry it's good enough for us. 

Just say no to technology in the bedroom. Televisions, computers and smartphones are a massive distraction and will result in a much less restful night so off they go! 

Declutter and clean your space. A bedroom free from mess and excess stuff will make you feel calmer and more able to drift off naturally. Research storage for books, magazines and other items you may have stacked around the place, this is your sanctuary, remember? 

Lay the foundations of a peaceful night with the perfect bed. Your mattress is literally the basis of your quality of life so choose the best you can afford. Look for something firm enough to support your spine without feeling like you're sleeping on a plank of wood. It should be firm but comfortable and conform to the natural contours of your body. 

This is important stuff, take the time to really consider your bedroom space and what it means to your quality of life. Your well-being should always come first, Remember, you have a duty of care to yourself. If you're getting what you need then you will have the energy to give to others around you. 

You can't pour from an empty cup.