Studies show that we feel more positive, happier and more productive following a good night’s sleep. Improving our sleep hygiene and creating better conditions for sleep are becoming hot topics in a world where people find it difficult to switch off. Being just a little more mindful of the factors that can make or break our ability to rest properly at night could make the difference to our energy levels and overall health.
The bed is the first and most obvious factor to consider in relation to getting a decent night’s sleep. Uncomfortable mattresses, lack of space and pillows that are too firm or soft are common complaints by those who wake up feeling achy or simply not well rested. Ergonomic studies also show that couples sleep better in a larger bed. In fact, 50% of couples who took part in these studies said they’d buy a bigger bed after getting a better night’s sleep in a larger bed.
Sleeping in the dark isn’t just a human preference; it’s based on science. Light gives a signal to the body that it’s time to be awake. In the dark, our bodies release the hormone melatonin to help us sleep. Dark curtains that effectively block the light are therefore necessities to enable good quality sleep. Also be aware that mobile phones, tablets and laptops emit blue light, which suppresses the production of melatonin. So avoiding gadgets around bedtime is important too.
Being too hot or too cold is a serious no-no when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Our body temperatures drop while we’re asleep, so it’s ideal to keep the room temperature cool, with duvets to keep cosy. The perfect room temperature is said to be between 16°C and 18°C for adults.
Any loud or sudden noises can easily disrupt sleep, with many people feeling they can’t get back to sleep once they’ve been disturbed. Double glazed windows and thick curtains are therefore crucial to stopping unwanted noise affecting your sleep.
At The Runnymede on Thames, we’ve chosen the fittings and furnishings of our suites carefully to help you get a good night’s rest. All rooms have double glazed windows, blackout curtains, adjustable fans and temperature settings you can alter.
Our beds by Hypnos are covered with cosy toppers and non-allergenic Comforel Allerban duvets. These offer anti-dust mite protection and anti-microbial protection, especially beneficial for those with allergies.
Our luxurious pillows by Tielle are designed for comfort when it comes to sleeping. And for those who like an extra touch of cosiness, our handmade, Welsh lamb’s wool blankets by Melin Tregwynt are just the ticket.
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