“Sleeping well is vital for our whole wellbeing,” says our founder, Chrissie Rucker OBE. In these uncertain times, it’s no surprise many of us are struggling to get a good eight hours, so it’s more important than ever to discuss ways to improve our sleep quality. After all, “sleep restores the body, refreshes the mind and may even help to boost the immune system.” Here, Chrissie shares six simple suggestions that can make a real difference.
1. Create a calm zone
“At the end of a busy day, there is no better feeling than getting into a beautifully made and blissfully comfortable bed. Our bedroom should be a place of retreat, rest and relaxation, and our beds need to sustain us for years to come. The perfect bedroom should be a cool, airy sanctuary in Summer and cocoon you in Winter.”
TIP: A vital ingredient to better sleep is choosing the right layers. Opt for breathable fabrics, such as linen and cotton, during warmer months. On colder days, add a throw, or swap to brushed-cotton styles.
2. Workout to wind down
“Exercise, as well as having health benefits (not to mention being a great stress reliever), can also play a role in how well we sleep. Medical research has found exercise can help us fall asleep faster and improve our sleep quality. I find taking half an hour of exercise each day helps. I try to mix it up between running, strength training and pilates.”
TIP: Performing a few simple stretches before bed can help quieten the mind and release tension. Try simple neck rolls, or the child’s pose.
3. Soak to soothe
“Relax in a lovely warm bath 60–90 minutes before bedtime (I love our Spa Restore Luxury Bath Oil with calming neroli, re-energising eucalyptus and warming geranium). Your body temperature drops when you get out of the warm water, mimicking the temperature change you experience when falling asleep.”
TIP: Post-bath, keep skin hydrated by locking in moisture with our Sleep Nourishing Body Cream – a comforting blend of sleep-inducing essential oils to help aid drifting off.
4. Pillows are paramount
“Choosing the right pillow is essential for a comfortable and healthy night’s sleep, and finding the perfect texture comes down to your shape, size and how you sleep.”
TIP: Replace your pillows every two to four years. If they feel flat, or lumpy, they won’t give your head and neck the gentle support required to ensure you wake up free of aches and pains.
5. Comfort is key
“We love designing gorgeous nightwear and, as with bed linen, avoid anything synthetic in Summer at all costs. Instead, choose super-soft, ultra-breathable styles made from pure cotton, or lovely, cool-to-the-touch pure linen.”
TIP: Dim the lights and unwind with our Sleep Candle. Work this into your bedtime routine, so your mind starts to associate the scent with slowing down.
6. Go tech-free
“Make your bedroom a no-phone zone and avoid any screens for at least an hour before you want to sleep – I am constantly amazed at the very real difference this makes. Once in bed, enjoy reading for a while (a book or magazine – essentially nothing work-related). For me, this always helps to unwind a busy mind and usually has me drifting off to sleep within 20 minutes or so.”
TIP: Swap your iPad screen for an actual book. Screens emit blue light which prevents the brain from producing melatonin.
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