Spring. Time to emerge from all that winter hygge, stretch and reassess our place in the world. Lengthening days and lifting lux levels calibrate the body clock’s circadian rhythm. We revisit mind and body health, hand in hand with refreshing and honing home interiors touches, the rewards of sound sleep patterns and a well-crafted sleep space. Cue the blissful lull of the calmest bedroom.
Paying attention to personal sleep health at any time of year is so important. One third of the UK’s population suffers from insomnia and sleep deprivation so, as we’re in the business of good sleep, it’s a top priority for us to help gently tackle some key causes.
Firstly, it’s good to thoroughly address some of the key sleep loss culprits. Working on these various elements can actively improve sleep health:
- Ensure that your bed and mattress are 100% correctly designed for your personal body shape and size. This includes mattress design variation for couples for each side of the bed.
- Avoid eating and alcohol before bedtime
- Switch off from working within two hours of bedtime
- Banish phones/tablets & laptops from the bedroom
- Avoid tea or coffee within four hours of bedtime
- Lower the noise levels – ear plugs can be useful for light sleepers
Majoring on the top-of-the-list tip – the science of a good mattress – one-to-one help is at hand in all of And So To Bed’s UK showrooms in dedicated ‘mattress studios’. Our mantra is ‘give us 10 minutes of your time and we will give you 10 years of good sleep.’ Booking a sleep consultation with of our nationwide sleep experts is so straightforward and could be a life-changing decision.
On the 21st century subject of the addictive draw of smart phones, tablets and laptops for evening downtime, we’ve also asked a couple of our in-house experts to lend us their comments…
The impact of electronic devices on our sleep
Lynden, IT Manager, And So To Bed HQ: ‘It’s thought that the blue light of electronic devices can hurt sleep quality. Theoretically, the shortwave bright light from smartphones, tablets, laptops and TV’s inhibit the production of the ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin. Phone manufacturers have introduced night mode filters for some devices which effectively change the shortwave blue-green LED light to longer wave red-orange light, thought to have less impact on melatonin production. Whether or not filters are being used, a bedroom should be a peaceful place with no electronic devices to detract from healthy sleep patterns and, when the lights are off, it should be as dark as possible.’
Purchasing Assistant, Allison adds that ‘this workhorse hormone (melatonin), produced by the pineal gland in the brain, signifies the duration of night to the body. Melatonin regulates our sleep-wake cycle, lowering blood pressure, glucose levels and body temperature… so it’s very beneficial to our health and wellbeing.’
For more expert advice, we also often turn to sleep guru, Dr Neil Stanley. Read more about his thoughts on the matter via our contribution to Pride of Britain Hotels journal entry ‘Get a Good Night’s Sleep’.
We do hope this spring re-boot of sleep thinking helps towards aligning any slipping sleep patterns. You know where we are if you need a chat – Book a sleep consultation