Nothing is worse than getting a bad night’s sleep. Tossing and turning whilst the hours seem to tick away. I am lucky in that most days I am able to get a solid eight hours without much interruption even in the summer when temperatures are sticky and uncomfortable.
There are a few things you can do to help boost your chances of getting a good night’s sleep which are quick and easy. Check out my top 10 tips for a peaceful summer bedroom.
- Room Colours: Choose a soothing colour for the walls, but keep in mind you don’t have to go for white! Dark blue-greys, soft neutral greens and lilacs make the perfect choice for a sleep sanctuary.
- Declutter: Removing the clutter in your bedroom will remove the clutter from your mind and create a serene atmosphere. Be harsh and only keep what is necessary. Remove superfluous furniture and stash anything unfriendly to the eye (like clothes hampers) in a cupboard.
- Refresh your bedding: Introducing new bedding is the easiest way to give your bedroom an instant, affordable refresh for the summer months. This small change can boost that cosy feeling of comfort and tranquillity in your bedroom. Who doesn’t love slipping into brand new bedding? During warmer summer nights, Egyptian cotton is the best fabric option as it is a light, airy fabric that is breathable and moisture wicking. Treat yourself to a stylish and practical Yorkshire Linen duvet cover, it will make all the difference.
- Keep the room cool: My pet hate in Summer is the heat at night! Be sure to open windows to allow a cool breeze, keeping your curtains or blinds down to reduce light but still allowing air to circulate. Don’t leave on any lights or you may have an insect invasion.
- Get blackout curtains/ blinds: I LOVE my blackout blinds, they make it easy to fall asleep despite the long daylight hours in Summer. They also reduce the heat that can enter the room during the day. Massive bonus.
- Get a sound machine: One of the features of my Alexa that I really like is the sleep timer function, it means I can set relaxing music on whilst I drift off to sleep and it automatically shuts off after an allocated time. I definitely think that playing calming music helps me sleep better.
- Relaxing scents: I recently visited the Hop Shop at Castle Farm which stock all manner of lavender products made with their very own lavender oil. I purchased some lavender sleep balm which is massaged onto the temples before sleep to help you drift off.
- Ban electronics: I admit that I love my kindle and I read a book on it every night before bed and luckily it doesn’t seem to have any ill effects on me but a lot of people suffer when using electronics late at night. Give yourself a break and ban electronics from the bedroom for an easier night.
- Peaceful Art: Yes, you want minimal clutter in your bedroom but don’t discount the benefit of having serene artwork in the bedroom in keeping with the theme of creating a relaxing environment. Choose art that’s calming and sleep-inducing and don’t overdo it!
- Make your bed: If there’s one thing that annoys me about my husband is that he never makes the bed! I always come to bed to kind the bedding all over the place which certainly doesn’t make me feel peaceful. Spend a few minutes in the morning correcting your sheets to make a more pleasant impact in the evening.
What are your top tips for creating a sleep sanctuary?