Your bedroom should be a sanctuary - and there are lots of things you can do to ensure you get a good night's sleep. Here are a few tips to improve your bed and your surroundings to hopefully improve your slumber.
Start with the best bed
According to The Sleep Council, 40% of the population – over 16 million of us – will suffer a bout of back pain every year. I count myself in that number. So here are some tips for choosing the right bed - crucial to a good night's sleep. Here is some advice from The Sleep Council:
- Don’t just buy a bed because it says it’s good for your back. A bed that’s supportive and comfortable is key.
- The term ‘orthopaedic’ generally just means an extra firm bed; it is not based on any medical or other common standard. Firmness is not determined by price, although comfort, luxury and durability and added features such as adjustability come with higher price tags.
- Look for a supportive rather than a hard bed. Do not assume that orthopaedic or firmer beds are the best option. Often a medium firm bed with proper cushioning is better.
- A bigger bed will be of benefit if you share a bed with a partner - less disturbance!
A comfy mattress
Charlie Marshall, Founder of
"It's best to opt for a comfy mattress packed with natural stuffings and topped with cotton. Steer clear of synthetic nasties as these can cause you to overheat on those balmy summer evenings."
Choose the right pillow
The advice from Soak&Sleep is "Sleep on your stomach? Choose a softer or flatter pillow. Your head only needs to be slightly raised. Good for this: natural fillings like silk or a pillow with lots of down in it or a soft microfibre filling.
Sleep on your back? You need a little more support so that your head is raised. Natural fillings like wool and cotton would be great for this or a feather and down blend. If you want a synthetic fill, go with a densely packed microfibre or a microfibre/ hollowfibre blend.
Sleep on your side? You need a firmer pillow so that your neck is not taking the weight of your head. A feather and down pillow (lots of feather) would be best and a chamber pillow would be ideal for a blend between support and softness. If you have broad shoulders you may even need two pillows"
Use lovely linen
"I would always recommend opting for the best bedlinen you can afford to buy. You sleep with your sheets every night, with the same sheets often lasting for several years so it’s worth investing in good quality. As a rule of thumb - the higher thread count, the better! If you like to have several sets of sheets in rotation, why not mix up the fabrics depending on the season - I love cool and airy linen for the warmer months, and something a little bit luxurious for the winter. Our 1000TC Genuisa range is pure indulgence and makes going to bed feel like a treat every single night!" - Sarah Smith, Head of Buying at Soak&Sleep
What about the duvet?
The people at Soak&Sleep are experts when it comes to choosing a duvet. Here are their wise words when it comes to choosing the type of duvet filling.
"Don’t look for the lowest price, the biggest box, or the prettiest logo. When choosing a duvet, examine details about the filling. It’s what makes a duvet incredible… or inferior. If the manufacturer has skimped on stuffing, you’ll know about it (but not until your duvet’s unwrapped on your bed, and unreturnable).
If naturalness is important to you, look first at feather and down – it’s warm, soft, and breathable. A duvet with a high ratio of down is lighter and loftier.
Another natural choice is wool. Wool is unique: unlike fur it’s crimped, elastic, and grows in clusters. It’s the crimp in it that makes wool chunkier and able to retain air. When the body is cold, wool removes moisture from the skin and traps dry air and warmth. When the body is warm, the wool retains air, removing excess heat and moisture. It’s hypoallergenic (mites and bugs hate it), dirt resistant, resilient, eco-friendly, and it even helps you sleep better.
Silk is a real luxury choice. Silk has similar properties to wool: it’s breathable, hypoallergenic and surprisingly strong.
If you want a synthetic duvet, microfibre’s popular – but it’s not all equal. When stuffed into a duvet, fine denier microfibre does a good job at mimicking the feeling of a down duvet but it will get flattened a bit more quickly.
Hollowfibre is your other synthetic choice. If you’re an allergy sufferer but don’t want to opt for silk or wool then look out for a hollowfibre or microfibre duvet that has been treated with an anti-allergy chemical"
Indulge the sense of smell to help you relax before sleep. I always try to put some lavender oil on the reverse of my pillow, or failing that, light a scented candle whilst winding down. Remember to blow it out before you go to sleep though! My favourite scented candle of all time is the original scent from Colette in Paris, 'Air de Colette'.
What are you tips for a good night's sleep?