Here at C+G we know that getting a good night’s rest is up there with good nutrition, regular exercise and social connection when it comes to living life to its fullest. Sometimes though, when you’re tossing and turning into the small hours, sleep can feel like a distant dream. We’re here to help, with our 5 top tips on how to improve your sleep quality. Even if you’re not a self-described insomniac there’s likely room to improve the quality of your sleep.
So, read on, and get ready for the rest you deserve.
Transform your bedroom into a sleep oasis
A clean, tidy and inviting environment will set you up for quality sleep. While clutter and chaos can reflect in your thought patterns, an uncomfortable bed can make sleep physically impossible. Invest in weather-appropriate bedding and high quality pillows and mattress. 100% flax linen has also proven to naturally aid temperature regulation (it’s both cooling and insulating). Plus, earthy and calming tones will help prime you for relaxation. A bed beautifully laid out with C+G linens will become your personal haven, a place you look forward to retreating to at the end of each busy day.
Keep technology out of your room
Another key element to ensure deep sleep is a technology free bedroom. When it comes time to slip between your C+G sheets, keep your phone and laptop in another room. This might mean you need to invest in an alarm clock, but it’ll be well worth it. We underestimate how much that pre-sleep doom-scroll affects our ability to switch off, and the light from your phone can mess with your body’s internal rhythms and sleep signals.
Be consistent and create a routine
Your body has an internal clock, called a circadian rhythm, which aligns itself to sunrise and sunset. This sleep/wakefulness cycle best functions when on a repeating loop. Disruptions to the timings, like daylight savings and jet lag, can have a big impact on how much sleep you get and how well rested you feel. If you train yourself to go to bed and rise at relatively similar times every day, you’ll notice an enormous difference. This might not be feasible at all times, but sticking to it for the most part will mean you’re setting yourself up for restorative sleep.
As mentioned, your circadian rhythm is influenced by light exposure. This rhythm is a complex internal clock that affects your brain, body, and hormones, helping you stay awake and letting your body know when it’s time to sleep. Ensuring you spend some time each day out in the sun, soaking in some natural light, can really help regulate your body’s signals. Similarly, avoiding artificial light from screens an hour before bedtime will also help you rest much easier. Warm, calm lighting in the bedroom is also a must.
Make sure to wind down
Think of the evening as a transition between the events of the day and your sleep time. Trying to switch abruptly from wakefulness to rest will likely result in shallow sleep or more time spent tossing and turning in bed. Consider limiting caffeine consumption after 1pm. Try exercising in the morning or early evening, i.e. not within several hours of bedtime and avoid eating too late. You should also try and clear your mind ahead of sleep, do this through relaxing music, reading a book, taking a hot bath, meditating, deep breathing, and/or having a warm cup of herbal tea.
Whether you choose to adopt one or all of the above, we really hope these tips and tricks will help you enjoy your best sleep yet.
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