Having good sleep habits is one of the biggest investments you can make for yourself. A good sleep reenergises you, allows you to function at your best and ensures you have enough energy for the important things in your life. If you’re not sleeping enough, having poor quality of sleep or having broken sleep, it will effect your life in many ways. The good news is that with a few simple changes you can transform your sleep and ensure that you wake up energised and ready to tackle whatever your day has in store for you.
1. Quality Curtains
Not only do high quality curtains change the look and feel of your room, creating a more calming space, they also can help to minimise entering in the early hours of the morning and disrupting your sleep cycle. This is even more important if you work graveyard shifts or are up during the night. Our biological rhythms and sleep/wake cycles are influenced by how much light we are exposed to and when, so by having good quality curtains you can dramatically improve your sleep. Julian Charles stocks a wide range of beautiful luxury curtains, many of them provide blackout coverage to ensure that you can get a restful sleep. If you find a curtain you love that isn’t blackout, you may find it worth while to have them sewn with a blackout backing.
2. A Regular Sleep Schedule
If you’re anything like most people, then you probably choose to go to bed when you’re too exhausted to do anything else. This time probably varies a lot depending on the day and whether it’s a working day the following day or the weekend. An inconsistent bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep, decreasing both the length and quality of sleep. It can also make it harder for your body to find its own natural sleep routine. Having a set bedtime and wake time can go a long way in improving your overall sleep quality and habits.
3. Avoid Electronics
It can be very tempting to take a phone with you to bed, but they can be extremely distracting. Firstly, mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices emit bright lights that can influence your natural circadian rhythm, by mimicking natural light cues at unnatural times. Secondly they can be very distracting, especially if you forget to set them on silent overnight. I suggest buying a traditional alarm clock and setting your phone to charge outside the bedroom. Trust me, your sleep will benefit immensely!
Having a good night’s sleep is the best way to set yourself up for success. Use these three simple tips to sleep better than ever and you will see the difference in your day to day life!