Simple steps to getting a good night's sleep
PUBLISHED: 11:51 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 09 January 2018
We all know how important a good night's sleep is as more and more of us are finding it difficult to nod off at night and stay peacefully asleep. We speak to the stockists at Carpetwise - Curtainwise - Furniturewise on how making a few changes to your bedroom aesthetic can help you achieve a restful night's kip
Statistics show that our sleeping patterns are getting worse: Sealy, specialists in beds, bedding and mattresses, conducted a nationwide sleep survey and found only 17% of Brits wake up feeling refreshed. One out of 5 asked called in sick or were late to work due to a bad night’s sleep and 36% of cohabiting couples claim to regularly sleep apart in separate beds.
The artificial blue light of mobile phones, laptops and televisions, and the use of them in the bedroom, has also hindered sleeping patterns.
There are many benefits to getting enough shut-eye and a good night’s sleep should be the central part of a healthy lifestyle. Catching those much-needed Z’s can have numerous positive benefits for our physical, mental and emotional health.
A survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that six out of ten or more rated the following bedroom elements as important in getting good sleep: a quiet room (74%), a dark room (73%), cool room temperature (67%), fresh air, free of allergens (63%) and/or a clean bedroom (62%).
Creating a better sleeping environment can do wonders for your sleep routine. Manufacturing luxury handmade beds using traditional, time-honoured methods for over 100 years, Hypnos believe the bedroom should be a sanctuary reserved for sleep, and be as dark and quiet as possible. An adequate temperature should be maintained and, where possible, a window should be open for fresh air.
When investing in a bed you need to make sure the bed is right for you. A bed should be very comfortable and as big as you can fit into the bedroom.
Combining traditional skills with constant innovation, and using only the finest natural materials, Hypnos has a reputation for making the most comfortable beds in the world – they even have a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, reinforcing their reputation that they are the very best in British quality.
Each of their beds are individually made to order and designed by the customer, who also can choose from a range of finishing touches to provide added luxury, enabling the creation of a truly personal and bespoke design statement for the bedroom.
It’s also important to choose the correct mattress. A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 9/10 respondents believed their mattress was important to their sleep experience.
At Sealy, they have a simple mission. They want to help their customers become deep sleepers. This mission drives everything they do and they continually create innovative products using the latest technologies to ensure their customers get a good night’s sleep.
One of these such technologies is the use of smart fibres, which come as standard in the vast majority of their ranges, helping to keep sleep environments cool, fresh, dry and hypoallergenic. Carefully developed “zoning” of their sleep systems allows for customers to enjoy greater support where it is needed and softness in other areas of their mattresses.
One such product which Sealy hopes will fulfil a customer’s mission to sleep well is the Messina 1400 mattress and divan bed set. The pocket sprung mattress has scored the highest in the Which? mattress category every year since 2015, and is deemed the most durable by the consumer resource. Durable, soft yet firm and supportive were just some of the reasons why Which? awarded Sealy with such an accolade. The full range of beds and mattresses available at Carpetwise can be found here.
Finding pillows and cushions for the bedroom is extremely important when it comes to having a comfortable night’s sleep. Sealy recommend determining what kind of pillow would suit you best.
Front sleepers should choose a soft pillow for cushioning and comfort while those sleeping on their backs should choose a medium to firm pillow to cradle the neck and support the head. Side sleepers should opt for one firmer pillow or even two to keep their heads supported and their spine aligned.
It’s important to take your time when finding the correct type of pillow which will then provide you with the right balance of both support and comfort. Choosing the appropriate pillow or cushion will depend on your body shape, size, personal preference on filling and as we’ve mentioned, the position in which you sleep.
As well as offering a selection of pillows and cushions, Carpetwise have a range of bedding and bedding protectors available in store to aid your sleeping experience even more.
Expertly creating pillows for over 70 years, The Norfolk Feather Company know what they’re doing when it comes to cushions, pillows and bolsters. The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing pillows from this range with every detail from sizes, fillings, fill weights and case materials being carefully considered.
Alongside beds and mattresses, Hypnos extend their promise of complete comfort to their pillows and wool beddings too. Sympathetically crafted with your night’s sleep in mind, their range includes pillows, protectors, toppers and duvets which offer a multitude of positives to your sleeping experience.
A delightful finishing touch to the bedroom is a warm throw or a fleece. There are plenty of gorgeous pieces in an array of colours, designs and prints available to choose from at the Carpetwise Stratford-Upon-Avon showroom.
For those who can only fall asleep in complete darkness, opting for black out blinds could be the solution to getting a good night’s sleep. As the name suggests, blackout blinds keep the majority, if not all, of the light out of the bedroom. This is particularly useful in the lighter mornings of spring and summer or for those shift workers needing to catch some sleep in the day. Darkening a nursery or a Child’s bedroom will add some ease to settling youngsters for bedtime.
Generally made out of a thicker material, blackout blinds not only keep the bedroom darker but also muffle outside noise and retain the privacy of the home.
Alternatively, using interlining between the curtain material and standard lining will offer similar properties whilst keeping a softer drape and fuller looking curtain. Both of these options can be used with most fabric qualities and colours.
A loft conversion can benefit from using the Velux Blackout Blind offering a comprehensive range of blackout blinds which will darken a room at any time of the day. The fabric runs on two side rails meaning stepless position adjustment and therefore it means the blind can be set up and maintained without fuss or inconvenience.
Having motorised blinds can also aid a good night’s sleep. They can be timed to open and close to suit you by a wall control panel, remote or apps from smart phones (gone are the days of fiddling around with cords and chains that can be easily broken). Rol-lite have created an extensive range of motorised roller, vertical, pleated, wooden, Roman and panel blinds to choose from which will perfectly suit the aesthetic of your home.
For more information, or advice on choosing a new bed, mattress and/or bedding or curtains and blinds for bedrooms that will suit you and your home, visit the Carpetwise website or call the showroom on 01789 299446.
Carpetwise – Curtainwise - Furniturewise was established in 1982 and is still family-owned. The two floor showroom is one the Midlands’ leading specialists in carpets, hard floor coverings, rugs, curtains, blinds, soft furnishings, beds and furniture.
The experienced sales team are on hand to advise and guide you on all aspects of your purchase and their eye for detail can help you with your interior designs.
Visit the showroom at: Unit 2/4 Avon Retail Park, Wharf Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0AD.