General, Interiors

How to Add Comfort to Your Bedroom (to aid sleep)

Posted November 13, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn

Do you ever feel like you’re not sleeping as well as you should be? Perhaps you’re waking up throughout the night or tossing and turning constantly? If, like me, you’re a busy mum (and a pregnant one at that!), you need all the sleep that you can get. That’s why, when it comes to my bedroom – aka, my sleep haven, I always like to ensure that it’s as comfortable and cosy as possible. Here’s how you can aid a better night’s sleep in the same way…

  1. Add soothing smells

That’s right, I said soothing smells. It makes a nice change from the baby-related ones right? When it comes to adding comfort to the bedroom, many of us overlook scents. However, just like some colours schemes can make it easier to relax and get a good night’s sleep, so can (the right) smells. My favourites right now are Zara Home White Jasmine Aromatic Candle and Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Linen Mist. I spray the mist all over my bed half an hour before I get in it and as soon as my head hits the pillow, I feel encouraged to relax. It’s also great for spritzing clothes with if you’re short on time and need a quick refresh.

My Zara Home candle and Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Mist

  1. Perfect your bed

The number one cause of a bad night’s sleep is an uncomfortable bed. To give your bedroom that boost of comfort it needs, think about how you can make your bed more comfortable. Perhaps the mattress is too soft or too hard? Maybe the springs dig in your back? Whatever it is that’s keeping you up, it needs to be dealt with.

If your mattress is the problem, invest in a new one. It might not come cheap, but being comfortable is important when it comes to your sleep, so it’s definitely worth the investment. For a super comfortable bed, check out this John Ryan by Design Latex mattress but before going ahead and purchasing a mattress, make sure to select the right level of softness for you.

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Linen and lighting make all the difference

  1. Be choosy about your linen

As well as your mattress, your bed linen can also massively impact how comfortable your bed is. When it comes to picking out bedding, it’s important to take your personal preferences into account. For example, while some of us like crisp, cool sheets, others prefer softer linen to snuggle up under.

If you are the kind of person who gets cold easily, opt for a heavy duvet with a high tog count. Feather or down is best for a cosy duvet, as it’s like snuggling up to a cloud. If you get too warm at night, use throws or a duvet with a lower tog count. You can buy double duvets that divide into one thicker and one thinner half to suit your needs throughout the year. I love Linens Direct for affordable quality, comfort and luxury.

  1. Add a fluffy rug

If your bedroom floor is hardwood or slate, the chances are that it will be freezing on your feet. (Well, unless of course you are lucky enough to have underfloor heating.) To keep your toes warm when walking around, pop a couple of fluffy rugs on the floor.

You can even zone your bedroom to create different moods and purposes – a fluffy one by your bed to greet your feet when you get out of bed each morning, a hard wearing and deeper coloured rug under your dresser where you do your makeup and hair (this covers a multitude of spills!), it’s completely up to you. Just make sure to choose a colour and style that fits with the design of the rest of the room. At the moment, faux fur rugs are incredibly fashionable, so investing in one of these would not only add comfort but also style.

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By Steve Larkin: www.larkandlarks.co.uk

  1. Choose effective lighting

When you want to create the right mood, be it romance, relaxation or concentration (such as applying makeup, reading or even working), lighting is key. I love fairy lights and candles for relaxation, a spot light to work or read and a mixture of dim tale lamps, candles and dimmer switches for romance, albeit rare!

It’s no secret that us mums need our beauty sleep, as we have incredibly busy lives. To ensure that you get a better night’s sleep, take these ideas on board and add a little extra comfort to your bedroom.

 

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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