The theme of this year’s World Sleep Day is “sleep is essential for health” and we couldn’t agree more! Getting enough sleep is just as important as eating the right food and getting enough exercise, but for a lot of us it’s often the first thing we sacrifice. While it’s easy to let our sleep routine slip, it’s important to remember that sleep really is a critical component of our overall health and well-being, and it doesn’t just heal the body but also the mind. A good night’s sleep can change how we interact with the world and improves concentration and elevates our moods, so it’s imperative we’re doing it right!
It’s estimated that around 30% of us are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can affect our memory, moods, attention span, and over time, can prompt weight gain and increased stress levels. So, what can you do to help yourself get quality, healthy sleep?
As the comfort experts, we wanted to share with you some of the ways we practice mindfulness to encourage a healthy sleep routine. The practice of mindfulness is about creating the mental space needed for quality sleep and is shown to effectively improve your quality of sleep.
First and foremost, it’s important to create a physical space that is peaceful and relaxing to you. We suggest keeping your space clean, clutter-free and cosy to help you unwind from the stresses of the day. Add elements to your room that are calming such as soothing textures and scents. if you’re looking for more ideas on creating a sleep sanctuary, read our sleep sanctuary blog.
Exercising is something you can do outside of your home that will encourage a healthy sleeping pattern. Adding 30 minutes of exercise a day to your routine will help you see improved sleep. It may reduce your sleep onset and decrease the amount of time lying awake before falling asleep.
Lastly, journaling is a great way to clear your head and is one of the easiest ways to practice mindfulness. You may be asking, “where do I start?” One of our favourite types of journaling is gratitude journaling, it encourages you to find the things in your life you are grateful for. Another way to journal is to simply write about your day or about how you’re feeling. Getting the thoughts out of your head and onto paper can help you sleep so much better.
We hope these tips help you to get a better night’s rest and if this World Sleep Day (or any day!) you need to update your bedding, our in-store and live chat team can help you find the perfect bedding for you.