Each year The Sleep Council has a month long awareness campaign in September which they have aptly named "Sleeptember" to promote the importance and benefits of getting a good night's sleep and how to achieve this. So many of us don't get enough sleep each night which can have a real impact on our health and well-being.
At Leekes we understand the importance of getting a good night's sleep and how it can benefit you, but also why you may not be getting those much needed Zzzs. Read on to find our advice on how to achieve the best night's sleep.
The most obvious thing that keeps people awake is that they are not comfortable. Old beds or mattresses that are either too soft or too hard can disturb your sleep, and we all know how hard it can be to drop off when you can't get comfortable. Pocket spring mattresses offer a super comfortable sleep surface. The small individual springs are housed in separate fabric pockets which work independently to support your body's weight and contours. Sleepeezee have been creating luxury beds since 1924 and have become industry leaders in pocket spring mattresses. Check out their range here.
Foam mattresses or toppers are a great choice for those of you with allergies due to their hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial properties. The foam moulds to your body shape to provide incredible supports and comfort, relieving pressure on joints and working to correctly align your spine. This way you won't be waking up with all those aches and pains.
Take a look at our mattress buying guide for more detail.
Creating the perfect surroundings is really important when it comes to getting enough sleep. If you're struggling to sleep consider how light your room is an night time. We automatically sleep better in the dark due to the release of melatonin which helps us to relax, and light reduces the amount of melatonin we produce. To reduce the amount of light in your bedroom try black out blinds or curtains. These will keep out any bright lights and help you to relax.
If your bedroom is too hot or too cold, it can really affect how well you sleep. According to The Sleep Council the optimum temperature for your bedroom is between 16-18C. The best way to regulate the temperature is to use a heater or fan. We love the Dyson AM09 or HP04 both of which can produce hot or cool air, depending on what you need. The HP04 also acts as an air purifier which is ideal if you suffer from allergies.
Duvets also play an important role in regulating the temperature. A winter duvet is probably too thick and heavy for summer, whereas a summer duvet won't keep you warm in winter. If you don't want the fuss of changing your duvet with the seasons, try using a summer duvet throughout the year and add blankets when the nights get cooler. This way you won't over heat or be too cold.
Following this advice will help you create the optimum sleeping environment in your bedroom. If this is not enough, try reducing the amount of caffeine you consume before bed and the amount of screen time you have. Those blue lights are a real hindrance to your sleep. You'll be drifting off to sleep in no time!