Make your space the perfect sleeping place

Make your space the perfect sleeping place

Ready for National Sleep-In Day this Sunday, we have the tips on how to create the perfect sleep environment. 

The clocks go back this weekend, October 26, and we all get an extra hour in bed. So, make the most of it with these sleeping tips features a bedroom graphic that focuses on the five key ingredients for creating the perfect sleep environment: temperature, light, distraction, comfort and relaxation.

“Creating – and maintaining – the perfect sleep environment is an essential part of achieving the best possible quality sleep which is vital for health and wellbeing. Public health campaigns constantly remind us about the essentials of good diet and exercise but there’s no advice about sleep,” explains Jessica Alexander, Sleep Council Spokesperson. 

The Sleep Council has teamed up with sleep expert Kathleen McGrath to create the interactive, online tool which allows users to see, at-a-glance, the effect changing different elements in a bedroom can have on sleep quality.

A perfect sleep environment should be:

·         Just the right temperature – between 16 and 18 degrees centigrade. Feeling too hot or too cold in the night can lead to restless sleep and wakefulness.

·         Kept dark. Light is a common sleep ‘robber’ so investing in a good pair of well lined curtains which keep the light out and the room dark can be really helpful.

·         Free from distractions. So lose the laptop, the mobile, the computer games, the television and anything else that is likely to distract from the serious business of sleep!

·         Comfortable. And central to comfortable is a good supportive bed – the bigger the better (for less partner disturbance) and as good as the budget can stretch to: we spend a third of our life in bed so why compromise on the cost of a good night’s sleep?

·         Relaxing. The bedroom should be an oasis of calm and tranquillity – uncluttered and devoted to the land of dreams.

The Perfect Sleep Environment micro-site is also accessible through The Sleep Council’s main site –, and provides an opportunity to ‘Ask the Expert’ questions about concerns with sleeping. 

Femalefirst Taryn Davies

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