5 ways to get a good night’s sleep

Follow our top bedroom tips for helping you wake up feeling refreshed

1. Your mattress matters

Choose a mattress that offers the right amount of support for your needs. Pocket sprung designs are becoming increasing popular and are made up of lots of individual pockets to help distribute your weight evenly. A great example of this is the Geltex Ultimate 2000 bed from Silentnight, which features the 2000
Mirapocket advanced pocket spring system and an 8cm comfort layer. When trying out mattresses in store, sit on the edge to get a good idea of whether the mattress is firm or saggy.

Alternatively, online company Sleeping Duck has designed mattresses to support everyone who has difficulty sleeping and offers a 100-night trial, so you can adjust the comfort level of your mattress and ensure it’s right for you. Its Titan customisable mattress starts from £499 for a single.

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2. Take time to relax

A key factor in getting a good night’s sleep is to relax both your body and mind before going to bed. Try taking a warm bath to help you unwind and use bath products or scented candles with a lavender fragrance as it’s proven to have a calming effect on the body.

Try the Lavender foam bath, £3, from Marks & Spencer.

3. Step into the dark

Even the slightest bit of light can make it harder to drift off to sleep. Invest in a good-quality blackout blind or blackout curtains to make your room as dark as possible.

Try Dunelm or Duette for a wide range of blackout blinds.

4. Invest in your bedding

The hotter it gets, the more you can find yourself too hot to sleep. The optimum temperature for sleep
is 18-22 degrees so switch up your duvet for a lighterweight
alternative during the summer months. 4.5 togs is a good weight to keep
you cool and comfortable and you can keep a throw at the end of the bed
in case you need an extra layer during the night. Try the Cool Touch
pillow from The Fine Bedding Company, which creates a perfectly cool
‘micro-climate’ for sleeping, and the Soft Touch 4.5 tog washable duvet, from £25, John Lewis.

5. Fight your allergies

If you suffer from allergies, make sure to invest in duvets and pillows that reduces irritation while you sleep. Remember to change your bedding regularly to get rid of dust mites and allergens, too. Try the luxurious Soft as Down range, from £22.50 for a duvet, Soak & Sleep.

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