Better sleep + how to get it
We don't know about you, but we need our daily coffee dose to help us make it through the day. Why are we so tired? Why is 'why am I so tired' the first thing that comes up when you google 'why am I so...' in Google search. Are we all (sleep) walking into a sleepless epidemic?
Or, is this just another thing to add to the long list of things we should be worried about? From exercising more and eating clean, to not spending too much time looking at our screens - we are constantly bombarded with information about how we should be living our lives (or not as the case may be), but should we be sitting up and listening to this one?
Statistics like this from the Sleep Council; "A good night’s sleep could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The sleep hormone, melatonin, works by breaking down the body’s active and energetic hormones which slows brain activity and aids sleep but it is also believed that the antioxidant abilities could help reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The hormone, made by the pineal gland in the brain, can only be produced in darkness (Washington University School of Medicine 2012)", make us wonder if we should be taking this whole sleep issue slightly more seriously.
Here at Pure PR we've put our heads together ( interiors team and beauty team ) to come up with some simple changes we can make to get a better night's sleep (note: we are not medical professionals or experts AT ALL, these are just things we have changed in our routines and found to be useful in getting the elusive 7+hours sleep).
TIP one: Creating the right mood within your bedroom is paramount to a good night sleep. Black out curtains are great for blocking out the bright LED glare of the street lights outside our bedroom windows, plus we have all opted for soft muted tones and delicate fabrics and textures that help make our bedrooms feel like relaxing sanctuaries. Farrow and Ball Dimity paint colour is a particular favourite - it has red based undertones, which makes it a warm neutral and perfect for a bedroom. The VITA EOS light with its goose feathers is also the perfect choice for its soft textures. Our senses determine how we perceive a space so creating a delicately scented room can also enable a good sleep. Lavender is an obvious choice, but vanilla is an unsung hero. Apparently according to the guys over at Sleep.org, vanilla has been shown to stabilise heart rate. Light the Malin + Goetz Dark Rum candle (it has base notes of vanilla) during your 'getting ready for bed' routine and we guarantee you will feel calmer and more relaxed.
TIP two (probably the hardest - if you are trying to catch up on missed TV): Leave Netflix and your phone alone. Having any form of technology in your room will keep you alert and that will have the opposite affect of what we are trying to achieve here. Block out the outside world, leave Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and all other distractions alone and opt for a good old fashioned book. Not sure what to read? Stylist have prepared this GREAT list of the most exciting reads for January 2017. If all goes to plan it should take you about a year to read one book, because you will 100% keep falling asleep after you have read a page or two - such is the power of a good book!