If you're finding that you can't sleep because you're too warm, light mornings have you up with the larks, or you're experiencing a level of anxiety that leaves you tossing and turning, you've come to the right place. Here at Real Homes we're on a mission to learn more about how to sleep better, and we're sharing all of our discoveries along the way.
Today, we're sharing Ikea's genius tips designed to help get you through the night. They're easy to implement and – in most instances – will cost you absolutely nothing. Check them out below and discover more advice over on our health and beauty hub.
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1. Establish a night time routine
Given that most of us are working from home at the moment, many of us may have begun seriously neglecting our night time routines and may be discovering that we're struggling to sleep as a result.
The good news is that it's much easier than you might think to establish a solid evening routine and have yourself sleeping soundly again. We'd recommend avoiding your phone for at least an hour before bed, dimming the lights – or perhaps even lighting some candles – and reaching for a book as an effective way to unwind.
Meditation is also a great option for those who are struggling with anxiety – and we couldn't recommend the Calm app more for quick, guided meditations.
2. Try out this ancient air conditioning system
Hanging a damp piece of fabric – this could be a towel or a piece of fabric – in front of an open window is an effective way of keeping a room cool. Not only does it block out sunlight, it also cools the incoming breeze which helps reduce the temperature of the room.
This can be achieved by using something as simple as a spray bottle to keep your towel, curtains, or piece of fabric cool throughout the night.
3. Opt for natural materials
Opting for bedding made of natural materials is an easy way to keep yourself cool at night. Materials such as cotton, linen, silk and lyocell are your best options – and they have the added benefit of keeping your warm once the weather begins to cool down.
4. Try out a cool water bottle
Much like we might reach for a hot water bottle in the winter, a cold water bottle can help keep you cool during the night. Pop a water bottle in the freezer during the day. Then wrap it in a large walking, or slipper sock and keep it close during the night.
Alternatively, drinking plenty of ice water is a great way to reduce your body temperature before you sleep.
5. Try to wake up as naturally as possible
You've likely heard of wake up lights, which use artificial light to replicate the sunrise and make it easier to wake up (as the name suggests) on dark winter mornings. Well, now you can invest in smart blinds, which we think could help you take this one step further.
During the night – and into the morning – they're effective in blocking out the light and helping you maximise your sleep potential. But, come morning they're also super effective in rousing us from our sleep gradually.
By scheduling your blinds to raise as the sun begins to rise, you can really tap into your circadian rhythm and allow yourself to rouse as nature intended. You'll be amazed how much this eases stress on the mind and body, making mornings significantly less painful.
Disclaimer: we'd recommend setting a conventional alarm, too, just in case.
- Thanks to Ikea for these handy sleep tips
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