BY NISHA T. NAIDU
Do you wake up still feeling tired after what should have been a great night’s sleep?
Sleep is quite the underrated subject these days. However, in this fast-paced lifestyle, we can’t afford to lose out on quality shut-eye. Our tight schedules and long hours call for the ability to start the day fully refreshed and energised every single morning. And for this, we need to be well rested.
While many of us hold out till the weekend to catch up on those snooze hours, sometimes all you need to clock in quality sleep hours is to change up the colours and textures that accompany you as you drift into dreamland.
Here are some things to consider:
1. The colour palette
It is common knowledge that colour affects mood. For this reason, leave bold and striking colours out in the bedroom. For the bedroom, where you want to relax and unwind, opt for more soothing colours such as blues, greens, or creams. In fact, a survey conducted by Travelodge in UK showed that those who make up their bedrooms with blues tend to get the most sleep during the night, followed by greens and yellows.
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2. Go full cotton
If you’re one of those prone to waking up in the middle of the night feeling like you’ve just showered in your own sweat, then you might want to opt for materials which are 100% linen or 100% cotton for your bed clothes and blankets. Linen and cotton are both natural fibres which are which are cooling, and they get along with all types of skin including sensitive skin.
3. The magic of bolsters
Blessed is mankind for a multitude of reasons, and one of those reasons are bolsters. These long shaped pillows are multi-functional and ultra-comfortable sleeping sidekicks. While many may be experienced in hugging onto one of these babies and drifting off at ease, bolsters are actually pretty useful for providing back, knee, and head support, and in some cases alleviating discomfort, aches and pains that stem from uncomfortable sleeping positions.
4. The right pillow to rule them all
Sometimes, all we need is the perfect pillow to feel rested. Our different comfort levels and sleeping positions translate to different needs in the pillow that we sleep on. For example, stomach sleepers would need a thinner pillow than back sleepers to reduce the strain on their lower back. There is a huge variety of pillows nowadays that you would be simply spoiled for choice. Check which pillow design and pillow stuffing is compatible with your sleeping habits, and make sure you change them once every 1.5 years.
5. Keep it simple
One key to getting geared up for a good night’s sleep is turning your bedroom into a slumbering haven. A rule of thumb here is to keep your bedroom simple. Eliminate unnecessary distractions, and try to keep your bedroom and study in two separate rooms – work stress is the last thing you’d want to associate your bedroom with, especially if you have trouble sleeping. Also, take an extra minute to make your bed every morning, and keep your bed looking as inviting as possible according to your personal taste!