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How To Create Your Own Sleep Sanctuary

January 11, 2019

Tips for creating a home sleep sanctuary

The new year has arrived and if you are like most South Africans, you may have a resolution or two that you plan to implement in 2019. If your health is at the top of your list of things to improve in the coming year, you may want to start with a reboot of your sleeping regime. Did you know that a lack of adequate sleep has been linked to everything from high blood pressure and heart disease, to obesity and diabetes? As such, it makes a lot of sense to ensure that you are getting high-quality shuteye when you turn in for the night.  

If you want to improve your odds of enjoying restorative rest, the first thing you need to do is turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary. Here are a few expert tips to help you on your way:

Wave Farewell to TVs & Devices

TVs, tablets and cell phones all have one thing in common - their screens emit blue-spectrum light that confuses your body clock, which reads it as daylight and prompts your body to stay awake. Move the TV out of your room and make a point of never using your phone, tablet or laptop in bed. Charge it in another room and invest in an old-school alarm clock to wake you in the morning.

Reevaluate Your Sleeping Surface

One of the single most important aspects of creating a sleep sanctuary is finding a mattress that conforms to your comfort level. We all have unique pressure points on our bodies, which means what feels comfortable for one person won’t necessarily do so for another. Unsure of what type of mattress will work for you? Visit a Bed King store near you to try out the Comfort Solutions Lab® - a unit that uses advanced pressure mapping technology to identify your unique comfort and support needs based on your body type and preferred sleeping position.

Keep It Cool & Dark

Draw the curtains to prompt your body to release melatonin, the sleep hormone, and keep your room as cool as possible (ideally between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius) - the temperature which has been shown to be the most conducive to sound sleep.

Clear Out The Clutter

Clutter has a disruptive impact on your state of mind. Don’t let your washing accumulate on a chair or allow unread books to pile up in teetering stacks. Instead, keep your room as tidy and calm as possible, so you may feel relaxed when you enter it.

Following these guidelines will have you well on your way to creating a restful space where you can enjoy sound sleep at night. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months as we share more expert advice on this subject. In the meantime, you are invited to become a part of our #SleepRevolution. Sign up for the Bed King Sleep Challenge to stand a chance to WIN up to R20 000 in prizes. Competition valid from 5 January - 16 February 2019. Ts & Cs apply!

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