Photographer: Polly Wreford | Stylist: Jen Haslam | Production: Sarah Keady
For many, the spring season is the perfect time for a fresh start. With the cold winter months making way for brighter and warmer days, there is no better time to reflect the change in season than in your home – and it could even help you sleep better, too.
Want to improve how you sleep by giving your bedroom a spring clean? Here’s how with these top tips.
Declutter your bedroom
Spring cleaning can help you feel calm, organised and at ease within your home, and so, unsurprisingly, making sure your bedroom is decluttered and clean is a great way to help you unwind faster, which of course leads to better and longer sleep.
We all know that a cluttered bedroom can trigger feelings of stress, so start simple and remove any unnecessary clutter from your surfaces, such as your bedside table and vanity unit. Opting for a more minimalist approach is key here. Also, consider donating some of the less used pieces in your wardrobe to a local charity shop to make way for clothes that you love to wear and feel happiest in.
Remember, your bedroom should be your sanctuary; a place to sleep and unwind after a busy day. Try to keep your bedroom as a space just for sleeping as it will help you to associate the room with calm and a good night’s sleep.
Replace your mattress
One of the easiest ways to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep is to make sure you are sleeping on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Have you noticed your mattress isn’t supporting you like it once did? Maybe it’s time for a new one.
If you didn’t already know, sleeping on an old mattress can hugely impact your sleep quality, and it can even create problems that will follow you throughout the day, such as muscle pain.
If you’re on the hunt for a new mattress you need one that is both supportive and comfortable, so a model that features a high quality spring system will provide the correct support for your body. Alison Jones, sleep expert at leading mattress brand, Sealy, recommends the new Sealy Posturepedic range, which combines cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art research to provide support deep-down.
Freshen up with colour
In the winter months we tend to dress ourselves and decorate our homes in darker colours, which can help us feel warm and cosy, but as the warmer seasons approach, introduce a brighter, more colourful spring/summer palette into your bedroom.
Repainting your bedroom walls a lighter colour will not only feel like a positive change but it can also make your room look larger. Neutral, muted tones like taupe, grey, beige and white work best to create a relaxed atmosphere that promotes sleep.
Alternatively, adding hints of colour to your walls, either via a mural, feature wall or with interesting décor, can also be a great way to boost your happiness and make you feel positive, which in turn can make you feel at ease when you go to sleep and more productive when you wake up.
Let the fresh air in
Now that the warmer months are upon us and the temperatures are beginning to rise, letting in fresh, clean air to your bedroom is crucial. Not only does fresh air help to improve brain function and boost your immune system, but clean air is also proven to help people with insomnia and other sleep problems to get a better night’s rest.
Allow your bed to air for at least one hour per day. This clears any moisture that has built up through the night. When aerating your bed, pull the sheets as far back as possible to expose both the mattress and the duvet, and make sure to open the bedroom windows. The optimum time is around 1-2 hours, but anything from 20 minutes will be beneficial, so try leaving your bed to air while you get ready in the morning.
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