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As the days shorten and temperatures begin to fall, it’s time to make your bed cosy to ensure you get a perfect night’s sleep.
Let’s face it - winter is the best season for sleeping! As a society, we really are obsessed with the quality of our sleep. How often do your first conversations of the day include a mention of events during the night - dreams, disturbances from partners, children, pets. A disturbed night only to be awakened by the dawn chorus when it’s not quite time to start the day. But our obsession is for good reason. Sleep is essential to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and we’ve all experienced what’s it like to try and function on a poor night’s sleep.
The good news is that, with cooler weather and longer nights, quality sleep is more easily achievable.
Approaching the shortest day, 21 June, our nights start to lengthen, and the sun doesn’t rise so soon, giving us every opportunity to sleep a little longer if the day permits.
It's about the temperature!
When the bedroom is cooler, people tend to fall asleep more quickly. Avoid heating your bedroom this winter and allow the temperature to fall to around 17C. This not only means you’ll sleep better, but think of the money you will save on heating bills!
Treat your bedroom as a haven for sleep by creating a comfortable, relaxing and cosy environment that tempts you into an early night. They say that the hours we sleep before midnight are worth double those after midnight!
Getting the temperature right in bed also plays a vital role in improving the quality of your sleep. A couple often want to sleep in different temperatures, which can make it hard to find the right bedding to suit you both. The answer is in natural fibres as these can work for hot and cold bodies.
We’re obsessed with the beautiful qualities inherent in natural fibres and recommend a layering approach to ensure comfortable nights through the seasons. Starting with what you sleep on!
Lay the foundations and start with a mattress protector.
We recommend using a mattress protector that is 100% cotton so it can breathe easily and is machine washable. Our mattress protectors have a deep fitted skirt which means you avoid that annoying layer of crinkles that come with some mattress protectors.
Next up is the underblanket also known as a mattress topper or wool underlay. Once you’ve slept on a wool mattress topper, you won’t want to sleep on anything else. Ecodownunder’s underbanket/mattress topper was referred to as the Wonder Product on Channel 7’s Sunrise TV!
It’s reversible, providing a layer of softness and comfort which you can use wool side up for a warm feel in winter and then flip it over for a cool, crisp cotton finish in summer.
As a natural insulator, wool is also great to sleep under! Its temperature-regulating qualities help to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Wool, unlike synthetics, absorbs your night time perspiration so you don’t feel clammy when you sleep. Staying dry and comfortable means you sleep longer! Wool quilts come in winter and all-season weights and have pure cotton covers for extra breathability and comfort.
Then there’s pillow type! This is very much a personal preference and also depends on your sleeping position! Duck down and feather feel soft and luxurious, whereas our corn fibre filled pillows are great for those who prefer a slightly firmer pillow with more support.
Make your bed inviting. It'll encourage you to spend more time in it!
A well-made bed helps you get a good night’s sleep. Once the foundations are in place, the fun begins! Use colours and textures, layer your bed with throws and cushions, and tactile fabrics to add luxury, warmth and comfort. It makes getting into bed all the more inviting which means you’re set to spend more time truly restoring your body during the night. And remember, the hours before midnight are said to be worth double the hours after!
Updated for Winter 2020, a time when getting good sleep will be all the more important to keep us healthy and the coronavirus at bay. Good sleep will help us to stay well.