National Bed Month
March is National Bed Month. A whole month to celebrate our beds! Here at Cozy, we love our beds and snuggling down for a good sleep is definitely high up on our list of favourite things to do.
National Bed Month was introduced to raise awareness for the importance of a good night's sleep. Most people know that sleep is good for them, although many will perhaps not know why. Sleep is vital for both our physical and mental health, offering a boost to our immune systems as well as allowing the release of vital hormones which only happens when we are asleep. Children, for example, grow better when they get enough sleep as it is during the night that the pituitary gland releases growth hormones. People who don’t get enough sleep will often find that they struggle with focus, motivation and mood due to the lack of quality rest time; in fact, studies have shown the 75% of people with depression also have trouble sleeping.
Adults are recommended to aim for at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night, but shockingly a study from Aviva found that 67% of UK adults suffer from disrupted sleep; with 23% not managing more than 5 hours each night. With this in mind, we have put together our top 5 tips for getting Cozy in bed and having a good night's sleep:
- Take a relaxing bath before bed. Studies have shown that having a relaxing bath with soothing scents, such as lavender or camomile, can help you to fall asleep faster and also gain a better quality sleep.
- Restrict your blue light exposure. The blue light that comes from mobile phone and computer screens can seriously disrupt your sleep patterns as the light stimulates areas of the brain into staying awake for longer. Try to restrict your usage of these devices in the evening, ideally for at least 2 hours before you go to bed. Alternatively there are apps you can use which stop the blue light from being emitted.
- Get a good mattress and pillows. If you don’t have a good, supportive mattress then you are going to struggle to get to sleep no matter what other measures you take. It is recommended that you should update your mattress and other bedding at least every 5-8 years, so if it has been longer than this for you then you should definitely look at buying new ones. Investing in a good mattress and pillows will not only help you to get a better night's sleep, but it will also ensure that you wake up feeling ready to tackle the day.
- Turn your bedroom into your ultimate relaxation space. Don't underestimate the value of having relaxing surroundings when you are trying to sleep. It is much easier to drift off in a room which makes you feel calm and happy than it is in a room which feels claustrophobic and anxiety inducing. Turn your bedroom into your own personal sanctuary with items that make you want to spend as much time as possible in there.
- Don’t eat too late. While it might be tempting to eat that extra bag of crisps while you watch a film, studies have shown that eating too close to bedtime can make it much harder to fall asleep. Foods which are heavy in carbohydrates seem to make this worse as they are more likely to cause uncomfortable bloating and indigestion. If settling at night is particularly difficult for you, then consider not eating for at least 4 hours before bedtime.