Never has it been more true that our homes are our sanctuaries. A worldwide health scare can do that. Our homes are our safe place. The place we are isolating and social distancing with our loved ones. And the place we feel most secure and comfortable. So it’s no surprise then, that we are looking at our own four walls with a fresh eye like never before. Unfinished DIY is getting done, gardens are flourishing with so much attention, and in my case at least, spring cleaning is becoming a weekly event. Living with a key worker who works long hours means I can’t crack the proverbial whip to get some decorating done, but I can track down every speck of dust and dog paw print all by myself!
Not least in the bedroom.
I’ve always believed that the bedroom should be a quiet space. A sleep sanctuary. It’s also where I relax, dream, meditate, unwind, and these days, practise Pilates. There’s definitely no TV. If I was a bit more disciplined there’d be no electronics either, but hey, that one is still a work in progress. I need the bedroom to be a soothing and calming space. Comforting and cocooning. Wellness and all of the associated rituals have never been so important. I also need it to be tidy, airy, and clean.
How to Create Your Own Sleep Sanctuary
1.Put things away. There’s nothing calming about looking at yesterday’s clothes piled high on a chair. Make sure you have enough storage to meet your needs and get into the habit of a quick tidy up before bedtime. Better still, get into the habit of putting things away after you have used them. And always make your bed in the morning! You’ll need to give it time to air first, but shaking out the duvet and plumping the pillows will set you up for the day. And more importantly make it so much nicer to climb into come bedtime.
2.Treat yourself to a good quality mattress. You’re never going to feel comfortable and cosseted until you get this right. Personally my preference is for a good memory foam mattress. One that evenly distributes weight and pressure, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep. Such as a TEMPUR® mattress, which incidentally did you know, was first created by NASA in the 1970s to cushion astronauts during lift-off as they journeyed into space? No, me neither. Today, TEMPUR® is in a league of its own and they also offer a range of products, including a classic or an ergonomic pillow, beds and accessories.
3.Always buy bedding made of natural materials. 100% cotton would be my choice. Natural materials tend to use much fewer toxins in their production process and they tend to be more hypoallergenic, which can be a real life changer for anyone suffering from heightened allergies. They also look nicer and feel better on the skin, helping the body to regulate temperature more effectively. If you can’t stand the extra ironing involved (I happen to think it’s worth it), go for linen instead, which has a lovely crumpled, casual look.
4.Clean regularly. I can’t even believe I’m saying this but housework is good for the soul. Maybe I made that up but I’m sure it must be a thing. I also have a dog (who doesn’t sleep on the bed by the way), so a daily vacuum is imperative. Plus a dust. Then a weekly change of sheets and a scoot round the harder to reach places. Like under the bed. The skirting boards. And the light fittings. Less regularly but no less important, the mattress cover gets a wash. TEMPUR® understand the importance of sleep hygiene, which is why all their mattresses and pillows have zip-off covers, which are machine washable at 60 degrees to ensure your bedding is always hygienic, clean and fresh. In fact the TEMPUR® Elite and Luxe mattresses both have a Quick Refresh cover, making cleaning even easier.
5.Surround yourself with things that make you happy. It might be a pile of books within arms reach of your side of the bed, or a scented candle to burn before lights out. Never, ever go to sleep leaving a candle burning! A good reading light that can be switched off without getting up is my top priority, plus a bag of easy to access hand creams and lip salves. If plants and flowers make you happy, make room for those too. This is your sleep sanctuary after all.
This post is in conjunction with TEMPUR®, but all thoughts are my own.