Posted on 14 March 2019
March is The Sleep Council's 'National Bed Month'. Every year at Barretts, we like to get on board and offer fantastic reductions on beds and mattresses, as well as our own tips and tricks to achieve bedtime bliss. This year, we're keeping it simple. With the help of The Sleep Council's handy online guides, we're going to show you how to get a better night's sleep!
Who Are You?
We don't want you to start questioning your existence, but the first step on the road to a great night's sleep is defining who you are. Do you work shifts? Do you wake up during the night because of your children? Are you constantly left with a feeling of jet lag?
There is no surefire way to help every kind of person to have a better night's sleep. The important thing to do is to take a look at your circumstances, during the day and at night, and work out a sleeping routine that caters to your day-to-day life.
Shift workers may benefit from blackout blinds and earplugs to escape the light and noise of the daytime if that's when they catch up on their sleep. Parents may benefit from sacrificing their evening 'quiet time' for a bit of an earlier trip to bed, especially if they know they'll be up during the night with the children. Frequent flyers may want to bring along comforting personal items as well as foldable pillows and light boxes to convince their bodies that it's either day or night.
There are thousands of potential daytime to nighttime routines, meaning that there are thousands of different things that can help every individual achieve a great night's sleep. Visit The Sleep Council's homepage to find their complete sleep advice guides for the different types of sleepers.
The 'Which? Best Buy' Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign Double Mattress and Base Set, reduced from £3240 to just £2271 in our Bed Month Sale!
What's Your Mattress Like?
Last year, we published a helpful guide which identified the symptoms of needing a new mattress. As we mentioned, sleep experts recommend that you change your mattress every 7 years.
If your mattress is 7 years old or more, we would definitely recommend refreshing it, not least for the hygiene benefits of doing so. Dust mites settle, sometimes in their thousands, in mattresses and some of us may be allergic to them without even knowing. Dust mite allergies can cause a blocked nose, a tight chest and itchy eyes, all of which can affect your sleep. Upgrading your mattress and tossing the little blighters away may improve your sleep.
A new mattress should also be much more comfortable and supportive than your old one. The buying process also offers a chance to discover which mattress would be best for the type of sleeper you are. Visit us in-store to sleep to one of our mattress experts for help and advice on choosing a new mattress.
Don't downplay the importance of a good pillow! The Dunlopillo Super Comfort pillow is made from 100% Latex, giving it anti-dust mite properties! Have away with those critters at 30% off in our Bed Month Sale; 1 pillow now just £69!
What Do You Do Before Bed?
Getting the bedtime buildup right is just as important as getting the conditions for sleep right. Many of us spend time on our phones or computers before bed; the light from these screens, known as 'blue light', interrupts our bodies' production of melatonin, tricking them into thinking it's daytime. Ditch the phone and unwind with a bath or a book instead.
Some of us also drink caffeine after 3pm to give us the final boost of energy needed to complete the working day. The problem with this is that this caffeine may still be racing through our systems as we try and go to sleep. Set 2pm as your cut-off time for drinking caffeine to make sure that its effects have worn off by the time you hit the hay.
Visit us in-store to sleep to one of our Bed Department's sleep experts to find out more about how to get a better night's sleep. And in our fantastic Bed Month Sale, thanks to our offers of up to 40% off all beds and mattresses, you can stop yawning and start saving!