Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for many things- functioning properly in the work place, keeping your body healthy, not putting on odd shoes as you rush out the door….

But for those of us who struggle with insomnia, or can’t sleep unless all the conditions are perfect, it can be surprising to hear the list of things we need in order to get some sleep. 

Whilst there is no quick fix for insomnia or sleeping trouble, there are many things you can do to help encourage the body and mind to fall asleep when you need them to. 

Pillows

When choosing the best pillow for you, you must first determine what position you sleep best in.

Do you tend to sleep on your;

  • Front – choose a softer pillow like white duck down or soft polyester.
  • Side – choose a medium pillow like a feather and down mix or a medium polyester filling.
  • Back – choose a firm pillow to help spinal alignment.
  • Upright – choose a goose or duck feather pillow or opt for memory foam to help support you as you sleep. 

Mattresses

When choosing your mattress the firmness you choose should also be determined by how you sleep best.

Do you sleep on your;

  • Front sleepers – if you sleep on your front, it is best to choose a soft mattress or a mattress with a little “give” to help comfortably accommodate your contours and curves.
  • Back sleepers – if you sleep on your back, you will need a mattress with medium support, this will help distribute your weight evenly and ensure maximum comfort.
  • Side sleepers – if you sleep on your side, it is essential that you choose a hard mattress to keep your back aligned throughout the night, protecting your spine. 

Duvets and Blankets 

When it comes around to buying a duvet or blanket for your bed – which is best to help you sleep? 

Natural duvets are created with down and/or feathers and though more expensive than synthetic duvets, will last a lifetime. They will create more heat with less thickness and enable your skin to breathe, even through a duvet with a high tog. 

If you suffer (even slightly) from allergies choosing a natural duvet can make breathing at night more difficult, so it is best to opt for a synthetic duvet. 

Synthetic duvets are created with either hollow fibre or microfiber and are much more lightweight than natural duvets. They are great for allergy sufferers, easy to care for and can be washed a lot more frequently, without the special care that is required for natural duvets. 

Cotton sheets are also a great choice in Australia, especially in the summer months. They will help to keep you cooler, and can be easily placed in the freezer for a few hours before you sleep, ensuring your bed is never too hot. 

Lighting 

Lighting is very important in the bedroom, especially if you are someone who has specific lighting needs whilst you sleep. Blockout blinds and curtains are used to block all light from the outside – perfect for night workers. Keep your block out blinds closed during the day to keep the room from overheating, then open when the sun goes down to let in the cooler evening air. Close before you sleep to keep out any early morning sun. 

Electronics 

Make your bedroom an electronics free zone. Charge your phones in another room and buy a traditional alarm clock. Get rid of the TV, tablet computers and laptops too – studies have shown that electronics in the bedroom not only affect our sleep with the artificial light stimulating us to be awake, they also prevent us from spending quality time with our loved ones. 

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