Get set to detox bad bedtime habits when the clocks change
Switching back the clocks on 27 October could signal the ideal time to switch your bedtime routine and detox your body of habits that are getting in the way of a good night’s sleep.
Stressful busy lives can affect sleep patterns, but the benefits of sleep should not be underestimated say the experts at luxury bed company DUX of Sweden. With over 80 years experience in the science of sleep, they create beds prized by royalty, top hotels and discerning customers worldwide and have come up with ten top tips for deeper, better sleep.
Some refreshing ways to destress bedtime and improve your sleep environment include:
- Remind yourself that sleep is not a guilty pleasure, it’s vital to good health and wellbeing
- Avoid caffeine and keep alcohol to a minimum as bedtime approaches
- Maintain a balanced diet – fluctuating blood sugar levels can trigger early waking
- Light candles or spray an aromatherapy mist – lavender is especially soothing
- Set a regular bedtime and try to stick to it, even at weekends
- Darken the room to help your body produce more melatonin, the sleep hormone
- Replace tired out-of-shape pillows with ones that fully support your head
- Lie on your back and practice some simple meditation exercises: breathe deeply in and out and concentrate on your hands slowly rising and falling on your abdomen, then visualise your body relaxing, bit by bit from the tips of your toes to the top of your head
- Keep a notepad by your bed to jot down any anxieties and deal with them tomorrow – keep worries away from the bedroom
- Invest in the best bed you can afford – you will spend a third of your life here, so it’s well worth finding one that’s just right for you.
The facts about sleep speak for themselves:
- Insomnia in Britain affects over 50% of people – with women more prone to suffer*
- The leading physical cause of sleeplessness is bodily discomfort*
- Poor sleep can affect our moods, energy levels and ability to concentrate.
DUX have blended the science of sleep with advanced technology to offer up to 10% more deep sleep. In scientifically controlled tests people in a DUX bed reached deep sleep faster and remained there for approximately an extra hour longer each night.
Combining outstanding Swedish quality and design, DUX beds are crafted from the finest materials and built to last a lifetime. The range offers a variety of features that can be personalised to suit different body shapes and preferences, including lumbar support and personal comfort zones. To complement its beds, the DUXIANA range includes beautiful bedroom accessories, furnishings and linens.
The range is available to view at Harrods on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and at DUXIANA’s flagship UK store at 46 George Street, London. For more information about DUXIANA and the DUX range of beds: www.duxiana.com