Reducing the use of screens and technology before bedtime can improve our sleep quality, but if you’re still struggling to wind down, try relaxing your senses instead, which might just be the key to a better night’s sleep.

According to the Sleep Health Foundation, using technology before bedtime slows down the release of our sleep hormone, melatonin. 

Reducing the use of screens and technology before bedtime can improve our sleep quality, but some of us still find it difficult to wind down but if you’re still struggling to wind down. Relaxing your senses is a good place to start, and might help you to fall asleep. 

Distracting your mind and relaxing the body through the senses is simple. If you struggle to drift off, these small sensory adjustments might help provide some answers...

Sight

The colour of your bedroom could be preventing you from getting those important ZZZs. According to Good Housekeeping, the most relaxing colour to aid sleep is blue which helps to encourage a long, calm and soothing rest. Research shows orange has also been known to relax the body’s muscles, yellow creates a happy ambience in the bedroom and pink contributes to feelings of positivity and relaxation. Creating a relaxing bedroom sanctuary by introducing these colours can go a long way in contributing towards a restful night!

Smell

It’s a common well-known trick that lavender helps you sleep. Studies by the Alaska Sleep Clinic have shown that certain relaxing scents reduce tossing and turning at night and can relieve anxiety when trying to sleep. Smells such as lavender, chamomile, burgermot, jasmine, rose and sandalwood have all been known to ease the mind and help with sleep. Adding a few drops of essential oils to your pillow each night could be just what you need to improve your sleep quality.

Sound 

Everybody’s sleeping preferences are different when it comes to sound. Some of us need complete silence, whereas others can only drift off with the help of consistent sounds. If you prefer the latter, listening to soothing music has been proven to cause a significant increase in deep sleep. Studies have proven that people entered the REM cycle faster when listening to soft music. Next time you’re settling down for bed, perhaps try some soothing sounds like Jazz or even Ed Sheeran - Spotify’s top artist for drifting off.

Touch

Finally, touch is so important for ensuring the body is comfortable enough to fall asleep. If you’re struggling to get comfortable in bed, you may want to try a different bed sheet or perhaps a new mattress. You could try sateen cotton cloth bedsheets for a soft and lustrous feel. Cotton is a natural fibre which is soft, lightweight and breathable - allowing air circulation to your skin.

Your mattress might also be culpable for what could be preventing an undisturbed night’s sleep. Similarly with natural fibres in your bedsheets, mattresses made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool can make a tremendous difference in regulating your body temperature and comfort. 

The Indulgence Collection by Rest Assured has been lovingly handcrafted from British wool and fresh white fibres to aid the regulation of your body temperature at night. Experience the Bliss, Arcadia, Paradise or Eden mattress yourself in one of our trusted retailers, Relaxing the senses and creating a truly luxurious sleeping sanctuary will certainly help to accommodate a deep night’s sleep.