Creating A Peaceful Hotel Style bedroom for better sleep

Some would say I am lucky. Some would say that they wish they were able to survive on the few hours sleep that I can. However, every few weeks I crash and burn, and either get ill, or feel unmotivated and lacking in energy. This is because I drift through my day-to-day life on about 4/5 hours sleep a night! Something is gonna give at some point. We all know that sleep is the way the body heals and recuperates. When we were in Austria recently, I mentioned in the post, (Salzburg, hints, tips, budget and the basics) that I slept like a baby! Lots of you agreed that you too sleep better in hotels! My husband and I were discussing whether it’s more than just the relaxed state you are in when on holiday or a mini break, and we both agree that hotel rooms seem to just create an environment that promotes restful sleep! I decided that I would look to recreate my own hotel chic for a better nights sleep, in my bedroom. I will try anything! Being as I am now taking this whole adulting thing very seriously (ahem) I thought I’d share with you my tips for aiding a better night’s sleep, creating a peaceful, hotel style bedroom and a few discoveries I made that are helping me sleep better;

Creating your own Hotel Chic for a Peaceful Night’s Sleep;

For me, the main ingredient in a good hotel room is the bedding. It has to be white, it has to be crisp, and it has to be cool. You know that feeling of getting into newly washed bed linen? Well obviously hotels have that feeling constantly. I find that using ironing water in my iron puts that just-washed feeling into my bedding, and keeps it feeling fresh. Some (my family) would say I am a little fussy about the bedding being good quality, soft, and not having a crumpled look to it…. Yep, I am one of those people that irons my bed linen.

Creating your own hotel chic

I also think that hotels have it right using black out curtains. I am an early riser no matter what time I go to bed, but when you wake and it is still dark in the room, it tricks the mind and I can usually get back to sleep. I have found a company, Yorkshire Linens, that has an amazing range of blackout curtains, at incredibly reasonable prices. I like the fact that you can also buy blackout linings that attach to your existing curtains. Fab idea! I have linked them here so you can have a look at the full range. I’v ordered some to go on my existing white bedroom curtains. Im also obsessed with the Elissa white bed linen pictured below that is also going in my basket……..(see it here)  gorgeous eh??

Hotel rooms, by their very nature, also have uncluttered surfaces. I can be a little bit of a hoarder, with trinkets, flowers and pictures everywhere. I have now changed it so that I have just a couple of pictures of the boys out, my beautiful faux peonies that I bought from Laura Ashley, and my make up mirror and brushes. Everything else has been put elsewhere or tidied away. Clear, clutter free surfaces help promote that feeling of calm. The lighting in my room has also been changed now to enable it to be dimmed. It is still my beloved chandelier, but it now has a dimmer switch and bulbs. No more harsh light in my boudoir!

Creating hotel chic

My top tips for a good night’s sleep

I always spritz my bed linen with an aromatherapy sleep spray about 30 minutes before I go to bed. I’m currently using an Aromaworks one, but I have used a few in the past. For me personally, I think that the smell is comforting and relaxes me, so aids my ability to relax better.

I make sure that my phone, laptop etc, are all put away an hour before bedtime. Studies have shown that using your phone before bed can disrupt your sleep pattern. I don’t need any more disruptions!

Like in a hotel room. I always make sure my bedding is ironed. I know that sounds weird but I swear, if my bed looks nice, it makes me sleep better.

Creating hotel room chic
Beautiful bedding from Yorkshire Linens. – on my wish list!

I like my room to be ambient and peaceful. When I go in to close my curtains, I always switch on my little lamp so it looks all cosy. Again, it’s about creating that relaxed, hotel room vibe.

A warm bath before getting into my pyjamas is a huge part of my bedtime routine. I have lots of aromatherapy bath oils so pick one to use. Then I take my book and shut the world away for half hour or so. It starts to calm my mind and ease the day away.

I personally only like white sheets, and I find the lack of colour quite restful. I live in a house with two teenage boys so my home can be a little chaotic and filled with teens! I like the fact that my room is full of soft, neutral colours and fresh white bedding.

I have a few meditation/relaxation type albums on my iPod, and I find listening to just 10 minutes of these soothes my mind. Sometimes I practise meditation and sometimes I just enjoy the music, but it always helps me relax.

So there you have it. My relaxed, hotel room tips! I’v ordered my blackout curtain linings and decluttered my surfaces. Do you find you sleep better whilst away from home? Do you need your room to be relaxing and calm? What helps you to get a good night’s sleep? Do you use any of the things I have listed above? Is your ease of sleep relevant to you how your room looks and feels do you think? I need to hear about all of your experiences, this girl needs more sleep! 

**This post was in collaboration with Yorkshire Linens. Fabulous curtains and linens at amazing prices. Post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclaimer page if you would like to know more.

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  1. July 9, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I love using pillow and sheet mists before bed also, they are so relaxing and they definitely put on the great sleep mood in room. Lovely post dear. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Ahhh me too. Its almost like I cant sleep without them now. Iv given myself an addiction haha! Thank you for reading xxx

  2. July 9, 2018 / 11:41 am

    I have tried and failed to recreate a hotel bed experience. We bought bedding from a company that said it was a supplier to hotels but it’s just not the “right” feeling. Hotel duvets always feel light but heavy (I know that’s a rubbish explanation!)

    Luckily I’ve never had any problem with sleeping, but my husband struggles so I might have a look into aromatherapy sprays.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      I know EXACTLY what you mean about the bedding in hotels. I think thats why I like a really good count duvet etc. You get that heavy feeling but light haha! (we know what we are talking about dont we) I think the black out blinds are going to be a game changer for me. I’ll let you know. There is nothing worse than being a rubbish sleeper! Thanks for reading xx

      • July 10, 2018 / 1:25 pm

        I couldn’t possibly have black out blinds – I don’t think I would ever wake up! Certainly not in time for work!

        • kerrylifeandloves
          July 10, 2018 / 4:57 pm

          hahahaha! I would love to be able to say I have over slept, just once! You best stay away from them! Thanks for popping over lovely xx

  3. July 9, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Wow your room looks stunning Kerry! The hubby and I have always liked a hotel style to our bedroom. Love your tips, thanks for sharing

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! I’m not sure why it has never occurred to me to re-create this room style. Im really hoping it helps sort my sleeping out! Thanks for reading x

  4. July 9, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    My mum and I have this “do you/don’t you iron the bed clothes” discussion. Personally I can’t be bothered, but if I go to stay, I quite like it! Black-out blinds or curtains definitely help though. We had custom-made blinds when we got the new house and I had them with a lining sewn in. It helps so much in the summer because I hate it when the sun wakes me up early. It was good to read your tips XX

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      I have a friend that thinks Im crazy ironing my bedding, but I think I became obsessed when I started trying to tackle my sleep problems! Im so pleased that you said that about the blackout curtains. Iv never thought to get them before but I am convinced that they will make a difference. You are right, during the summer I wake up around 5am. Drives me crazy. I cant wait to get them! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  5. Jean
    July 9, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I always iron my bedding, couldn’t get into bed with creases when I have only just put clean sheets etc on, I am even known to iron my duvet cover whilst on the bed after a couple of days sleeping! Sad or what.
    As for blackout blinds, that is a fab idea, I’m sure it would help getting back to sleep when waking up too early.
    Totally agree with you about a clutter free room, gives a sense of calmness which is so needed in a bedroom.
    Another great post Kerry, so enjoyed reading it

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much, and Im so glad you enjoyed it x I don’t think re-ironing them is sad, its a fab idea! I think the blackout blinds are really going to hep. Im determined to get past 5am sleeping in haha!

  6. July 9, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Some of that linen looks beautiful!
    I always sleep better when hubby’s home, aww haha! When he’s away it always takes me forever to fall asleep and I sleep lighter too. Saying that tho the fur-babies snuggle up on the bed with me which I always find comforting haha

    Heather xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      It really is gorgeous isnt it. I love the Elissia set and am going to order it. I love crisp white beds. Im determined to tackle this sleep malarkey. Im similar to you when my hubby is on nights. I just struggle to stay asleep, like you though, I do snuggle up with the dog haha Thank you for reading Heather xxx

  7. July 9, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    They say that it’s quality not quantity that makes for a good night’s sleep. You probably do well on so little because you prepare everything so well. Unlike me – on my phone in bed, having to get up every night to let the dogs out and being woken up way too early by my 1 year old. Hence why I feel I need 17 hours sleep every night to recover from the previous night! Great tips, I think I’ll try some.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Ohhh thats an interesting thought. I wonder if the little sleep I do get is good sleep! Makes sense I suppose. I think it was having my sons that made me an even worse sleeper. You know yourself, once you are a Mum you awaken at the drop of a pin! I feel you! I hope some of the tips help a little. Im excited to think my new blackouts might help! I cant believe it has never occurred to me before! Thank you for stopping by and reading xx

  8. July 9, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Wish I coud get myself organised to do that! Sounds like a wonderful idea!!!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 10, 2018 / 6:40 am

      I will try anything! This gal needs sleep haha! Thank you for reading x

  9. Losing the Plot
    July 9, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Once I was a sound sleeper, then when pregnant, it all changed, and never changed back. As for the likelihood of me having a hotel bedroom… hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha no chance.

    It’s as much as I can do to keep it tidy. Being the one space that is kept tidy it is everyone’s fav place to hang out. I feel like one of the 3 bears, someone’s been sleeping in my bed – and he’s still there!

    Loved the post, and your room xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 10, 2018 / 6:43 am

      Hahahaha! Does it help if I tell you it gets easier as they grow? My eldest son was in with us until he was 6, my youngest also. At one point there was 4 of us in our bed for about 2 years! I was the same, my sleep pattern got way worse when I was pregnant. I 100% feel you! Thank you so much for reading, my boys are 18/16 now so Im past the three bears stage….just lol xx

  10. July 10, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    There is nothing quite like getting into a fresh clean bed!
    I think I’m one of the few people that really like being woken by the sun during summer. It makes me feel more alert and motivated. I still manage to doze a little, which I like.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 10, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      It really is one of the simple pleasures Gemma isn’t it. Funnily enough, I like being woken by the sun when I don’t have to get up for work! Figure that one out! Its like my rebellious self thinks oh I will get up because I don’t really need to haha! I don’t understand me! Thanks for reading xxx

      • July 10, 2018 / 5:05 pm

        Haha I know exactly what you mean! I have quite a routine due to needing help with getting up etc. When I do have the odd day where there are no timings to live by, my body still tells me to wake up early!

        • kerrylifeandloves
          July 10, 2018 / 5:12 pm

          We are doomed hahaha! Im just thinking my bags under my eyes are my badge of honour from an over active mind. Thats how I sell it to myself anyway…….lol

  11. July 10, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I also have trouble falling asleep and I’ve found that taking Melatonin a half hour before bed helps me to fall asleep. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid and is not habit forming. It also works for me so it might work for you. 🙂 I love your ideas about the aromatherapy. I haven’t tried that yet. I just may have to do it.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 10, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Ohhh Lisa thank you so much for the suggestion. I have never heard of Melatonin, so will look into it. Its frustrating when I wake still feeling tired! I am a huge advocate of aromatherapy, and really feel it helps. A misty on my pillow is just perfect. I hope you find it helps you too! Thank you so much for stopping by xx

      • July 10, 2018 / 7:02 pm

        You’re welcome! And you can find Melatonin in any pharmacy. You don’t have to have a prescription to buy it and it does work wonders. I usually sleep through the night.

  12. Mutton_style
    July 10, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Generally I sleep well, except during this heatwave. It’s lovely that it’s got cooler over the last couple of days.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 10, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Ohhh I totally agree, today has been so nice to feel a breeze! I will be interested to see if I sleep better tonight. Im one of those crazy people that need a blanket on even in the heat wave are you? Thank you for reading xx

  13. July 13, 2018 / 5:35 am

    I’m loving that second set of bed linen Kerry! Just about to start decorating my Dressing/spare bedroom and this would be perfect. I can’t help you with the sleep thing, I’m an early riser too and I like it that way but I never have any problems drifting off.
    Laurie xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 13, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Its beautiful isnt it! I very much have my eye on it. I love being an early riser too, I must admit. I am a morning person for sure, I just wish I could get a full nights sleep. My bags are becoming suitcases under my eyes haha! Thank you for reading xxx

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