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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;
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.
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!
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.
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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