The longer nights and shorter days of winter kick in the natural instinct to retreat and hibernate to a comfortable, cosy environment. Quite often, this brings out a desire to escape the seasonal weather changes and increasingly dark days by taking sanctuary under the duvet. With the clocks now being put back and the official arrival of winter, preparing your sleep sanctuary should be as considered as updating your winter wardrobe knits and vitamin intake to combat the inevitable detrimental health impacts. When it comes to sleeping, what is the best environment to ensure the perfect night’s rest during winter nights?
According to research supporting, wool bedding can improve one’s sleep by 25 per cent, dispelling the preconceptions of wool being itchy, hot and hard to care for in order to promote a nation of clean sleepers.
British wool creates a natural sleeping environment that is temperature regulating, naturally flame retardant, and hypoallergenic, with an unparalleled ability to absorb harmful volatile organic compounds, often found in paints, varnishes and cleaning products in the structure of the fabric.
This ensures a safe and comfortable sleep all year round.
Natural wool is scientifically proven to improve sleep quality, with research suggesting that wool bedding can actually help provide up to 25 per cent more stage four regenerative sleep, the point at which our body is thought to do the most repair and regeneration of cells.
This all contributes towards a clean sleep, helping a person to wake up feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready to face the day.
What a person wears to bed can also make a huge difference.
Dagsmejan is the Swiss born Swedish sleepwear brand that encompasses a thermo-regulating fabric.
The fabric will ensure one is kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer nights.
Can a drink help one to sleep better?
Moon milk is a warm drink that has its origins in Ayuverdic traditions. Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.
Adaptogens are herbs and plants that have long been used in herbal medicine.
One of most therapeutic adaptogenic herbs is said to be ashwagandha.
Can certain foods help one to sleep better?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, eating kiwis before bedtime may help to ensure a good nights rest.
The health body explained: “If you have insomnia, eating two kiwis before bed can increase your sleep duration by an hour over the course of a month.”
It also recommends eating other fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants such as berries, prunes, raisins, and plums as they may have a similar effect by helping to counteract the oxidative stress caused by a sleep disorder.
The NHS added: “Few people manage to stick to strict bedtime routines. This is not much of a problem for most people, but for people with insomnia, irregular sleeping hours are unhelpful.
“Your routine depends on what works for you, but the most important thing is working out a routine and sticking to it.
“Try sleep at regular times, make sure you wind down, make your bedroom sleep-friendly or try keep a sleep diary.”