(This post is brought to you in collaboration with Sleepmaker)
Do you get a good night’s sleep? Chances are you don’t, for a variety of reasons including children, stress, too much screen time in the evening, general ill health, uncomfortable bedding, or partner disturbances – such as snoring! I always roll my hubby on his right side once the snoring opera starts and it seems to work, but between that, my type 1 diabetes playing up, and our 6 year old coming in with his legs all over me, things can get pretty un-sleep like for me in our bedroom!
Somehow I have trained my body to cope with around 6 hours sleep, but I know somewhere along the line this is going to burn me. Maybe I am getting old, years ago I needed a good 10 hours! Kids do that to you though don’t they….you never seem to sleep as well as when you were little.
Our bedrooms are in fact becoming more and more, a place we retreat to – not just for sleeping. Trends forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (Li), one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters, predicts bedrooms becoming an entertaining space, a communal space in which we live as well as sleep. I met her earlier this year at DesignEx and she is an intuitive thinker who travels the world studying the evolution of socio-cultural trends before sharing this information with her clients in industries as diverse as fashion, textiles, interiors, cars, cosmetics, retail and food.
Li presented a trend about our bedrooms becoming more important, that we will spend more time in the bedroom – sleeping, working, eating and entertaining. Due to this, she says, our bedrooms will be more self contained, like a hotel room, perhaps with a mini-bar, fireplace and an open bathroom. She also predicted that the materials used would be luxurious, with lots of velvets and cushions to create the “theatre of the bedroom”. She says our beds and the way we dress them are now more relaxed – with less elastic in bedding – just throw it on and cuddle in.
I think we are already seeing this with less focus on matching sheet sets and doonas, and a shift towards creating a work of art with your bed. Layering sustainable textiles such as bamboo, linen, organic cotton and hemp, with a blend of neutral and colours, creates a look that entices you in, as well as creates a beautiful vignette every time you walk into your bedroom. Cushions and throws complete the look and enable you to create different looks should the mood take you.
However you bedroom is still primarily the place you lay your head each night. If you are like us, you may well be disturbed by children, each other or your own aches and pains, but beginning with a good supportive mattress and then layering the bed with comfy and healthy bedding, will give you the best chance at a good night’s sleep. Sleep hygiene is also important – this means developing healthy sleep habits that help you to have a good night’s sleep. Common sleeping problems (such as insomnia) are usually related to unhealthy habits which you may have developed over years or even decades. You can dramatically improve your sleep quality by making a few minor adjustments to your lifestyle, the way you think about and approach sleep, and having healthy and comfortable beds, bedding and environments.
A good quality mattress is a no brainer. We purchased our mattress at Sleepmaker, one of the largest bedding retailers and experts at what they do, and with this being the most important aspect of your bedroom, it is important to get it right. They have a great mattress selector tool which is a personalised tool where you can get a mattress based on your own individual needs- pretty cool! Starting with a good foundation is more likely to give you the best night’s sleep and allow you to enjoy every waking, and sleeping, moment of your life.