5 tips for a better night's sleep

Sep 30, 2021

5 tips and tricks for getting a better night's sleep. You'll thank us in the morning!

We all dream of falling asleep as soon as our head hits the pillow, longing to wake up energised and ready for the day ahead. A good night’s sleep could be more in reach than you think – try our top 5 tips and tricks to enhance your slumber.

1. A cool bedroom can help you nod off quicker

If you find it harder to sleep in the warmer months, you’re not alone. A bedroom that’s too hot can interfere with your body’s ability to have a sound night’s sleep.

According to the Sleep Health Foundation, the ideal bedroom temperature is around 17 to 19 degrees Celsius – keeping your bedroom at this optimal temperature can significantly improve your sleep pattern and quality. With our Home Automation Climate Control package, you can achieve this temperature sweet spot all year round by pre-programming routines via your phone, tablet or voice commands.

A drop in temperature about 2 hours before bed can make your brain produce more melatonin, making you feel naturally tired when you get into bed.

2. Get your daily dose of vitamin D

An excellent way to improve your sleep is by making sure you get enough exposure to sunlight throughout the day. Our bodies natural timekeeper is called our circadian rhythm – to keep this in check, exposure to sunlight is a must.

In addition to helping you get a better night’s sleep, access to sunlight can help improve your mood by encouraging your brain to release serotonin, along with providing you with vitamin D which plays many roles in keeping your body in optimum working order.

Block out blinds come as standard in every Caydon apartment – with Smart Home Automation, they can be programmed to automatically come up as the sun rises. Ditch the alarm and wake up naturally, refreshed and ready for your day.

While it’s difficult to determine exactly how much sun exposure each individual needs, the general rule is approximately 10 to 20 minutes in the earlier half of the day.

3. Ditch the devices at least two hours before bedtime

A common sleep tip is to ditch the devices at least 2 hours before bed. This ties into making our circadian rhythm work for us instead of against us, as blue light from our phones, TV’s and computers is responsible for reducing your brains production of melatonin.

Our Skyhomes and Terrace Homes at HOME feature a convenient Tech Drawer, giving you the ideal place to store and charge all of your devices at night time. Make it a habit to put your iPads, iPhones and even laptops neatly away at the same time each night, contributing towards a more restful night’s sleep.

4. Set yourself a sleep schedule (and stick to it)

The Sleep Health Foundation tells us that different people need different amounts of sleep. Eight and a quarter hour is the average for adults, however – some people can cope very well with much less and some need much more every night.

Setting yourself nightly routines can help you stick to your sleep schedule. For example, residents at Coppins Corner within The Malt District can utilise the shared spaces as part of their routines by immersing themselves in a peaceful and tranquil setting a few hours before its lights out. Stretch out in the yoga studio or unwind in the steam room, spa, sauna or meditation room – the choice is yours.

5. Head outdoors for your daily exercise

Exercise, both gentle and strenuous, is proven to help you have a more restful night’s sleep. Engaging in physical activity has many direct benefits to your overall health, helping you fall asleep faster, elevating your mood and improving your mental wellbeing.

Get your natural sunlight exposure and an exercise session in without even leaving your home. The rooftop at Due North in Preston comes complete with a heated lap pool and a fully-equipped gym – weights, cardio equipment and a yoga lawn are yours to enjoy. The city views are a bonus, encouraging you to get your daily exercise and fresh air before kicking off your workday.