Keep in the warmth: Sleep essentials

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As 2020 begins to settle in we start moving towards the colder months of the year and let’s be honest, it’s when most of us go into “hibernation mode”. Because of this natural inclination to spend more time indoors and maybe even extra time in our bedrooms, it’s a good idea to make a few tweaks to your surroundings, for a warm, cosy, and most importantly healthy environment. Creating a healthy space is important for your overall wellbeing, start by looking at every aspect of your environment holistically, this may include the air quality, physical objects and even atmosphere. Create a clam, cosy and restful environment

Here are our 5 winter sleep essentials

Clean air.

Having an essential oil misting diffuser in your bedroom purifies the air and also adds a bit of humidity, which is often needed in our heated-dry-air-winter-homes. Try using lavender in your diffuser to help calm your nervous system before bed. If essential oils and diffusers aren’t your style try incorporating plants in your bedroom, this will help you connect visually with nature, plus they also clean the air!

Make an organic, cosy bed.

You may not be able to switch out your whole mattress or pillows for organic ones, but you can change out what you put on top of them so that your bed is much healthier to sleep in. Invest in 100% cotton, linen or hemp sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers.

Declutter your space.

Remove all things not related to the bedroom, including papers, work, electronics, kids’ toys and stuff from pockets that should be put away. Get in the habit of putting all of your clothes away in your closets and drawers, instead of laying on benches, chairs and floors in your bedroom. Have a laundry basket in your bedroom for dirty clothes and hang lots of hooks on walls and backs of doors so that it’s easy to hang up jeans and sweaters.

Create a spot for everything.

Make sure to have a drawer or a pretty basket on a dresser in which you can store stuff from when you empty your pockets, your jewellery, and things like your hand cream. I also like to keep a little bowl on my nightstand to corral my reading glasses and lip balm in one neat spot. Keeping things neat and having homes for them is the best way to keep daily clutter under control.

Decorate for calm and rest.

Consider painting your room an off-white or other light, soothing colour. Takedown any decor or wall hangings that are not soothing or make you happy. Keep your decor minimal but use artwork in muted colours and maybe paint out dark old wood furniture to a soothing light shade. Add a soft comfy rug to your bedroom and add a soft throw to the end of the bed. All of these things will help you slow down and relax at the end of the day.

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