When Habitat invited me to an event to discover the art of sleep, I had to have a slight chuckle to myself. I have a toddler who seems to be permanently ill, a dog with a real snoring problem, and a husband with a slight anxiety problem around sleeping. I knew the key for me to getting a good nights sleep would be to remove these three factors, and sleep in a quiet room alone at say, a Cotswold's retreat? Since that is not going to be happening anytime errr...ever? I decided to pop along to Habitat's Sleepover and see what tips I could pick up to at least help myself get back to sleep after being woken for the fourth (or fifth) time each night.
The night was split into four sessions. After slipping off my boots and into some comfy slippers, I was introduced to yoga expert Lisa Sanfilippo who taught us some easy stretches and moves to prepare our body and mind for sleep. Sitting up cross legged on the floor, we took a slow, deep breath in - held it for three seconds - then out for four. Lisa told us that we need our body to tell our mind to unplug, and we can achieve that by relaxed breathing, or laying with our feet up against a chair.
In all honesty, I've never been one for yoga. Even on my honeymoon, at sunset, on a beautiful tranquil island, I couldn't relax with yoga. In fact, it always stressed me out a bit more as I felt totally ridiculous trying to balance and get into the 'vibe'. I can get into the vibe of a large G&T much easier. Yet as I carried out Lisa's stretching and breathing tips, I could feel my body unwind a bit. It's definitely one I'm going to try when I've gone to bed after working late and my mind is still active.
After a bit of sleep science (don't drink coffee after 3pm, get a minimum of 5 hours sleep) and some Feng shui, I ogled the beautiful nightwear by London brand Sundays, then checked out what products Habitat have in store to enhance your chances of a peaceful nights rest.
There are two things that I can't have before I go to sleep at night. First - an uninviting, unmade bed. The bed HAS to be made before I can get in it. Secondly, clutter. I can't stand clutter on side tables and on the floor, and need it all put away before I can go to sleep. Luckily, Habitat do a wide range of bedding - from plain to patterned, from crisp white hotel chic to something more colourful and inviting. They also do a range of beds and cute bedroom storage (I love this teal dressing table) where clutter can be shooshed away and dealt with in the morning!
How do you guarantee a good nights sleep? Let me know in the comments section below!