Aiming for a good night’s sleep

It is no secret that I struggle to get to sleep at night. Since I was a teenager I have suffered from bouts of insomnia which mean I could literally watch the clock go round at night rather than drifting off to the land of nod. I find it difficult to switch off at night, always thinking of what I need to do the next day, and I often have my best ideas in those twilight hours, and then worry I will forget them when I eventually go to sleep. It all adds up to me not getting anywhere near enough sleep, and then feeling sluggish and tired the next morning, when the school run beckons.

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There are a range of factors that stopped us getting a good night’s sleep. This can range from the restlessness of a partner, who may be suffering from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea causes them to make vibrating sounds due to breathing problems. It may also be the outside noise and even trying to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress.  Stressing over everyday matters is another recipe for a sleepless night. So what can we do to improve our sleep?

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Your nights sleep can certainly be improved by changing your mattress, especially if you have had it for a few years. You can opt for something that gives you the firmness that you need, especially if you have back problems that also help you to lose sleep. Many people think that a new mattress would be very expensive, but if you shop at mattress sale UK you can find some real bargains, including pocket strung and memory foam designs.

Your sleep could be transformed through a new mattress, and you can also add a mattress topper to add a further level of comfort.

A bedtime drink

Avoiding caffeine long before our actual bedtime is one key thing we can be doing. Apparently, the effects of caffeine filled drinks can last for up to 24hours, so switching to a milky drink would be far more beneficial for those who struggle to sleep.

Accessories

Pillow sprays, sleep masks and blackout curtains can also be useful in the fight for sleep, helping us towards a state of relaxation. The masks and blackout curtains/blinds are particularly important if you struggle sleeping when there is light in your room.

Turn off that technology

Keeping the technology out of the bedroom is also imperative – no more Facebook and Twitter updates in bed! Once you go to bed you need to be shutting out the world, so leave that phone or iPad downstairs, it can all wait until morning.

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A Cosy Home For Christmas

I am a real sucker for the Channel 5 Christmas B movies, the sort that star people like Hayley Duff and Nicolette Sheridan and are set in places where they have crisp, deep snow, acres of Christmas lights and the biggest trees you ever did see.

I’ve always loved these films and I think part of the reason for this is to do with the places where the characters live. They always exude cosy ‘Christmasness’, with roaring fires, huge sofa, windows with shutters, cosy rugs and festive/alpine touches.

If this is your idea of decor heaven, read on to find how you can add your own cosy touches to your home this winter.

Adding a Made to Measure Rug

One of the home decor trends of recent years has been the rise in laminate and real wood floors. They look beautiful, age well and are easier to clean, but it has to be said that they lack that warm and cosy feel that Winter needs. One easy way to add the ‘warm and cosy’ is to add a beautiful made to measure rug.

Designer-carpet.co.uk are experts when it comes to your luxury carpets and designer carpet needs. They deal in both made to measure rugs and in heavily discounted carpet remnants that can give you the designer look at up to 90% off RRP.

A beautiful handmade, made to measure rug will add a touch of luxury to your home as well as making it look super cosy. The beauty of made to measure is that it can be designed to fit your room size, so it doesn’t overwhelm your space. You can choose colours and patterns that fit with your existing decor and can even opt for the brand that takes your eye. The fabric and texture is also your choice, from something hardwearing like jute or seagrass, to something soft like velvet or loop. The choice is yours.

Adding Tier on Tier Window Shutters

Beautiful tier on tier window blinds not only add extra warmth to a room, but they look cosy and festive too. Wooden shutter blinds give your house a Nordic touch, and if you look at the range from Thomas Sanderson you get a design that is handcrafted and traditional looking.

Cushions, Lots of Cushions

Have you ever noticed just how many plump cushions festoon the sofas and chairs in Christmas movies?  Every sofa just looks like you would sink into it and not want to ever get up again.

Whether you decide to opt for plain and simple cushions that you can use all year around, or whether you go for a few seasonal options, it has to be said that cushions totally equal cosiness.

A wreath for the mantlepiece

All good Christmas films have a festive wreath on the fireplace that is a real statement piece. Home Alone had a wreath and stockings hanging above the fire, whilst even the minimalist style of the LA home in The Holiday had a festive wreath – it’s one thing a cosy festive home just has to have. Real greenery works best and can add a beautiful festive scent to your home too, but there are some really stunning artificial mantle wreaths, and many have twinkly lights that add to the magical Christmas aura.

A cosy throw

Your can transform your usual sofa into a festive version of your sofa with the addition of a cosy Christmas throw. These look and feel soft and comfy and cost very little, you can usually pick them up for less than £10 from stores like Matalan, Asda and Tesco. The throw can be worn over the top of the sofa, or thrown over the arm of a chair, and can simply be folded away once Christmas has gone.

Are you adding any seasonal touches to your home this Christmas?

Bedroom Furnishing

Furnishing a bedroom from afresh can be a daunting prospect, however design wise, these days pretty much anything goes. Adding a beautifully crafted lamp and expensive designer bed linen will draw the eye away from a mass manufactured wardrobe and bedside table, or a plain looking bed.

Mixing and matching is perfectly acceptable, gone are the days when the bedroom ‘set’ needs to match the vanity, it all depends on how creative and imaginative we can be when choosing a look for the bedroom.

For those who have neither the creativity nor the time to indulge in fantastical ideas, matching bedroom units are a simple yet effective way of furnishing your room, the advantage of this means the style of the soft furnishings, wallpaper, and accessories, can be changed on a whim, to create a whole new look. You can also look carefully at the floor you are choosing, as this is one area worth making an investment in.

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Always choose the best bed you can afford. Money spent on a good base and a perfect mattress with plenty of support for your back will result in much more efficient sleep. If ornate beds are not your style, buy plain but then choose a headboard that fits in with the rest of the room. A headboard really can transform an otherwise standard looking divan bed into something a little bit more designer.

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As mentioned, this is one area worth making an investment in as it is something you will probably keep forever. Solid wood flooring is a great way to literally match any style, from contemporary to vintage. These days it comes in a range of styles, from rustic to more sophisticated, and offers you an easy clean, easy maintenance option that will work whether you are styling a room for a child, a teenager, or as a haven for a couple.

Wardrobes
Once a bed has been chosen, the second most important piece of furniture to buy is the wardrobe. This should be as large as possible without dominating the room. Consider a wardrobe which compromises drawers, hanger space and if possible a shelf or two. Shelves can be used for folded bed linen and towels,bulky items that can take up a lot of drawer space.

Bedside table

When choosing a bedside table it is best to have one at bed height, so it easy to reach night-lights and alarm clocks. A chest of drawers should match your wardrobe, unless you are willing to pay for unique design or perhaps re-vamp an old one yourself, thus making a feature and an object of desire that stands alone as a beautiful piece.

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Extras
If you have the room for a chair in the bedroom, why not think about a futon chair or a chair bed? An extra bed is ideal for guests and perfect for children’s bedrooms. Strategically placed mirrors will reflect light and open up the room, smaller spaces will benefit greatly from one or more mirrors on the walls.

Whatever design is finally chosen for the bedroom furniture, think storage first and foremost, even the plainest bedroom furniture can be complemented with a few choice accessories, stylish wallpaper and funky soft furnishings.