Designing a home that is beneficial to your well-being has never felt more important – but no room is quite as crucial as the bedroom. In this space, your decorating decisions have a direct influence on your sleeping pattern. So, how do you get them right?
The secret to getting a better night's sleep may be in a ritual that hotels have practiced for decades: the act of turning down your bed. If you ever wondered why you sleep so well in hotels, it could be down to this simple routine.
We believe that it's about time 'turning down' your bed became a common practice in a domestic setting, too – and sleep experts agree. Sharing their modern bedroom ideas, those in the know urge you to undergo this nightly bed styling tip – to help you sleep until morning.
What is turning down your bed?
The act of 'turning down' your bed simply refers to preparing your bed linen and pillows for use. In some hotels, staff may enter your suite to rearrange your bed at the end of the day – but this quick action may be the reason you often sleep so well.
'Turning down the bed, having the right pillows that are comfortable for you, and ensuring your bedding and duvet are positioned accordingly are all little things that will help you to fall asleep quicker,' explains Dr. Giuseppe Aragona, GP and online doctor for OnlinePrescriptionDoctor (opens in new tab).
The doctor says that there is no set way of restyling your bed for sleep. Instead, it's about finding the luxury bedroom idea that works best for you.
'Some people may find that they need to have fewer pillows around them to fall asleep, whilst other people may want more pillows surrounding them, and to have some near them to rest their arms on or put in between their legs, it is totally personal preference,' Dr. Giuseppe says.
How does turning down your bed help you sleep?
Expert Robert Pagano, who is the co-founder at Sleepline (opens in new tab), says that turning down your bed 'increases airflow' – which in turn cools down your bed – and creates better sleeping conditions.
'When your bed is cool, your body will release melatonin, which will help you fall asleep and stay asleep,' Robert says. 'Additionally, keeping a cool environment in your bedroom will also help regulate your body temperature and improve your sleep quality.'
Sleep Coach and founder of StartSleeping.org, Ryan Fiorenzi, also explains that turning down your bed means you can arrange your sheets and pillows so they best support your neck – which consequently leads to better slumber.
You can rearrange your current bed or invest in a new one that is designed to provide optimal support,' he says. If you don't have the space for one of the best mattresses, Ryan adds that you can still improve your sleep by 'using pillows and other supportive accessories to make your current bed better.'
We're creating the ambiance of a hotel in our bedrooms, starting tonight.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.
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