Royal Coronation: How To Sleep Like A King
With a host of bank holidays on the horizon – and an additional one thanks to the Royal Coronation, who doesn’t like the prospect of an extra hour or two in bed?It’s a great opportunity to catch up if you’ve been overdoing it but according to sleep experts, the secret to a great night's sleep is routine and disrupting our body clocks can leave us feeling groggy.
Sleep is vital in keeping our bodies healthy and functioning and as Royal Warrant holders we’ve been handcrafting sustainable luxury beds for homes, palaces and hotels around the world for over 120 years.
Hypnos’ resident sleep expert Natalie Pennicotte-Collier (MSC, MBCT, D.CHyp, MNCH, DHybKG, Reg CNHC) offers advice for keeping your sleep on track and sleeping like a king this bank holiday!
1. Stick to a sleep schedule.
“The body's internal clock, or circadian rhythm, is kept in check by maintaining a regular sleep pattern therefore establishing a regular sleep schedule or routine can encourage a higher-quality sleep.
“Make sure you consistently get enough sleep, which means keeping a steady bedtime and a similar waking time each day. Any alterations to your routine can be problematic because your body is a creature of habit. Regrettably, that also includes lie-ins, which can cause a form of ‘sleep jet lag’ - but if you are sleeping well, you are less likely to need them!”
2. Create a sleep sanctuary.
“Treat your bedroom like your oasis, and a sanctuary of calm so that you can promote good sleep hygiene and prepare your body and mind for sleep. The key to a good night’s sleep is a bespoke mattress that has been created specifically for your sleeping style. Whether you sleep on your back, side, front, alone or with a partner the right mattress is essential to sleeping like royalty. Hypnos mattresses are expertly handcrafted from the highest quality, responsibly sourced British wool from assured farms, in addition to luxurious latex. Pair these with comfortable and soft bedding and your new sanctuary is sure to pass the sleep test.”
3. Set your thermostat to a cool temperature.
“For the ultimate night’s sleep, make sure your room is cool, quiet, and dark – around 16-18°C is ideal. By lowering the thermostat at night, you may be able to regulate the temperature and let your body know it's time for bed.”
4. Reduce screen time.
“Using your phone excessively right before bed can interfere with your sleep. Jumping into bed and checking your phone, which may seem like a harmless habit, can have a significant impact on your general health.
“The blue light that technology produces is known to disrupt the body’s creation of the sleep hormone, melatonin, meaning your devices are actually working against you when it comes to sleep.
“And whilst it can be hugely tempting to check those work emails late at night or have a quick scroll through Instagram, removing the temptation to do so by turning your devices off, packing them away or placing them in another room, can really help to stop this and let your mind rest.
“Try to do this at least two hours before you intend to go to sleep as this will help your mind and body to prepare, meaning you’re more likely to be able to meditate successfully or to slip into a gentle slumber when the time comes for bed."
5. Try sleep meditation.
“The benefits of meditation for stress management and mental wellness are well- known. But did you know that regular guided meditation at night might also help you fall asleep? Meditation can cause physiological reactions such as a reduced heart rate, controlled breathing and increased melatonin levels, all of which are favourable for helping you to drift off into a restful night’s sleep. These responses are brought on by using breathing methods and focusing the mind's attention on the present moment.
“If you’re unsure of how to start, opt for a sleep meditation guide. After a busy bank holiday, this may aid in body and mental relaxation and prepare you for sleep.”