How to sleep better: the ultimate guide to a restful night 

Buying the right bed and mattress, finding the perfect pillows, duvets, and bedding, then researching sleep tips and aromatherapy, plus testing the latest tech – you name it, we’ve got it covered. Here at These Three Rooms we love a good night’s sleep. And that’s why we’re bringing you our ultimate guide to achieving the most restful snooze. 

How to sleep better, you ask? Well, if you’ve been searching for the right recipe to a restful night’s sleep, get your pen and paper out because we’ve compiled our findings and expertise in this complete guide. 

Let’s start with buying the right bed 

Buying the right bed is important. It’s the base of the recipe to a restful night’s sleep. So, how do you go about finding the best one for you? Well, after visiting plenty of showrooms around London and testing different mattresses, as well as chatting to the experts, Georgina has cracked the code to buying the ideal bed.  

So, why not watch this video to find out for yourself and come this way to join her on the journey?

Finding the right mattress

We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so choosing the right mattress is crucial. Memory foam, pocket-sprung, mixed materials – there are so many options to choose from. Stefanie has broken down the different types of mattresses to make it easier to find the right one for you.  

Soak Sleep pocket sprung mattress
Pocket-sprung mattresses offer plenty of bounce and good air circulation. These are from Soak & Sleep, and prices start from £240 for a medium-to-firm 1000-pocket double.

And not to mention the additional features. Think hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and temperature-regulating benefits, support, firmness, plus the tension. So, take a look at these essential shopping tips before buying your mattress.  

Harrison Spink’s Pure Performance Free & Easy Elite collection designs are all turn free, so you don’t need to flip them regularly to keep them in good shape. The Santiago, £1749 for a double, features 12200 springs and layers of sustainably-sourced filling – including mohair, wool, and Egyptian cotton.

Looking for sustainable mattresses? Here are nine designs that are better for you and the planet. And if you’re wondering what to do with your old bed and mattress, here’s what you need to know about recycling them.

Buying a pillow, duvet and choosing the right bedding

We tend to focus on finding the ideal bed and investing in a good mattress but we often forget about the pillow. A wise design expert told Georgina that we should think of the pillow as the mattress for the head.

So, when was the last time you bought new pillows that actually support your sleep? If it’s been a while, read this first. We share what to consider before you make the purchase, choosing the right material and how often you need to replace them.  

How to buy a pillow
How to buy a pillow is something everyone should know. Hungarian goose down pillow, from £79, from Scooms.

The pillow is not the only thing you need to look at. Enter: bedding. You don’t want to overheat in a new bedding set and equally, you might want to carefully assess the technical specifications before you either buy online or in store.

Fear not, Lindsay has got all the tips on the three key considerations: thread count, material and getting the look you want. 

Choosing bedding
Forest Green bedding, from £261 for a double, Piglet. Bundles include a duvet cover and pair of pillowcases with additional white pillowcases along with a white at and fitted sheet.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the duvet. I told you we’ve covered everything, didn’t I? With the colder months upon us, now is the time to think about your quilt and keeping your body at a good temperature for the best night’s sleep. Follow these tips for choosing the best duvet and bedding for winter

Finding the right duvet
Yours & Mine duvet, from £30, Silentnight.

Now, after you’ve got the bases covered, it’s time to plan your bedroom. From the layout and flooring to furniture and lighting, check out these seven steps to design the perfect sleep space

Let’s talk sleep apps 

We are living in a world where there is an app for everything – yes, sleeping included. The latest sleep apps can help you fall asleep faster, wake you up with ease, track your rest periods and show you how well, or not, you slept – all so you can optimise your snooze time.  

We’ve rounded up 15 of the best sleep apps to track your sleep patterns, relax before bed and wake up gently. Ready to give one of these these digital helpers a try? 

Sleep apps
How to sleep better? Check out these 15 sleep apps.

Expert sleep tips 

Specialists know best, so we’ve asked Suzy Reading, sleep expert and chartered psychologist, to share her wisdom. Spoiler alert, she talks routine, fresh air, no caffeine and limited screen time. Curious to find out more? Then, come this way for her top advice for getting the ultimate shut eye.

how to sleep better
Carpetright Tegola Aldgate oak matt lacquer wood flooring, £24.99 per sq m, Horsham wooden bed frame, £639, Safi fringed yellow souk rug, from £64.99.

Plus, we’ve also posed the difficult question on what can you do to actually sleep better to experts at Button & Sprung, The Sleep Council and John Lewis & Partners just to name a few. And, good news, we found the seven steps towards getting better rest.  

Made from soft, bouncy Herdwick wool and pocket springs, Herdysleep’s double mattress costs £849, the upholstered headboard £279, and the divan with drawers is priced £849.

Smart bedroom tech 

If you’re looking to bring a bit of tech in your bedroom, know there are dozens of products available to make life easier. So, be it a voice-activated fan, a smart air purifier or a remote-controlled curtain, Ariane has selected her 12 picks of the smart home products to enhance your bedroom experience. Check out her favourites here

how to sleep better
Gradient Signe floor lamp, £299.99, Philips Hue.

Sharing a bed? 

We’ve all probably been through the battle of the duvet. If you share a bed with a loved one, one probably gets too hot while the other too cold. Or they move too much… so there are few chances to get a restful night’s sleep.

But don’t worry because Stefanie has put together her top tips on making nights more comfortable. Yes, even if you share a bed. Think mattresses that cater to different tension preferences, duvets with different warmths, and much more.  

how to sleep better
A large frame means plenty of space to stretch out. The Artie bed, created by Norwegian-born designer Magnus Pettersen, is part of a five-piece bedroom range at Heal’s. Priced £1299 for a king size, it will be available from March 2022.

In conclusion, if you consider all these factors you are set to have a better night’s sleep. So, invest in a good bed, mattress and pillow. And don’t forget to follow the experts’ sleep advice to ensure you wake you rested from now on. Sweet dreams! 

Featured image: Warm Blue and Café au Lait textured cotton bed linen, from £39 for a pair of pillowcases, Piglet in Bed.

And if you want to read something completely different, check out this feature on bedroom decor.

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