We all know how important sleep is for us to be able to function physically, but it is also vital for our mental wellbeing and with Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 taking place in May, it is more important than ever to make sure we check in on our mental health and those around us.

Living with mental health issues can affect how well we sleep and poor sleep can have a negative effect on our mental health. A vicious circle! According to Mind, the mental health charity, there are a number of factors which affect sleep:

  • Stress and worries
  • Health conditions
  • Bad lifestyle habits such as alcohol, drugs and caffeine
  • Sleep environment

Whilst we at Sleeptight can’t help eliminate stress and much as we’d love to, we can’t magic away any health conditions or cure you of your coffee addiction. But what we can help you with, is making sure your sleep environment is as sleep-friendly as possible.

Promoting good sleep is what we do and good sleep leads to good mental health, so there has never been a better time to get our sleep in order. Making sure our bedroom supports healthy sleep means making a checklist of what is and what isn’t needed, in order to ensure a relaxing ambience is achieved.

  • Is the space neat and tidy? It has been proven that a messy bedroom is more likely to prevent gentle sleep as the brain is kept active by all the visual distractions in the room.
  • Is the lighting right? Make sure the bedroom is dark with windows covered effectively with curtains and /or blinds and that light can‘t creep in and wake you up at sunrise. Once you’re asleep, you want to be able to stay asleep!
  • Is the temperature right? The ideal bedroom temperature is thought to be between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. Too cold and you can’t relax and too hot and you’ll be restless.
  • Is it quiet? Everyone is different and some people need noise to be able to drop off, whilst others need absolute silence before they can enter the land of nod. Do whatever works for you, from keeping the room as quiet as possible, to having gentle music or even white noise playing in the background, if that helps you.
  • Is your bed comfortable? Having the right mattress for you is absolutely crucial to a good night’s sleep. Again, everyone is different. Some people prefer a firm mattress base, whilst others like something they can sink into. Factors such as lifestyle and body weight, shape and size should all be taken into account. Try and get to a showroom, so you can actually try out any potential beds before making the investment. A decent mattress should last you seven to 10 years so you need to get it right and try before you buy. Think like Goldilocks!

Get your bedroom set up right and you’ve got all the ingredients for a great night’s sleep, which in turn will help promote good mental health, which has got to be a good thing, right?