There’s never been a better time to get a better night’s sleep. March is National Bed Month and World Sleep Day is happening all over the globe on March 15 and this year’s message is sleep equity for global health. The campaign, which is organised by the World Sleep Society, shines a light on how sleep is essential to good health. Fact.

But did you know that sleep health is multi-dimensional? Healthy sleep is not just about getting enough sleep, it’s about the quality of that sleep and experts have come up with six dimensions that affect our sleep, which in turn affects our overall health.

  • Duration: how much sleep do you get in 24 hours?
  • Efficiency: how well do you fall asleep and for how long?
  • Timing: when do you sleep?
  • Regularity: do you have consistent sleep and wake times?
  • Alertness: do you have good attention and focus during waking hours?
  • Quality: do you feel satisfied with the quality of your sleep overall?

Breaking sleep down into these areas is really helpful for us to assess the quality of our sleep. Disparities in sleep are generally caused by two issues, social conditions and environmental conditions. Whilst we can’t help you with the social conditions surrounding sleep, we can most definitely help you with the environment in which you sleep…

We, at Sleeptight, are experts in the field of getting a good night’s sleep and it has been our mission for many years. So, how can we help?

First of all, you need to make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. Is the temperature right? Too cold and you won’t be able to get to sleep, too hot and it’ll be too stuffy to sleep. The optimum temperature for the bedroom is thought to be around 65 degrees Celsius, but a few degrees warmer or colder is fine, depending on your personal preference.

Light is another environmental condition you need to get right. If you want to read in bed to encourage sleep, then you’ll need a bedside light that does the job rather than an overhead light that could shine in your eyes and prevent you from being able to relax. Keeping lighting soft and gentle will certainly help to promote relaxation in the bedroom, so make sure curtains or blinds are effective and don’t let in light that could wake you up early and cause disturbed sleep.

A comfortable bed is an absolute no brainer when it comes to the pre-requisites needed for a good night’s sleep, so if your mattress needs replacing, make sure you do your research and try before you buy! You should take into account your body type and build, your sleep position, who you are sharing the bed with and your preference for a firm or soft mattress.

Getting the right bed base is also important to ensure you have the right support for the mattress to maximise its efficiency. Again, try before you buy so you know the bed and mattress combo is right for you.

Buying online is all well and good, but you can’t beat trying out your new bed in a showroom, so there’s no room for doubt that you’re getting the most comfortable bed for you and therefore, giving yourself the best opportunity for the best night’s sleep ever, for National Bed Month and World Sleep Day this year. Sleep tight, folks.