The evenings are slowly drawing in, the leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and you can’t see for pumpkins and Halloween decorations! This can only mean one thing, Autumn is here.
With the changing season comes a fall in temperature, and as you dig out your warmer coat and scarf, the realisation that summer is well and truly over dawns over you.
The drop in temperature will, of course, mean that the evenings are slightly chillier than they used to be, so it’s important that your bed is fully prepared to embrace the cooler climate in order for you to continue to get a great night’s sleep.
Here at Sleepy People, we want to help you prepare for autumn in the best possible way, which is why we’ve put together these top tips to help you get a great night’s sleep.
Maintain a sleep schedule
During the change in season, the colder, darker mornings can make dragging yourself up out of bed even more of a chore than it did throughout the summer.
Feeling exhausted and lethargic is common in autumn, particularly when the increased hours of darkness contribute to higher levels of melatonin, (the hormone responsible for controlling sleep) making us feel far from refreshed and energised as highlighted in the Mirror Online.
Establishing a sleep pattern and sticking to it will help you to get to sleep and wake up the next morning more effortlessly, despite having to contend with the darker mornings making it less appealing to get up and out of bed!
Whilst working out might be another activity which feels more difficult to face in the colder, darker evenings, exercising can be a great help in you getting a good night’s sleep.
Joining the gym or trying out a new exercise class is a great way to not only helping you to sleep when it comes to bedtime but is also a fantastic way of keeping your body fit and healthy throughout the autumn period.
Swap your duvet to a higher tog rating
If you are still using your summer duvet, then soon enough you might find that it’s no longer adequate in keeping you warm enough during the night.
As the temperature will only continue to decrease, it’s probably best to look at changing your duvet in favour of a higher tog rating. We would suggest a 10.5 tog rating being perfect for autumn in keeping you cosy and warm, without being overly toasty.
Take a look at our range of duvets perfect for autumn varying from 10.5 to our slightly warmer 13.5 tog duvets.
Get as much sunlight as you can, whilst you can
Vitamin D is vital for our bodies to absorb due to a number of fundamental reasons, one of these being to absorb calcium necessary for healthy, strong bones.
One of the best ways to obtain Vitamin D is through the exposure to sunlight as explained in Vitamin Council’s article, yet as the evenings draw in more quickly and the mornings are even darker, this can make absorbing the amount of Vitamin we need to help us feel good that little bit trickier.
Ensuring that you go out for a quick walk, either in the morning, lunch time or after work will help to make sure you feel more energised throughout the day so that when you climb into bed, your body will be ready for a great night’s sleep.
Invest in an electric blanket
As the weather continues to drop, this will, of course, mean that you’ll require more layers to keep you warm.
Yet when it gets to bedtime, depending on how well insulated your home or bedroom are, an electric blanket could be the additional form of heating you crave to keep you that little bit warmer when getting into bed.
Climbing into your cosy, warm bed after a long day and chilly evening is all you need to help you relax as you prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. From our Silentnight Comfort Control Electric Blanket to our Silentnight Heated Fleece Memory Foam Mattress Topper with extra foot warmth and multi-zone heating areas feature, we have a range of electric blankets available here at Sleepy People.