Sleep, or lack of it, has become something of an obsession. With complaints of exhaustion dominating conversions, it seems we could all do with some help when it comes to getting our recommended eight hours shuteye. Understanding this need, we’ve turned our attention to the artistry of sleep, crafting an artisanal collection of sleepwear from temperature-regulating Tana Lawn cotton and superfine silk, and enlisting the expertise of London sleep physiologist Dr Kirandeep van den Eshof, to help you re-discover the land of nod.
Establish a routine
“Establishing a regular pre-bed routine helps to deliver cues to the brain that signal when it is almost time or time for bed and allow you to wind down effectively before sleep. Things such as breathing exercises, mindfulness, reading, drinking a warm non-caffeinated herbal drink, using lavender and essential oils or taking a bath are all good in bringing about a more relaxed state.”
Block out the light
“Eye masks are a useful sleep aid as they block out light which is stimulating and create darkness which is a visual cue for triggering sleep. Black out blinds in the bedroom are also useful for this reason. Use comfortable bed linen, wear comfortable light clothing and have a comfortable mattress.”
“The reality of it is that there are a large portion of people that find other things more important than obtaining sufficient sleep… The key is finding a healthy balance between both these things and shifting perceptions so people realise the importance and value of a good night’s sleep.”
Keep regular hours
“Try to keep regular sleep hours to aid adequate sleep and wake regulation, be aware of how much sleep you need and try to obtain this, relax before bed and avoid stimulating substances such as alcohol (four hours) and caffeine (six hours) before bed. Practicing general good sleep hygiene is key.”