My perfect bedroom

Morning all, I hope you’re looking forward to a fabulous bank holiday weekend. Even if it is raining!

I’m looking forward to spending several happy hours engrossed in the wonderful, perfect world that sits on the pages of interior design magazines. Thinking about my future home has become a small obsession of mine. I currently rent (but hope to have a lovely home to decorate at some stage), and so for now I satisfy myself by collecting pictures of country kitchens, cosy living rooms and simple, stylish bedrooms in my – bulging! – “Homes” folder.

Of course, the master bedroom would have to be the most chic, luxurious and calming room in the house.  I’d decorate it in soothing, neutral colours and play with textures to create a peaceful but interesting look. A big, beautiful bed would key, topped with the best, most comfortable mattress I could find and my soft alpaca wool duvet. There would be two pretty bedside tables, large enough to accommodate stylish reading lamps, a radio, my daylight alarm clock and flickering, aromatic candles. They’d have drawers and cupboard space for my other essentials (book, magazines, bed socks, SleepPhones, Chillow) as well as other bits and pieces that I don’t want cluttering up my dreamy sleep sanctuary. Clever, invisible storage solutions would mean that there would never, ever be stacks of magazines, heaps of unwashed clothes, toppling piles of paperwork, bags, books, shoes….. I’d feel the daily stresses melt away every time I walked into my lovely bedroom.

Ah, well I can dream, can’t I?

Amy x

Funny little sleep habits

Inspired by Ilene Kleinbaum’s article in The Huffington Post earlier this week “The Great Wake-Up Program: What Helps You Fall Asleep?”, I thought I’d share one of my idiosyncrasies for falling soundly asleep.

Before that, though, I’ll share my other half’s!

My other half will not even consider climbing into bed at night unless it is properly made. Once made (even if he has to make it seconds before climbing in), he will carefully slip himself under the covers, so as not to untuck the sheet from the sides of the bed.

I, meanwhile, hate to sleep enclosed in an envelope of covers. It’s far too constraining for me.

The first thing I do at bedtime is tear the sheets out from under the sides of the mattress, allowing me space to spread out and dangle my feet off the mattress edge, should I wish. I just couldn’t sleep any other way.

So, what about you? What are your sleep preferences?

Amy x

How to boost your happiness tonight

Did you know that one extra hour of sleep each night could make you happier than getting a pay rise? A University of Michigan study found that making $60,000 more in annual income has less of an effect on your daily happiness than getting one extra hour of sleep a night. Wow! Looks like I […]

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Product review: SleepPhones

Welcome to my seventh product review. Every few weeks I will be testing and reviewing a sleep-related product. This time it is SleepPhones. SleepPhones…”pajamas for your ears” the tagline reads. How cute! SleepPhones are ear bud speakers encased within a soft, fleece headband that you wear around your head (covering your ears) and plug into […]

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Ewwww! What’s lurking inside your pillow?

I was truly horrified when I read this article in the Daily Mail last month: How your pillow is the perfect breeding ground for gruesome array of pests and diseases. According to the piece, up to a third of the weight of your pillow could be made up of bugs, dead skin, dust mites and […]

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Product review: JetRest travel pillow

Welcome to my sixth product review. Every few weeks I will be testing and reviewing a sleep-related product. This time it is the JetRest travel pillow It’s taken me a while to write this review, the reason being that I’m not a huge fan of this product and it’s much more fun to write a […]

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The Sleep Diet

Did you pick up a copy of June’s Red magazine? If so, you can’t have missed the Body special, “More Toned, Less Tired”, all about losing weight through sleep! The article was based on a new book “The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep” by Dr Michael Breus. It sounds too good […]

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Sleeping separately – the Sleep Geek shares his views

Today, I’m treating you to an article written by James Wilson – the Sleep Geek – and founder of We Love Sleep, which was published earlier this month in Verita Magazine. Here he offers his thoughts on the topic of couples sleeping separately: “I am often asked for my views on the best option for […]

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Sleeping well with a summer cold

Last week, I was asked by a journalist if We Love Sleep have a product that can help improve sleep if you have a summer cold. After a little thought, I realised that we do have something that might help and I happily emailed back with details of the Pure Light SAD/Winter Blues Light Bulb […]

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Make a list!

Life is good : ) So far, this summer has been filled with weddings, hen parties, 30th birthday afternoon teas and catching up with lovely friends. And with more fun times ahead – more weddings, more birthday celebrations and (oh yes!) wedding dress shopping – I can see that this summer is going to be […]

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