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How to make your home the perfect environment to wind down before bed

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With ‘night routine’ reaching a staggering 10.5 billion views on TikTok, the desire to wind down before bed is clear. Whether it’s by banishing blue light or practising meditation, the common theme to ensuring a great night’s sleep is relaxation and comfort. And there’s no better way to feel relaxed than by being in calming surroundings.

To help people wind down before they head to bed, interior stylist at ScS, Victoria Foster shares her advice for creating the perfect cosy sanctuary at home, to ensure that when the time comes you can easily drift off to sleep.

Victoria shares her six quick tips for creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere at home: 

  1. Set the perfect mood lighting 

“The most important difference you can make to your home is lighting. Harsh overhead lighting or cold-toned lighting can strain your eyes and make it difficult to feel relaxed. Instead, layer your lighting with floor and table lamps and choose bulbs that have a soft golden hue. Gentle lighting will limit distractions in the room and make the brain feel calmer allowing you to have a relaxing evening.”

  1. Ensure your space is tidy and clutter-free

“A really simple way to create a cosy and relaxing feel is to ensure your space is tidy and void of clutter; having a messy space can serve as a distraction and divert your focus away. Stopping you from feeling relaxed, as you may end up feeling stressed that the cleaning hasn’t been done.”

  1. Play gentle music in the background

“If you aren’t choosing to spend the evening reading a book or watching your favourite rom-com, make sure you have relaxing music in the background to provide the perfect ambience to wind down and forget about the stresses of your day. Simple piano melody playlists are easy to find online, alternatively, jazz or ‘low-fi’ music makes a great option for really setting a romantic mood.”

  1. Light candles around the room

“A cosy evening is not complete without candles. Light a few around the room to set the vibe. Tea lights are a great option as they are often unscented, the last thing you want is to go to bed with a headache from fragrance overload.”

  1. Spend time in the bedroom before bed

“If you’re lucky enough to have the space in your bedroom for a love chair, a window seat or an armchair, use the area to practice winding down by sitting and reading a book or listening to a podcast a couple of hours before you get into bed. This can help you to associate the room with relaxation which can be comforting at bedtime.” 

  1. Place your phone on silent to remove distractions

“Evenings are the time to escape from the outside world and calm the mind ready for a restful night’s sleep, so you can wake up and face the day. Phones facilitate meaningful conversations with friends and family, however ‘doom-scrolling’ can stimulate the brain and limit your ability to have a restful night’s sleep. 

Try to set a limit a couple of hours before you aim to be asleep where you switch off your phone and instead enjoy a more relaxing activity, such as a bubble bath or reading a book.”

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