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5 Ways to Optimise Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

If you struggle to get to sleep, stay asleep or wake refreshed, you’ll no doubt understand the importance of getting enough quality rest.

While there are many factors that affect sleep quality, such as what you eat and drink before you hit the pillow, your bedroom itself can also have a major impact on how well you sleep.

So, if you’re not getting the restful slumber that you need, here are six simple ways to optimise your bedroom for better sleep.

  1. Keep your bedroom cool

If you’ve ever struggled to sleep due to feeling too hot or too sweaty, you’ll be interested to know that scientists have confirmed that warmer temperatures do affect quality of sleep.

According to most sleep experts, the optimal temperature range for quality rest is between 60 to 72o Fahrenheit.

While this may mean sleeping with the air con on especially during hotter months, installing a ceiling or freestanding fan may be the answer if you want to opt for a greener solution.

  1. Block out the light

One simple way to tell your brain that it’s time to sleep is by blocking out the light in your bedroom. When light is detected, the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus based in the hypothalamus delays the release of melatonin (the hormone responsible for regulating our sleep-wake cycle), keeps your body temperature raised and produces cortisol, which signals to your body that it should be awake.

Always turn off electric lights as soon as you get into bed, and install blackout window shades to keep your bedroom as dark as possible.

  1. Invest in the right bedding

Wool quilts have excellent ‘moisture-wicking’ properties, which means that they absorb excess moisture and prevent you from overheating while you’re in bed.

So why not invest in the kind of traditional wool quilt Australia has become famous for?

It will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, and by purchasing your doona in a wool quilt sale you’ll get a quality piece of bedding at a reasonable price.

Doonas come in different weights for summer and winter use, and are fire retardant and hypo-allergenic too. So, if you want to sleep comfortably at night, check out the next wool quilt sale in your local store or buy your wool quilt in Australia by shopping online.

  1. Block out irritating sounds

Have you ever found it impossible to sleep due to loud televisions, noisy neighbours or a snorer in the family?

If the irritating noise is outside of your control, you may find it better to sleep wearing earplugs, or you may want to try using an app that offers white noise or calming nature sounds to help to blur annoying background noises.

  1. Banish the TV and other electronics

While you may love watching TV in bed or scrolling through your phone before you sleep, researchers believe that the blue light emitted by TVs and other electronic equipment can prevent your internal clock from regulating your sleep.

The solution? Be sure to remove the TV from your bedroom, and limit the amount of time you spend on your laptop, tablet or phone before you hit the pillow.

Transform your bedroom for better sleep

Keeping the room cool, dark, relaxing, quiet and distraction free is the best way to optimise your bedroom for better sleep; but don’t just take steps to transform your bedroom, make sure that you optimise your children’s and guest bedrooms too.

That way, everyone will be sure to have a better night’s sleep and wake feeling refreshed.


5 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

Small bedrooms can often feel cramped and busy rather than calm and relaxing, especially if there’s not enough storage, a lack of natural light and too many dark colours.

However, even if you can’t increase the size of the room, it’s relatively easy to restore some calm and equilibrium to your bedroom with just a few simple changes.

Continue reading 5 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

Trending for 2018: 5 Interior Bedroom Design Ideas

Are you thinking of redecorating your bedroom in 2018? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you need to get a new Australian wool doona, get a new mattress, find a new colour scheme, or change up the layout of your whole bedroom, we’re about to give you some major design inspiration.

Continue reading Trending for 2018: 5 Interior Bedroom Design Ideas

Why it Pays to Buy Australian Made Products

Since the last global recession, people all over the world have been trying harder to support their locally-based products and businesses. Here in Australia, we are no different than the rest of the world and, as a nation, we love nothing more than to support our own where possible.

Continue reading Why it Pays to Buy Australian Made Products

Are you sick of snoring and duvet snatching? Here’s How to Stop Your Bed from Becoming a War Zone

Sharing a bed with someone that’s causing you to lose sleep can be minus fun. From stealing the covers and snoring to constant moving and sleep talking, you run the risk of many sleepless nights if your partner is prone to doing any of the above.

Continue reading Are you sick of snoring and duvet snatching? Here’s How to Stop Your Bed from Becoming a War Zone

Get Your Best Night’s Sleep

Are you struggling to get your full 8 hours of sleep? Well, you aren’t the only one. We live increasingly busy and stressful lifestyles and this is undoubtedly impacting the quality and quantity of our sleeping habits.

While getting 8 hours of deep, high quality sleep may seem impossible – the truth is that you can improve your sleep with just a few minor changes.

Whether that comes from changing your bedding to an Australian wool quilt, or woollen underlay or getting a brand new bed – don’t despair about your sleeping habits just yet.

These are some of the top things that you can change to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep:

It all starts with your bed 

The very first thing that you should look into to improve your sleep is the state of the foundation that you are laid upon.

Check out the condition of your bedframe, and make sure that it’s still in good condition.

If you find any splinters, lumps, bumps, creaks, or cracks, then you should consider investing in a new bedframe to improve your sleep.

Having a high quality mattress is also hugely important when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.

If your mattress is too soft, too hard, has broken springs or is starting to get indentations where you lie on it – chances are that it’s time to look into buying a new one.

Change up your bedding  

Believe it or not, your bedding can also have an impact on the quality of your sleep. Ensure that your bedding is clean and fresh, and if it has started to get full of holes, or just a bit thread bare then you need to invest in some new ones.

It’s not just the state of your bedding that can make a difference; it’s also the type of bedding that you use. If you have allergies then a good option will be changing to hypoallergenic natural materials such as an Australian wool quilt, or a woollen underlay.  

If you live in a hot climate try and avoid sheets that are made of fabrics such as satin, and rather go for something cooler like cotton.

Get electronics out of the bedroom 

The quality of your sleep can be highly impacted by the lights that are found in your room. Studies have shown that LED lights and others that are emanated by electric devices are particularly bad for your sleeping habits, and therefore it’s advised that you don’t sleep with any unnecessary electronics in your room.

Change of colour 

It amazing what a big impact colours have on our levels of serenity and calmness, which in turn obviously helps us to sleep.

Make sure that your room is painted or decorated in soothing colours such as blues, greys and earthy tones that will help you get a little shuteye at the end of the day.


Exercise is one of the easiest, healthiest ways to ensure you are getting good sleep. Exercising for just half an hour every day will improve the quality of your sleep by huge amounts.

Make an effort to run, do yoga, or go hiking for just a small portion of your day and you will notice a big change in sleeping patterns.