Are you tired of restless nights tossing and turning in bed? At Jones & Tomlin, you won’t be surprised to know that we consider that quality sleep is crucial for your health and preparing for the day ahead.

Improve your sleep health with our mindful sleep top tips. These techniques will help improve relaxation and have a positive impact on that all important slumber we so desperately need.

It is common to suffer from disruptive sleep

Everyone experiences occasional sleep issues. Stress can be a huge contributing factor and can harm your ability to get to sleep and can sometimes cause periods of insomnia.

Sleep disturbances are often self-sustained: you’re fretting bedtime, you’re trying to force yourself to sleep, and as a result, you don’t sleep and you create a vicious circle. Even if you’re experiencing several nights of insomnia, all is not lost. Instead, choose an activity that allows you to relax and unwind: start meditating!

Why does meditation work and how can it help you?

Meditation can help you get out of a bad sleep cycle. The simple act of lying down and concentrating on your breathing will help relax your body and mind.

It can encourage you to have a non-judgmental look at your thoughts, reducing the stress you have been feeling during the day. It allows you to be more conscious in the present moment, to be aware of your sensations and feelings, giving you the possibility to reach a tranquil mind. Thus, the positive energies favoured by meditation will allow you to gently fall asleep, ready to wake the following day with more energy.

Where to start with mindfulness?

It’s time to start meditating.

Meditation consists of focusing your mind, concentrating on your breathing and posture, to be conscious in the present moment. Taking this time for yourself will help you understand your mind and therefore control it better.

Make yourself comfortable, ready to unwind for bed, close your eyes and find stillness. Make sure you’re in a quiet environment, far from any distractions that could interfere with the meditation session.

Try this method without setting expectations:

The simple fact of taking the time to focus on your mind without getting too carried away by your thoughts can help you slide into sleep. Relax, and enjoy the silence and stillness as you clear your mind.

Lie flat on your back and place your hands on your stomach. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. And out.

Draw attention to your breath. Feel your body rise and fall. Slowly, feel your body relax as your mattress supports you.

Bring your attention to every part of your body, as you scan for tension from your toes, moving upwards. Feel your body become heavy as you switch off.

Breathe in. And out. Your head is heavy. Your eyes are heavy. Sink even deeper into the bed and feel yourself slowly drift off to sleep.

Create the perfect environment for mindful sleep

Your approach to mindful sleep could be wasted if your bedroom doesn’t welcome, soothe and relax you after a long and draining day.

We recommend turning your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary. Keeping the room dark with soft lighting and thick curtains, use layers of cosy natural bedding and tidy your bedroom regularly so you can drift off to sleep in a harmonious setting.

Invest in a quality bed and mattress

Every evening, your bed should make you want to snuggle up and rest. To get a good night’s sleep, invest in a quality bed and mattress – your body and mind will be very grateful for it.

We have over 75 years of experience selling premium beds, mattresses and bedding. Whether you have back problems, you are a side sleeper, or have allergies, Jones & Tomlin stock a vast range of hand-crafted brands to suit your needs and budget. Why not pay us a visit in-store or give us a call on 01903 228911.