According to Jim Horne, Britain’s leading sleep expert, women need twenty minutes more sleep than a man. In essence, the more we use our brain the more it needs rest while we sleep. We need seven to nine hours sleep to function well the following day. Women are more likely to have less than seven hours sleep. As you might expect, becoming a mum means some nights of crap sleep. Although, it’s said that improving the sleep environment is one way to combat sleep deprivation.  We mums are prone to worry about our babies. Still, it’s possible enhance the quality of sleep we do get. For new mums, it starts with a cosy bedroom.

 

Pregnancy Motherhood and Sleep

 

‘Your bedroom is your sanctuary from the stresses of the day. Use your senses to create the best environment for sleep. By my second pregnancy, the bump grew faster and larger. This caused no end of discomfort due to the sciatic I developed with the first. Pillows and cushions were my best friends for comfort and support. I placed them between my legs to help align my hips to take the pressure of my lower back, while sleeping.

 

Creating a good sleep environment

 

I recently spotted lots of cosy options at Yorkshire Linen. Looking back, I realise slight tweaks to how my bedroom was arranged would have helped me to embrace my pregnancy experience. At first my sleep was interrupted due to the discomfort from my growing bump, after that it was my babies’ colic, breastfeeding and postnatal depression.  Prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to all sorts of problems from loss of temper to depression Having a cosy bedroom to take a quick kip as and when you can makes a big difference.

A few simple suggestions on how to start improving the look and feel of your bedroom:

  •  If you have not done so already use the energy that comes in the nesting phase to clean and declutter to (TV or computers or their distractions to sleep)
  • Reorganise to create space and the feeling of ease
  • If you have not done so in a while, purchase new pillows

 

Bedroom Update

 

Once you have sorted out the layout, you can zone in and add a few accents to bring that calm spa-like feeling into your bedroom. Whether  you are new mum, friend, family to a mum to be looking for a baby shower gift, look no further. Check out my bedroom update inspiration. I sourced images from Yorkshire Linen, Ikea, Next Home, The White Company and Pinterest.

 

kelso duck egg quilt set

 

Duvet sets

There are so many options from floral, to glamorous, to fad and so on. Nevertheless, during this special time you might want to can go for  simple elegance, regal, nautical or shabby chic motifs.

 

 

Cushions

Cushions give that comfy, cosy bordering on decadent feeling. I luv a furry cushion but  you can also for a stylish, botanical or country vibe.

 

Throws, Bedspread & Blanket

 

Throws are not just for the colder months, like cushions they can add texture and colour to a room. Its the same for spreads and blankets. If you factor in your partner when decorating your bedroom, you can go for an understated floral print, rich chocolate or deep charcoal colours maybe even a cosy knit.

 

Get Cosy

 

That said, what’s cosy to me may not be so for you. Darker richer tones may connote comfort for you. You maybe you are having a winter baby and want to draw from the colours of the season. You may even want to get earthy and free-spirited, go bohemian. The above are suggestion for a new mum.

I hope this post helps you and wish you restful sleep and sweet dreams.

 

 

 

This blog post was written in partnership with Yorkshire Linen Co. However, the concept and content are my own. They do not have any editorial control over my blog content.

The Yorkeshire Linen Co went into administration in 2019

 

(Updated 23rd November 2020)

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