Aim for a heavy linen blend, with light throws for the colder nights. Once the frosts end you can happily switch to a summer duvet, together with a blanket. Your pillows are a great tactile element, from plush velvet to bamboo stripes. If you don’t have the budget for the entire bed, just buying two pillow slips and a throw is enough to change the look and feel of the room. Decorate your headboard with crochet flowers or paper art frescos. Change around the pictures on the wall and welcome plants into your room: adding some fresh lavender on the windowsill can do wonders for your mood.
Your bedroom can be made into the coolest room in the house with the right air flow and stripped-back furnishings: de-clutter as much as possible! On the hottest days, ditch the duvet in favor of a sheet, or a light bamboo blanket if you need the weight. Dehydration is a particular problem in the summer, so buy a good water bottle or covered jug and quench your thirst the minute you wake up. Cold water with a twist of lemon is a great way to refresh your system before facing the day.
This time of year can be harsh on our eyes, so keep your room restful and make full use of it to avoid feeling run down. Autumn is typically the worst time for sleep as our body clocks adjust to the seasons, but our electronic lifestyle does not. Take the hint from the night sky and enjoy rich, russet colours on the bed, spicy hot chocolate and the return of your winter duvet (typically 10.5 tog or above). If you are struggling with the shorter days, place a mirror opposite the bedroom window to reflect more light into your room.
It's time to enjoy your sense of touch: think rugs on bare feet, snuggle up with velvet pillows and make the most of the long nights with a good book. Most of us catch around 4 colds a year (especially if you are in contact with children!), so keep your immune system fighting fit with frankincense and lavender essential oils. These can be dropped on a pillow or added to diffuser for a good night’s sleep.
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