What’s Really Keeping You From Sleeping?

June 9, 2020

Sleep has become something of a controversial topic in lockdown. While many of us are suffering from “COVID dreams” and tossing and turning, others are using this time to catch up on shut-eye. 

If you fall into the former category, there might be more than lockdown afoot. We’re very passionate about our 40 winks here at SONA. But while smartphones and other ‘blue light’ devices may be affecting your sleep, there are a few environmental factors you might not have considered.

How “pure” is your home?

Fresh air, organic bedding and clean surfaces could all make a difference to your sleep. It’s up to you to manage your home technology to make sure it’s not harming your health.

Feeling the sniffles?

One such technology we can proudly endorse is that from the Pure team. They specialise in improving air quality to secure a better night’s sleep. 

Bacteria, viruses and germs can all wreak havoc on the home – particularly in the bedroom environment, where warm, permeable materials come into close contact with sweat. Your bedroom may benefit from ‘ozone shock treatment’, whereby germs, viruses and their odours are eliminated from the air. 

Our duvets help us feel warm and safe – but they can also be a hotbed for allergies. The reason for this is that they attract dust mites, which trigger reactions in sufferers of asthma, eczema or rhinitis. You might be up all night with a blocked nose, or suffer from irritable skin and breathing issues. Consider investing in a ‘bacteriostatic barrier’ to keep these nasties from clinging to your sheets.

Something in the air

Many smart homes feature air conditioning units, but have you ever thought about maintaining them? Air conditioning can be a welcome addition to homes with allergy sufferers, but if mould and bacteria are growing, they may also help to spread germs.  By ritually disinfecting the unit, in addition to a deep room clean, you can purify the air and stop those colds spreading.

Another option is to install an air purifying cartridge. For example, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, perfect for clearing up a number of skin conditions. Don’t let itching keep you awake at night – plug it in and enjoy the pleasant, healing scent.

Could your bed be the issue?

A simple switch to hypoallergenic materials can help to keep dust mites away and stop those pesky allergies from flaring up again. If you don’t want to invest in a whole new mattress and duvet set, you could try a mattress protector which acts as a ‘shield’ against mites. 

Don’t forget that temperature also plays a significant part in your sleep cycle. When we go to sleep, our body temperature can drop by up to two degrees. It can also be affected by hormonal changes, and of course, the weather. Consider installing an automated heating system that you can pre-program to reach that desired temperature. Ideally, room temperature should be ‘cool’ – around 15 to 20°C – three degrees cooler than the standard room temperature.

Keep in mind that if you’re too hot, you’ll sweat and promote a bacterial environment – bad news for allergy sufferers.

How can home tech help?

Screens may not sound conducive to a healthy night’s sleep, but you can automate a number of settings to get that exceptional shut-eye. Consider:

  • Pre-programming lighting to wind down naturally in sync with nightfall
  • Automating blinds to close at nightfall and open gently as you wake
  • Putting smart heating on a seasonal cycle for optimum bedroom temperatures
  • Winding down with a self-filling bath, pre-programmed to your desired temperature
  • Wearing sleep trackers and viewing your sleep data on a tablet the next morning.

Looking to create the ultimate hub of relaxation? Speak to the SONA team today.