Today I’m delighted to post the first of a few home and interiors giveaways this week, and to hopefully perk you up, what with this rather rubbish July weather that we’ve been having lately (where is the sun?!).
I have always been a huge fan of anything Orla Kiely, and her iconic designs are instantly recognisable, bringing a huge colour injection to any home. We had one of her wallpaper designs in the downstairs cloakroom in our old house, and we are still loving and using some oven gloves that we were bought by a friend 5 years ago (and that are still going strong!).
So today on the blog I am giving away some bedding I’ve been waiting to get my mitts on- Orla Kiely Scribble Stem Cotton Bedding in Duck Egg and Sea Grass, available from John Lewis at the moment and what I’m giving away is worth up to a not-to-be-sniffed at £135. The lucky winner will receive 2 pillow cases from the range, plus either a Double or King duvet cover (the winner can name their preferred choice when contacted once the giveaway ends).
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A cool room to sleep in but socks on to keep your feet warm.
Definitely keeping the room cool beforehand and freshly laundered sheets!
Dont drink any caffeine after 6pm
Staying off your mobile phone after a certain time in the evening. Mobile phones are brilliant, as we all know however the light is bad for keeping you awake but it’s also addictive and one search follows another until the wee small hours of the morning!
Switch off all technology at least 45 mins before you go to bed. I always used to always be using my laptop until lights off and I really struggled to switch off and fall asleep. Since switching it off 45 mins before lights out, and reading a book instead, I find I fall straight to sleep!
I use a lavender sleep spray on my pillowcases and wear an eye mask which I find helps 🙂
Crisp, freshly laundered, cotton bedlinen.
Have a hot bath and hot drink before bed.
A nice relaxing lavender bath before bed
a hot chocolate before bed
Lavender oil in a warm bath before bed x
Make the room a comfortable temperature and keep any screens (phones and tablets) downstairs
A dark quiet airy room, and a husband that doesn’t snore!!!
Lavender sleep spray on the cool pillow,eyemask and a cuddle with the dog.
Switch gadgets off at least half an hour before go to bed to get in a relaxed mode
Reading in bed makes me sleepy
Ventilate the bedroom well and relax by reading or listening to music.
At least an hour before bed with no screen time – I usually read a book :o)
Sorry haven’t got one as do not sleep very good so will keep a close eye on the suggestions and hopefully this will work
read before bed it makes you sleepy
I always open the window a little bit to get some fresh air in the bedroom. It seems to help me sleep well 🙂
a mug of ovaltine and an open window
Send the kids to stay at Grandmas
Read until your eyes go heavy
a good bed and pillows would help
Its got to be dark and lavender spray is good too x
A nice shower or bath, and fresh bedding, subtle lighting.
My top tip for getting a good night’s sleep is not to have any technology in the bedroom.
My tip is not to get absorbed in a book right before bed and not be able to set it down to sleep.. My better tip is to make sure you have a good pillow, it is just so important!
Lavander water on my pillow and window wide open
Open curtains and windows – plenty of fresh air and the sound of the wind, rain or birds
A drop of lavender oil on my pillow and to mediate for ten minutes before settling down, as this will really clear your head and help you to relax. Thanks for this lovely giveaway, I love this bedding.
Top tip for getting a good night’s sleep? Simple: Don’t have kids! Seriously. Don’t worry… there’s plenty of upsides to having kids, but getting sufficient sleep for the next couple of decades? Forget it.
lavender room and pillow spray
Try to get plenty of fresh air and exercise throughout the day and if you have lots of things on your mind then write them down and tell yourself you’ll look at them in the morning. A nice, warm caffeine-free drink; (avoid any stimulants) and a dark, distraction free room at a decent temperature then Bob’s your uncle – a good night’s sleep!
Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time everyday, get as much natural sunlight as possible, move vigorously during the day – don’t sit for more than an hour, limit caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and big meals at night, take time for relaxing activities before sleep and create a calm and restful sleep environment.
No eating after 7
No screens in the bedroom, and read a book….sends me off in minutes!
Read and don’t spend ages looking at your phone before going to sleep!
Fresh bedding & a good book
It has to be a dark, quiet room for me to sleep in. Relaxing before bed.
To try and make sure everything of your day is sorted out so there is nothing on your mind.
Having a warm bath an hour before, it makes me super-sleepy!
What is your top tip for getting a good night’s sleep? . . . . have a routine and follow it
I always have a cup of camomile tea before bed and a comfortable pillow and mattress helps to have a good nights sleep
I use ear plugs when desperate!
Keep away from screens for at least two hours before bed.
Make sure your not to warm and comfy pillows help me sleep
Don’t drink caffeine in the 4 hours before you go to bed
A hot bath containing lavender oil just before bed
Don’t drink just before going to bed
Lovely relaxing bath, hot drink and into bed with a good book.
Warm milky drink and a good book.
Lots of physical exercise and fresh air in the day 🙂
we have the radio on all night, can’t sleep if it is too quiet,have speech radio not music
get the most comfortable mattress that you can afford
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise, is the old saying. There is alot of truth in it. Getting to bed by 10-30 pm on an evening especially when at work the next day gives optimum health with sleep.
Make sure that your bedroom is peaceful, quiet and not too hot or cold. Also don’t use screens before bed or during the night.
No screen time before bed.
Have a cup of camomile tea before bed
Right temperature room, dark and quiet! ZZzzzzzzzzzz
A nice cool room and try to relax for at least half hour before bed x
hot milky drink, a good book and fresh air
no technology before bedtime
Clear mind before sleep, nothing worse than tossing and turning over trivial thoughts.
Bottle of wine for sure and a pair of ear plugs.
i have a lavender spray that i put on my pillow
A cool room and no tv helps me sleep
Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.
sleep in a different bed from my partner!!!
Try not to eat anything too sugary before bed
Switch off from gadgets and tv, read a book you will soon fall asleep
A bottle of wine normally sends me straight off to sleep!
I don’t usually have any trouble sleeping, but I’ve certainly slept better since having a new medium firm mattress, and I sleep with just one fairly thin pillow.
A nice cool room and the bed all to myself ensures a good night sleep for me!!!
Blackout blinds and a comfy bed 🙂
A good pillow and a soft and fluffy quilt
all devices shut down an hour before bed.
I have a no life planning after 9pm rule, and also listen to a mindfulness app just before bed – really helps me to clear my mind and get off to sleep!
Read a not too exciting book until your eyelids feel heavy
Read before bed x
Getting into bed before the cat takes over!
No technology an hour before bed, read instead!
I’ve actually just discovered I sleep better if I DO eat a little something before bed, I think it must counter a drop in blood sugar in the early hours!
warm milk, cool pillow
Lavender spray works for me
Darkness and Quiet! Plus a comfy mattress!!
a freshly made bed
I put my phone down & hour before going to bed!
Fresh bedding , a warm bath and then a good book
Don’t have children or a fiance who snores, if like me its to late for that I find reading a book after a nice relaxing bath always helps me to drift off, even if I do lose my page ☺ xxx
A relaxing bath with lavender, a herbal tea, candle, good book, no phones, an eye mask and asleep by 10pm!
A huge mug of green tea and a hot bath always helps me!
Do NOT drink coffee just before bed.
Oh I wish I knew! I have insomnia but meditation at bedtime has Helped a lot.
Plenty of exercise and a warm bath
Making sure to avoid technology for 30 minutes before bed
Make sure your bedroom is ot too hot or too cold
Lavender essence on the pillow
A warm bath, hot milky drink and fresh clean bedding on
Lavender is fantastic to use to relax.
A nice cool, calm room and a warm milky drink. I LOVE this bedding, love all Orla’s designs actually!
Have a routine and go to sleep and wake up at the same time
Plenty of fresh air during the day, plus no electronic machines prior going to bed
Having a Camomile tea an hour before bed, switching off the mobile phone, having black-out blinds and a fan on
Fresh clean linen sheets with a few lavender drops on the pillow and a cup of chamomile tea before bed.
Definitely making sure the temperature of the room is correct and using a lovely lavender pillow spray.
I read in bed every night which has trained my mind to know reading = sleepy time. Not good when you want to read on a rainy afternoon though a inevitably always fall asleep on the couch!
Don’t watch tv right before bed
A long walk in the fresh air during the day
All lights off and no distractions.
A good (but not too exciting) book
No technology, grab a good book instead !
LONG SOAK IN A HOT BATH
Not going to sleep angry!
Try not to worry too much about not sleeping. Sometimes the biggest obstacle is lying awake panicking about the fact that you are lying awake!
I find that developing a “what will be, will be” attitude stops me getting stressed out over it and enables me to drop off more quickly. Think of the positives to lying awake when everyone else is sleeping. If you’re like me and you can hardly hear yourself think at times during the day, use your awake time at night as well deserved quiet time or brain space. If you don’t fear being awake, you’re more likely to be relaxed enough to drop off to sleep.
Works for me, anyway.
make the other half sleep on the sofa!! lol
No electronics in the bedroom
Go to bed the same time each day to get your body clock into a routine
I always leave my TV on at a low volume with the sleep timer on. The small amount of background noise keeps my overactive mind distracted and helps me to drift off.
Read a good book
No technology for a while beforehand so your brain winds down
Fresh bedding after a soak in the bath – always helps send me to sleep quicker!
Preparation! If we don’t have company I will wash and change by 9pm so I know I am in my wind down phase. If I leave it until I want to go to bed I find I still sit up for an hour because it has freshened me up 🙁
A long run!
Having a bedtime routine isn’t just for kids! I find if you do the same thing each night, it’s easier to fall asleep.
A warm drink, nice, fresh linen and no technology 30mins before bed.
Being active and outside during the day ensures you have a good nights sleep
Plenty of great sex with plenty of orgasams sends me right off to sleep.
Leave the window open, fresh air definitely helps you to sleep.
A good book and a hot chocolate relaxes me. Usually don’t last 30 minutes.
A tidy bed, so it’s comfy and a room that’s not too warm – I often have the window open to keep the temperature down.
all gadgets even your phone banned half an hour before bed! it helps to switch off and your eyes to relax!
I try to try to keep my bedroom at a constant temperature that I’m most comfortable with whether it be winter or summer.
Relaxing with a good book before bedtime always works for me
hot mug of milk helps me sleep
A good soak in the bath, clean bedding and a good book!
I move the phone and tablet out of reach.
Keep a pad by the bed and write down anything you think of that you want to remember, so they don’t keep you awake worrying you’ll forget it. Also if you find lots going around in your head when you’re trying to get to sleep, try keeping a diary so you can get everything down on paper, it can help with the sea of thoughts.
Ironed sheets. A pain but worth it!
Getting into a routine and reading.
Always have a cool fan blowing regardless of the weather
Best way to get a good nights sleep is have sex
No caffeine after 5pm and drinking a herbal “sleepy tea” before bedtime
hot bath, clean sheets and turn off the tv
Lavender pillow spray & a good book.
My top tip got a good night’s sleep would be a night away from the kids!
Hot bath, quiet dark room and a good pillow helps me get a good sleep
I have my own duvet so the Mr can’t moan I nick his!
Fresh bedding is a must and no lights or noise to distract you
making sure that your feet are warm
No lights or tv and wind down before I like to read
No phones or screens before bed. This has been a game changer for me.
dont have kids!!!
A nice warm drink of milk before bed and i find some relaxing ‘nature;’ sounds help too
Love orla kiely ! This looks amazing xx
No screen time (phones, tv, tablets) for at least an hour before bedtime.
Stay active during the day…no napping! A good book,mug of Coco,a cosy bed and partner/pet to snuggle with x
go to bed tired
Reading always helps me to get to sleep
My top tip for a good night’s sleep is switch off the phone early, get in your snuggly pjs and a read a good book. How often I do this is a different story all together! ?
Having the window open
Having some sort of routine helps me. Going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time every day really helps.
I always try to turn screens off half an hour before bed and like to read a book or write in my diary!
It sounds mad, but I make up stories in my head where I’m on a tv programme or something, I usually fall asleep before anything good happens! Yes, I am mad, but it works!!
I always go to bed at the same time and read for half an to make me sleepy I make sure I get my full 8 hours a night.
Making sure the bedroom is neither too hot or cold and a good book helps me nod off!
No electronic gadgets an hour before bedtime
keep the room dark and cool and don’t use any electronic devices for at least an hour before going to bed
I don’t have a top tip for getting a good nights sleep. I suffer terribly with insomnia.
I always sleep better after a relaxing bath then lavender slumber balm
no tv 1 hour before bed
I get really drunk Friday and Saturday nights and simply drift off into a spinning world of dreams
For me it has to be having a nice hot bath before bed then read a book for half an hour before i fall asleep.
No technology before bed, turn off notifications, camomile tea
For me it’s making sure the room is very cool and I use a pillow spray with lavender
I use a pillow mist spray to help me relax and drift off
NO screens before bed!
No phone / plenty of snuggles
I always make myself a nice herbal tea and read for 30 minutes to an hour before I start drifting off
For me, getting fresh air and exercise helps.
hot chocolate before bed
A good mattress and a quiet, cosy and dark bedroom.
Dont drink an hour before bed or you will be running backwards and forwards to the bathroom
Spray some lavender on your pillow
Turn all screens off one hour before going to bed…
A dot of lavender oil on the pillow
Having a good routine always helps
A good book and a hot chocolate always works for me.
Don’t use your tv/laptop/phone an hour before bed
Put your phone and tablets away
a clear conscience and pleasant thoughts in your head. Don’t worry about things late at night
i always find having a cup of lavender tea helps me to relax before bed
No phones or computers before bed. Whenever I mess about on my phone I’m up for hours afterwards and can’t sleep.
A lovely long soak with a candle then a milky drink and good book
Dont have coffee or chocolate after about 2pm, that’s what my problem always is anyway! Thank you
A nice hot bath and a cup of hot chocolate
Relax with a mug of hot cocoa
Make sure that you have a cool, dark and quiet room xx
I always wear a sleep mask and earplugs. The sleep mask is because I find I get woken early once it gets light, and the earplugs are because my husband snores!
hot bath and a mug of horlicks
No electronic gadgets at all in the bedroom including TV. Have a calm, peaceful looking room.
I have warm milk before bed
Don’t use your phone/computer for at least an hour before going to bed and have the room slightly cool.
Having warm feet – I wear cashmere socks
Love my Lavender pillow mist and warm bath with lavender oil.
I highly recommend ear plugs to cut out all that ambient background noise and also potential snoring from your partner!
Cool room, no lights and no smartphone for half an hour before bed!
a cool dark room
Read a good book in bed – you will soon feel tired even if the book is thrilling and gripping!
Fresh bedding and a cool room always help
I always ensure that I stop using technology a good couple of hours before I intend to go to sleep, and at bedtime, I always use a Lavender Pillow Mist, and then curl up in bed with a book.
Reading for half an hour always helps me fall asleep faster.
A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow
I broke my foot a few weeks back and so increased the amount of milk I was drinking…anyway, now I’m in a nice habit of a large glass of milk in bed and sleeping with the window open for a breeze. Maybe I’m tapping in to some kind of childhood comfort, I don’t know! But whatever it is seems to be working.
A nice cool room, comfy bed and pillow.
A good pair of earplugs, so i can’t hear my partners snoring!
Do everything I possibly can to try and make sure my daughter doesn’t wake me up xxx
hot lavender bath
I keep a window open all year so that it is fresh in the bedroom.Plus it has to be dark so we have blinds and curtains. I always have a hot drink before bed and then go to bed and read a few pages of my book until I am ready to sleep.
A nice fresh bed
wind down before bedtime
Try to establish a good routine in terms of going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, even on weekends, after several bouts of being unable to get to sleep, this got me back in the rhythmn and I drop off to sleep much easier nowadays.
A short read of my book does the trick for me.
A good routine, and time to relax before bed.
warm drink and a little read always helps me sleep
A nice warm bath, glass of wine and an early night!
Complete darkness, complete silence and no electronics at least an hour before bed!
Make the room very, very dark – blackout curtains, shield the display on any bedside radio or other electronic gadget in the room (or remove them”), make sure the door is closed tightly every night.
Always take time to unwind before going to bed and also don’t get into bed if you are not tired. I always find if go to bed too soon that I lay awake for hours!
A cool, dark & quiet room!
Going to bed an hour before you want to get to sleep so you have some unwind time
Make sure your bedroom is well ventilated and not too hot
Do some meditation to help you relax
Memory foam mattress topper. What a difference it has made to my sleep!
My top tip for a good night’s sleep is black out curtains! I used to wake up so early before I bought real black out curtains!
I always sleep better in an uncluttered room.
A cool room and no distractions
I would love to share a tip to a good nights sleep but I haven’t had one in 14 years with my three kids all having struggled to sleep through the night and the youngest 6 still getting up multiple times. I do think a flow of fresh air helps me to drift off though so I do have the windows in my bedroom open whatever the time of year.
A quiet dark room helps
My Top Tip is to Have a Warm Bath , a Hot drink and settle down with a little soft music to relax your mind so that ou can slowly drop off to sleep , I have a Fan on in my room all year round too to create a cool breeze .
Turn off all tech and keep tech out of the bedroom, including charging mobile phones.
Plenty of fresh air and no technology (including tv) for an hour or so before sleep.
Send the children for a sleepover at their Grandparents house ? X
Don’t have any caffeine after 6pm otherwise you will struggle to sleep.
Good breathing exercises drift off before you know it
Wear the children out!
Lavender on my pillow, window open a bit and no coffee after midday
A nice cup of chamomile tea before bedtime!
Lavender pillow spray is recommended for a peaceful night’s sleep
a chapter of a book always sends me off
Comfy, clean bedding
A lovely warm lavender bath.
Spray lavender on the pillow before you sleep to calm and relax naturally.
Go to bed to sleep, not watch TV or play on iPad/Phones
I have a nice relaxing bubble bath and get in to fresh clean bedding always have a wonderful nights sleep
Fresh bed linen and reading a book
Don’t drink alcohol it really disrupts my sleep
A nice relaxing bath & a good book to read!
Nice hot bath and wine.
read for a little while in bed
Breath deeply to the count of four breath out to a count of six. repeat. It makes you sleepy 🙂
No screen time an hour before bed. I love to read to relax.
A warm cup of milk
Having one leg out of the duvet, cold pillow and preferably the kids are away with family haha, maybe that was a dream.
I struggle with sleep,due a chronic illness. I find having a milky drink and a bath/shower before bed helps. I also make sure my bedroom is well ventilated,I have black out curtains and blinds up at my window as I found daylight would wake me early. I’d be thrilled to win this stunning set. Thanks for the chance,PLEASE count me in? x
Getting your children to sleep first ? mine are terrible at bedtime
Make sure bertie doesn’t nap so he goes down like a dream come 7pm….make me one relaxed mummy come bedtime!
Switch off phones and laptops an hour or two before bedtime.
Camomile tea. It’s not a ‘tea’ as such but a herb infusion. As long as I don’t drink it later than 9pm, which makes me go to the loo in the middle of the night, I have a very restful deep sleep.
Don’t go to bed too late and trynot to use computer or iPad etc. for a few hours before bed
No phone/laptop/social media/games for at least an hour before you go up!
A cool room and winding down with a book before bed so no screen time
I love nice fresh bedding to get a good night’s sleep.
Lavender pillow mist and calming meditation music
A soak in the tub and then into a freshly made bed.
A soak in the tub and then into a freshly made bed.
Half an hour with a book before bed 🙂
Try to relax and destress before bed, no screen time right before bedtime either!
Best thing that works for me though is sleeping kids, if my 3 sleep well, I sleep well x
An evening walk on the beach, then a hot chocolate. Just what I need for a good night’s sleep.
Avon aromatherapy gel love it