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The Power of Sleep Good sleep is fundamental to our health and vitality. More important than nutrition and exercise, it provides an immediate, pleasurable way to improve our well-being. So when life pushes you faster, step off the merry-go-round of life and sink into a Savoir.
The perfect mattress
The recipe for a good night's sleep starts with selecting the perfect mattress. We guide you on what to consider and how to shop for a mattress.
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Specifying the perfect bed size
We explore the importance of choosing the right bed size and how it contributes to giving you the best night's sleep.
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The perfect pillow
Elevate your sleep comfort with the perfect pillow. From sleeping positions to choosing materials, we guide you on what to consider.
Temperature
Your body temperature usually varies according to the stage stage. Naturally breathable materials are essential to maintaining your normal body temperature at the sleeping surface, channelling moisture away and in turn, improving the quality of your sleep.
The relationship between sleep, nutrition and diet
Dr Mike Molloy reveals how the foods we eat can impact our sleep and why our sleep patterns affect our dietary choices.
Sleep and nutrition
Bed linen buying guide
From material and feel to style and finish, we share our guide to choosing the perfect bed linen for a comfortable night's sleep.
How to choose a bed
Good sleep starts with the right bed, but there are several factors to consider when investing in a new one. We’re here to help navigate you through the maze and choose the right bed.
Sleep Science When you sleep, your body rests and repairs. Your immune system restores and your skin, muscles and blood are regenerated. Your brain detoxes, replays information and preserves important memories. Sleep is the essential ingredient to maintaining a functioning brain and body.
Sleep Expert to Savoir, Dr Rebecca Robbins

Dr Rebecca Robbins

Sleep Researcher and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

We know sleep is important, but how does it really help maintain a healthy brain and body? To decipher the science and the true impact of sleep we turn to Sleep Expert to Savoir, Dr Rebecca Robbins. Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Scientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and co-author of ‘Sleep for Success!’ Dr Rebecca Robbins’ research looks at ways to improve sleep awareness through behavioural interventions. From immunity and anti-aging to performance and brain function, we uncover the fundamentals of healthy sleeping.

Natural sleeping
From plants to airflow, we unveil the importance of natural, sustainable materials and how they can help you drift off into a peaceful slumber.
Refreshing the bed + sleep link
The foundation of a good night’s sleep is a comfortable bed. We explore ways to strengthen the mind and body's association with the bed.
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Cool sleeping
Overheating in bed can lead to disruptive sleep. We uncover the best ways to keep cool at night.
Support
Enhance your REM sleep - the most restorative, mood-enhancing part of your sleep cycle, with the correct support for different parts of your body. This will relieve pressure points and remove the disruption from tossing and turning.
The impact of sleep on performance
We talk to Gregor Rosenkranz – Strength & Conditioning Coach at The Royal Ballet about training during the lockdown, the role of sleep on performance, and how they have prepared dancers for getting back on stage.
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The importance of quality sleep
Dr Rebecca Robbins explains the science behind quality sleep and uncovers the levers to healthy sleeping.
Sleep myths with Dr Rebecca Robbins
The science behind the myths which may be hindering your healthy sleep routine.
The Savoir Sleep script with Dr Rebecca Robbins
Savoir's sleep expert reveals a new set of science-backed techniques to help transform your sleep.
Sleeping through time changes
Dr Rebecca Robbins explains the impact daylight saving time can have on our sleep and reveals the components to consider during the seasonal transition.

Pillow Talk with Chantelle Nicholson

The chef, author and restaurateur shares her sleep story.

"You might think all chefs are night owls, but actually, I love the early morning light. When I can, I get up first thing to enjoy it. I don’t usually have problems falling asleep after a long shift in the kitchen yet the quality of my sleep is a different matter: on busy days I sometimes wonder if I get into a truly deep sleep.

One of the things I do to improve my sleep is focus on what I eat. If it’s close to bedtime, then a plant-based meal can be much easier to digest. During colder months it’s nice to have comfort food such as warming stews made from squashes and celeriac, along with lentils and pulses and other complex carbs that keep you sustained until morning.

Of course, it’s not just your sleep that benefits from a plant-focussed diet; it helps several other aspects of your health too, from increasing your gut diversity to looking after your heart. I love vegetables, so it never feels like a hardship to eat them and there are so many ways to get the best out of them. If you beautifully char-grill some broccoli or roast a cauliflower with spices, then you get a different flavour profile to just steaming them and the resulting dishes are immensely satisfying. One way to ensure your veggies taste amazing is to eat seasonally."

Pillow Talk with Chantelle Nicholson

"Growing up in New Zealand, we naturally ate what was in season and I tended my own vegetable garden. I remember looking forward to the first of the asparagus and the first of the strawberries because the seasons were so fleeting, which made it feel like extra special produce. Another reason for eating seasonally is that it is much more sustainable, which is really important to me. I try to be as sustainable as possible, from investing in local growers to reducing packaging waste. Too many things are designed to be thrown away when in fact we should be investing in purchases that last a lifetime. So, it helps me sleep better at night knowing that I’m doing my part for the planet.

But the best part of enjoying a restful slumber is when I have vivid, memorable dreams. Sometimes I even dream about creating a new dish or using an ingredient in a surprising way and then wake up thinking, “That was a great idea!” I believe that your dreams are a crucial part of how you process your day and a way to recharge your creativity so I always value a well-nourished sleep."

Chantelle
Sleep Expert to Savoir, Dr Rebecca Robbins

Pillow Talk with Dr Rebecca Robbins

Sleep Researcher and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School reveals her secrets to a good night's sleep.

"For many years, a good night's sleep was out of my grasp: throughout my teens and early twenties, I struggled with falling asleep. Then, I signed up for meditation training and during a long workshop session, suddenly I had my lightbulb moment: the skills I was learning, such as breathwork and learning to let go, are precisely what we must do to fall asleep. It wasn’t something I had been taught before.

Now, I study sleep and what I find so exciting is that it’s a relatively new field - some of our major discoveries have only happened in the last 60 or so years. We are uncovering new and exciting things each day about the relationship between sleep and waking success. One of the most exciting areas of research is on cognitive health and how important sleep is for brain function today, tomorrow, and maybe well into the future.

Lots of people know they should try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night, but what they don’t always realise they should focus on is quality of sleep. Believe it or not, strategies to help improve our sleep quality start as soon as we wake up."
The Savoir Sleep Script

Pillow Talk with Dr Rebecca Robbins

"Eating a balanced diet with most of our calories consumed in the first half of the day and slowly tapering down so that we eat a smaller meal for dinner is absolutely critical, along with making time for exercise, managing stress during the day, keeping a consistent bedtime schedule and practicing a relaxing ritual close to bedtime.

Two things I am very diligent about are keeping my bedtime consistent – around 10pm - and adding in time to relax and unwind close to bed. In the 30 minutes before bed, I turn off my computer and switch my phone to airplane mode, then I take off my makeup and start to consciously slow my breath down, apply night creams, then take a warm bed to relax and unwind. I keep the lights low, light a candle, then get into bed, read a few pages of a book, before turning off the lights and slip off to sleep, which takes about 15 minutes.

Of course, there are still nights when I struggle falling asleep or wake up from sleep. The quality of our sleep is an artifact of our day, so if my day was stressful, it is likely to impact my sleep. When I struggle to fall asleep or get back to sleep, I try to remember to leave the bed and return when I am tired.
Fortunately, my husband does not snore, so we sleep together, with the baby sound asleep in the next room and our dog at the foot of our bed. I have the best sleep when all my loved ones are under the same roof."

Rebecca