How Your Garden Can Help You Sleep Better

Here at the SFA.com website, we’re always looking for new ways to help people get over their various sleeping disorders. And that’s why we were very interested in the notion that gardening and spending time in your garden can actually make a considerable impact on how well you sleep at night.

Brown seat on patio

How can gardening help you sleep better?

Gardening has many benefits to health and well being, and is particularly loved by anyone over the age of 50, who will often own their own house, and have a garden they want to be proud of.

The activities in day to day gardening chores are fantastic exercise, allowing you to burn off plenty of energy and have a sense of achievement at the end of the day.

This is one of the reasons why it helps sleep, as people with insomnia can often be not doing enough meaningful activity during the day, and gardening can help to improve this.

Ways you can spend time in your garden

Many of the usual garden tasks are great for your mind and body. The following are examples of things you can do in the garden to help improve your sleep and well being in general.

Planting New Vegetables to Grow Your Own

Plant trees

There is something about eating the fruit and vegetables grown in your own garden that’s just very special. You can plant a range of things including potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, and more. This can be done alone, or with the help of a family member to add extra enjoyment. You can plant in borders, or start the plants as seedlings in your greenhouse. Activities such as digging holes and carrying soil make it great exercise.

Sitting Outside on a Garden Chair

White garden chair

If the chores are a little too much for you now, perhaps your back is starting to become less mobile in older age, then it can be a great idea just to spend time in the fresh air admiring your garden. One of the best ways to do this is on a garden chair, such as the reclining chair selection at Garden Centre Shopping, which can allow you to sit comfortably whilst getting the air needed for a long and healthy sleep. You can find out more about that in the video below:

Spending Time with Friends and Family at a BBQ

Having people around for dinner in the summer is a great excuse to get outside in the garden and get things going. Enjoying lovely BBQ food in the UK is a classic, and allows you to spend many hours in the fresh air and sunshine, improving your vitamin D and your social skills. For this you’ll need a patio set, such as the rattan dining range from Garden Centre Shopping, where you can use the dining chairs as the perfect place to enjoy the spectacle with your friends and close family members.

Resources on Gardening and Sleeping Link

Here are some more useful links and resources to learn more about how you can improve sleep with activities such as gardening.

http://www.reading.gov.uk/garden-waste
http://www.mendip.gov.uk/garden
http://www.charmouthvillagelibrary.org.uk/rattan-conservatory-furniture-uk/
http://www.ilchestercommunityprimary.co.uk/why-reclining-garden-furniture-is-the-most-supportive-for-your-spinal-health/
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/genetics-links-sleep-disturbance-with-restless-legs-syndrome-schizophrenia-and-obesity/
http://www.backyardkitchengarden.com/reclining-garden-chairs-always-best-option-entertaining-family-friends/
https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3146/Garden-waste-bin
http://www.padstowgigclub.co.uk/garden-furniture-to-survive-the-harsh-cornwall-weather/
https://www.rsm.ac.uk/sections/sections-and-networks-list/sleep-medicine-section.aspx
https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/BinsRecycling/BinCollections/HouseholdBinCollectionsGardenWaste/find-out-about-garden-waste-and-apply.aspx
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tiredness-can-kill-advice-for-drivers
https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling/garden-waste/
https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/sleepandtirednesskeyfacts.aspx
http://www.wcafi.org/how-plastic-rattan-garden-furniture-is-helping-the-environment-in-the-uk/
https://www.scarborough.gov.uk/gardenwaste
https://secure.pesticides.gov.uk/garden/
http://www.sw-ruralgateway.info/bench-outdoor-furniture-placement/reclining-garden-chairs/
http://www.palmbase.org/summer-garden-design-ideas-for-july-2016/

The Result- a win and a gold medal!

Check it out! We’ve achieved an RHS Gold medal, and the title of National Young Designer of the Year 2011!

It’s been such an incredible experience, and a huge learning curve, and here we are having achieved a result we can all be proud of!  The effort that’s gone into creating this garden has been immense for all those involved, and being awarded a gold medal has brought us all a lot of joy. I can’t express enough my gratitude towards those who took the time to help make this vision come to life. ALl your hard work and effort is greatly appreciated. Now it’s time to catch up on rest, start planning what’s next, oh, and of course…drink some champagne!

Judging Day- The finale!

It’s all been leading to this!  The final day of assessors and judges visiting the garden, and boy did they visit!  At 8:30 this morning we were shooed off the garden and had to sit anxiously drinking coffee while the panel poured over every detail of our design.  Upon returning to the garden when we thought it safe, we were met with another group of judges!  In total it appears about 14 people visited and scrutinized the garden…the more the merrier!

Now we can sigh with relief as we’ve reached the finish line.  The judging is over and we’ve done all we can!  I’m so proud of our work, and can honestly say the garden is a space I would be very happy to live in (certainly would beat our 3 weeks of camping!).

With the meadow and the softness of the surrounding planting, together with the strong geometry of the layout, the garden achieves a wonderful balance, and feels completely at home in both a rural and urban setting.  The juxtaposition between the aesthetics has been achieved exactly as we intended, and that is the best result we could hope for.  Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

THE FINISHED GARDEN…

Days 11-15! It’s been a whirlwind week

So here we are at Day 15, judging day!! It’s been such a busy, exciting, and exhausting week, hence the blog being so far behind, and leaving you all in the lurch wondering about the progress of our garden!

I’ve decided to pull together the last 6 days into a single, very long, post so be prepared for many many pictures. The last week has entailed finishing the layout of planting, beginning to actually plant everything, finalizing the built elements of the garden, and general tidying.

We have traveled from a barebones geometric design through to a space brimming with life and colour and, the only way I can truly describe it, froth! The planting has really brought the scheme together, and with the amazing attention to detail in the finishing of the built features, such as the bridges and the river-cobbled gullies, we’ve achieved a garden far beyond our wildest conceptions.

I am so pleased with the final outcome, and so very grateful to all those involved in bringing the garden to life. It truly has been a fantastic team effort, and we all will get to celebrate in whichever result we achieve!!! So…on to a night’s rest before our big day tomorrow! And roll on the pics…..

DAY 11…

View along the narrow path, and the planting coming together section by section

 

In the sunshine- it was beautiful while it lasted!!

 

In the thick of it…

 

And then it’s a blur…

 

Once the planting really got underway, the garden began to knit together beautifully. The following pictures are a conglomeration of the remaining days of the build, eventually leading to the assessment and judging day which determines the final reward for the garden, though I must cornily say the real achievement has been the garden itself!!

 

Sunny smiling times

 

Ominous clouds

 

After the deluge of rain, but hey, we’ve gone official!

 

The saga of the bridges….green oak!

 

Which led to a less-than-happy-Lisa

 

But check out that final product!

THE FINAL DAYS!!!

 

Nic, the titivating fiend!

 

Bench in situ

 

Rainwater gullies

 

Details Details!

 

Those sexy pavers in place

 

It’s singing!

 

View along the intimate path

 

View along the avenue

 

The judges arriving!

 

The nearly finished garden on assessment day

 

Nearing the end