Every year on 5th November, we observe an array of spectacular displays to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
The Gunpowder Plot was a failed conspiracy led by Robert Catesby; the aim was for him and his group of English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill the Protestant King so he could be replaced by a Catholic Head of State. In Robert’s group was a man named Guy Fawkes, who was given the responsibility of the explosives…
Back to modern day and we have adopted the tradition, annually putting on firework displays within our communities. These events promise an enjoyable evening by the bonfire with warm soup, hot chocolate or mulled wine, but for some, the arrival of Bonfire Night may not always be so heart-warming – it can in fact be something that fills you with worry.
More often than not, the firework festivities usually hang around for a good week or so, which isn’t great news if you find it difficult to sleep this time of year, even more so if you share your home with a pet.
The celebrations can be equally as distressing for your furry friends as they can for you – and with loud noises likely to disturb both your sleep and your pet’s quality kip, 5th November could add up to a night with little sleep.
So what can you do for all members of your household when sleep might not be the first thing on your mind this Bonfire Night? Well, hopefully we can help!
Sleep tips for you:
Invest in some earplugs
Earplugs can be found relatively inexpensively and can work wonders for your sleep throughout the year, not just on Bonfire Night.
The key to making sure you have the most comfortable night’s sleep is to find a pair just right for your ears, as if they are not the correct shape or if they’re too big, you’ll probably find they could have a negative effect on your sleep.
Try some white noise
White noise apps are readily available and can work great as sleeping aids, although like anything, it is all about finding what works for you and your sleep as there are many different playlists that offer different sounds – there are even playlists containing pink noise! With lots to choose from, it is worth experimenting with a few to see what you find easier to drift off to.
Whatever sounds you listen to, it could be a good idea to do so on some noise-cancelling headphones, as these are a great way of blocking out all other background sounds so getting to sleep is less disturbed.
Set up your sleep space
Making sure you have the best sleep space possible is key this Bonfire Night. Although this won’t necessarily block out any potential sounds, it will mean your bedroom is much more inviting and the ideal sleeping environment, which should mean that you’ll find it much easier to sleep.
Sleep tips for your pets:
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to keep calm and try not to change the way you act around your pet. Talk to them in the same way you would on any other given evening, as if they can sense you are anxious or distressed then this can only lead to them being more fearful.
Dog walk in the daytime
Take the time to plan your dog walks during the daylight to avoid both yourself and your dog being startled by fireworks; the fresh air and exercise has also been proven to help relieve anxiety and promote a healthy night’s sleep.
If you are a cat owner, encourage them to get outdoors during the daylight too, so when fireworks are going off, they aren’t startled and at risk of running off!
Inside your home
Make sure your pet has somewhere quiet and comfortable to retreat to, should they want to spend some time away from you. Consider placing their bed and a few of their favourite toys in a cosy spot in your home, but block out as much light and noise as possible if it’s near a window by keeping curtains and blinds closed.
However you’re spending your weekend, the team at Mattressman hope that you and your four-legged friends sleep soundly this Bonfire Night!