Bonfire Night is preparing to explode into action. While it might look a little different this year, there’s sure to be plenty of bangs, crackles and whizzes around the UK this 5th November. All great fun for most of us, until we’re trying to get to sleep. The noise and disturbance can disrupt your sleep pattern, and for some (including our four legged friends) it can cause anxiety. We’re here to help you and your pets achieve a peaceful sleep on a lively night.
How Firewords Affect Your Pets
The drama begins early in the evening, with confused and frightened pets. The bang of the fireworks stimulates your pet's central nervous system, triggering a basic instinct to run and take cover from unidentified loud noises.
Try to keep calm and remain consistent with your usual behaviour and routine. If you’re overly attentive, your pet will pick up on this and assume their fear is warranted. Keep them distracted, play with them, try to tire them out - and then get them tucked up on the sofa with you or in one of our Silentnight Pet Beds, designed for maximum comfort. Changing the position of their bed in your house so it’s away from windows will reduce any extra light or noise disturbance.
You Can Sleep Well On Bonfire Night Too
There are a number of things you can do to ensure your Bonfire Night, while enjoyable, goes as smoothly as any other night when it comes to your sleep routine. If the loud bangs and noises of fireworks cause you some anxiety, you’re not alone. Alongside any existing coping strategies that work for you, calm your mind by pouring a cup of Chamomile tea, running a bubble bath or lighting a scented candle before bed. And why not try one of our Silentnight Wellbeing Weighted Blankets. They are designed to gently ‘hug’ you to sleep and ease anxiety and stress, perfect to reduce any worries you have on Bonfire Night.
Another top tip from us is to create some kind of white noise to help you drift off to sleep. White noise can help create a consistent sound that may help mask the fireworks and other jarring noises that shock you awake and disturb your sleep. Try keeping a fan on or playing the radio on a low volume, which will distract your mind. Alternatively, invest in a pair of high-quality ear plugs!
Trying one, or all of these tricks will hopefully make you ‘remember remember the 5th November’ as a just another stress-free, great night’s sleep.