A lot of people in todays world suffer from lack of sleep due to insomnia, routine, or light and interrupted sleeping. I am a very light sleeper and wake up over the tiniest noise which means I wake up every single night when my dog turns in his bed, or my boyfriend gets up to get a drink. To me, sleep is very important – I cannot function without my 8 hours!
I collaborated with a mattress company, Leesa, to create a post full of useful hints and tips on how to help you sleep better – some of them are tried and tested, and some are my own quirky ways of getting to sleep quickly and easily. Leesa are committed to helping you sleep better which is why they have a guarantee that if you don't sleep better within 100 nights, your mattress will be donated and you can have a full refund!
Leesa was (as I found out soon after sleeping on a mattress from the company) a blessing in my world of ‘cannot be bothered to change my mattress so I will keep the same one for 8 years’ – seriously, I am one of those people. But funnily enough, just before the brand approached me I was thinking it’s seriously time to change our mattress because the springs were just killing my back and the mattress was just so old.
1. Create a peaceful space to sleep in. Think about whatever makes you comfortable and relaxed, for example I love white clean spaces with soft details – and my bedroom reflects that. I also have a string of fairy lights above my bed, which give the room a nice soft glow at night and make it look super cosy. Lamps are so much cosier than ceiling lights – they create an atmosphere which is relaxing, therefore helping you drift off to sleep. Your actual sleeping gear is very important too – like the pillows and mattress you use because if you cannot get comfortable, and you have springs digging into your back, not only are you not going to sleep well but your overall health may suffer too (neck and back cramps, headaches, etc..)
2. Drink a warm, but decaffeinated drink before bed. It will warm up your body, quench thirst and a lot of ingredients help your mind relax and unwind. My favourites include chamomile tea, valerian tea, and hot milk & honey – all of these are known to help you de-stress. There’s also something about hot milk & honey that reminds me of being a child!
3. Empty your mind. God knows I am the worst person to lay in bed and start thinking about solving the worlds problems but it will never help me get to sleep, in fact it only makes me anxious that I can’t do anything at silly o’clock at night and I just get wound up. I was taught an amazing trick during CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) which I received for my anxiety and panic disorder – draw a little diagram in your mind and you start with what the problem is. Now think: is there anything you can do about it? If the answer is Yes, work out a plan of when and how you are going to tackle it. Then file it away. If the answer is No, then throw it out of your mind because like you just determined – there’s nothing you can do about the problem. It is what it is. I use this trick every day when I start getting upset and anxious over problems and it helps to eliminate unnecessary worry from my life.
4. Watch a film. Controversial I know as a lot of people and leading sleep experts tell us to get rid of technology from the bedroom, but I find when I put on a nice film or a funny TV series in the background I go to sleep so much quicker and easier than if I was to lay in silence in a dark room. Or a podcast is a great idea too! I think it all relates back in our minds when we were children and our parents read us stories – I just like falling asleep to a bit of comfortable noise.
5. My final tip is a little bit of temperature control. I find that when I just cannot get to sleep, or even sometimes when I need a good nights sleep and I prepare for my night, I complete temperature control before I settle. If the weather is freezing cold outside, grab a snuggly hot water bottle (of your dog/cat) and cosy up next to them to keep warm and comfortable. If the weather is tropical and hot outside, crack open a window as fresh air is always best to fall asleep to. You’ve got to be comfortable when you’re drifting off to sleep, especially as a light sleeper.
Sure enough after an hour we had a double mattress which looked cosy and welcoming! This item has no springs which is great as I’m hating springs right now, and is so comfortable to sleep on! Even my boyfriend commented on how much he loves the new mattress and lay ins are now even more loved than ever! I have recommended Leesa to friends and family because I think this product is a 10/10 for comfort, which is really all that matters when it comes to sleeping. And whats even better is that if you do decide you want to invest into a Leesa mattress, follow this link to get £50 off your item!
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