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Did you know that March is National Bed Month? If not, snuggle down, plump your pillow and get comfy under that duvet – it’s time to talk about all things sleep.
We’ll spend a third of our lives sleeping which is madness considering it’s something we’re all constantly chasing or complaining about a lack of… But never fear – we have some solutions that might just be able to help you out by giving you some tips and tricks to get a great night’s kip. And not even one leaping sheep to be found!
Now, we know what you’re thinking, we’re not sleep experts but using our own experiences we’ve found there are three key ways that you can improve the quality of your sleep. So, we’ve worked with real sleep experts, TEMPUR, so we can break these down into some handy hints to help you get those all-important Zzz’s.
Let’s get physical to start
A cliche we know, but it all comes down to math – the more energy you exert, the more you’ll need to recover overnight. But we’re not saying drop down and give us 20. Even small bursts of energy can work towards giving you a better night’s sleep.
For example, we love a quick walk when we can or a longer country stroll at the weekends. Feel like getting a bit more zen? Some wind-down yoga is a great way to get you into the chilled mindset. We love a bit of Yoga with Adrienne, who comes with extra bonus points as her really cute dog sometimes gets involved.
Mental wellbeing is key
Thankfully, we’re getting to a point where we’re taking mental health as seriously as physical health and some small changes you can make here will also help you rise & shine. Feel like checking your phone first thing in the morning? Waking up to a BBC news notification probably isn’t the best idea – that’s why we turned them off, especially over the past year or so.
It’s better to start your day with a stroll than a scroll, so pop the phone down and try and peel yourself out of bed instead, we promise it’ll make a difference. You could fake your commute by doing a lap of the block or the park – who doesn’t want to say they can just walk to work.
Or, if you don’t feel like doing much, a quick cuppa and a refreshing shower will get you on the right track for the day. Fancy an equally relaxing wind down at night? We’re big fans of a Sleep Story from Calm and the ‘Grand Plan to Rise and Shine’ read by Frankie Bridge is a favourite. Check it out and we promise you won’t make it to the end without dropping off!
Then there’s your overall wellbeing
As many of you know, we’re currently revamping our bedroom and that’s because we’re itching to create a calming sanctuary to escape to. For many, natural and cooling materials are the way to achieve a good sleep. That’s why we’ve ditched the polycotton and we’re starting to pay attention to the care labels. It’s not a snobby thing – we just get a better night’s sleep when we’re not sweating! The room’s temperature is also important. The room should be at around 18 degrees and blocking out the light should help you drift off.
Now to the anchor of any bedroom, the bed! Getting this right is critical to a good night’s sleep but it’s not as easy as just flopping down on the first mattress you find. With options like memory foam, hybrid and pocket-sprung available (just to name a few), you might want to do a bit of research into the style and mattress material to ensure that it will work for you. And don’t forget about the pillow – TEMPUR have four categories of pillows available – so you can find the one that will give you the best support. We’ve been giving the Classic Pillow a bash and so far, so good!
So, if you haven’t nodded off already, we hope that you can get some inspo from how we get a good night’s sleep! As we’ve said, we’re no sleep experts – but we’ve put our experiences down here and hopefully, you can take one or two little gems from this post. Check out the tips and advice from TEMPUR online to find the sleep products that are right for you.
David & Mark x