This post has been written in collaboration with Leesa Mattress who gifted me a mattress in exchange for my honest review.
At the top of my priorities for 2018 has been better sleep.
Where 2017 was my year for change, 2018 is for deepening my commitment to myself and feeling as good as I can in my own body. Better sleep is the first challenge I’m tackling; since stopping drinking my sleep has improved but it was/is nowhere near great. I don’t often wake up feeling well-rested, or get the 8 hours I know I need, and that is something I want to work on.
I am someone who feels best on 8 or 9 hours sleep, people who survive (and thrive) on 6 or 7 hours I salute you! My schedule doesn’t always allow for a regular bedtime routine but I am working on it – and over the last few weeks I am happy to report my sleep has been much improved. I have pasted my Fitbit stats for comparison! Pseudo-science I know but I’m feeling better, and much more awake.
Here are my 4 Tips for Better Sleep:
1.Try to Stick to Set Bed Time and Wake Up Times
Easier said than done I know, and I don’t manage to do it every day, but sticking to a regular bedtime and wake up where I can has helped me greatly improve my sleep. Knowing that I ideally need 8 hours (9 if I can get it – I know I don’t have kids and sleep is a luxury) – I try and work back to make sure I can get enough sleep dependent on the time I get up.
I am self-employed these days and tend to work late as a yoga teacher getting home between 9pm and 10.30pm after teaching. I aim for an 11pm bedtime, asleep by 11.30 and awake for 8am. On the nights when I stick to this, I sleep better – with less during the night wake ups – and getting up is easier too.
2. Create a Bed Time Routine
This is a new one for me. I used to either: stay up late watching whatever Netflix show I’m binging on, or fall into bed after a bottle of wine with make-up still on and not a glass of water in sight.
I don’t have my laptop in my bedroom anymore, and I don’t take my phone in their either. I set my alarm on my Lumie Bodyclock and leave my phone downstairs (more on that in a later post). I boil the kettle while I brush my teeth and wash my face, make a peppermint tea and head upstairs. I set ‘sunset’ on my Lumie and write 3 things I’m grateful for in my This Gratitude Now journal and read a few pages of my book. And then within 30 minutes I am usually asleep.
It’s the days when I don’t do this, when I rush to bed after spending an hour scrolling on Instagram that I find I struggle to sleep – so I try to stick to my mini routine as much as possible.
3. Invest in Your Sleep with a Quality Mattress
My old mattress had been with me through two boyfriends and three houses, so it was time for a new one. Energetically and physically, my mattress no longer supported me.
By eliminating unnecessary overheads and operating exclusively online, Leesa offer a premium luxury mattress without the premium price tag. I’ve been sleeping on mine for 3 weeks now and I am sleeping so much better.
I use my body a lot as a yoga teacher, and depending on the night of the week sleep on my tummy, or back, or front – The Leesa Mattress has been engineered with three premium foam layers, so it feels incredible, whether you are a back, stomach or side sleeper (such a win for me). It also means if you share your bed, it will support both of you for extraordinary sleep.
Leesa Mattress have given me a code to give you £80 off a mattress if you fancy trying one yourself – click through using this link. They offer a 100 night risk free guarantee for you to fall in love with your Leesa Mattress(and all mattresses that are returned are donated to charity).
4. Stop Drinking (on the night’s when you need to sleep well)
Stopping drinking was the beginning of my better sleep journey. And I noticed an improvement in my sleep almost automatically, now I’m trying to make it even better but not drinking alcohol was the catalyst. Whilst alcohol may help you fall asleep (or pass out) sooner, it reduces the amount of deep sleep you receive during the night – and may cause you to wake up sooner. This webinar by Laura at Club Soda explains how alcohol effects sleep and how to sleep better.
So my 4 top tips for better sleep with Leesa Mattress, do you have any to add to the mix? I’d love to hear them in the comments below or let me know over on Instagram.
Thanks for reading, Laurie xx