If you’ve read my blog for more than one second, you’ll know how much I love sleep. I try and sleep as much as I can, all day everyday! It is also one of my triggers for my panic attacks and anxiety, so for me it is important for both my physical and mental wellbeing. I am always keen on improving my sleeping patterns.
I ensure I get my eight hours every night, and when I don’t get the right amount of sleep I feel drained and unwell for days afterwards. It’s another reason I no longer do 6am flights! If you’re interested here are my top tips for getting a good nights sleep.
It is also National Bed Month throughout March and the team at Sleep Origins wanted to celebrate the month by sending out mattresses to sleep-deserving people. I was sent one of the Sleep Origins 25cm Ultimate Comfort Mattress with Contour 5 Technology to ensure personalised comfort for your best night’s sleep through the vertical comfort zones that contour to the natural shape of your body.
Sleep Origins asked me to write a diary recording my sleep prior to getting the mattress, and during the first 7 days I slept with my new Sleep Origins mattress, here’s how I go on…
Generally my sleep, before changing my mattress, was good. I always ensure I get my eight hours but before I started tracking my sleep I was never sure if it was actually ‘good’ sleep or affected sleep. It turns out I was actually stirring in the night quite a lot, and always got up once for a wee in the night (I blame my weak bladder!). Other than that I slept OK, except when I was having a stressful week; then I would struggle to get to sleep and thus wake up several times in the night.
I’ll be honest now, my first night with the new mattress wasn’t good. My body couldn’t adjust, it felt different and I ended up waking up several times in the night. I ended up tired the next day and really struggled with the concept of sleeping on it again that night.
On the second night, I slept much better. I was nervous at first after having a disrupted sleep the night before, but I went to bed early, and got settled earlier than usual. I still awoke several times, but it was better, and I managed to get comfy after 30 minutes of tossing and turning, and once I was asleep I slept well. My sleep tracker showed I stirred only a few times, and woke up at 4am for a wee.
Night Three and Four
On the third and fourth night, I awoke a couple of times, but my sleep was generally better according to the app. The mattress felt better, moulding itself around my body throughout the night, alleviating pressure points and keeping my spine perfectly aligned throughout the night (now I just need to sort out my posture when sitting at my desk!).
On night five, I couldn’t get comfy for ages and only ended up falling asleep around midnight. I think it was mostly down to the stress of work the next day. I am not sure if it was the stress or the mattress, but night five wasn’t great and again I was doubting the concept.
Then on the sixth night, I slept the entire way through, not even getting up for my usual 4am toilet break. I woke up feeling fresh and ready to start the day, despite the busy schedule ahead of me that morning.
After seven nights of sleeping the mattress I have to say I am impressed. I was dubious at first, and I was certainly nervous after the first night as I didn’t think my body was agreeing with the new mattress. However, after a week I am already seeing the benefits and with the added lavender pockets in the side I have been getting a deep restful sleep – night after night.
** Fancy winning a mattress for yourself?! **
I have teamed up with the guys at Sleep Origins to also giveaway a mattress to you guys, my loyal readers! The prize is to win a mattress of your choice from their website (go on, have a browse!) and can themselves enjoy a restful sleep night after night. So how’d you enter?
All you have to do:
1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram – @sophiessuitcse
2. Comment on this post your top tip for a restful nights sleep — keep scrolling to comment!
3. Sign up to my newsletter here.
4. Follow Sleep Origins on Twitter and Instagram – @sleep_origins
Term and conditions
- This competition is only open to UK residents.
- The winner of the competition will win: A mattress of their choice – gifted by Sleep Origins
- Redemption must be made by: 1 month
- The competition will run from 12th March and closes at midnight on 19th March 2018
- The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
- The winner is chosen at random using Rafflecopter
- The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days
- The mattress you choose is subject to availability
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Sleep Origins