*This post is in collaboration with Leesa, all opinions are my own.
I've been a little bit quiet on my blog the last few weeks, mainly because it has been freezing and the cold weather always leaves me feeling achey, tired and... well, just a bit run down. For me, a good night's sleep has never been more important! This is a bit of a follow on to my 'Self care starts with a good night's sleep' post as I have some more tips for you and (of course) lots more books to recommend!
1. The key to a good night sleep is a great mattress!
You spend around 1/3 of your life lying on your mattress, why are you still sleeping on one that's not comfortable?! Thankfully, I've been treated to a brand new mattress courtesy of Leesa! I won't get too technical but their mattresses are specially designed to provide optimum support and comfort, and to help keep you cool during the night. Now, due to the subzero temperatures, I don't think keeping cool has been a problem but wow - it certainly is comfortable and I've been sleeping so much better than usual! They're also a very socially conscious brand, donating one mattress for every ten sold and planting a tree for every mattress sold too!
If you're struggling to sleep then you should definitely consider a new mattress - click here to get £80 off your new Leesa mattress!
2. ...and an even better book!
I'm SUCH a book worm, and we all know that reading a book in bed is much better than scrolling through Insta! Here are my book recommendations for the month:
- DI Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis
- How to stop time by Matt Haig
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- The Zanzibar Wife by Deborah Rodriguez
3. Work out how much sleep YOUR body needs
It's no good trying to copy others when it comes to sleep - it doesn't matter whether Deborah from sales only gets 5 hours sleep, if your body needs 8 hours to function properly then make sure you get that 8 hours!! It's so easy to become competitive over how little sleep you get, as if making a conscious decision to prioritise sleep and your body is a bad thing! Personally, I can manage on 5-6 hours sleep for a day, but I try to get 8 as that's what leaves me feeling most energised and wellrested. It's so important to work out how much sleep your body needs and then make an effort to get that amount.
4. Clear your head
Clearing your mind before bed is so important - otherwise you'll be tossing and turning all night. Personally, I love an evening gym session as it helps me to clear my head and use up any additional energy. Other ways to clear your head are to meditate, go for a walk, read - whatever works for you! If there's something short that you need to do, then do it quickly so that you don't have to worry about it. If it's something that will take longer, write a bulletpoint list of what you need to do.
What are your top tips for getting a good night's sleep? Let me know in the comments!