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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

On an Eternal Quest for a Good Night's Sleep

Earlier this month, which coincidentally is National Bed Month, Silentnight (of bed manufacturing fame) teamed up with Warburtons (of breakfasty carbohydrate heaven fame) and offered me the ultimate bed and breakfast kit - see above!! - to try and help me get a great night’s sleep.

They recently carried out a survey about people's sleep patterns which I was really keen to read, being on an eternal quest to have a decent night's sleep myself.

I'm a terrible sleeper. Actually scrap that. I hate to pass the blame but it's my children that are the terrible sleepers. Between them, they wake me up on average four times a night, and they are both notoriously early risers. We regularly find ourselves waiting for CBeebies to start in the mornings.

The only time they're good as gold is from bedtime (7pm) until around midnight, when our night time shenanigans begin. If I'm shattered (which is often) I know that I'm pretty much guaranteed a solid four hours sleep straight after the littlies are asleep, but if I go to bed that early it means my poor husband ends up watching TV on his own.

I'm DESPERATE for a full, uninterrupted night's sleep. DESPERATE. In the last five years I think I have probably had a maximum of three and OH how I loved them!

One thing I've noticed is that technology has a really negative impact on my sleeping habits. My phone is particularly to blame. I'm constantly checking my emails and social media; last thing before bed, first thing in the morning - I'm even guilty of checking it in the middle of the night if I find myself lying wide awake. I know that my phone keeps my mind active which in turn stops me getting to sleep - which is why I actually turn it off when I go to bed these days and the temptation of checking it is massively reduced.

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Silentnight’s sleep expert, offers these tips, which I think are brilliant and all of which I already do:

“Exclude technology from the bedroom and get into the habit of winding down before bed by reading a book or having a relaxing bath.

“Eat a nutritional breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up, and plan some exercise into your morning routine to reduce stress hormone levels. This will enable you to sleep more deeply and wake up feeling refreshed and energised ready for the day.”

The only problem is that these tips won't stop the small people waking you up! And on that note I'm still hoping to book a solo spa weekend at some point in the not-too-distant future!

You can read the sleep study here if you fancy. xo

1 comment

  1. I'm guilty of the technology in bed thing too.. I must stop it!!


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