SLEEPING BETTER FOR HEALTH

Best memory foam mattress

Getting a good nights sleep is very much a daily priority with me. If I sleep well then my day is easier to tackle, if I don’t sleep well then chances are I will be less efficient. As I am a morning person, I like to get up to go training or just do some tasks before I head off to work. With that in mind going to bed late isn’t really an option, if for any reason I do then it will impact going forward. Getting the right mattress is also imperative and that is why I love my new Sleepbear mattress*. 

I do go through random patches where I suffer from insomnia. I had a bad spell of it when I was around 12/13, I kept putting so much pressure on myself to fall asleep that I suddenly couldn’t, and would lay awake for hours. Now it happens sporadically but I try to stick to a clear routine to help tackle it. 

If like me you do a variety of training for fitness, your body needs rest to catch up with itself. If you constantly do something everyday then chances are you’re going to ache, so you need a decent bed to support you. I was contacted by Sleepbear and sent a new mattress, bizzarely only after having the ‘we could do with a new mattress’ chat with hubby. It was the perfect time. I suddenly started to feel old because I actually felt excited about getting a new mattress. What had I become?! 

The mattress from Sleepbear was memory foam which was not like our old one. We removed our previous mattress popped the mattress on, left it so it could revive itself after being in the packing, then both Nick and I lay on it. It was very weird, but good weird… No springs were digging in, and however I laid myself I felt supported. I actually have been having real bad issues with my leg after falling down some stairs and nothing has been helping it until now. 




Before the injury I would be up at 6am, out of bed, running gear on and off I’d go. I’d get back, shower and head out for my day. I have kicked the day into gear and sleeping well is so so important to get you off on the right start. As mentioned if you have done a lot of exercise such as a 5k, then swam or been cycling over the week, chances are you will be looking forward to getting into bed! Combining a good bedtime routine and also a comfortable and supportive place to sleep, you will see numerous benefits to  your days, let alone to your fitness. 

What can you expect? Well I am not saying you will become a Paula Radcliffe over night, but you will have far more energy, be alert and more importantly feel rested and refreshed. I haven’t slept in the SleepBear bed for too long but I am wondering why we didn’t have memory foam before?! 

My bedtime routine. 

7pm – I will have had my dinner by this point and will be starting to think about prepping my food for tomorrow. 

7.45pm – pack my bag for work tomorrow and lay out clothes. 

8pm – get my running gear ready to grab first thing… Including socks, knickers and trainers so I don’t have to hunt for them in the dark 

8.15pm – Remove make up and have a hot bubble bath. I light candles or burn lavender oils to begin the relaxation process. 

8.45pm – I get into my pyjamas 

9pm – I might catch up on an episode of something like Big Bang Theory just to briefly switch off. Or I may use this time to chat to hubby 

9.30pm – I head up to bed and start reading a book. I sometimes light some candles to bring the lighting down and relax me. 

10pm – I dab some lavender oil on my pillow, put my book down, set my alarm, blow out the candles and turn in for the night. 

How do you sleep? Have you changed your sleeping habits for fitness? 

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25 Comments

  1. December 5, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I agree that it's important to get a good night sleep. Especially when you're working out because you want to make sure you're well rested, mind and muscles x

  2. December 5, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I recently got a new mattress and my insomnia is now at bay. I am getting a good full nights sleep (provided I go to bed ontime) and having a new mattress has helped

  3. December 5, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    This mattress sounds great. I suffer with insomnia and have a baby so sleep is very limited for me at the moment x

  4. December 5, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    It is so important to get a full nights sleep so your body can rejuvenate and heal from all you put it through during the day, especially when you are a fitness buff. Having a great mattress makes that so much easier. Memory foam is great stuff, I love it!

  5. December 5, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    It's amazing how much difference a good mattress can make to improving the quality of sleep. I need to get to bed earlier as I'm knackered although I am normally fine first thing i tend to feel the tiredness part way through the day.

  6. December 5, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I wish I could be a morning person and train before work, actually right now I wish I had motivation to train at any point! I'm in the minority when it comes to memory foam – I love an old fashioned spring mattress xx

  7. December 5, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    my sleep is so bad. my 5 month old is in a real bad patch at the moment. makes me feel so groggy for the next day when we are disturbed over night x

  8. December 6, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I don't really have sleep time habits as I always sleep quite late, but I wish I had the time to have a relaxing bath each evening x

  9. December 6, 2016 / 10:03 am

    I was saying this on my blog last year, but I'm pretty sure millennials have forgotten how to switch off and relax, which is a shame, but I guess the pressure of life is just a bit too much. I included a few things to help, like essential oils and pillow sprays, but I'm pretty sure a new mattress would have helped. In fact, I'm now in the market for a new one so this is perfect!

    – Elodie x

  10. December 6, 2016 / 10:08 am

    I have really bad sleeping habits and definitely don't get enough sleep. I need to create a similar routine to you to help me relax before going to bed!

  11. December 6, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I desperately need a memory foam mattress, I have insomnia and sleep very poorly. I will check it out.

  12. December 6, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Not using my phone for a good hour before bed has helped me to sleep so much better.

  13. December 6, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Now that I'm a lady of leisure and most days run to my own timetable my insomnia has just about disappeared. But anytime life gets stressful I need a bedtime routine otherwise I won't be able to sleep.

  14. December 6, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I am quite impressed with your routine. I just need to learn to switch off and relax x

  15. December 6, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Sounds like a good bedtime routine! If only my mummy could get that relaxed after putting me to bed. She's not left with much of an evening! 😉

  16. December 7, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I think I need a memory foam so badly. Like the sound of your bedtime routine.

  17. December 7, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Totally agree that getting a good nights sleep is important . This sounds like a very comfy mattress

  18. December 7, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    ive been having bad nights sleep for the past few weeks and i do need a new mattress. will look into this 🙂

  19. December 8, 2016 / 12:37 am

    I have always had insomnia sine i got married.. and then we changed our mattress. I swear my insomnia just vanished. A good night sleep truly depends on a comfy bed!

  20. April 3, 2017 / 4:33 am

    Absolutely concur that getting a decent evenings rest is imperative . This sounds like an extremely comfortable sleeping cushion
    RestJudge

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