This is a collaborative post with Bed Guru.
Sleep…who needs it? Well, we all do, we’re so tired these days because sleep doesn’t always come easily to us. Regular readers of my blog will know I’ve been speaking a lot about my health this month, not just physical but mental and financial health too. One aspects of our health that I think is often overlooked is our quality of sleep. Parents, in particular those of small children, usually have first hand experience of just how a bad night sleep, being up late with the kids can really affect us.
Bed Guru a brand specialising in sleep,have put together a clean sleeping guide to help us try and make a conscious effort to get seven to eight hours sleep a night. This, I find, is sometimes easier said than done. I do think the first step is ensuring you have a good, comfortable and quality mattress. This will ensure your body gets the support and rest it needs whilst you’re sleeping. Clean sleeping is something I really want to make a conscious effort to do throughout 2017.
My sleep pattern has always been all over the place. I can have a good few weeks getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. It’s not unbroken, my bladder can’t handle that these days, another thanks to carrying a baby, but it’s generally good sleep. Then I’ll go through weeks of lack of energy and feeling tired all of the time. This, usually, is in the Winter as that is usually when my health is at it’s lowest. Because I’m not getting out as much, excising enough or eating right, it affects my energy levels which mean I’m usually snoozing by eight thirty, however, it’s never that deep, fulfilling sleep. It’s broken and I’ll find myself up and down, waking constantly and just feeling tired in the morning. This can really put a downer on the rest of the day.
Then of course there are those days when I get barely any sleep, bordering on insomnia and sleep deprivation is horrible. It makes working, parenting, living and that’s when I feel the mombie transformation taking hold of me. This stage is usually the shortest, thankfully, and is then recovered by a week or so of the unbroken sleep before finally getting back to the nice, regular sleep again. This is a pattern I’ve had since being a teen although I can’t say I’ve gotten used to it.
I am naturally a morning person so getting up early doesn’t really bother be, and naturally I will be more tired in the evening but I’d like to try and make it until at least ten. I notice a significant difference in my quality of sleep when I’ve gone to bed a little later in the evening. I really wanted to learn more about my sleep quality so that I can improve it and improve another aspect of my health. I’ve been using this gorgeous Rose Gold Misfit Shine 2 sleep tracker. I love how easy it was to connect to my iPhone through a free app which shows me how active I am and helps to track my sleep.
Here are a few of my top tips to help you try and relax, switch off and get a better night sleep each night.
- Exercise. Even if it’s first thing in the morning and only for 20 minutes, it helps me feel more energised throughout the day and my sleep is always better. I’m then more willing to get up and do it again the next day.
- Drink more water. Honestly, it does help. Drinking two litres of water makes my body feel refreshed.
- Eat better food. Food that is rich in iron is particularly good for helping your energy levels throughout the day. Hopefully this will keep you awake for at least an hour after the kids have gone to bed.
- Try some evening stretches. This can be to help cool the body down, relax the muscles and wind you down.
- Switch off electronics half an hour before bed and leave that phone alone. Pick up a book instead.
- Track your sleep. I was a gorgeous rose gold Misfit Shine 2 tracker which connects to my phone and monitors my sleep and activity.
You can find some more great tips on Clean Sleeping here – making a concious effort to get 7 to eight hours sleep a night.
Disclaimer: I received the Misfit Shine 2 to help me track my sleep in exchange for this post.