Do you remember the last time you got a good nights’ sleep?
If you’re a parent you’ll likely answer NO!
When Sealy asked me to be a Sleep Ambassador I didn’t hesitate to say a big fat YES. I love my sleep. Pre-children I was a sleep-in-till-10am’er and could drop off anywhere, pretty much anytime. I slept the entirety of a week-long roadie around Scotland and can’t count the number of times I fell asleep on my in-laws sofa before they were my in-laws.
Nowadays – well, let’s be honest, I have three children ranging in age from seven to two and a half so the span of pregnancy till present day runs exactly three thousand and twenty days – so the last run of amazing sleep was too long ago to remember. There are occasionally nights when everyone sleeps through and I wake somewhat refreshed, but mostly, I wake feeling like a Mama of three little bears who still need me in the midnight hours from time to time!
I have heard it said that you should replace your mattress every ten years, or thereabouts. When we bought our first home, we needed a bed and we needed a mattress. That same mattress was still doing OK, but both the husband and I had noticed our bodies feeling a little older, more lethargic and, well older so we had recently wondered whether that ten year mattress itch had hit and whether it was in fact time to upgrade? We also talked often, mostly after Saturday morning-all-the-family-in-the-bed-snuggle-sessions, about how lurrrrrvely it would be to have a King or even a Super King.
Did you know that six out of 10 New Zealanders say they feel exhausted during the day, simply from lack of sleep. This was one of the key findings from the Colmar Brunton* research that Sealy commissioned to support the ‘Celebration of Sleep‘ campaign.
I’m sure like me, your bed is your haven to relax and escape to. After a busy day, I need to rest, recover and recharge. And I think my bed should be a place to laugh, to dream, to reconnect. The Sealy Posturepedic Enhance bed features a unique SRxII® alternating spring technology, which senses the body’s weight and responds to provide the support your body needs, to help ensure restful sleep. This is our first experience on a bed with a base as opposed to a slat bed and after an initial adjustment period, we are both loving our new sleeping digs.
As part of my involvement in the Celebration of Sleep campaign, I was treated to a personalised consultation with a Sleep Expert from Massey University. I’ll share with you her suggestions for me over the next wee while, but one of the pieces of research that she shared was how what we do right before we sleep deeply influences our quality of rest and sleep. The survey asked “Which of the following things do you do before going to sleep” – here are the findings of that research:
So, having a great mattress and bed is key to getting a good nights’ sleep but these other factors that are a little easier and less spendy to address might be your first port of call.
In the coming weeks, I will share with you the experience I’m having of sleeping in a Sealy bed and the advice I received from the Sleep Expert, along with my experiences and honest feedback. I’ll be back in a bit.
In the meantime, how old is your mattress and do you wake up feeling refreshed or exhausted?