The Most Beautiful Sleep Ever Made
Remember when sleep was something that just happened naturally. You’d go to bed and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed? Ahh…the halcyon days of probably my twenties…which are sadly long gone!
I’m not sure why it changed; hormones? Lifestyle? Kids? But a year ago I realised just how sleep deprived I was. Years of late night and early morning TV and radio work, coupled with two children born in quick succession, meant 8 hours uninterrupted sleep was something I could only dream of.
I was tired (literally) of having no energy, of not feeling rested, of being woken up by my energetic kids in the morning, and wanting to just roll over and go back to sleep. This was no life. And so I started to think about prioritising my sleep. Making an effort to increase the quality of it at least and get more of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Nana, I love a good glass of wine (or two), going out for dinner and drinks, and a few late nights of bingewatching our latest Netflix series.
But those things can easily scutter my plans for more zz’s quicker than you can say ‘nana nap’ if I’m not diligent. Too much of the good life, and I’m back to being a grumpy Mum in the morning.
I was encouraged to read I wasn’t the only one feeling like this after demolishing Arianna Huffington’s bestselling book, “Thrive”. I also did a 60 minutes story on Sleep Deprivation, and the dangers of letting it go on and on.
One of the great lines in Huffington’s book is that we just don’t prioritise sleep anymore. We actually wear a lack of sleep as a bit of a ‘badge of honour’ (“I only got 5 hours last night” = look at me, I’m awesome, I’m so busy and needed I don’t NEED to sleep.)
But the fact of the matter is we all feel better after a good night’s sleep. It’s our body and our brains chance to switch off and repair, preferably for a minimum of 8 hours a night. (They use sleep deprivation as a torture tactic for a reason.)
While we may all be able to still operate after a few nights of interrupted or short sleep, any more and things start to go a bit hay wire. And so, I got my husband on board to agree to a 930pm curfew. No matter what point we were at in which TV series, or out to dinner with whom ever, we would be in bed, lights out by 930. Which meant if you wanted to read a book etc.. get to bed earlier. Kind of like sleep training, for adults.
The first few nights we were racing to get there in time. It seemed there weren’t enough hours in the day to get things done. Now, but now my body starts to switch off a few minutes before that curfew and I’m straight to sleep.
We read about blue light, sugar, alcohol etc as being terrible sleep disrupters, and I’ve got rid of a lot of that in our house, but the fourth and final pillar of excellent sleep health, has got to be a Great Bed.
After 2 babies and subsequent weight changes, our old mattress had been through about as much as it could tolerate. I was having to prop myself up with extra pillows and toss and turn all night as it sank in all the wrong places, waking up stiff and sore. Despite all my best intentions and efforts to prioritise sleep, this was still hampering my efforts.
I love sleep, so it was time for the next step – a new bed! Lucky for us Kiwi’s, Sleepyhead’s brand new Sanctuary range is their best ever with it’s unique Sensorzone technology and hand-made from luxury materials. A beautiful night’s sleep is exactly what this bed promises and is exactly what youll get. Hoorah – the final piece in my sleep quest puzzle.
Now, I wake up before my kids, with no aches and pains, sometimes, I even manage a few morning yoga poses before the rest of the house rises. A good nights rest I think is as good a recharge as any massage, walk on the beach, even yoga class. To wake up and feel awake, without any aches or pains, ready for the day, is just delicious.
One of the things I love the most is the fact I don’t have any “partner disturbance”. Even when the kids jump in in the morning my body hardly moves. This bed is the best we’ve ever had. And being brand new we’re reminded intially to rotate the mattress every week, and then monthly thereafter – it’s something we should all do to keep it even and in good shape too.
I feel like the final piece in my sleep quest puzzle has been placed, and reckon right now, it’s the most beautiful sleep experience I’ve ever had, all from the comfort of my own bedroom. I might just bring that bedtime back to an even earlier one yet!
This post was made possible thanks to Sleepyhead and their beautiful new Sanctuary bed Range - truly the most beautiful sleep ever made!