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5 Ways of Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Leesa*

Leicester, UK

Sleep is just as important to us at getting daily exercise. It’s recommended that as adults we need at least 6 hours of sleep a night to recharge our batteries and so getting a good night’s sleep is vital. I know my physical and mental health benefits from a good night’s sleep and I need to be able to fully unwind in the evenings, especially once the evenings draw in slightly earlier.

A 2006 survey by the Sleep Council called ‘Grumpy Old Women’ found that one in 10 people attribute poor sleep to a bad bed. Since receiving a new Leesa mattress around a month ago, I have experienced a far better night’s sleep and I wanted to help you by giving you my tips for a better night’s sleep. `

Get Yourself A Great Mattress.
Although getting a mattress isn’t cheap, it’s worth every penny for a good night’s sleep. I’ve been sampling the Leesa Mattress* for a month now and it’s genuinely changed my sleeping habits. Even if I’ve been away from my bed for a night, I can’t wait to get back into bed thanks to my new mattress.

The mattress has a top layer of Avena foam making all the difference to other mattresses. It’s a responsive material that allows airflow through the mattress for a cooler nights sleep, and provides enough bounce for freedom of movement. The Leesa mattress has a unique combination of three foam layers that adapts to the body of each individual, providing optimal support and comfort for you. I also love that Leesa is a local brand, they’re made in Derbyshire! It’s a really easy mattress to set up, it takes a couple of hours for the mattress to fully expand so you can sleep on it the day it arrives.

Since using the Leesa mattress my aches and pains are very limited. The mattress really feels like a cloud and really does make for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Turn Your Phone Off.
I think one of the best ways of feeling more relaxed before bed is to turn off your phone. Using phones, laptops, TVs or tablets before bed delays your body’s internal clock and suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, making it more difficult to go to sleep. I like to turn off my phone over an hour before bedtime and opt for a quick episode on Netflix with the brightness dimmed very low or a few chapters of my latest book.

Have a Shower/Bath.
Before I go to bed there’s nothing quite like a bubble bath or a hot shower before getting into bed. It allows me to relax my muscles after a long day at work.

Warm Up Your PJ’s.
It’s not exactly revolutionary but putting my PJ’s on the radiator in the evening means that by the time I jump into them they’re toasty and it’s heaven!

Don’t Drink Caffeine.
It’s hard not to drink tons of hot drinks this time of year but caffeine isn’t great before bed. A study found that consuming caffeine up to six hours before bed significantly worsened sleep quality. If you are like me and need a hot drink then Chamomile and Lavender are some of your best options.

I wonder what your tips are for a great night’s sleep?

This post is in collaboration with Leesa who kindly gifted me a mattress in return for an honest review. Once you have purchased your mattress and if for any reason it doesn’t help your sleep within 100 nights, Leesa will donate your mattress to a charitable organisation and provide a full refund. You can find out more about the Leesa mattress and order your own here.


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