Regular readers will know I’m an early bird. I always see times beginning with a 5. Sometimes I even see times beginning with a 4 (I really don’t want to see those times!). For early birds, it’s even more important that the sleep we are actually getting is good quality sleep.
So how do you get a good night’s sleep? There’s lots of sensible advice around, like not using your phone in bed, a calming bedtime routine (yes, for adults as well as kids!) and a regular bedtime. But don’t forget one of the most important things at all – the thing you’re sleeping on, your mattress.
A bad mattress is something a lot of people put up with. I know I did! They’re expensive things and they never seem to be a priority. Earlier this year, we got a new mattress and it made such a difference. OK, I’m still waking up too early, but it made bed a far more comfortable and inviting place to be. And it made me realise just how bad our 13 year old mattress had got.
A recent article on the Huffington Post shared the results of a four year study on mattresses and sleep. It concluded that the right mattress is essential for getting a good, pain-free night’s sleep.
Theoretically, we spend a third of our life asleep (although in my case it’s barely a quarter), so it makes sense that a mattress would have a big impact on how we sleep. We give careful consideration to our posture and how we sit during the day, so we should really think about our posture and comfort during the night too.
It can be hard to find the right mattress for your own needs, but looking online at shops like Bedstar is a great place to start. Having a new mattress has helped improve the leg pain I’ve suffered from over the last couple years and can help with back and neck pain too.
When choosing your mattress, take the Goldilocks approach – not too hard and not too soft! Test them out by lying on them, because that’s the only way you will know what’s right for you. When I found the right mattress for me, I just knew it was the one. Now I really look forward to going to bed. I just wish I could manage to stay there a bit longer!
This post was written in collaboration with Susanne Wang.