As the New Year is now in full swing, I thought I’d do a post on how important it is to get a GOOD night sleep. After all the parties, late nights, early starts and constant plans, I can’t be the only one that feels they want to curl up in bed and hibernate for a few weeks watch Peaky Blinders instead of going back into work and our extra busy lifestyles. (BTW, who is watching that series? I can’t stop binge watching it, I don’t know why I like watching people getting beaten up so much slash it slightly scares me but I can’t stop send help)
I think we all underestimate how important it is to sleep well and how many aspects of our lives it can affect if we’re consistently not getting enough. It’s too often that at 6am when you’re waking up for work you can hardly open your eyes and swear to yourself you’ll go to bed early that night, but come 11pm you’re still tagging your pals in every meme that relates to absolutely everyone in the whole world saying ‘Omg that’s SO us!’ or online shopping for clothes you don’t need. Will we ever learn?!
If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s feeling tired at work. Getting a good sleep sets you up for the day and enables you to be productive. If you’re tired, it’s so hard to concentrate and you can often find yourself slacking or being slow as your energy levels are effected. But for the athletic ones, sleep is so important and having a good one at that! Has anyone ever had a good workout on hardly any sleep?! My bf actually proof read this for me whilst we were dying doing cardio in the on like 4/5 hours sleep and the answer was a big fat NO. In some studies sleep has been proven to enhance athletic performance as your reaction times, energy levels and functionality is overall greater on a longer sleep, and who doesn’t want that when we’re trying to smash our goals in the gym?!
But the question is, what does it take to get a good sleep? I’ve done a post on a good night’s sleep before, but as it’s such an important factor, I thought I’d try and drill more facts into ya if you weren’t bored enough already. As mentioned before, I’m almost 100% sure that we all either flick through our phones, watch TV or go on our laptops before bed. I find that as I’m so busy during the day, then straight to the gym, then cooking dinner after that, before bed is the only time I really check my phone. This isn’t a good thing though as it means our brains are still working over time instead of resting and preparing to get some shut eye. Phone screens are so hard on your eyes with the bright lights, so I know it’s so hard, but instead of getting stuck into your phones, try and put it on silent, and settle down with a book or just close your eyes early! If you have a dim light in your room this will help.
Another key aspect to a good night’s sleep is having the right comfy mattress and duvet. I have a duck feather duvet as I get so cold, so this duvet wraps right around you and sits quite heavy. I much prefer this to a cotton duvet as I don’t stay as warm with these. And we all know, no matter the weather you can’t sleep without a duvet. Even when its boiling hot summer weather (i.e. 10 degrees in the UK xx) your legs CANNOT be out the duvet. I also have a lot of pillows around which is weird as I often wake up in the morning to find myself sleeping straight on the mattress, which leads me to the next key feature of a good night’s sleep – a good quality, comfy, pressure-point soothing mattress!
Choosing the right mattress is so important but also quite a difficult task. If only you could pop to John Lewis and have a sleep on each mattress brand for a night just to see which you like best! It’s difficult to judge how comfy a mattress is going to be from looking online but it’s definitely something that you should take time over choosing. I’ve been getting a sore back from a dodgy mattress and so I knew it was definitely time for a change. It couldn’t have been more perfect timing for Leesa to get in touch for a collaboration. They so very kindly offered me a chance to receive one of their mattresses and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Leesa mattresses have a lot of qualities that can help to provide you with an amazing night’s sleep, and it’s an extra special brand as it has a few special aspects that I’ve never seen done before.
Before I received the mattress I made sure I read all the reviews on the website, and a lot of reviews stated how the mattress has helped with joint pain and any aches. This was really important to me as I’ve been getting back pain and lots of muscle aching from sleeping on my bf’s dodgy mattress (soz Sam). Before I go into my thoughts on my Leesa (i’m calling it that, because it’s now my baby) I’ve just highlighted the special aspects of Leesa that encouraged me to have one.
- The mattress has 3 layers of foam which adjust to your body to provide optimum support and comfort. It provides pressure relief to help your body rest and recover from your day to day life which is absolutely ideal for me, as I’m sure you’ve all experienced muscle soreness from the gym or working out. The top 2 foam layers adapt to all body types and any sleeping style so you can be sure to be comfortable at all times.
- How the mattress is delivered is quite special in itself – it’s wrapped up in an air tight bag and as soon as you open it – it expands! It takes up to an hour for the mattress to completely expand and then a few days for it to firm up to it’s final stage. I’ve put pics of each stage at the bottom. *Apologies for my boyfriends dodgy wall art in the pics, they came with the flat and have no relevance to lovefromlaurie.com* LOL.
- The most unique aspect of Leesa is their social impact programme (One-Ten donation programme). For every 10 mattresses they sell, they donate one to homeless charities, and help to support local and national organisations which I think is really special. Their website highlights the horrible statistics of homelessness (275,000 people have approached their local authorities for homeless assistance in the last year) and if you click here you can check out the ways they have donated their mattresses and done their bit to help the community which is extra special.
Now my thoughts on Leesa… LITCH HEAVEN. My body is so thankful for this mattress. It expanded within a day to it’s correct size, and it’s so firm. It’s not thin and weak like the old mattress where I could literally feel the springs digging in to my back, it’s firm, high and is so supportive of your body that it’s helped to decrease the amount of times we wake up in the night and I have definitely had less muscle soreness.
Honestly, the only negative thing I can say is that it makes it 10 x harder to get out of bed in the morning, I literally want to stay in bed all day. Joking aside I couldn’t be more thankful for Leesa, it’s the new best friend in my life (how sad can I get x). Pricing wise, a UK Double retails at £590, but amazingly Leesa let you trial the mattress for at least 100 days so you can be sure you’ve made the right choice. I don’t think this is that expensive for such a good quality mattress considering they can be up in their thousands.
If you’re thinking of getting a new mattress, which you should do every 5-10 years, I recommend this 1000%. I am trying to encourage my whole family to get them too!
If you do make the purchase – check out via this link and you will receive a massive £80 off, as Leesa kindly set this up for my lovely followers.