~ THIS POST IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SIMBA ~
While I do consider myself to be a morning person, who’s (relatively) good at the whole ‘get up and go’ thing, I have to say that I’m a bloomin’ top draw sleeper. More often than not I’m off to the land of nod before my head even touches the pillow and when I’m asleep, I’m usually out for the count. Lately I’ve found that my mind has been whirling about for much longer at night. If you’ve read this post, you’ll know that I was recently made redundant and so my anxiety has been pretty sky high, making it hard to switch off. With constant access to our work/ emails/ social media/ phones in general, it’s proving to be more and more difficult to switch off and shut down completely, meaning the struggle to sleep soundly is real.
Here’s a list of 5 things that help me to get a better night’s sleep:
Scent is one of my favourite ways to create that perfect ambience. You just can’t beat turning the lights out and lighting one of your favourite candles before getting cosy in a blanket den as the scent begins to fill the room around you. Also, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the This Works Pillow Spray – I use it religiously every evening before I go to sleep and swear by it. Another trick I’ve taken to recently is spraying diluted fabric softener in the evening, so when I get to bed everything smells fresh and basically fan-bloody-tastic (god bless Mrs Hinch). What’s your favourite scent to help you relax?
Tidy space, tidy mind
Try as I might, I’m definitely more of a maximalist than a minimalist – what can I say, I just love a good dust collector. But, I can’t stand things being a mess (yes mum you read that right. Oh how times have changed, hey?). I’m really house proud and instantly feel so much less stressed and anxious when the flat is tidy. Someone mentioned to me recently that if any job takes you less than three minutes to do, you should do it straight away and not put it off. Little things like making sure your dirty clothes are in the washing basket, your sides are free of clutter and that everything in the room has been returned to its rightful home. Quick and easy tasks that can help you relax and unwind and get that better night’s sleep. Tidy space, tidy mind and all that.
Creating a sanctuary to sleep in
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I’m a firm believer in what William Morris once said: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’. I love nothing more than getting into bed and being surrounded by some of my favourite things – my perfume bottles sitting proudly on display on my shelves, a favourite photo or getting a whiff of my diffuser (oh and being with Joe and Humph too of course!). It’s those little touches that make your house feel like a home, and help to make your bedroom feel like a sanctuary for you to rest and relax in.
Going screen free
One that we all hear repeatedly, yet it’s one that I always seem to find myself ignoring. Truthfully, I’ve always been a terror for being on my phone. When I was younger I had to put my phone in the kitchen when I went to bed, but always conveniently ‘forgot’. But, I know full well that not starting and finishing my day with my eyes glued to a screen does wonders, not only for helping me to sleep sounder, but for my general mood and wellbeing too. If you’re a technology terror like me, try to take a few simple steps such as a screen time limit or setting yourself a tv curfew to ensure that your bedroom is simply your space for sleeping (and for getting cosy with a cuppa and a good book too of course!).
Comfort is key
One thing that you need to know about me is that I take comfort seriously, particularly when it comes to my bed. I’ve been stung by buying cheap (crispy) bedding in the past, you know the old ‘buy cheap, buy twice’. I’m a sucker for H&M bedding and would own 173828428 sets if I could fit them all in my airing cupboard. When it comes to pillows, I have to say that I’m pretty picky. I bought these from Dunelm about a year ago and have been so impressed by them! We always get compliments on them whenever we have guests staying over.
Now, it goes without saying that a good mattress is essential to sleeping soundly. When I was at uni I always seemed to have a divan bed with a cheap mattress – the kind that pokes and prods you with springs as soon as you move a muscle. I soon realised that it’s definitely worth investing in your mattress and bedding in exchange for a decent night’s sleep.
Recently, Simba got in touch and kindly gifted me one of their Hybrid mattresses to review and share my thoughts with you. I’ve only ever heard amazing things about Simba, so as you can imagine I was really excited (not to mention vvv grateful) for the opportunity. Personally, I like a fairly firm mattress, but don’t want to feel like I’m sleeping on a rock – a little sink is good for me. The Simba Hybrid mattresses are a unique combination of pocket spring and memory foam that gives you the support that you need, while letting you sink into the bed just right.
I’ll let you in on a little secret; I’m a proper fidget and toss and turn no end. So, another plus is that the supportive pocket springs cradle your body from top to toe, without making you feel like you’re a baby turtle stuck on its back, unable to move. AND even better, you can’t feel the person next to you fidgeting about! Joe is absolutely thrilled let me tell you.
While I had only ever heard amazing things about Simba, I must confess that I was sceptical. We’d only had our mattress for just under four years, and Joe and I were pretty chuffed with it (plus I’m a bit of a creature of habit). I’ve also never really got on well with memory foam (for the trapped turtle feeling thing) and honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure after the first night, or even after the first week. Around 8 weeks have passed now, and I have to tell you, it’s love. Simba, you’ve proven to be one of those loves that just grows and grows and I’m sorry that I ever doubted you. I always thought I was a pretty good morning person, but nowadays I ain’t getting up for no one!
Simba offer a 100 night no obligation sleep trial, which is amazing, as if you’re like me, you could easily write something great off too soon. Meaning that you can take the time to trial it and see if it works for you. At £649 for a standard double, I understand they’re pretty spenny, but I do believe that your mattress should be an investment – after all it’s one of the places that you spend the most time, and honestly, it really does make a world of difference when it comes to sleeping soundly. They also offer a 0% finance option with a 10 year guarantee, as well as free delivery, and had I not been kindly gifted this in exchange for this post, I would definitely have paid full price and not looked back.
Do you have any tips for a good night sleep?
~ This post is part of an unpaid collaboration with Simba, in which I was kindly gifted a mattress in exchange for this review. As always, all views and photos are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small percentage of a sale if you click the links and purchase a product. ~