Sleep – you can’t live with it (ok, during) and you can’t live without it! It’s an everyday essential that we all have to embrace and structure our day around. Everyone’s sleep experience is different, but the average adult needs 7-9 hours a night so best to make it a good one.
I think I have quite an unusual relationship with sleep; I don’t really rate it much. I know I need to sleep, but it wouldn’t be my first choice way to spend my time. For most people, a lie-in is top of their list for the weekend, but it’s very rare for me to stay in bed past 7.30am. I’m such a fidget, and always have a long list of things to do so I guess that’s what drives my get up and go attitude. My general attitude to sleep has been that it’s a waste of my time, but I know this needs to change! To re-evaluate my relationship with sleep, I’m looking at my sleep behaviour with the help of eve’s hybrid mattress – with pocket springs and memory foam, it’s got the best of both worlds!
Jersey Bedding from eve
Jack & I have been together for almost 8 years now after meeting at University, and I’m sure any couple will tell you that sleep can be an important factor in a relationship. We lived in a shared house before, but it’s been just the two of us in our 1 bedroom London flat for 3 years and if one of us doesn’t sleep properly, it can quite easily effect both of us.
Jack definitely needs a lot more sleep than I do – he can sleep undisturbed for 10 hours whereas I am eager to get out of bed after 5 or 6. Although I don’t need a lot of sleep, I’m usually the first to fall asleep; as soon as my head hits the pillow or on the sofa watching a film! (oops!) Once I’m dreaming, I’m in my own world and have a few annoying sleep habits – fidgeting, talking about random things and snoring (poor Jack). I can have full on conversations in my sleep but I never remember, and sometimes I talk about things that I didn’t know I knew – e.g. Kerosine. (It’s a fuel, apparently.)
Maybe my non-plus attitude to sleep comes from being a nocturnal animal in a past life? I’m a night owl (bad habits from my Uni days) working best at night, but since I’ve been Freelance I’m making more of an effort to start my day earlier, waking up at 7am most days now (yep, even on the weekends). As I’m not really a morning person I have found it quite a struggle to be honest and things take me a lot longer, so I’ll ease myself in with things that don’t take too much creativity e.g. emails and posting on Instagram and then increase the pressure as the day goes on.
Good vs bad
As I get older, I’m starting to realise the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Think of it this way; our body repairs itself as we sleep, so if you want to be at your best you need to invest (unintentional rhyme there ha). As with a lot of things in life, it’s about quality not quantity! I don’t want to have dark eye bags and wrinkles when I’m older, and I’d like to make the most of my energy and youth whilst I’m 28!
My Grandad has a similar attitude to sleep, and he always says: ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead.’ But one bad nights sleep a week can affect our health in the long run, and a recent study revealed that people that don’t sleep a lot, tend to have shorter lives. So with that in mind, I think you’d agree that it’s time to make some positive changes! I’m enjoying learning a bit more about sleep myths – the eve Instagram stories are good for this btw.
ZZZ for thought
When I’ve had a good night’s sleep I can really feel the difference in my brain functionality and creativity. I’m faster, focused and more enthusiastic, which drives a lot of my idea generation process because if I’m not feeling something I can become distracted very easily.
So what is a good night’s sleep? Well of course it’s different for everyone but for me, it’s not being able to remember anything. I don’t dream often, but when I do I always wake up feeling weird and out of control. I think this is because during the day my brain is running at 100mph – I’m usually thinking about 10 things at once e.g. what I’m doing now, what I’m going to do in 2 minutes, what I’m doing next week, what I should have done last night etc. Whilst I’m asleep I need that time for my brain to just chill because when I’m awake I’m thinking about the past, present and future whilst they all constantly change. Apparently this is typical ENFP behaviour – we’re over thinkers.
I’m hoping that the eve hybrid mattress will help me (and therefore Jack) fully embrace a better sleep, which will in theory make me healthier, happier and more productive in life. I know, I know – buying a mattress is some serious adulting points, but it’s still fun to unwrap and watch it inflate before your eyes:
As I never lie-in and just chill in bed, I hadn’t really put any effort into decorating our bedroom so I took the opportunity to give it a bit of rainbow inspired TLC. It’s amazing what a beautiful rug and a few fun cushions (all from IKEA btw) can do to add pops of colour in our white rented flat!
eve believe that every great day starts the night before – with a great sleep! I’m hoping that with my new attitude to sleep and subliminal advertising from my Anthony Burrill print, I’ll ‘get more answers’ and boost my creativity to the max. This is just the beginning of my sleep journey, so I’ll report back to let you know how I’m getting on.
Until then, sweet dreams!