If you were to perform an analysis of every single post I've ever written on this blog, I'm pretty sure that the one word which I've used above all others is 'sleep'. Mostly in reference to a lack of, and nearly always teamed with the second most popular word, 'deprivation'. Hmmm, somewhat contrary to my claims that this is a family life, interiors and craft blog. Should I change my bio and call it a lack of sleep, sleep deprivation, and general moaning about seeing 5am all too regularly blog? What do you think? Catchy, right?
But it's confession time. While I've been blaming the boys for so many years, recently, they've actually started to sleep quite well. Other than the odd night here and there, they're fast asleep come 7.30pm, and in the morning? Well, other than the littlest determined to claim our super king size bed for his own, they've not been up before 6am more than a couple of times since Christmas. Some days, we even get to the holy grail that is 7am before hearing a murmur!
Life should be rosy and I most definitely shouldn't have horrendously dark circles under my eyes, should I? But I do! And do you want to know why?! It's because I'm an idiot. An idiot who seems to be heading to bed later and later, and reading in to the early hours. Getting more sleep has given me more time and energy to spend on other things and now I want to do those other things all the time instead of sleeping. And round and round in sleep-avoiding circles, I go. So, next time I deign to mention sleep deprivation on this blog, throw something at me, please.
When I do actually head upstairs, I'm lucky to have the prettiest and most comfiest bed. Here's why ...
A Leesa mattress. Back in November, I reviewed a Leesa mattress. After testing it for two weeks, I'd already noticed a difference in the quality of my sleep and how my back didn't ache quite so much first thing in the morning. Leesa offer a 100 night risk-free trial and, I'll be honest, I held on to our old mattress until those hundred nights passed, just in case. But there was absolutely no need as the mattress, six months on, is still a joy to sleep on (and jump on, in the case of my two little dudes).
A Snuggledown Rest and Rejuvenate duvet. The rest and rejuvenate duvet was designed for those with an active lifestyle. I initially raised my eyebrows when I was asked to test it because I associate active with sports. Then I realised that while I might not be running off to the gym on a daily basis, I am constantly on the go and, more often than not, share my side of the bed with a lively three year old. So maybe I could benefit from an innovative duvet which provides lightness, warmth and moisture management through its unique Advansa hollofil active fibre filling?
I'm not particularly au fait with duvet-speak so if you're like me and nodded along to that sentence without really understanding it, I'll simplify it in my own words ... it's like being enveloped by the softest, most sumptuous cloud. It's a joy to lie on or beneath and I bow down to Snuggledown's Norwegian heritage and expertise when it comes to all things sleep-related and creating a warm, comfortable and cosy bed. The duvet gets a massive thumbs up from me.
Secret Linen Store bedding. I have a real thing for quality, cotton bedding. I want it to be soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye. And it's not all that easy to find with more and more polyester creeping on to the market. Secret Linen Store has the nicest bedding in the sweetest of prints. Buy from there and I don't think you'll want to buy from anywhere else, ever again.
Since I started blogging, a few of my photographs have made their way in to magazines, newspapers and on other websites, which in turn prompts a few emails to land in my inbox. They always seem to start with something along the lines of being happy to come across my blog, and then they mention that they have a question, and, inevitably, that question is always where did I buy my teal, bubble-covered duvet set. Funny! Well, the secret's out ... it's this one from Secret Linen Store.
While I might not set the best example, try these three things, and I promise you a good night's sleep. You'll wake up happy, relaxed and ready for your breakfast in bed (pink, sugary doughnuts, in my case).
Thank you to Leesa and Snuggledown for providing the mattress and duvets for the purpose of this post.