Mommy Blogger shares sage sleep advice

Most parents of young children are experts on the impact of lack of sleep. Tanya Kovarsky, author of mommy blog, Rattle and Mum, says her best sleep advice is to make sure you have a comfortable Sealy mattress and Sealy pillow.

Check out Tanya’s latest blog post on the topic and enter her competition to win a Sealy Soft Touch Bamboo mattress protector and pillow protector. That’s right, in addition to Sealy’s luxurious range of new mattresses (did you know they recently received a complete redesign?), we also offer bed accessories such as mattress protectors, pillow protectors and linen.

Sealy pillows

When was the last time you replaced your pillow? Did you know you should replace your pillow at least every six months (if you sleep with an inexpensive polyester pillow) to every 36 months (if your pillow has better structural integrity). With no fewer than seven Sealy pillows available in South Africa, you will surely find a pillow to suit your requirements.

Check out our four different types of memory pillows: My CoolSmart Gel Pillow, My Gel Pillow, My Memory Pillow and My Comfort Memory Pillow. All three of these are made with Biofoam memory foam, which offers gentle comfort and prevents bacterial growth. The two Gel Pillows help reduce heat build-up.

To ensure your pillows last for up to 36 months, consider using a Soft Touch Bamboo Pillow Protector. The waterproof bamboo fabric helps keep your pillow cool and dry.

10 Things to try when you just can’t fall asleep

Pure Wow has released a sleep-inducing infographic that highlights 27 things that can be done to help you fall asleep.

What was significant is that most of these things have been featured on our Sealy blog over the years.

Here are 10 sleepiest (and easiest!) things you can do before bedtime (and many helpful links if you want more information about how to apply them):

Try these 10 Sleep Tricks

  1. Make a cup of calming chamomile tea
  2. Be kind to yourself and give yourself the gift of sleep
  3. Use essential oils such as lavender
  4. Try wearing socks to bed
  5. Get your pets out of your bedroom
  6. Write a list of all your worries
  7. Download a mindfulness meditation app such as Calm
  8. Get away from bright lights an hour before bedtime
  9. Try some bedtime yoga routines
  10. Take a warm bath

We would love to hear about your bedroom routine and what is your family’s sleep secret?

If you have a tried and tested sleep remedy that gets your whole family to bed, then please share it with us by adding it to the comments below.

What is the right amount of sleep for me?

You may have heard that you need to sleep 8 hours a night, however, it turns out that there is actually no magic number. The amount of sleep you need varies a lot from person to person.

When it comes to figuring out how much sleep you need, Sleep Expert Dr Neil Stanley told the Metro:

‘Your personal sleep need is essentially the amount of sleep that allows you to feel awake, refreshed, and focused during the following day. Very simply if you feel sleepy during the day then you are probably not, for whatever reason, getting the sleep you need during the night.’

Here is how you can find out how much sleep works for you.

**You will need to do this over a weekend or during a holiday.

  1. Prioritise sleep – make getting to bed your biggest evening priority. Do not ignore your body’s biorhythms but embrace them.
  2. Fall asleep faster – after sunset your brain releases melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone. If you jump into bed as soon as you start to feel sleepy you will fall asleep much quicker. Worry more about how you feel than what the clock says.
  3. Follow a sleep routine – Try to schedule in the same activities at the same time each evening to prepare your body for sleep. Quality sleep is often the bi-product of a predictable sleep routine.
  4. Wake up naturally – Do not set an alarm clock to wake you up but rather note your bedtime and the time of your first waking. If you fell asleep at 9.50pm and woke feeling refreshed at 5.30am then you can work out that the right amount of sleep for you is around 7,5 hours. Going forward you can set an alarm clock for this time each day.

Remember, there is a broad range of normal that varies from 6 hours – 9,5 hours of sleep per night for healthy adults. Once you know how much sleep works for you, you will be able to work backwards from your wake time to ensure you fit in the sleep you need.

For more information on sleep needs at varying ages click here.

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