Most of us know that eating well and getting enough exercise are both great ways to look after our wellbeing. However, sleep is just as essential, and an often-overlooked aspect of looking after our overall health. Whether you struggle to fall asleep, you need a little extra comfort and support in bed, or you suffer from symptoms of stress and anxiety, find a solution to help you on the journey to better sleep and better wellbeing with Sleepseeker.
The Mental Health Foundation revealed that six in ten people say their sleep suffers when they are stressed. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to understand how you can reduce feelings of stress and learn to switch off, giving you the best possible chance of getting a good night’s sleep when your head hits the pillow.
Different solutions work better for different people; there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to achieving an improved sense of wellbeing. That’s why we have put together this collection of products designed specifically to help relax your senses and improve overall wellbeing so that whatever you need help with, Sleepseeker has got you covered.
Prioritise Healthy Sleep Habits
Meeting our sleep needs of 7-9 hours a night is fundamental to our mental health. We can't force ourselves to get to sleep, but we can implement some great habits to make it easier to relax and unwind which should help sleep come more easily. The best way to do this is to create a sleep routine that works for the time you have. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long ritual, just a few things that work for you at bedtime, that signal to your body and mind that it’s time to switch off.
Perhaps you like to get into a warm and cosy bed; switching on an electric blanket half an hour before bedtime could become part of your nightly routine, allowing you to feel toasty and ready to sleep when you climb into bed. Or it might be that soothing scents are more your thing. Try a naturally scented pillow protector to add a calming aroma to your sleep space, signalling to your mind that it’s time to unwind for the day. Another way to incorporate a great habit into your bedtime routine is to read. It’s well known that devices such as TVs, phones and tablets emit a blue light that can interfere with our natural sleep cycle. Instead, why not read a few pages of a book to help you relax before lights out? You can choose a supportive V-shape pillow or mouldable and huggable body pillow to get into a comfy position to delve into your favourite bedtime book.
Pay Attention To Your Posture
Mental health is not all in your head, it’s anchored in the body too so being conscious of your posture can also influence your sense of wellbeing. An uncomfortable sleep position can have a negative impact on the rest you get and affect your ability to function the following day. Take the time to find the perfect pillow for your sleep position and this could dramatically improve the quality of your sleep, meaning you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face whatever the day brings.
If you like to spend time in bed sat up reading or perhaps doing some work on your laptop, it’s wise to invest in a good supportive pillow to ensure you’re propped up adequately to avoid aches and pains from being sat in a poor position. V-shaped pillows and large body pillows are ideal for this; not just for pregnancy, these versatile pillows offer unrivalled support for back, leg and neck pain and can be used however you feel most comfortable.
Take Time For Yourself
Our days are often hectic and sometimes it’s easy to forget about looking after our own wellbeing. Bedtime is an ideal opportunity to take some time for yourself. As we’ve learnt, establishing some nightly habits can be beneficial in helping you relax and unwind from the day’s stresses. By setting aside some time for yourself, you’re making sure that even if it’s only for ten minutes a day, you have an opportunity to really improve your feeling of wellbeing.
Introducing a weighted blanket to your sleep space is a naturally calming way to boost relaxation. Proven to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, the blanket applies a gentle pressure to the body which relaxes the nervous system, lowering blood pressure and increasing levels of serotonin. Other health benefits of weighted blankets include improving the symptoms of depression, PTSD, restless leg syndrome and fibromyalgia – so they really are a valuable tool in your journey to better wellbeing.
Inhale Calming Scents
Creating a sleepy place to lay your head can be made easier if you introduce some soothing scents to your bed. Sleepseeker’s wellbeing collection includes products that have been subtly scented with aromas that have scientifically proven health benefits for encouraging restfulness and relaxation whilst reducing levels of stress and anxiety. Choose from a range of products containing these tried and tested fragrances and you’ll be breathing in all that calming scent as you drift off to sleep.
You can’t talk about sleep-inducing scents without mentioning lavender. This bedtime heavyweight is known to lower your heart rate and has also been shown to lower skin temperature, which is essential for nodding off. Lavender has also become a go-to scent for helping with anxiety. The fact it lowers your heart rate in turn slows your breathing, directly interrupting your fight-or-flight response (parasympathetic nervous system) and reducing anxious symptoms.
The warm and comforting scent of vanilla has a long history of use for relaxation and stress relief. Vanilla can have sedative effects on the body; it can reduce restlessness, ease the nervous system and lower blood pressure. It can also help to relieve anxiety and depression and provide an uplift in mood to help you wake up feeling positive for the day ahead.
Known for wellbeing, CBD is a non-psychoactive component present in the hemp plant and can help to reduce anxiety and stress. Including a CBD infused pillowcase in your sleep space could mean you feel the benefits that have been reported, such as falling asleep more quickly, staying asleep longer, and feeling more rested in the morning as a result.
Introducing Sleepseeker’s Wellbeing Collection
Unwind and create a sense of calm whilst naturally easing stress and anxiety with this effective range of wellbeing products from Sleepseeker. Find something that you look forward to as part of your nightly routine that gently guides you towards sleep. It really is that simple to make a start on implementing healthy wellbeing habits, and subtle changes can make a big difference. If you’re unsure, please get in touch with us. Our experienced customer service team will be happy to listen to your concerns and help you choose the best solution for your needs.