This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and as you know mental health is something I talk about frequently and also deal with (and have dealt with) for quite a long time now. My main problem has always been anxiety, but recently this has lead from other things such as stress, pressure and horrendous sleep patterns (caused by stress.. pressure… and anxiety).Tempur® have conducted their first ever Mental Health survey associated with Mental Health Awareness Week, which looks at the effects of sleep on our mental health and wellbeing, and to be honest some of the results are shocking, yet rather relatable for me (and likely to be quite relatable for some of you).
One of my biggest problems at the moment is not being able to switch off from work, how about you? I’ve been a full timer now for just over 6 months, and as much as I love my job, I’m scrolling through emails and dealing with queries until gone 11pm sometimes.
It usually takes me a good hour to drift off to sleep as we always watch TV before bed and I’m always on my phone, so I go straight from bright screens to pitch black. I can’t get away from it! The Tempur® survey showed that 58% of people watch TV before bed, and 27% check emails/messages… I totally fit into both of those. For me I think it feels like I have some sort of closure on the day so I can wake up fresh, but it doesn’t stop me from waking up in the middle of the night remembering about something I forgot to do…
It probably comes from the added responsibility which is all part of life, but all it’s currently doing is making me so tired by the time I get to Friday.
Can anyone then guess what happens at the weekend? I SLEEP ALLLL WEEKEND. According to the survey by Tempur®, 25% of people said they had poor or inconsistent sleep, and although you could look at that meaning inconsistent throughout the night, I see it as no sleep through the week and sleep all weekend. I pretty much burn out by Friday and need the weekend to recover, then I end up sleeping too much. Is that even a thing?!
A final thing that I struggle with is not being comfortable. I toss and turn most nights and I think it’s because I just can’t get where I want. I’ve been living with Jimmy (and begrudgingly sharing a bed) for nearly 2 years now, and to be honest as much as we love each other… it is horrid. We are considering a new mattress soon and the Tempur® survey showed that 7 in 10 brits would consider a new mattress to be an investment to their physical/mental health. To be honest I feel the same about pillows – sometimes you just need a new one, don’t you? I suffer with back and neck pain so maybe a new mattress and pillows should be on the cards.
SO WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?
I think it’s obvious that I need to have a screen break before bed… I reckon an hour would do it. For me reading is a good place to start, or perhaps 30 minutes of meditation/listening to calming apps to just soothe me a little. The survey said that 26% of people tried meditation to improve sleep quality, and even though 51% tried exercise… that’s just not my bag.
I think organisation would help me too and a little more self discipline. It doesn’t help that I have such easy access to work emails, but don’t we all now with technology these days? I want to try and leave everything in the office when I physically leave the office, so I’m thinking about taking my work emails away from my phone. In some ways it’s like I’m putting pressure on myself and causing stress and anxiety.I definitely think investing in a new mattress would be a good idea too – something a little softer for my back and some new pillows that I could literally melt into… sounds good doesn’t it?
Whats your sleeping pattern like? Do you struggle to get your 40 winks or do you manage to get straight off? I’d love to know in the comments, and if you’ve got any advice or tips for me then do let me know!
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*This post is in conjunction with TEMPUR® but all thoughts are my own*