Sleep is something we know we need, but sometimes feel like there isn’t enough time. With all the life pressures that come with this day and age, there aren’t enough hours to get everything done; working, cooking, cleaning, washing up and sleeping. Modern life is filled with so many distractions that we are missing out on looking after our basic needs, one of them being sleep.

Why is sleep so important?

Research shows that if you don’t get enough sleep during the night, that it can heavily impact both your physical and mental health. Sleep may seem like an inconvenience, but the more you invest in your health, and especially your sleep, the better equipped you will feel to be able to do what you need to do.

When is a good time to go to bed?

According to the Sleep Council, over a third of the British public have a bedtime of around 10-11pm. This makes sense, as many of us spend our evenings in front of the tv, watching the soaps and going to bed after the news. This is a suitable time to go to bed, as this is when your body starts to get tired.

The temperature of your body also drops around 10-11pm, along with your stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol drops to allow your body to relax and drift off to sleep, and you may find that if you have insomnia and find it difficult to get to sleep, your cortisol level may be too high. However, it is not beneficial to force yourself to go to sleep! Your body needs to be ready to sleep, so if you don’t feel tired until 1 am, or if feel tired at 8 pm, listen to your body and act on what is right for you!

Related: What is a Normal Bedtime for Your Child?

Finding the best mattress for you

Sometimes, going to sleep at a different time to your partner can be difficult. You get into bed, drift off and wake up when they get into bed. However, there are mattresses available to help prevent your partner waking you up when they get into bed, and vice versa!

For example, pocket spring mattresses are designed so each individual spring contours your body. So when there is pressure applied to each spring, it only indents in that one specific place and there is no follow-on effect to the other springs around it. Therefore, if you are on one side of the bed and your partner clambers in, they will not wake you up as their pressure on the springs will not affect the ones you are lying on. The same goes for combination mattresses, that are made in the same way as the pocket spring mattresses, except there is also memory foam within the mattress.

With these in mind, why not come down to your nearest store where we can help you find the perfect mattress for you, and have a cup of tea or coffee while you’re at it?