So March was National Bed Month – sounds good to me! You won’t catch me denying I love my bed – admittedly I’d love it a whole lot more if it was decidedly bigger with a lovely new mattress and a baby that slept through but that’s by the by.
As part of the celebrations for National Bed Month the bods at Silentnight did a bit of research into the sleep and breakfast habits of us Brits. I’d like to say I was suprised by the discovery that we spend more time checking emails and using the internet each morning than taking care of our appearance, eating breakfast or spending time with our families. But I’m not. I’m not suprised. The internet is too damn accessible these days and I’m ashamed to admit that I’m in the 48 percent who use the internet as soon as they get up – I pretty much check my emails and social media before I’ve even rolled out of bed. That’s really bad isn’t it? Please tell me I’m not the only one?
Now that being said you wouldn’t catch me priorising my emails over eating breakfast! No chance. I’ve never been one for skipping breakfast. I can’t function without at least a decent bowl of cereal inside me. Silentnight and Warburtons have got together to show us all that eating a nutritional breakfast (a bar of chocolate and a coffee doesn’t count just so you know!) within 30 minutes of walking up could actually make a really big difference to the way you sleep. When I first read this I thought it was completely mad but actually when you think about it you can see it makes sense. Sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan expains that “When we eat breakfast within 30 – 40 minutes of rising we send an importatant message to our brain that there is adequate food in our environments creating the perfect internal chemistry for optimal sleep.”
Dr Nerina has some simple to follow advice to ensure you get a good night’s sleep:
Her advice is so simple and so obvious but I have to admit that there’s quite a lot I could do better. Our bedroom is certainly not a relaxing haven at the moment – it’s a dumping ground full of boxes, piles of dirty washing and a hungry baby . . . I’m also really bad at using my phone in bed, I really should just leave it downstairs but I use it as my alarm clock. One piece of advice that Nerina gives which I fully agree with is not to check the time when you wake during the night – in the latter stages of my pregnancy with Amy I learned to stop checking what time it was and it makes SUCH a difference. Of course now I check it every time I’m up with her as I need to know how often she’s feeding. Once we’ve got past this stage I will be going back to avoiding the time like the plague!
So – which bits of Nerina’s adice really resonate for you? And more importantly – What’s for breakfast?
*Disclaimer – Silentnight & Warburtons sent me a lovely box of breakfast goodies as a thank you for writing this post*