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30 Days To Better Sleep With Bed Guru | #ChooseSleep | Lifestyle

December 17, 2018

30 Days To Better Sleep With Bed Guru | #ChooseSleep | Lifestyle

December 17, 2018

 

*This post is sponsored by Bed Guru.

I don’t know what has happened to me over the last six months or so, but my sleeping pattern is ABSOLUTELY awful. 

As I work from home I find it so hard to switch off. It’s so easy to stay up late at night working or to grab my laptop and go back to work if someone emails me with something urgent. I don’t really get a lot of downtime and when I do, it’s spent worrying about all the stuff I could be doing to earn money.

Because of this, I find that when I’m lying in bed trying to sleep my mind is worrying about everything else it could be doing. Most nights this goes on for hours before I am finally able to get some rest.

When I do fall asleep it’s normally uninterrupted, but there are some occasions where I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and start scrolling through Instagram or answering emails. It’s awful I know, but the first thing I do when I wake up is grab my phone as it’s right next to me.

The Bed Guru #ChooseSleep Challenge

When The Bed Guru got in touch and asked if I wanted to take part in a challenge that would help me improve my sleep in just 30 days, I honestly couldn’t say yes fast enough. My work-life balance is so important to me and I feel like my mental health is a massive part of that, and something I really want to improve as we going the New Year.

They promised that after 30 days of following their advice and tracking my habits using their handy little chart, I’d see a massive difference in my sleep and feel happier and healthier.

So, what is the #ChooseSleep challenge? 

The challenge is designed to improve your mental health and your physical health, at the same time as helping you feel less fatigued and increasing your productivity. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, based on their research and changing a few habits, 30 days is apparently all it takes. Luckily, I’ve put it to the test for you AND I’ve recorded my experience week by week to let you know if anything has changed.

The things that the challenge suggests you change are: 

  • Going to bed at a similar time each day (I find this very hard as it’s unpredictable what time I’ll finish work)
  • Exercising daily, but not right before bed
  • Not drinking caffeine after 2 pm (this is okay for me, as I don’t drink caffeine)
  • Avoiding having a nightcap
  • Keeping your room dark and below 18 degrees (I’ve had to fight with my boyfriend over the heating for this one)
  • Banning all electronic devices an hour before bed
  • Eating no later than a couple of hours before bed (Again, this has been incredibly difficult as I love having chocolate in bed)

Alongside these changes, I had a simple form to fill out every morning that asked me to track how long I slept, the quality of the sleep, how I felt in the morning and a couple of other bits that reflect the points above.

My Results

Week 1

To be quite honest, I didn’t notice much of a difference after week one. I kind of felt a little bit happier each morning when I woke up, but at this point, I think I was just feeling frustrated that I was breaking my routine of watching TV in bed with a bar of chocolate.

I was also finding it hard to exercise every day as this wasn’t something I was used to. I had to find a way to work it into my routine that meant I wasn’t losing any time working, which as I am ALWAYS working, was very very difficult.

Week 2

Week 2 I started to notice a few changes and I was definitely waking up feeling a lot happier and ready to go, but I was still struggling to fall asleep. I found that not having my phone actually meant that I was just lying in bed thinking absolutely everything and anything, which is just as bad when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Week 3

By the time week 3 rolled around I was really able to notice the difference in my mood when waking up. Normally I would scroll on my phone for an hour or so before getting out of bed, but by this point, I was waking up with so much energy I wanted to get up pretty much straight away. Obviously, this has done wonders for cutting down how late I am working each night as I was starting at least an hour earlier each day.

I still, however, was struggling to fall asleep at night.

Week 4

By week 4 I was starting my mornings pretty much as soon as I woke up and I was feeling much happier and healthier in my self. My productivity in the mornings had definitely improved and I felt that it made an impact on my overall work-life balance as I was able to stop work at 6 pm most nights – something I haven’t been able to do for at least 6 months.

In terms of falling asleep easier at night, I think 30 days would have been a bit of a miracle to change. It’s been something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember, so I reckon if I keep up the #ChooseSleep habits it will definitely fix in time (as I did see some slight improvements some nights).

Overall

Overall, I am so glad that I took part in the in The Bed Guru #ChooseSleep challenge as it has made so much difference to the way I feel in a morning. Although it wasn’t necessarily what I set out to change, it has already made such a huge impact on my life and I’m feeling so much happier for it.

How Can You Take Part In The #ChooseSleep Challenge?

To download your own version of the challenge and to take part, you can visit The Bed Guru website here.

 

Let me know if you take part in the challenge as I’d love to hear your results too! 

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

Working together, we can change the way that travel looks today

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If there is anything that should on my America packing list (either Trek America or Walt Disney World), let me know now so I don’t forget it. And yes, before anyone says, I do have my passport 😂😇
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I haven’t had short hair since I was in secondary school, so naturally I was scared to have to have so much off - especially as I would use my hair as a bit of a security blanket when taking photos. I’m still not *100%* in love with, but my hair feels much healthier and I’m definitely feeling a little more confident 👏🏻🙌🏻
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The tour will take us to some incredible places, including Washington, Philadelphia, Shenandoah, Ocoee, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Destin Beach and Orlando. Once we reach Orlando, we’ll be staying for 8 whole days where we’ll be going to Disney, Universal and the Kennedy Space Centre. .
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Although I only spent a couple of hours in Bosnia and Mostar, I definitely want to go back to explore more of this beautiful country. ✈️
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What country surprised you the most?
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P.S. I think this is my *favourite* photo of me ever 🙌🏻
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Although I talk a lot about the problems plus size people face when they travel, I wanted to go that one step further and show it in a way that would make EVERYONE want to listen. With such a long list of images I wanted to create, a couple of months ago I hired an incredible designer (@creatiffy_) to help create them for me. She has done an INCREDIBLE job, as I feel they really get across how we may feel when we're travelling  even if we don't say it outloud. Whether it's being worried you won't fit on a ride or awkwardly laughing off that a tray table doesn't fit, deep down we're thinking something completely different to what we may be saying or doing.
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