How is your relationship with your bed lately?
Is it a love-hate relationship?
If you struggle often with insomnia, restlessness, or bedtime anxiety, I don’t blame you if your bed hasn’t exactly been your BFF. It's impossible to enjoy spending time in a place that causes stress and negative emotions. It's like spending time with a person who's emotionally draining.
CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BED
I want to talk to you about changing your relationship with your bed, because you're going to spend one-third of your life in that sucker! Your attitude toward your bed can, surprisingly, improve your sleep quality.
Do a quick inventory of your bed right now.
Are your sheets soft?
Are the blankets cozy?
Does your pillow give you the support your need?
Does your bedding invite you in and make you want to hibernate?
If not, it’s time to invest in some quality bedding. Now don't worry, you don't have to spend a fortune on nice sheets and blankets. I recently bought a really soft and cozy microfiber blanket from Amazon for $24.99. I do suggest buying a good quality pillow, and finding a company that offers a trial period, so you can sleep on it for a few nights before deciding. (Online companies like Endy offer a 60-Day return policy. You can read my Endy pillow review here.)
Your bed should be amazingly comfortable! You should crawl under the covers every night and let out a happy sigh.
So, when selecting new bedding, ask yourself, Will this make me happy sigh?
If the answer is yes, it's a winner!
MAKING YOUR BED YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
The other thing I want to talk about is lounging in your bed in the morning. I'm a big fan of spending a little extra time awake in my bed before I start my day. I will resist the urge to press snooze, and instead, grab my phone to scroll through Instagram or watch funny Jimmy Fallon videos on YouTube. Whatever you choose, make it positive. Don't start your day watching negative news stories or checking your work email.
It's a wonderful way to start the day, and the slow transition will help you feel more awake than cramming-in 10 minutes of low-quality sleep.
Your bed has been a place of struggle, unrest, and anxiety for too long. It should be your favourite place in the world. When you get in to your bed in the evening, I want you to say out loud, “I love my bed.”
Letting out a happy sigh helps too. I do it every night.