*This post was created in collaboration with Leesa, who provided a double Leesa Mattress for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sleep is one of my favourite things quite honestly. The feeling of being recharged after a good nights sleep sets me up for a productive day. Sleep is also something that really affects my anxiety, so getting in 7-8 hours is quite important for my mental health. So when Leesa got in contact asking if I wanted to review one of their mattresses I thought it was the collaborations of dreams – quite literally!
Leesa is not just another mattress company. As I read up further about them I learnt that they give back to the world for every mattress sold. They donate one mattress for every 1 in 10 sold, as well as partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress sold. How amazing is that!
I have seen a lot of adverts for mattresses that arrive in a box, and I was excited to see the Leesa Mattress did too. It was easy to unpack once I had got it up the stairs – it literally unrolled straight onto the bed frame. The whole process was 100 times easier than buying a mattress from a shop – tying it to the top of the car and pulling muscles trying to lug it up the stairs.
My first lie down on my new mattress made me realise immediately how bad my old one was. There were springs here and there and sagging in places in the old one which disturbed my sleep for years, but this new firm Leesa Mattress was a breath of fresh air.
As a freelancer I spend a lot of my time sitting down on my laptop which can result in back ache, and my old mattress was only making the pain worse. This is the first thing I noticed about my new Leesa Mattress – that it properly supported my body as I slept. At first the mattress seemed quite firm, however that’s because it allows your body to sink in to a position that is fully supportive.
So why is a good night’s sleep so important?
Mental Health. A lack of decent sleep has been linked to an increase of depression and deterioration of mental health. Over time, even small levels of sleep deprivation over time can affect your happiness and increase irritability, anxiety and clinical depression. Relationships, work and having a social life can all be affected when your mental health is affected, so it is important to try and get at least 7 hours sleep per night.
Physical Health. Do you ever feel sluggish after a lack of sleep? Do you get heavy eyes and headaches? Not getting enough sleep also affects us physically, as well as mentally. Our bodies need the chance to rest properly, and if it doesn’t have the chance to do so it can result in feeling fatigued, unmotivated and unable to be as active as usual.
Immune System. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can affect your health and immune system. A two week study which monitored the development of the common cold found that those who slept less than 7 hours at night were almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept over 8 hours. When we rest and allow our body to create a strong immune system, it results in our body being able to fight off infection easier.
Good sleep is so important to our health and being able to function as a productive human being – so don’t underestimate what those late nights could be doing to your body and mind! Get yourself a decent mattress like the Lessa, put down social media and take the time to wind down properly.
So if you’re looking for a new mattress, or you fancy a better night’s sleep every night, use the code ‘WELLNESSANDWANDER‘ while shopping for your Leesa Mattress, and you will get £100 off!