Health

The sweetest of dreams with Sleepbear

Our mattress is years old. In fact I have had it for longer than me and the Hubby have been together and thats now 11 years. I remember reading that a mattress should be changed every 5-7 years, so ours is definitely due an upgrade.

We have a double bed, sometimes I wish it was a king size, but in our first home together we didn’t quite have the space. Our bed also cost us a lot of money, as it is solid oak and we bought it to last. Although I do sometimes think a lovely white wooden bed would be nice. My Hubby wouldn’t to too happy if I told him that I wanted a new one.

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Since having my daughter 4 years go I seem to have developed an issue with my lower back. I often thought that it was due to my sleeping in a funny position, but recently I have been wondering if it is connected to our mattress. It has led to me having some very restless nights.

Sleepbear got in touch and offered me a mattress to review…. yay! Fingers crossed for a better nights sleep.

Sleepbear

Sleepbear are a British family owned business based in Oxfordshire. Who after trying to find an affordable mattress that was also comfy, supportive and of a high quality but being disappointed, decided that they would design a mattress that was all of those things but  so much more. Sleepbear was born.

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Sleepbear mattresses are different because they are made with premium natural latex, giving their mattresses more bounce, making them more breathable and non-heat retentive. The memory foam layer is also in the middle so it means that unlike most memory foam mattress’s you do not suffer with the heat. The Sleepbear Mattresses are also made using their very own Cairfull sleep surface fabric, it gives extra ventilation, moisture regulation, resilience, it also compliments the natural latex perfectly well. The Cairfull fabric has a 3 dimensional cross structure that also adds a ventilating layer of air within the fabric itself. With all these carefully thought out elements coming together to make a mattress like no other.

My Sleepbear Mattress Review

When placing the order for our mattress, I was able to choose when it would be delivered. I choose a Friday and although it was just over a week away I knew I would be home and have the time to sort everything else out ready for it’s arrival. I had a email the day before to confirm it would be arriving with us, on the day it arrived with no issues and a friendly delivery man. After we had removed our very old mattress gave the bed frame a good clean, we began to remove the outer package. To be honest I was quite impressed with how little packaging was actually used, just the box and then a large plastic bag for protection followed by the plastic that was used for the vacuum packing.

The mattress when rolled was really easy to move about. We positioned it nicely on the bed, cut away the vacuum packing and watched it inflate. The fabric feels so lovely and soft. It was surprising how quickly it went from flat to a full depth mattress, only a couple of minutes, we did however give it a little while before eagerly trying it out. Just sitting on the edge of the bed you instantly sank down into a soft yet firm cushion, so comfy. We left the mattress to fully expand and inflate for a few hours before making up the bed and it being ready for us to sleep in.

Wow! I don’t really think there is much else to say about our fabulous Sleepbear mattress. We were both slightly worried about our backs hurting for the first couple of nights, but that shouldn’t have been a worry. From the first moment of getting into our newly made up bed we were in love with it. It’s so supportive, yet soft and comfy at the same time. It moulds to you as you move positions and then holds you in place once you are in the perfect sleeping position. My back has improved even in 10 days, I haven’t woken up in the morning once thinking about my back aching which really is a great improvement. My Hubby goes away a fair bit with work and during the last week of him being away, he came home to say ‘I cannot wait to get in to bed, with that new mattress’. So it must be good.

The only thing that took a little bit of getting used to was the that if you get too close to the edge while asleep with the foam moving with you, you would almost just roll off, unlike our old mattress that was so firm around the edges that it had no give and you stayed on. It however, only took a couple of nights to get used to this and honestly most people wouldn’t even notice. But when you regularly have a four year old in bed who takes up most of the space that the Hubby and I often find sleeping on the edge the only space left for us.

We have been speaking about getting the children them for their beds too, as they will last and they will be as comfy as us. Plus it also means if we have to hop into one of their beds for the night we also have a comfy nights sleep.

Just about everyone who has been around to our house since our new mattress arrived, I been saying ‘ooh, come a sit on our new mattress’ my brother in law and best friend are now both considering getting a Sleepbear mattress. I genuinely cannot fault our Sleepbear mattress, I cannot recommend it to enough and with a 100 night sleep trial what are you waiting for? If you do not like the Sleep Bear mattress then you can just send it right back, with a money back guarantee.

Giving back to the Bears

The family team at Sleepbear not only wanted to design and manufacture a brilliant mattress they also wanted to give something back. Sleepbear give a percentage of proceeds made from their mattress sales directly to Polar Bear International. Polar Bear International are an organisation raising awareness about the Polar Bears, their ice and their seas. Doing everything they can to ensure that the Polar Bears will always remain part of our Artic.

 

*Thank you to the lovely Sleepbear family for sending me this mattress that comes with the sweetest dreams. As always thoughts an opinions are my own.*

New Year New You…….

That’s it Christmas is all finished for another year. I guess like me you have eaten a bit to much turkey and you have already finished off those lovely boxes of chocolates? Which like half of the nation means that January detox, diet and fitness regime is about to kick in. A couple of years ago I was really good throughout January, in February and even March before my fitness kick had worn off and I was no longer out running 3 times a week.

New Year New You

This year however I am determined to get fitter, having recently lost some weight before out trip to Lapland. I still want to shift a few more pounds and feel better than I have done for a long time.

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I have been looking at lots ways to get healthy and stick to it this year. Starting off with:-

Healthy food and drinks

For me making the right food and drink choices is really important. I am terrible for drinking far to many fizzy drinks and not enough water. I go through fazes of drinking water but it doesn’t last very long so this year I want to try and drink healthier options. Smoothies packed with fruits, healthy natural waters and natural fruit juices.

True Nopal Cactus Water is 100% natural and full of flavour with no added sugars, it’s vegan friendly and paced full of antioxidants. It tastes great and myself and the Hubby have enjoyed drinking it.

Shaken Udder smoothies are just yummy! With lots of different flavours to chose from. My favourite is strawberries and clotted cream, so full of flavour. They are a great source of calcium and protein, gluten free and there are no artificial colourings and preservatives.

Benefit Drinks are 100% pure squeezed fruit juices. Enrich – Carrot juice, Cleanse – Prune juice, Vitality – Beetroot juice, and a Cleanse – Prune juice not from concentrate. The Carrot is my favourite, but they all tasted great. Packed full of vitamins to help keep your body topped up with goodness.

Healthy supplements

I am useless at taking multi vitamins and supplements which I know I really should be taking. This year it’s part of my new me, taking regular supplements. Hello Day have sent me and ‘Hello Winter’ box packed full of supplements to help me start on my quest. A box of Immunity support to help with the function of my immune system. A box of Bioharmony balance to help balance the gut functions. Beauty boost. To help with the conditions of my nails, hair and skin. There is one final box of vitality boost to help with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue which is perfect for the winter months.

Fitness

Just like most people out there we want to be that bit fitter, there are so many ways you are able to do this. You don’t have to take on the big monthly costs of joining a gym, you could walk more, get outside running or even take up yoga or work outs in your own home.

Amazon basics offer a great range of fabulous fitness items at really reasonable prices. I really love these exercise loop bands, great for resistance training at home or in the gym.

Relax

After you have spent time looking after your body, eating right, drinking right and getting in some exceise, its time to relax.

Keep your body ready for that last minute swim or gym session, or even just to feel good. Try this fabulous Dove shower foam, its perfect for taking to the gym or just using at home. It’s so silky and soft and smells amazing, plus it helps to moisturise your skin.

Or this fabulous razor subscription box so you never run out. I have been using my Dorco razor for a couple of months now and I love it. It just glides across my legs, without even worrying I might miss a bit on those difficult ankles or around the knees.

Then after a long day run a nice hot bath and relax with a detox scrub from Absolute aromas. Their Himalayan salt scrub is great for buffing off the dead skin and helping to rejuvenate your skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth and relaxed.

So that’s my January sorted, making you I take some extra time to look after myself to help get a bit fitter and fingers crossed shift a few more pounds ready for the Spring and Summer that is fast approaching.

Have you thought about adding some training into this year? Not just training at the gym. I am really thinking about doing some course this year. NLP Training courses offer a range of different ones, something to help me develop and learn more about myself and whys to help others.

Whatever your new year quest is, I wish you lots of luck.

*Thank you to everyone who has sent me products to use within this post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

3 common health questions answered

From fending off viruses to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is a lot to get to grips with when it comes to looking after your wellbeing. To help ensure you’re clued up, here are the answers to three common health questions.

1. Should I have a flu jab?

With winter setting in, cases of the flu are set to rise. This virus, which can range from mild to severe and potentially even fatal, is spread by sneezes and coughs and it’s especially common during the colder months. If you’re worried about catching it, you might be wondering if now’s the time to book yourself in for a flu vaccination. Medical experts recommend that anyone who is at risk of developing complications as a result of the virus (such as pneumonia or bronchitis) should have a jab. The groups considered to be most in danger include pregnant women, people over the age of 65 and those with an underlying medical problem. Frontline healthcare and social workers are also advised to get vaccinated.

So, if you fall into one of these categories, it’s probably wise for you to arrange a flu jab. If you’re not sure whether or not to get vaccinated, speak to your doctor.

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2. Does the emergency contraceptive pill have to be taken the ‘morning after’?

Because it’s often referred to as the ‘morning after pill’, it’s tempting to assume that the emergency contraceptive pill is only effective when taken within 12 to 24 hours of unprotected sex. In fact though, this isn’t the case. As health experts Online Doctor LloydsPharmacy note, there are two types of emergency contraceptive pill – Levonelle and ellaOne. Levonelle is effective for up to three days after unprotected sex, while ellaOne is effective for up to five days.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that the sooner you take either of these types of pill, the more effective they are likely to be. If you have had unprotected sex and want to avoid a pregnancy, it’s essential that you speak to your doctor or a pharmacist as soon as possible.

3. How can I avoid high blood pressure?

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure if left untreated can increase your risk of a range of potentially serious health problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, vascular dementia and heart failure. If you want to tackle high blood pressure or reduce the risk of developing it in the first place, certain lifestyle changes can help. For example, it’s best to limit the amount of salt in your diet and cut back on alcohol if you drink excessively. It’s also useful to reduce your caffeine intake, and if you smoke, consider giving up. Regular exercise is important too, and try to ensure you get a minimum of six hours’ sleep a night.

As well as following this advice, you should keep tabs on your blood pressure. Bear in mind that anyone over the age of 40 is advised to get theirs tested at least every five years. If you’re found to have high blood pressure and you can’t manage this through lifestyle changes, your doctor might have to prescribe you certain medicines.

 

* This post was made in collaboration with LloydsPharmacy.*