If you’ve been following the blog lately, you’ll know that over the past few weeks we’ve had the amazing opportunity of working with IKEA on their ‘Win at Sleeping’ campaign, which runs until the end of March.
The campaign is aimed at improving the nation’s quality of sleep by encouraging us all to make a few small changes to how we prepare for sleep. This can be anything from creating a calm, cosy and restful bedtime environment to adjusting our personal sleeping habits to ensure a full and undisturbed night’s slumber.
I met with IKEA back in February to discuss my own family’s sleep issues and they were able to recommend some strategies and products for us to try, with a view to helping us improve on several sleep-related areas. If you’d like to see the products we chose to try out, you can read up about it here!
Now that we’ve been using the products for a month, I wanted to update you on how we’ve got on, as well as take a quick look at some other IKEA products you might want to consider trying out yourself.
So, how did we all get on? Well, I’m pleased to report that there have been some dramatic improvements in the short time we’ve been using the products and we’re all enjoying a better night’s sleep as a result!
One of the things we decided to try out was a new mattress on our bed as our existing one was old and becoming uncomfortable. We chose the HOVAG pocket sprung mattress along with the TUSTNA mattress topper and it really is like heaven climbing into bed every night! I can safely say that we’re both sleeping much more soundly, thanks to the support and comfort the new mattress set-up gives us. The one piece of advice I would give, however, is to use a flat sheet to cover this combination of mattress and topper as a standard fitted one is not really deep enough.
Regarding our sleeping environment, we had issues with light coming in from the street lamp outside, so we replaced our curtains with the MARJUN block-out curtains and added some sheer drapes in behind for added privacy. We no longer have the annoyance of an unwanted strip of light escaping into the room, which allows us to sleep undisturbed.
Also, I would recommend a layered window solution in a bedroom for the simple fact that it’s so lovely to pull back the main curtains early in the morning, but leave the sheer curtain in place, as it allows a beautiful soft light to filter into the room – perfect for enjoying that Saturday morning cup of tea in bed before the rest of the house awakens. It’s all about creating the right ambience for not only going to sleep in, but waking up in, too!
The final change we made to our bedroom was to introduce a new bedside lamp, which I attached to the wall behind the bed. I chose the RANARP for its adjustable lamp head, as it allows me to direct the light exactly where I want it, thereby not disturbing my husband who is often in bed and asleep before me. I love the fact that I can read in bed without annoying his sleep and the simple act of losing myself in my book for a chapter or two helps me to unwind after the stresses of the day.
In my son’s room, IKEA suggested we try out the STUVA loft bed combo, to create a cosy reading nook underneath it for bedtime stories, as I had found it awkward to read J’s stories to him in his top bunk. We have really loved curling up together under the loft bed with all his books handily stored within the STUVA’s built-in shelves. I have also found that J can unwind just by setting up his lego under there if he’s not quite tired enough to go to sleep, with the result that he’s ready for a good night’s sleep in his own time. He also has a neat little spotlight he can clamp onto the STUVA frame down below the bed, transforming it into his own private reading den! He just loves it.
Finally, we were being woken in the night by our youngest, due to a fear of the dark that was preventing her from getting up to use the bathroom on her own. For the past few weeks, she has made a new best friend in the adorable little SPOKA nightlight, which she will happily switch on and carry with her at night or leave on whilst she goes over to sleep. I’ve found she is falling asleep much more quickly and contentedly in the evening and often we don’t hear from her until morning-time. We just charge the light up by plugging him in during the day, meaning he can remain lit all night if needs be. I would highly recommend the SPOKA nightlight to any parent facing this all too common issue, as it can be really detrimental on your sleep, particularly if you have other young children or babies that could be awoken by their sibling’s anxieties, too.
As a family, we are truly reaping the benefits of better sleep. We are much better ‘prepared’ for sleep from making small changes such as updating lighting and window treatments, plus the children are going off to bed feeling content and calm, which I have seen first hand enables them to get over to sleep more easily. We are feeling way more energised when we wake up which can only be a good thing for our productivity at work and school, and less stress at bedtime definitely has a positive effect on everyone – there is no doubt that better sleep preparation goes a long way in ensuring a better night’s sleep.
If you or your family could do with improving your quality of sleep, do pop over to your local IKEA store and have a chat to some of the staff there about ways you can achieve it.
In the meantime, however, here are some other products I’ve found that could help you on your way to that ultimate night’s sleep…
I really hope you have enjoyed following the progress of our ‘Win at Sleeping’ journey and that it has inspired you to reconsider your own sleeping habits – Spring is the natural time of year for a good old declutter and refresh, so why not make your bedroom your first port of call?
Sweet dreams one and all.
** This post was written in collaboration with IKEA UK, who very kindly provided me with a selection of products to try, however all opinions expressed are honest and only my own personal views have been given.**