Many of you won’t know that long before I became a doctor, my first job was working at Sleepeezee’s bed factory in Kent.
Aged 18, I spent my summer hand-tufting mattresses before starting medical school – and you could say this was where I really honed my bedside manner! Although my mattress making days are behind me, the brand has always been part of my life as my mum has worked there for more than 30 years.
Last year, I was lucky enough to pay my old colleagues a visit as part of This Morning’s ‘Presenter’s First Jobs’ – it was even more heart-warming as I got to surprise my mum who was hard at work. Since then, our relationship has blossomed and I’m proud to be a Sleepeezee ambassador – and I’m excited to be sharing my top sleep tips to help you get the best night’s rest.
Most healthy adults sleep for around 7-9 hours a night, although it’s common to need less sleep as we get older. But, why do we need to sleep?
As a doctor, I see first-hand the impact ongoing sleep issues have on my patients. Many people underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep but not getting enough can have detrimental effects on our day-to-day lives. As well as affecting our mental wellbeing, sleep is crucial for our immune function and a lack of it can make us more susceptible to infection.
There are a number of ways you can improve your quality of sleep, and most fall under the term ‘sleep hygiene’ – this includes things like trying to tire yourself out during the day, avoiding anything stimulating at bed time such as reading a book or tablet, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
But ultimately, none of this matters if your mattress isn’t doing its job. Your mattress is literally the foundation of your sleep, and a lack of support through the night can strain your muscles, reinforce a poor sleeping posture and have a big impact on your spine. As part of my work travelling the country promoting a healthy lifestyle, I often find myself staying in hotels so it’s fair to say I know a good night’s sleep – and mattress – when I experience one.
The Travelodge Dreamer™, made exclusively by Sleepeezee, has more than 950 individual pocket springs which move independently, sensing your weight and providing the exact amount of support needed. Handmade by expert craftspeople – like my mum! – the Travelodge Dreamer™ mattress is made using white fibre fillings with hypoallergenic properties which helps to reduce the effects of allergy triggers including dust mites, mould and bacteria.
Even better, you can shop the Travelodge collection and experience the comfort of the Travelodge Dreamer™ bed in your very own home. I’m proud to shine a light on this product, safe in the knowledge that it won’t only help you sleep better at night, but will ensure you wake up ready to live a productive and healthy life.