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.

At the spritely age of 18, I spent my summer holidays 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, as always, hard at work. Little did I know that this would also be the start of a brand new journey with my old employer.

Since then, my relationship with Sleepeezee has blossomed and I’m proud to have become a Sleepeezee ambassador. Utilising my medical experience, I’m excited to be sharing my top sleep tips to help you get the best night’s rest.

It’s recommended that most adults should sleep for around 7-9 hours a night, although it’s common to need less 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 – mentally and physically.

As well as being essential for brain function and mental wellbeing, sleep is crucial for things like tissue repair, weight management and immune function – yes, a lack of it can even make us more susceptible to infection.

How To Improve Your Quality Of Sleep

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 being active during the day, avoiding anything over-stimulating at bedtime (such as electronic devices), and watching your alcohol and caffeine intake. But one thing people often forget is paying attention to their sleep environment – especially what they are sleeping on.

Your mattress is literally the foundation of your sleep, and a poorly functioning or uncomfortable mattress can affect your posture, place strain your joints and muscles, and ultimately result in a poor night’s rest and bad mood the next day!

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. Having literally manufactured them myself, I also know just what goes into the production of a good mattress – and what to look out for.

I’m proud to shine a light on Sleepeezee’s products, safe in the knowledge that they can not only help you sleep better at night, but ensure you wake up ready to live a more productive and healthy life.

Dr. Ranj’s Product Spotlight

One of the products made exclusively by Sleepeezee is the Travelodge Dreamer™, which has more than 950 individual pocket springs that move independently, sensing your weight and providing the support you need.

Handmade by expert craftspeople – like my mum! – the Travelodge Dreamer™ mattress is made using white fibre fillings with hypoallergenic properties which may help 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.