So many of you have been telling me how much you’ve been enjoying the new 2018 healthy lifestyle series I’ve been sharing. I set a few different goals that I promised myself that I will work on & I feel that each one is attainable. The one that I’m focusing on for this post is getting better sleep.
Last year, I feel like I barely slept. I come from a family of insomniacs and we all stay up way past the time we should. They always tell me the new things they are trying to get better sleep, I’ve heard all about their new Leesa king size mattress and the pills that are meant to help you sleep! Surprisingly, I can function on 3-4 hours of sleep, but I know that it’s not good for my body or my mental health. Jeff and I both decided that we would focus on making sleep a priority this year together. I was thinking about getting a new mattress but then I thought about how expensive a brand new one would be. Luckily my friend told me that they had found a deal for Bear Mattress to help save some money, but I’m still thinking about whether a new mattress would actually help me.
Agility Bed approached me at the perfect time – around November when I had just begun brainstorming my goals for 2018. They offered to send me a Therapedic luxury mattress in exchange for a review and I couldn’t refuse! What I loved the most is that they wanted me to be completely honest and unbiased about what we thought about the mattress after sleeping on it for a month. They are even joining me in sponsoring a fun giveaway for all of you! I personally love my new mattress and I’m sure you will too.. so make sure to check that out at the end of this post.
Tips For Better Sleep:
- Sleep on a comfortable & high-quality mattress. I just switched to an Agility Bed Mattress and it has helped me sleep longer and better.
- Take a warm bath before bed. I love to use lavender scents because it promotes sleep.
- Make a goal to get in bed by a certain time each night. Always make sure that it’s at least a couple hours before you would ideally like to fall asleep.
- Try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day. It’s so important because your body adjusts to a routine, and it makes the process easier.
- Exercise during the day. It reduces stress and tires you out.
- Turn off technology. I just read that the glow from the various screens passes through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that affects sleep). (Source)
- Read before bed. I find that if I read before bedtime that I fall asleep faster.
- I find that using eye masks and ear plugs really helps me sleep longer and better. (Take it from me.. former flight attendant here!)
Things that I love about my new mattress..it’s a hybrid mattress. Traditional spring mattresses provide the support & balance that you need, but can have weight distribution issues + can be noisy from the springs. Foam mattresses are great (& aren’t noisy) but can lack back support and people can sink in the middle of them. The Agility is a hybrid of the two – meaning that it includes the support & bounce of coils, but also has the foam for the comfort and pressure relief.
After sleeping on the mattress for a week or two, Jeff and I fell in love with the support that this mattress provides. It’s also soft & comfortable. Our previous mattress was way too firm for us and we could not believe the difference once we switched. After waking up on the Agility Mattress, we are both feeling well rested, less tired, and so comfortable we don’t even want to leave bed in morning! ;)
Jeff & I having fun setting it up ;)
Our new mattress was a simple process to set up. It came directly to our door, tightly rolled in a plastic wrap to make it easier to maneuver around the house. Along with the mattress, a step-by-step instruction card was included to explain everything in an easy way. Once we laid the mattress on the bed, we used the small cutting tool that came with the mattress to open the plastic. We then waited a few hours for the mattress to expand to it’s full size. (They will tell you that it can take up to 12 hours, but we found that it was much quicker than that). Set-up took us less than 10 minutes, which we loved. Click here to read some of the reviews on the setup and the mattress.
I am so happy that I have had the opportunity to work with Agility. While this is a sponsored post, this is my 100% open and honest opinion! If I didn’t love the mattress, I simply wouldn’t have continued with this post. I only post about products I believe in.
Along with my mattress review & sleep tips, I wanted to also include my personal bedtime routine. It’s nothing major, but I find that this works for me. What does your bedtime routine look like? Do you have any must-have tips for sleeping better? Share them with me in the comments below! :)
My Bedtime Routine
- Around 5-6pm I eat dinner – I try to eat early so that I have time to digest before laying down.
- After dinner, I like to go on a long walk around the neighborhood. It helps me de-stress and get in a little bit of extra exercise.
- Around 8pm I try to catch a favorite show or two to unwind after a long day.
- I move upstairs at a decent hour (An hour and a half before I go to sleep) where I shower and get ready for bed. (I’ll do a more indepth post on this later)
- I get in bed, and turn off all technology. Unplugging is so important!
- I try to get in at least 30 mins to an hour of reading before nodding off..
Favorite Sleepwear & Accessories
To help with your new sleep routine – I have decided to add a roundup of my fave sleepwear & sleep accessories! I have a few of these items and some are on my wish list. (Valentine’s Day is coming up… hopefully Jeff sees this!) Comfort is key in getting a better night’s sleep, and I don’t spare any expense when it comes to my health. What do you like to sleep in? Do you use an eye mask/ear plugs? Let me know in the comments.
- Lace Blush Robe • 2. Knit Eye Mask • 3. Black Tea Overnight Mask (One of my skincare faves!) • 4. Winter Dreams Jogger Pants (Comes in 3 colors) • 5. Ombre Wrap Cardigan • 6. UGG Robe (Comes in 6 colors!) • 7. Exfoliate Glow Moisturizer • 8. The Woman in The Window (Book I’m reading!) • 9. Tempur-Cloud Pillow • 10. Pompom Throw • 11. Bobbi Brown Makeup Remover • 12. Our Fave Joggers (Comes in 3 colors!) • 13. Short Pajamas • 14. Glow Beauty Boosting Pillowcase • 15. Cozy V-Neck Tee • 16. Silk Eye Mask (Comes in 3 colors!)
Thanks Agility for sponsoring this giveaway! To enter to win an Agility Mattress, enter your e-mail in the widget below. The giveaway will run from January 24th to January 26th at midnight. United States only.
If you don’t follow Agility on Instagram already, make sure to do so here!
The winner will be announced here and on the original Instagram post.
Thank you to Agility Bed for sponsoring this post.
43 thoughts on “Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep (Mattress Review + Giveaway & My Favorite Sleep Accessories)”
Great post! Is the giveaway open world wild or just USA?
Wide not wild ?
Unfortunately the giveaway is only open to U.S!! I’m sorry about that. Thank you so much xx
So sad. It didn’t say this in the post☹️
Thank you so much xx
I feel so much better when I get seven hours (eight hours never seems to happen but would be even better) but even my seven hours seem to always be broken by waking at least once during the night and sometimes I’m not able to get back to sleep for an hour or two after. I usually don’t have trouble going to sleep when I first go to bed so I find when I get to bed by 10 and allow a half hour for reading a book in bed to relax on weeknights, I feel better. I know we need a new mattress so needless to say, I’m so excited about the giveaway, Kristy! Thanks!
I feel so much better too.. 7 hours is a great # to strive for! Such a bummer that you aren’t able to get back to sleep sometimes.. I feel the same way. But honestly some of these tips really worked for me + a new mattress! Yay! So glad you entered Sandy :) Thank you for stopping by the blog & commenting. xx
Our bed regime is kind of similar.
Loved what you had to say about the mattress. My husband and I both have some issues with our lower back. I wonder how this mattress helps with that issue?
Thank you for sharing Kristy
Thank you for stopping by & commenting :) I love that we have a similar bedtime routine! Jeff has back issues as well.. but he feels a lot better after sleeping on a comfortable new mattress! Thank you for the kind words – xx
So excited for this giveaway! Hoping to be the lucky winner. Have not had a new mattress in 17 years. Other things always seem to have to be fixed or replaced.
Thank you for stopping by the blog and commenting. Wow! That definitely is a long time! xx
I have been following you on Instagram and I really enjoy seeing you and sometimes Jeff on my feed everyday. I can feel the love between both of you. You are both an inspiration.
Thank you so much for the kind words – so sweet of you… xx
Have been so sick at home laying in bed with a severe diverticulitis flare up .. looking for some comfort ..
I’m so sorry to hear that.. hopefully you feel better soon.
Did it fit onto your current boxspring? The video looks like it comes with it’s own set up. I see you already have a frame how did it work on that?
We received our mattress without a boxspring because we already have one. There are different options when you purchase on whether you just want the mattress, or the extras (boxspring, etc). Hope this helps!
Hello Kristy thanks for this amazing giveaway, your page is amazing… I’m in need of a new mattress. I only have couple hours of sleep daily because I have a toddler and a 10 month old so I do not have time to rest plus my mattress is super uncomfortable. Hopefully I can win the giveaway it will be amazing ?
Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you so much… Such a bummer. Hopefully you can get a new mattress! xx
You have some great tips, Tks for sharing. I try to get 7-8 hours/day. We have a diabetic dog so we’re on a regimentted schedule up at 5:30 7 Days a week. Good think for naps on the weekend. One tip I find helps me sleep is essential oils in my diffuser, I love peppermint and lavender. Also soft pjs and nice sheets ??. Cheers, Karen
Wow! How sweet are you to care for your dog so diligently. 5:30 is when Jeff gets up each morning.. I am not as early of a riser. x
Thanks for the opportunity to win this mattress. Love your stories!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you so much for saying that too.. Hope you have a wonderful day :)
Your photos are so great Kristy and you and Jeff are just the cutest! Your bedroom is beautiful and very calming and peaceful. We just redid our master and did it in very neutral calming colors. I have the worst insomnia! I have been trying everything. I have a very similar bedtime regime as yours and hoping I can start to sleep soon! Trying to turn my mind off at night is not always easy. I just picked up a lovely lavender spray for our pillow cases so I’ll let you know if it helps. Thank you for the opportunity on your generous giveaway. Crossing my fingers and toes. xo
Aww thank you so much! You are so sweet. I’m sorry that you have insomnia… it’s so hard. I hope it gets better for you soon xo
Awesome post I sure could use more Zzz’s ! I have nerve pain so sleeping at night is hard meaning I don’t get much sleep I’m lucky to get maybe 4-5 hrs on a good sleep…My ? for the win !!! Thanks Kristy for a great give away contest!!!!
I’m so sorry that you have nerve pain.. it sounds awful :( xx Thank you for commenting on the blog!
would this mattress help a snoring husband!? lol seriously though we’ve had the same mattress for almost 20 years.
LOL! Not sure if this cures snoring but a new mattress probably will help you! xx
So excited for this s give away, I’ve bern researching and we definitely need to replace our 5 year old mattress it’s not working for us.
Thank you for this opportunity Kristy
Yay! So glad you entered :) xx
Yippee!! I love fun giveaways! Would this mattress ease the pains of my toddler poking me with elbows and knees all night long?! Love following you Kristy!!
That sounds adorable but I don’t think this mattress can help with that ;) thank you for stopping by and commenting
I tried to share this with friends but my “unique identifier” wouldn’t show up. I could see the top of it but not the rest:(
This is great !!! Ohh so much fun !! Thank you for giveaway !!! ❤️??
How generous this giveaway is! Love the photos!
Aww yay! Thanks so much :)
Would love to win a new mattress! Wowza what a give away!!! Love following Kristy she is my favorite ???
Jen from Chicago
Would love to win. We got married in September and its much needed. Thank you❤
We are in desperate need for a new mattress! My husband just had hip surgery and can’t sleep on our old one!! Thanks!! You and Jeff are so cute! You seem like newlyweds!
Would love to win a new mattress. I just had a baby boy 2 weeks ago and we like to pile in as a family for cuddles and it’s starting to get tight in our queen sized mattress.