Why am I struggling to get out of bed?
Why am I exhausted by 6pm each day?
Why do I feel so low, despite having no obvious reason?
These are questions that tend to circulate throughout my brain regularly between the months of November, December and January.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
As someone who has experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder, (SAD), every year, for the last ten years, I’d say that I’m practically an expert by now! Nor am I alone in this problem, research has indicated that it is a mental health condition that affects roughly 1 in 15 people in the UK every year between September and April.
They don’t call it the winter blues for nothing! The dark has been proven to have a negative impact on mood.
Basically, the lack of sunlight and vitamin D messes with our cycle and affects the production of both serotonin (a vital neurotransmitter) and melatonin (the chemical produced by our brain which makes us feel sleepy). The dark automatically triggers a melatonin ‘hit,’ which explains why we feel so tired before we’ve even had dinner!
Christmas can be a temporary ‘fix’ for SAD, however, it is then followed by the longest and most depressing month of the year.
Not getting enough sleep is bad for mental health, we know this. Until January this year, I used to come home, fall asleep on the couch for an hour and then not be able to sleep at night, which would have a knock-on effect the following day. It became an obvious, but difficult routine to break.
The first mattress that my husband and I ever bought was the cheapest one we could get our hands on. After all, a mattress is a mattress, right? WRONG. That bed became the bane of my life. It was lumpy, rough and nowhere near big enough. It got to the point where I used to dread going to bed because I knew what discomfort awaited me.
So earlier this year, we decided to invest in a new bed and mattress that was well… bloody expensive! I believe we were both shaking when we handed our card over. It also meant that we wouldn’t be going on holiday until 2019!
Yet, the benefits were immediate. It was like lying in a sea of comfort. I couldn’t believe what I’d been putting up with for so long with the old mattress. 100% worth the investment. I was so impressed that a few weeks later I went back and got pillows from the same range.
I now manage my Seasonal Affective Disorder with both a SAD lamp and my ‘bed haven.’ The knowledge that come bedtime I’ll be climbing into a mattress that feels like a hug might seem trivial, but it has a very powerful impact psychologically.
A good night time set-up is something that I’m very passionate about, so when TEMPUR, a manufacturer of mattresses, pillows, and other sleep and relaxation products, got in touch, I was intrigued. They were launching a ‘SAD and Sleep’ campaign and provided me with the most up-to-date research about the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I was impressed by their analysis and the information that they provided. It also confirmed my belief that investing in a good WAS important when dealing with SAD.
I was also deeply impressed by their constant innovation with regards to the science of sleep, despite being around for over 167 years!
Their goal is obvious, to create products that will ensure people get the maximum night’s sleep required for them to function happily and healthily.
I only ever work with companies that have passion and merit, and I can honestly say that TEMPUR has both.
To be clear. I’m not suggesting that you immediately stop what you’re doing and buy the whole range! However, I would urge you to check out their website and have a good browse.
Maybe start with a pillow and see how you get on? Also, please do report back and let me know what you think.
**This post is in conjunction with TEMPUR® but all thoughts are my own**