How Sleep Affects Your Mental Health


10th October 2021

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It's no secret that a good night's rest lets your mind and body recharge and repair for the day ahead. The 10th of October is recognised as the day for raising awareness about mental illness, and this year we'd like to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of good quality sleep on your mental health, and the best ways to achieve that top-tier sleep everyone deserves.


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Quality & quantity of sleep are both important.

Studies show that there is a correlation between mental health conditions and insomnia or poor sleep quality. The brain needs time to rest, and when it gets an adequate amount of rest you'll notice that your ability to focus and retain memory increases substantially. The standard recommended time for sleep every night is between 6 to 9 hours, and the exact amount needed varies from person to person.


Toppers, underlays, and protectors can give both peace of mind and added comfort in bed. We recommend adjusting your mattress with these items to maximise relaxation in bed.


Tips to improve how you sleep:

  1. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks or alcohol 2-3 hours before going to bed.
  2. Be more physically active during the day so that your body has something to rest from.
  3. Stick to a routine, and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  4. Have the right pillow! See our post on pillow positioning for maximum comfort to avoid any stiffness and pain in the morning.
  5. Use noise-cancelling ear buds or play soothing sounds to help fall asleep, like A Soft Murmur & Rainy Mood.
  6. Develop strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and worrying thoughts. Please refer to guides and tips listed in sources like World Health Organisation, Lifeline & Mental Health Australia.

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Managing your body temperature also impacts your sleep. Too warm or cold can have you waking up frequently, preventing you from achieving quality REM sleep that your brain needs to perform at its best the next day. Here are some products comprised of temperature-regulating materials:


Browse our Wellness collections for more options to increase your sleep quality.