Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Time for Bed

I love my bed. Truly it is my favourite place on earth. It is my oasis of calm, my own personal space - and in a house with seven children believe me you need an oasis somewhere!

When I first started work at a newspaper many years ago when I was in my 20's, they asked me to do a little feature "about me" piece to introduce myself to the readers. I don't recall most of the questions but I do remember one. "Where is your favourite place?"

I answered;"My bed" and suffered smutty jokes from my workmates for the rest of the week - and that was before I started having children!

Oscar loves my bed too!
Oddly my bed cosmetically is not a thing of beauty. Downstairs I like to keep as tidy (well, as tidy  as anyone can with a large family) and I love all of my vintage and shabby chic bits and pieces but upstairs  is rather neglected. Well, to be truthful I can't even post a picture of my bedroom here as it is beyond messy but it's out of public view, so to be honest I couldn't care less.

So there is no designer duvet cover, just my cousin's old one which is an odd green now but good quality and great on my ultra-sensitive skin (one of the joys of Fibromyalgia Syndrome).
There are no fluffy feather filled pillows or fancy decorative cushions. I have a special odd shaped foam one to support my neck and my old breastfeeding V-pillow which I prop myself up with to read, work or watch TV.

My bed is a divan with drawers underneath  (ideal for storing Christmas presents but shh! don't tell the children!) quite firm and to me and my DH, ultra-comfortable. And that would be my top tip for blissful nights of sleep. Buy a great bed or more importantly a great mattress - spend as much as you can afford and you will never regret it.

Bed Jump
Bed Jump
(Photo credit: jamesjyu)
There are so many types of bed and mattress now I wouldn't dream of trying to tell you which specific one to choose. You can't go wrong checking out the fabulous range of comfy mattresses at John Lewis. The store even has an online buying guide to help you select one to suit your back and your pocket and a video tutorial to make sure you choose the right size.

So if you are tossing and turning at night, it might not be because of that last coffee or your brain trying to remember if you turned the iron off. It might be your tired old mattress telling you it's time to put it out to pasture and treat yourself to a new one. Listen to it!

Then when you've found the right one for you you might end up like me -looking out of the window wondering if it's dark enough to be bedtime and then deciding you don't care what the neighbours think when they see your bedroom curtains closed in broad daylight. It's time for bed!





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3 comments:

  1. I too, love my bed, a waterbed we have had for over 30 years. It is perfect for my Fibromyalgia, no pressure point pain.

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  2. I love my bed, and in particular my pillow. I am very possessive about my pillow much to my husbands amusement. He doesn't understand that to me, that's one thing that is just mine and nobody else's!

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