For the tired and grumpy!!!!!!!

For the tired and grumpy!!!!!!!

Have you ever felt like, your family and friends are tiptoeing around you like being in a game of grandma’s footsteps that you are not privy too??

With leading a busy lifestyle, I thought being irritable and a little over sensitive was normal behaviour!!! How wrong I was?!?!?!

It turns out that sleeping with the wrong pillow can cause a bad night sleep, but the accumulative effect of this week after week month after month was turning me into a coffee guzzling, chocolate munching tearful and forgetful zombie!!!

After consulting my family about my caffeine fuelled undead persona, I decided I need to investigate if not for me for the relationships I love and care about.

My findings were not only a revelation but the beginning of my MyPillow Journey. Hold on to your sleeping caps the below information will surprise you.

Lack of sleep can hinder you from thinking clearly and keeping your emotions at an even keel. Studies show that excessive sleepiness can hurt work performance, wreak havoc on relationships, and lead to mood problems like anger and depression.

People who are sleep deprived often say they feel “foggy.” It turns out this feeling is very common in the sleep deprived, one friend of mine called this the cotton wool head feeling it dawned on me how often I feel this way!!

Sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration. It’s more difficult to focus and pay attention, so you’re more easily confused. This hampers your ability to perform tasks that require logical reasoning or complex thought.

Sleepiness also impairs judgment. Making decisions is more difficult because you can’t assess situations as well and pick the right behaviour. I got the decision flusters, choosing dinner proved an extremely vexing event that would often have me in tears (this seems so ludicrous now!!!)

When you’re sleepy, you may forget and misplace things often. The inability to focus and concentrate caused by sleepiness further weakens memory. If you’re not able to concentrate on what’s at hand, it’s not going to make it into your short-term memory and then long-term memory. The classic walking into a room and wondering seconds later why am I in here. Thankfully those days are now beyond me, I can walk into a room with confidence and blissful purpose!!!

Lack of sleep can alter your mood significantly. It causes irritability and anger and may lessen your ability to cope with stress. Sleep-deprived people are less likely than those who sleep well to exercise, eat healthfully, have sex, and engage in leisure activities because of sleepiness.

A lack of sleep can not only cause depression but anxiety too.

Feel like you’re in a bad cycle you can’t get out of! For example, eat more to raise energy, then feel more tired with no energy to go to the gym, that 4 o’clock slump kicks in and all physical activity and good intention is out the window and merrily floating down the street while I’m sat feel guilty! Queue coffee and chocolate!!

Though the above helped me recognise I am not alone in my perpetual state of fog and confusion, Hooray! I still faced a huge task of finding how I could sleep better and leave the drudging dark eyed weary monster behind.

I made it my mission to try everything, from old remedies to new. SLEEP became my project, could a good night sleep really stop me feeling this way? As my friends and family will tell you I am the eternal optimist so went into every promise of sleep thinking this is the cure. I tried a new mattress, guided meditation (which I’m sure works for lots of people for me? well I just started thinking about washing the kids’ uniforms and if they have handed in their spelling homework? Hot milk before bed, again I know this works for many people for me, its missing something!! Yes-coffee two sugars and a biscuit!!!

Joking a side, I tried so many things I lost count, things that helped were, sleep mask, sleep spray and a warm bath these things were the best for helping me sleep but I couldn’t stay asleep.

After taking my children to school only to find it was the summer holidays and the school was closed- thank you again sleep deprived forgetful brain. Enough was enough. I called my mum with embarrassment. She asked was the pillow I slept on suitable?? I stressed that I didn’t think a pillow would make a difference but after the blunder at the school gates I was willing to give it a go.

So then began my plight to find the perfect pillow!!!!! There are so many to choose from.

From blocks of foam, feather, goose feather, micro fibre, and if that’s not problematic enough then there’s the washing!!!!!!and yes you guessed it in my busy mum, brain whirring coffee drenched mind it suddenly hit me kids, dogs’ muddy paws and a husband that likes to eat marmite on toast in bed I need a pillow I can wash!!!

I needed a pillow that was comfortable and washable, and I must be honest some of the ones I tried did not wash well at all!! They came out of the washing machine looking like what I can only describe as pillow mush! Some of the drying instructions with the ones I could wash meant drying in a tumble dryer with two tennis balls. The noise was not appreciated by a husband on a work call and a mother trying to explain her latest national trust visit. Some were sponge wash only. This does not work in my Crayola and chocolate digestive household!!

I then stumbled across MyPillow!! After my project sleep becoming a tiresome project, the initial positivity was fast coming to a deflated end.

MyPillow advises that they have three fill levels and is completely machine washable, I have to be sincere and thought this is too good to be true. After calling for advice my husband and I went for the most fill they call it green fill. We followed the start-up instructions which we followed to the letter.

The alarm went off 6.30am!!! Hang on what day is it I awoke in a state of confusion, no foggy brain???? I couldn’t believe it I slept all the way through……. WOW, after my shower and the perplexed feeling had gone, I realised it must have been the pillows. I felt rested and despite my son leaving a school shoe halfway up the garden that through us into chaos in our efforts to get out in the morning I dealt with it calmly like it wasn’t a big deal. I can advise this would normally send me into a state of panic which would affect my entire day.

Looking forward to sleeping that night I had another great night; I am happy to report this has continued my friends and family have noticed my happier non snappy mood and the kids are loving the spritely monster free mum. We even joke that MyPillow battled mummy’s sleep zombie.

I can confidently tell you the above happened 2 years ago, MyPillow is still going strong in our household, and I am still feeling energised. I have washed MyPillow so many times and it’s still good as new no pillow mush in sight.

I felt that sharing my MyPillow Journey will help bring you some fog free days and relieve you of your sleep zombie!!!

Sweet Dreams