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AD. My husband and I will be celebrating 10 years together this year. We have lived together now for 6+ years and been married for 5. Life moves so fast sometimes. I feel really blessed to have met my husband while young so that we can hopefully celebrate many happy years together. My husband wants us to get to our diamond anniversary to get a card from the Monarchy. This is a really specific goal but at least it shows dedication to our marriage! Today I want to talk to you about our relationship and getting a good nights sleep with #LoveBedGuru.
My husband is a shift worker. He has a job, that he enjoys, that requires him to work 12 hour shifts. The plus side is that he is only out of home for a few shifts a week. The negative side is that he spends around 7 nights a month not at home. Obviously on these nights I miss him – mostly because I have to get up when Daisy cries. Anyway, seriously, I do miss him. The bed is empty on his side and I always count down the nights until we are together again. Obviously we get to see each other in the afternoon on these shifts but it is still not the same as having him here.
When I was contacted recently about the #LoveBedGuru campaign I knew it was a great fit for us. We both have different tastes when it comes to our bed, and how to get a good nights sleep. Sleep is super important, as parents and with us both working long hours at times. I have days where I work 8 hours and my husband has days where he works 12. This means we need to get a decent nights sleep every single night.
Here are my tips for getting a good nights sleep with #LoveBedGuru
- Use a lower tog duvet. This has been fantastic for us. My husband is happiest with a 4.5 tog during the Winter and nothing during the Summer. Personally I like to be a little warmer. We can cuddle under the same duvet and then I can wrap up a bit warmer if I need to. Typically I either wear warm PJs, and bed socks, or I use an additional single blanket over myself. This works really well for us and saves arguments about being too hot, or someone taking all of the quilt.
- Have different pillows. We have different requirements from our pillows. I want a couple of quality pillows that are going to support my neck. I’ve had a bad back for a year or so now so I’m always looking for that perfect pillow. My husband on the other hand loves several pillows. He wants a couple to sleep on and another to cuddle.
- Look at a couples mattress. Everyone is unique and I think a couples mattress is a fantastic idea. You can each choose a different firmness depending on your requirements. The mattress is then seamlessly joined together for a great finish. This is a brilliant idea for guaranteeing a good night sleep for both people in a couple.
- Use lovely bedding. This is another MUST for me. I love nice bedding. Pretty, high quality and fresh smelling. I love to change our bedding super regular and there is nothing better is there?! At the end of a long day climbing into a fresh bed. You can’t beat it. I always make sure I change the bedding before we go on holiday too. That way when we come home it is nice and fresh.
These are my tips for helping to get a good nights sleep. For us we have to be quite understanding. During the daytime my husband is sleeping after a shift, sometimes. This means I make an effort to be quieter. I also try and avoid going into our bedroom when he is sleeping. Likewise my husband is quiet when he gets up for work or when he gets in. We make it work for us. We really enjoy the work / life balance that a couple of shifts a week brings our family.