Musician Jordan Stephens pictured promoting Nectar Sleep X I am Whole. Photograph credit: Daniel Hambury/@stellapicsltd
Nectar Sleep has collaborated with leading mental health campaign #IAMWHOLE to create a pillow with a message and a mission.

Fronted by mental health campaigner Jordan Stephens – best known as one half of the chart-topping duo – Rizzle Kicks, the A Whole Night’s Sleep pillow aims to raise awareness of the link between sleep and positive mental health. Sales of each limited edition pillow will give back to the #IAMWHOLE campaign, which encourages people to speak out and seek help when they are experiencing mental health difficulties and is a platform that challenges harmful language and negative stigma.

Musician Jordan Stephens pictured promoting Nectar Sleep X I am Whole. Photograph credit: Daniel Hambury/@stellapicsltd

The launch of the pillow is underpinned by research from Nectar Sleep, which found a quarter (24%) of Brits are kept up at night because of worrying. Close to one in ten (7%) also say that they have a mental health condition that prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep, every night.

In addition, nearly half of the 2,133 people surveyed agreed that when they sleep well they feel (47%) and look (28%) better. A quarter of Brits (23%) even went as far as to say that they do better at work when they have enough sleep.

Photograph credit: Daniel Hambury/@stellapicsltd

Costing £59 and available to purchase via Nectar Sleep or at Next the pillow has a one-off design with adjustable memory foam layers to customise your own comfort and support. Adjust based on your sleeping position and as your sleep needs change. It also comes packaged with an advice card offering sleep and mental health facts and directs you to a bespoke online help page with further tips and advice.

Mental health campaigner Jordan Stephens and mind behind the initiative feel strongly about getting a good night’s sleep for positive mental health.

Musician Jordan Stephens pictured promoting Nectar Sleep X I am Whole. Photograph credit: Daniel Hambury/@stellapicsltd

He said:

“Personally my mind is always much sharper and my mood better when I have had a good night’s kip.

“Partnering with #IAMWHOLE and Nectar Sleep to create our bespoke pillow represents this importance of sleep and we hope to help Brits make the connection between a good night’s rest and positive mental health. In fact, we’re so committed to making this work, the partnership will see a portion of each limited pillow sold go to# IAMWHOLE.”

Commenting on the findings, Nectar Sleep’s wellness expert Erin Berman said:

“Longer working hours and busy social lives combined with concerns over friends, exams or relationships mean that a good night’s sleep can often feel elusive – especially for the younger generation. Insomnia can also be a side effect of many diagnosed mental health issues. However, that’s not to say that people can’t take a few practical steps to better their chances of getting the recommended 7-9 hours. My top tips can be found below.”

Make the bedroom a space for sleep

The bedroom should be a place for sleep. Having your bedroom as the place for other activities means that the brain will associate the room with other things. For example, if you have a habit of checking your emails from bed, the stress and anxiety of work can creep in.

No booze or late-night meals

While you may fall asleep quickly after drinking, it’s also likely you’ll wake up in the middle of the night. Alcohol affects the normal production of chemicals in the body and is also bad news if you are feeling stressed. Same with food. Avoid heavy or rich foods and have your last meal around three hours before you want to be asleep.

Relax, meditate, and breathe

Make the process of getting to bed a relaxed one. Meditation can also help some people fall asleep but forcing them to direct negative thoughts elsewhere. Breathing is also important. A few rounds of deep breaths can switch off the bodies stress response and help you nod off much quicker.

Get help

If your inability to sleep is having a direct impact on your mental health and other tactics aren’t working then it’s always a good idea to speak to a medical professional.