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Faking it

Look up the definition of sleep, and you’ll most likely come across a description of sleep as a ‘naturally occurring condition or state’. But isn’t it funny how, for some people, sleep can feel anything but natural these days…but is sleep something we can get away with faking?

Our bodies have a natural instinct for respite and a primitive need to restore ourselves following the daily exertion of our bodies and minds. But in our modern lives this need is often masked by stimulants, or our body’s natural rhythm is denied by social or working patterns, or positive sleep habits are eroded by the demands of parenting young children and – before we know it – sleep doesn’t seem to come so naturally anymore.

To make matters worse, our next step is often to turn to off-the-shelf artificial sleep remedies. From sleep apps or videos that trick our brains into falling asleep, to pillow sprays and supplements that make rather impressive promises, or even to alcohol or sleeping pills as a chemical override. If we’re not careful, all sleep remedies do is smokescreen the true cause of our poor sleep and invite the question: at what point does unnatural sleep followed by artificial remedies mean that our sleep can no longer be defined as a ‘naturally occurring state’?

If your relationship with your sleep is feeling anything but natural these days, it’s time to stop faking it. In the majority of cases sleep problems relate to our lifestyle or a poor sleeping environment. The former can take time and commitment to change, the latter is a much easier fix but, in either case, ignoring sleep problems can come at a cost to your short term wellbeing and your long term health. 

Sleep and wellbeing are symbiotic: maintaining a natural balance in your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing becomes very difficult very quickly if we’re sleep deprived. More worrying still is that the health implications of long-term sleep deprivation are becoming ever-clearer through an ever-increasing volume of research that relate poor sleep to higher risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

So, because there’s no faking it when it comes to sleep, here at Millbrook Beds our luxurious mattresses and beds are designed to encourage natural sleep. Traditionally handmade on the edge of the New Forest using craftsmanship techniques, our luxury pocket sprung mattresses are made using some of the finest natural fillings to create a naturally sumptuous sleeping surface that is breathable and free of chemicals. 

And to help you rediscover the benefits of natural sleep, this Sleeptember we’ve partnered with Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa for an extra special Sleep Therapy competition. One lucky winner will have the chance to win a handmade king-size Grandeur 8000 bed from Millbrook Beds along with a sleep therapy spa break at Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa giving you everything you need to reboot your sleep, naturally.

Unwind in the most blissful way possible as you enjoy your deluxe sleep therapy break at Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa and make deeper relaxation and positive sleep a natural part of your everyday with your new luxurious Grandeur 8000 Millbrook Bed, handmade just for you. Find out more about this stunning prize, how to enter and terms and conditions below.

Grandeur 8000

8000 springs

Hampshire wool

English Fine Cotton



Hand side stitched border


Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa deluxe Sleep Therapy break includes:

Luxurious overnight accommodation 

Breakfast, served in the Zen Garden Spa Restaurant 

Full use of the award winning leisure and spa facilities 

Two course Thai lunch

Mind and body class

45 minute head massage

Pillow mist and two sleep therapy spa products

Mindfulness Bedtime Ritual

10% off any additional spa treatments booked