We're back with our Big Breakfast style interview and, this time, we jumped into bed with Editor of Hip & Healthy, Sadie Reid. 

Sadie founded Hip & Healthy to deliver fantastic content about health, wellbeing and style online. Check out her site for the best activewear sourced from around the globe (think brilliant quality, tech fabrics and flattering cuts) and shop the looks for yourself. Don't miss Recipe Corner for the most delicious, good-for-you meal ideas too. 

This week is Hip & Healthy's Sleep Week. Don't miss their expert tips on how to solve sleep issues, your best night's sleep check list, and more. 

It's time to talk about those Zzz's... 

What’s new, Sadie?

Oh hey! So, we are redesigning the site for a full site re-fresh in January, which is exciting. Plus we have some awesome new brands jumping on board. And finally, we have just started producing video content, which has been really exciting.

How important is sleep to your personal daily life?

I think sleep is a lot more important than I sometimes give it credit for. I am one of those people that thinks they can run off little to no sleep but I’ve started noticing patterns that when I am really tired I get very emotional and find it harder to make decisions – not good when you a run a start up.

Talk us through your typical weekly sleep routine. What time do you go to bed and wake up?

I tend to head upstairs at around 10pm and spend about 15 minutes in the bathroom, washing my face and brushing my teeth. I then head into bed and read for a further 15 minutes or so before turning the lights off just after 10.30pm. I wake up at 5.30am about 5 out of 7 mornings so that I can fit in a gym session and meditate before my son and husband wake up at 7am. But there are two days of the week where I’ll sleep till they wake up. Heaven!

Describe your sleep environment.

We sleep at the top of the house with skylights above us as well as a window that overlooks a park. I love looking out the skylights and being able to see the stars so we often leave the blinds open on those. We always sleep with the window that overlooks the park open so that we get fresh air. We sleep under a beautiful duvet and faux fur rug that keeps us warm, and I often have a hotty in there too just to make sure I’m extra toasty!

Do you have a typical sleep position?

On my side looking out towards the window to the park, knees bent, hands under pillow.

Do you follow any rituals to help you sleep better?

I always have a nighttime tea before bed.

As a health & wellbeing industry expert, can you explain why sleep is so important to all of us?

We are only at the beginning of discovering the powerful benefits of a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can be even more detrimental to our health and mental wellbeing than the food we eat or how much we exercise. Often we find ourselves sacrificing sleep in the name of productivity, when in actual fact, our loss of sleep causes us to be much less effective and productive meaning that things take longer, mistakes get made and we end up having to cover old ground. It's a vicious cycle.

We should all sleep more and be at the top of our game.

Do you have any good tips to help people rest and sleep better… such as meditation, tea, reading?

Switch off all electronics an hour before bed. Read something that is going to allow your brain to relax. Drink chamomile tea. Meditate for 10 minutes each morning and evening.

Have you read any good bedtime books lately?

I don’t read fiction. I’m currently reading Gabby Bernstein’s “The Universe Has Your Back” which is lovely. Before that it was a book called “The Miracle Morning”. But if you’re into learning about why we should all be sleeping more then Arianna Huffington’s “The Sleep Revolution” is an absolute must.

Sadie, it's been great to get your thoughts on sleep and learn more about your own bedtime rituals. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat to us. Sleep well!