How to get a better night’s sleep

March 2, 2022

Make sure you’re giving yourself the best possible chance to get a quality sleep with the right mattress.

Sleep deprivation and broken sleep can take a huge toll on our mental and physical health. So, how can we help ourselves to fall asleep faster and sleep better? We spoke to Koala’s mattress designers and sleep experts about their tricks to getting a quality night’s sleep.

How much sleep should I be getting?

According to Koala’s recent ‘Comfy As’ sleep research, the ideal amount of sleep for Australian adults is eight hours, with the average amount of sleep after a workday being seven hours*. However, the research showed that each individual had a five-and-a-half-hour sleep deficit per week, which is an incredible total of 309 hours per year. With stress, lack of exercise, and family and work commitments keeping us from getting better sleep, there’s no better time than now to work on improving your sleep environment, hygiene, and habits.

How can I fall asleep faster?

When your head hits the pillow at night, does your mind start to race processing the day and running through the to-do list for tomorrow? Well, you’re not alone. According to the survey, over 54 percent of Australians take longer than 15 minutes to drift off to sleep and one in three (29 percent) take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep, which sacrifices hours and hours of sleep each year.

Koala’s research unveiled that the secret to better quality sleep is falling asleep faster. It’s proven that taking the time to unwind and actively prepare yourself for bed will help you fall asleep faster and give you that better night’s sleep that your body craves.

“Small changes such as avoiding caffeine in the evenings and reducing screen time prior to bed are little things we can do to avoid poor sleep hygiene.” says Koala Product Manager, Stephanie Roberts-Baxter.

How do I find the perfect mattress?

Perhaps the most important factor in determining the quality of your sleep is your mattress, and finding the best mattress can be a daunting experience. Koala Product Design Manager Alexandra Owen’s advice is simple: pick a mattress that is not only comfortable but also incorporates calming features.

“The right mattress can provide pressure relief and temperature regulation to help you achieve a deeper, more restful sleep,” says Stephanie. The features in Koala’s new range of mattresses support and enhance your sleep night after night, with technology that ensures you’re comfortable and less likely to have interrupted sleep patterns.

“Tend to sleep hot? The COOLMAX® fibres in the sleep surface of our Calm As mattress can help you stay cool and dry for a better night’s sleep,” says Alexandra. “Need a little more support? The adaptive foam springs and bamboo charcoal memory foam layer in our Soul Mate mattress can help take some of the pressure off. Want something that’s kind to the planet, as well as to your skin? The TENCEL™ Lyocell used in the new Koala Mattress has been produced with low ecological impact, as well as being breathable and smooth to the touch,” she explains.

So it is possible to buy a mattress that has less of an impact on the environment?

In short, yes! As well as being vegan friendly, like all Koala mattresses, the new range is the first and only mattress range in Australia to be certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). This means that their mattresses have been assessed by an independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector environmental certification program to meet a wide range of environmental, human health, and social impact criteria, so you can be assured that you’re making a purchase that is better for your family and for the planet, too.

Furthermore, the range has been created without the use of harmful chemicals. “The foam used in our mattresses is also certified by CertiPUR-US meaning they have been manufactured without the use of ozone depleting chemicals, and have been tested for durability to ensure they will last for years to come,” says Alexandra.

Nourish and Koala ‘Subscribe to win’ promotion

We are more than a little enamoured with Koala, and thrilled to be partnering with them on our current subscription offer.

Until 12 April 2022, you can subscribe to Nourish plant-based living for a chance to win a win a queen-sized Koala Soul Mate Mattress valued at $2,700, plus a VeganBeauty sleep pack valued at $300.

For more information about Koala’s new mattress range and to read their mattress reviews, visit

*This finding is supported by a 2016 University of Adelaide study which had the same finding.

In partnership with Koala

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