Before kids, I could drop my head onto any pillow, anywhere and be asleep in a matter of seconds. Since the children were born, I have nights where I struggle to drop off for a number of reasons – listening for anyone waking up, worrying about something, mentally preparing packed lunches for the next day – you know what it’s like. So I was pleased when I was sent a couple of sleep aids to help – the Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask and a Goodnight Magnesium Oil Spray.
I have never used a sleep mask before, not even when travelling, so I was a bit dubious about whether it would actually help, especially as we already sleep with a blackout blind. In actual fact, it did do me some good – even with a blackout blind, you are aware of lights outside, and shadows in the hallway, which isn’t covered by the blind. The sleep mask blocks all of this, and almost forces you to relax and clear your mind. I have slept much more soundly with this.
The Magnesium Oil Goodnight spray smells delicious – none of the traditional lavender scent here, which is a good thing as I can’t stand lavender! This spray is made with chamomile, clary sage and bergamont and as such has a much more subtle smell. The essential oils are designed to soothe your senses while the magnesium relaxes the body – together aiding a restful night. There is something about the scent which does make you take a deep breath and relax your muscles, and as well as using it on my body, I also sprayed a little bit around the room too.
Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? You could try some of the tips from the Silentnight sleep clinic. There is lots of great information on there to help you out – some of which I would do well to follow too – especially the tip about switching off all technology an hour before bed. I am definitely guilty of bringing my phone and iPad into the bedroom.