When I was offered a sleep bag from Holland & Barrett crammed with products to help with sleep and relaxation I must admit I was eager to get involved in the challenge and see what I would find inside.
According to the included press release 70% of Britons do not get the recommended seven hours sleep a night; I am definitely in that figure so wanted to investigate my options. With it being National Sleep Awareness Week from the 6th of March I thought it would be worthwhile sharing my experiences with my blog readers and hopefully give you some guidance about what you could try yourself to improve matters.
I do tend to worry about my workload and the cost of sorting out our house so find it hard to nod off in the first place. The children then help contribute to my disturbed nights with illnesses (fake and real) and nightmares/trips to the loo/requests for water (basically any excuse to get back out of bed!). Then any time from the crack of dawn you have (un)welcome visitors back at your bedside coaxing you to get up when you finally feel like you’re in a deep contented sleep! Then starts the progress to haul yourself out of bed and try and get through the day as best as you can on depleted energy levels.
It really comes as no surprise my blog is called Missing Sleep, but I was determined to try and change things and I certainly had plenty of choice to help me along the way. The Lavender products were my first port of call, I found the fragrance very soothing and I do enjoy a bath as a means to unwind, then a spritz of the sleep mist finishes me off quite nicely and I am ready to be tucked up in bed feeling much calmer and ready to drift off.
There were so many different items to test though that I gave a few to my mum who sleeps even worse than me! It’s not unheard of for her to be awake until 5am quite regularly. Between us we were resolute that we could tackle our sleep troubles head on. I prefer going down the calming bath route with the lavender products but my mum was happy to try anything, so she has been popping back the supplements for me. She has started with the Valerian Plus tablets (£9.99 for 30 tablets) but its worth bearing in mind it can take a couple of weeks to see a significant improvement, she has had a bit more sleep than normal so I think that’s a step in the right direction. My mum also enjoyed the taste of the new Holland & Barrett’s Creamy Camomile Cocoa (£4.99), I think this is a great option if you like cocoa but are not normally a fan of the taste of herbal teas but want to benefit from their calming properties.
I never realised how comprehensive the range of available sleep products were, I would recommend heading to Holland & Barrett and seeing what you could buy to take the edge off, soothe away anxiety and encourage a deeper sleep. I have another sleep bag (worth over £70) to giveaway so if you too have sleep problems of any kind please do enter this competition. It will close on the 22nd of March just fill in the form below to be included.
Win over £70 worth of products to help you sleep