have just joined the Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper Panel to document the type of sleeper
I am and see what I can do to hopefully become a better one. Over the coming months I will undertake a
series of challenges and let you know how I get on. Within my blog posts will be advice you can try for yourself if
you too have problems with sleeping.
do not always sleep particularly well, it used to be because of the boys, they
would be up lots in the night wanting reassurance if they had a bad dream or
just wanting to get up to start the day at any hour from 1am – bearing in mind
I had gone to bed at 12pm this was always a tough period in our lives. Hence why my blog was called Missing Sleep
in the first place.
I wake up because I have too much on my mind, panicking about deadlines for my
blog, wondering if I have taken on too much, thinking about the children then
double checking now they are not waking us up that they are actually okay and
my mind starts ticking it goes into overdrive and I start clock watching,
hoping sleep will engulf me soon but at its worst it can go on like that for
hours. Tossing and turning and hoping I
do not wake hubbie in the process, it’s an awful experience craving sleep,
feeling tired but not being able to drop back off. It has got to the point I even write lists sometimes just to
clear my mind hoping then I will manage to relax enough to fall back into a
I was very happy to be sent a rather delightful basket filled with items to
help me sleep better from the lovely guys at Sealy.
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on May 18, 2015 at 6:38am PDT
I am always happy to try new things although
some of these I do tend to avoid normally, like herbal tea, nuts and dark chocolate
in favour for Yorkshire Tea and Cadburys Milk Chocolate! But if it means I eventually sleep better
than I am willing to put my personal tastes aside and at least give them a try! If your tackling insomnia it might be worth
trying these natural methods before jumping on the sleeping pills bandwagon,
you never know something might actually really work for you.
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on May 20, 2015 at 10:03am PDT
in the sleep food and drink basket were cherry juice, honey, three types of
herbal tea, Bach Willow herbal oil, dark chocolate, walnuts and almonds. The reason Sealy chose these items is
because they are believed to improve relaxation and encourage a deep
sleep. The cherry juice we did not
like the taste, even my youngest who adores actual cherries normally turned up
his nose so sadly that was crossed off our list, but least we all sampled
it. It’s a shame really as cherries are
a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate
the sleep-wake cycle, but if it got to the point we were really struggling with
sleep I am sure I would down a shot of cherry juice and grin and bear the
terms of a regular routine I think I could get used to herbal teas, some of
them are quite refreshing and dark chocolate although bitter is still chocolate
(which I love!). Honey I can take a
tablespoon no worries; I do this when I have sore throats anyway but it
apparently also helps regulate blood sugar levels for a better nights sleep. I know there are things I should avoid before bed like caffeine
but it’s about slowly changing my bad habits.
I certainly have seen some improvement in the quality of my sleep from introducing these items. I just need more time to experiment with which are the optimum ones for me.