Friday, 8 November 2013
Late Night Nonsense Sleep Series: Post 2 - Products For Successful Sleep
I'm finally back with my second post all about sleep. It's taken me a while to do this, not because I forgot about it, but because I've been testing things out making sure they're worth writing about. I'm talking all the remedies and relaxants you can get your hands on over the counter or at your local drugstore, investing in good sleep means a well rounded and better you. I've got something to suit all budgets, so don't be afraid to mix and match.
The Budget Buys
Sometimes we don't have the cash to splash on products that we aren't even sure will improve the quality and length of our sleep. With this in mind, I've been looking at a select few products that can help me get to sleep in a pinch, both financially and physically. My first recommendation would be to take a supplement of Melatonin, a natural hormone found in our bodies that regulates the internal clock meaning a much more restful sleep. The only issue is it's not readily available in the UK without a prescription, but if you have an American buddy or are taking a trip stateside, it's worth investing in a bottle as it's very cheap and goes along with all the vitamin c you can handle. If you're looking for something readily available on this side of the Atlantic, you might want to consider myvitamins Complete Sleep Capsules, £4.49. A couple of these half and hour before you're due to rest your head, and it will give you an extra boost to all the recuperation your body does while asleep. Perfect for those who can't seem to get the proper amount of sleep, waking up more tired than the night before.
If you don't like the thought of relying on a supplement to see you through the night, it might be worth forking out a mere £1.49 for the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. While the app alone won't help you achieve those desirable Z's, it'll monitor your sleep quality and give you an idea of if you're hitting REM sleep each night. If the answer is no, then you know to take your concerns a little higher and see your GP. This can take a long time, so if you're looking for a quicker fix then turning to music could be your answer. Listening to 60 to 80 BPM range music (a pretty close match to your resting heartbeat) before you sleep is a sure fire hit. Songs like 'Mirrors' by Justin Timberlake, 'The Scientist' by Coldplay and 'Hallelujah' by Jeff Buckley have a calming effect, for soothing you into dreamland.
Sometimes you've just gotta reach for the slightly more expensive stuff, and combing one with a luxurious bath can ease you off into the peaceful slumber you deserve. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, £22.00 while slightly pricey is award winning and does just what it's supposed to. Packed with lavender, camomile and vetivert infused into salts that gently exfoliate your skin while preparing you for the night ahead. Make sure to close the door to get the full benefit of the fragrance, letting it envelope you while the warm water eases your muscles for ultimate relaxation. Then, when you retire to the bedroom, a spritz of Neom Tranquillity: Organic Room Mist, £16.00 on any surface you can possibly soak it in will give you a beautiful aroma that makes you sleepy. Fragranced with lavender, basil and jasmine it's quite and invigorating scent. Lavender increases the amount of restorative sleep during the slumber cycle, which is why a lot of products to help with sleep contain it.
If you have a little extra money to splash, it might be time to invest in an alarm clock that emits amber light. The Philips Wake-up Light, £130.00 not only wakes you up naturally, but the light dims and emits sound to help you fall asleep. Steer clear of any alarm clocks that give off anything blue-toned as it blocks melatonin and keeps you awake. To finish, a real treat that can be an nice addition but not always necessary is a candle. Not only is this the perfect example of something that gives off amber light, but if you get the right fragrance you can put yourself in the right frame of mind before attempting to rest. Obviously lavender is a great choice, but anything that makes you at peace is going to be a benefit in the long term. Some of my favourites are Laboratory Perfumes Amber Candle, £35.00 as it reminds me of peaceful walks in the forest and Diptyque Mimosa, £40.00 that smells so sweetly of flowers I can't help but smile. Nothing is wrong as long as it stirs up deep emotion in you.
What products help you sleep and what tips would you give those who have trouble getting any?