Tuesday, 16 July 2013

{Review: Sleep Accessories}

I love my bed.

A good night's sleep is a must for me to function properly during the day.

I split the childcare with my ex, and it's pretty much 50/50. On the night's I have the children, I can be awake a few times with my eldest who still doesn't sleep through (littlest is an angel and will sleep for 12 hours straight most nights!). Here is an older post on my tips for sleep training a toddler, but I think I need to try something new now! Open to suggestions readers...please leave me a comment!

On the night's that I'm kiddie-free, I try and get to bed early so I can catch up on sleep.

Lately thought I've been struggling to get to sleep... it's not like me to be awake at midnight... but there I am, having been in bed for hours trying to sleep, but just not managing to get over into snoozeville.

I was asked to review a sleep accessory with Silentnight Beds Scotland as recent research suggests that only a quarter of all parent's are getting a good night's sleep.

Do the sleep accessories stand up to claims that their manufacturer's make? Can they make you relax before bedtime? Do you feel more refreshed in the morning after using them?

I was asked to review a pillow spray and was sent the National Trust Coast Room & Linen Spray:

I had anticipated receiving a spray that had sleep-inducing lavender in it and was surprised when I sprayed this fresh scent in my bedroom. I don't think it invoked images of sleep in my mind, and instead felt more awakening and uplifting than relaxing.

I gave it a shot though, but I'm sad to say I don't think it made a difference to my sleep or the time it took for me to get to sleep which is a shame. 

I was also asked to share my own sleep advice.

I stumbled across this infographic on Pinterest with 10 tips for better sleep and I agree with all of them...

I've pretty much cut out caffeine and now drink decaf tea where possible. I do exercise regularly. My bedroom is dark with blackout blinds and grey curtains. I sleep on an amazing memory foam mattress and pillow. I've also been using the sleep cycle app on my iPhone and it's supposed to wake you at the most appropriate time based on your body movements. I'm not sure whether the app has made a difference or not, it's a bit of a hit or miss if I'm honest.

What am I doing wrong?

So tell me, what are your tips for a better night's sleep?

I received a complimentary Room & Linen Spray in exchange for this review. Opinions, as always, are my own.

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