Lifestyle | Changing my bed time routine…

The past year or so I’ve been suffering with insomnia.  Unable to get to sleep, my mind whirls away over analysing conversations, running through a list of things to do, planning home remodels and generally beating myself up at the fact I can’t go to sleep.

I’ve been advised to do the usual; switch off devices earlier in the evening, have a bath, read etc etc.  And of course, change my day time habits, drink less caffeine and exercise.  All of which I have tried, but still, I have trouble drifting off. I regularly lie there, listening to Dan snore softly away – he never has problems falling asleep.

So – something needed to be done.

A couple of weeks ago, The White Company kindly sent me a gift box full of their new range, Sleep.  It’s like they knew I was having problems!  Inside were a variety of Lavender & Chamomile scented products, designed to set me on the path of a restful sleep.

Eager to try them out, I ran a warm bath and filled it with the scented bath oil, and then lit the lavender candle, and laid back to relax.  Earlier that evening I had uploaded a new app, Calm.  Keen to give daily meditation a go, Calm does all the hard work of finding a relaxing meditation for you.

In the bath, I listened to a gentle rolling thunderstorm (via the app), and soothing story about the tran-Siberian railway.  I love Calm, every day it has a new ‘daily calm’ a 10 minute meditation, which teaches us to tune into our breath, let thoughts come and go.. and gives little insights into life, and the mind.

Also, each day there is a new sleep story.  A beautiful story, sometimes fiction, sometimes factual, all read by soothing voices, to allow you to drift off to sleep.  The other night Stephen Fry read a story all about the lavender farms in Provence. Fascinating and soothing.  Anyway, try it. Calm is my favourite app at the moment.

So my new bedtime routine is as follows…

  1. try to be in bed by 10pm
  2. mist my sheets with the White Company lavender sleep mist
  3. If I have a bath before hand, I start my routine a little earlier, and smoother my skin afterwards with either Sleep body oil or body lotion.
  4. Light the candle
  5. snuggle down and listen to the Calm app. Depending on how sleepy I am it’s the 10min daily calm or longer with the 20min sleep story too.
  6. remember to blow out the candle!

Two weeks in, and over 5 hours of calming meditation under my belt, and my sleep has been restored. I also feel brighter, and my mind less cluttered with thoughts. If anxiety does pop up during the day, I can just focus on my breath and let these thoughts drift away.

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Sleepydoe, Sunshine Dusk PJ Set
Sleepydoe, Sunshine Dusk PJ Set
£25.00
Milk Decoration Magazine
Milk Decoration Magazine
£5.90
Calm App
Calm App
£35 yearly
Sleep body oil
Sleep body oil
£25.00
Sleep Body Cream
Sleep Body Cream
£30.00
Sleep Candle
Sleep Candle
£20.00
Sleep Pillow Mist
Sleep Pillow Mist
£22.00
Sleepydoe, Sunshine Dusk PJ Set
Sleepydoe, Sunshine Dusk PJ Set
£25.00
Milk Decoration Magazine
Milk Decoration Magazine
£5.90
Calm App
Calm App
£35 yearly
Sleep body oil
Sleep body oil
£25.00
Sleep Body Cream
Sleep Body Cream
£30.00
Sleep Candle
Sleep Candle
£20.00
Sleep Pillow Mist
Sleep Pillow Mist
£22.00

 


Collaboration Note:  I was kindly gifted these products by The White Company. All thoughts and images my own.  Calm is something I truly love, and I thought I’d share.  This post contains a small amount of affiliate links, of which I make a small amount of commission. 

  • I have suffered from insomnia for two years now (on and off). I recently listened to a podcast episode by Dr Chatterjee that was all about sleep. The sleep expert shared something that stuck with me. ‘Ask a normal person how to sleep and they will have no idea. Ask an insomniac how to sleep and they will tell you all the latest tips and tricks’. It is so interesting to me that for years I never had a problem with sleep (and never thought about it) and now it is something that requires so much of my attention. In my experience a good bedtime routine is also very helpful for sleeping. I am still working on mine and I like the idea of incorporating candles into the routine.

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