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…
- try to be in bed by 10pm
- mist my sheets with the White Company lavender sleep mist
- 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.
- Light the candle
- 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.
- 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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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.