An estimated one in three people in the UK suffer with poor sleep, myself included. A good nights sleep is so important for health, including immunity, emotional and psychological well being, and considering that I get just a couple of hours sleep per night, it’s no wonder that my health, and mood, has suffered in recent years.
I used to be one of those people who could fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, back when I was younger, before children and the responsibilities of adulthood came along. In my early twenties I struggled with my first real bout of insomnia and it was physically, and emotionally, draining. Insomnia has repeatedly plagued me over the last decade and yet never as badly as it has in recent years. Due to health worries, nerve damage, the onset of tinnitus and four children to worry about, I am lucky if I get even three hours sleep each night.
It’s always the case that just as I fall asleep, the alarm goes off and it’s time to get up, and I can’t even tell you the last time that I actually woke up ready. I am guilty of pressing the snooze button as many times as I can get away with, each ten minutes sinking back into the most amazing sleep, waking more and more drained with each new alarm.
Not getting enough good quality sleep can leave you feeling tired, low in energy and irritable – something whih you only need to ask my children about when I’m biting their heads off each morning.
When Kalms offered me a #wakeupready goody bag to help me wake feeling more refreshed each morning, I was very keen to try out the products. Firstly I took advantage of the opportunity for a long soak in the bath, using the Baylis & Harding Lavender bath foam, which was lovely and relaxing.
I then enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate drink from Whittards before taking myself off to bed. Also included was the Moleskine journal to jot down all of my thoughts and worries as I attempted to drift off. I often lie awake at night worrying about the following day, whether Lewis has his PE kit ready, whether Eva will go into school without crying, whether Harry and Megan need a packed lunch for nursery that day. I often plot blog posts in my head, coming up with all of my best ideas at three in the morning, unable to go back to sleep for fear of forgetting them. And so jotting them down in a notebook, on my bedside table, really did help.
In the morning I was woken by the Lumie Bodyclock, a specially designed clock which wakes you by emulating a gradual sunrise, aimed to wake you as naturally as possible as opposed to an intrusive alarm. Bodyclock is by far a more refreshing way to wake up. It’s effective for healthy sleep, sports training, energy at work, and a useful complement to a light box in treating SAD, something which I suffer from through the winter months.
Kalms Night are offering one of my readers the chance to win a #wakeupready goody bag of their own, worth over £100.
To enter simply enter via the link below, the winner will be notified via email on the 19th March.
For more information please visit www.kalmsrange.com
*** This is a promotional post in conjunction with Kalms. All words and opinions are my own. ***