Becoming a parent is one of the most amazing, incredible, life altering things that can ever happen to you. You’re suddenly in charge of this tiny little person and your whole world suddenly revolves around them, their wants and their needs. Everyone knows becoming a parent involves a whole lot of sleepless nights. Babies are hard work. What you’re not told, is that those sleepless nights carry on long after your baby is sleeping through the night. Well, it’s true in my case anyway!
Both of my boys have always been fantastic sleepers, sleeping through the night from around 10-12 weeks old. They have also both been in their own rooms, in their own cots, from 12 weeks old. Welcome over protective mother to the picture, who has spent every night since, waking up several times to go and check on them and spending a ridiculous amount of time listening each night to make sure I can hear them breathing. They cough, I’m in there. They groan, I’m in there. I have become a ridiculously light sleeper, and even when the boys are at a sleepover I still find myself unable to have a decent night’s sleep. Grooooooooan.
So a couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the people from Silentnight Beds Scotland who asked if i would like to try out a sleep accessory that may help my sleepless night situation. I had to fill in a survey so that they could see my sleeping habits and they would then send me out a suitable sleep accessory (unfortunately, a new bed wasn’t one of the options – gutted ;) )
A week later I received a lovely parcel from Laura Ashley containing their “Fresh Linen and Jasmine Room Spray.”
The packaging is really lovely. Solid glass bottle with a small polka-dotted design and a silver lid. Lovely. Now, this scent is described on the Laura Ashley website as being;
an uplifting room spray which is infused with a Fresh Linen and Jasmine fragrance to give a wonderfully ambient aroma to the home.
First of all, I will be honest, I was slightly perplexed when I received this. A lavender scent I would have understood. But I had never thought of Linen and Jasmine as scents that would aid sleep.
This room spray really does smell beautiful. It only takes a little bit for the room to become full of the scent. It reminds me hot summer days, clean washing with a hint of sun cream thrown in for good measure. It’s gorgeous!
I’ve tried this room spray out for a week now, and whilst it does make your room smell beautiful, I’m unsure as to whether it did help me sleep better. Feel more relaxed as I was falling asleep? Yes, I think so. A clean, tidy bedroom that smells GORGEOUS is always going to help you relax. But as for an unbroken deep sleep, then I’ll have to be honest and admit that it didn’t really help out in that area. I did wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and the room still held the smell of the spray which was really impressive! I’ve actually taken to spraying the room spray in my living room, and have had numerous compliments on it (particularly from Aiden, who loves it!) so overall, a gorgeous uplifting scent but not necessarily one that will aid sleep.
Here are some of my top tips if you’re a light sleeper/rubbish sleeper like me :
- Try having a hot bubble bath before bed. Radox do a range of sleep aid bubble baths that might also help with relaxation. Bliss.
This is my current favourite(not a sleep aid one right enough):
- Make sure you have a clean and tidy bedroom. It really can make all the difference. Clean sheets and new jammies are my absolute most favourite thing in the world!
- Listening to relaxing music can help you have a better sleep. I went through a phase where I was really struggling to fall asleep. I found several pieces of music on YouTube which include “binaural tones” which are sound patterns which are specifically designed to produce brain waves associated with a relaxed state of mind! I’m usually completely comatose by about 7 minutes in. (Note, if you have a weak bladder, the first ones probably not the best for you, a lot of running water!)
- Make sure you have a comfortable mattress/bed. It makes all the difference! If you’re looking for a new one, head over and have a wee look at the Silentnight Beds website here.
I hope a few of these tips can help you out. Running on empty is never good for anyone, whether you’re a parent or not. A good nights sleep can make all the difference.
Goodnight everyone, sleep tight and sweetdreams! (hopefully!)
The Southside Girl x