The clocks have gone back (I think, thank god for automatic time change on iPhones) the days are shorter and were finally at that time of the year when everyone says “it’s dark early isn’t it”, every day for about the next 2 months. A lot of things come hand in hand with the clock change, but the biggest thing has to be the string of tweets that appear every morning talking about how dark and cold it is – everyone knows when you’re wrapped up like a burrito in your duvet, the outside world (aka your bedroom) seems like a frosty no-mans land compared to your current wrapped up state.
I might be on a bit of a tangent, revisiting many a morning that i have spent like the above, but i do have a point. Getting up in winter is hard, very hard, but actually getting a good nights sleep makes getting up a hell of a lot easier, even when it’s pitch black outside.
About three weeks ago i tweeted at 6 am that i felt like i have had “approximately 0 hours sleep” and judging by the response to the tweet a lot of people felt the same – fast forward and i’m now pretty much in a sleeping pattern, i’ve woken up naturally just before my alarm a few times already and I’m tired enough to fall asleep at night. I mean i’m writing this at 9 am and i don’t feel like i want to wrap myself in a blanket and continue watching Stranger Things, okay maybe a little bit, but it wouldn’t be because i was tired. So how have i gotten to this point? Well i mean you can see from the pictures and title but continue reading anyway..
When the email popped up to tell me that the new & Now To Sleep pillow spray from REN was on the way it seemed like the light bulb moment in a movie, i had spent the previous night tossing and turning, having weird dreams about boats and being in gameshows where you might die – so it seemed like the most perfect opportunity to try it out.
I had no idea that the pillow spray would come with an entire little routine to put me to sleep, i tried it out the first night after i got it, which really says something seen as a lot of things stay in their box for two weeks until i remember i should’ve been testing them.
REN is obviously most well known for their skincare, it’s a range i always saw in the beautiful M&S beauty department and longed for for quite a while, until a few months ago when i got the chance to try out the primer/skincare hybrid that is the Perfect Canvas. Other than that though i had never tired any of the actual skincare products, and as we all know my one true love is my evening skincare routine, so the three night time appropriate minis in the kit have revamped my routine.
I used to love cleansing balms, they were a part of my daily routine for years but my constant desire to change products meant i had drifted from them recently – the No 1 Purity cleansing balm has reignited my love for the balm. When you squeeze this out it’s almost a solid, but in a few seconds after warming it between your finger tips it melts down to a beautiful oily texture.
I have oily blemish prone skin (if i haven’t said that enough) so you might think a cleanser like this would be the last thing that i need, but oily cleansing balms actually work amazingly to balance the skin. This is so gentle too, so you get a clean face without the harsh stripping or drying sensations from cleansers that are usually marketed towards my skin type.
An overnight mask is not something that i’ve really ever dabbled in before, the thought of leaving anything other than a moisturiser on my skin for a long time kind of terrifies me, but i got along pretty well with this. The Wake Wonderful night time facial actually reacted really well with my skin, despite my fears of waking up with a face like a tomato – the biggest thing i noticed was how soft my skin felt but the overall appearance was noticeably better too.
Night creams and moisturisers are not something i switch up, to reference my oily/acne prone skin again, something that stays on my skin for all day or night needs to not break me out – so once i find something that doesn’t react badly with my face, i tend to keep it close and not stray. Even with my problematic face my skin loves the Revitalising night cream, it didn’t clog my pores which is like 99% of what i look for in a moisturiser, and it feels really lightweight whilst hydrating and brightening. Aka everything you could possibly want from a moisturiser!
I drink a cup of tea about an hour before i go to bed every single night, i’ve been known to come back from a night out at 2 am and still have a cup of tea, it’s probably part of the reason i’ve struggled sleeping in the past. Even though drinking tea isn’t as bad as drinking a coffee right before you sleep, there’s still caffeine in a good old brew; but as i’m not willing to break the habit of having a hot drink before bed, this Snooze Sleepy Tea has proved an interesting replacement.
I’m not sure whether there’s scientific evidence behind this but i do think it helps me drift off, there’s something calming about a warm drink and the blend of sleepy scents like lavender and camomile that remind me of sleeping, and that must have some type of effect on the brain right?
Finally onto the main event, the & Now To Sleep spray itself. I always felt like pillow sprays were something that people who really have their life together own, can’t you imagine someone who’s living their best life misting a lavender scented spray over their pillow every night, before waking up perfectly rested at 7 am? I can.
Part of the image i had in my head meant i was sceptical however, i never really imagined pillow sprays would have too much of an effect on your sleep, but turns out i was just plain wrong. The first night i tried this was the first night i didn’t actually wake up tossing and turning for weeks. I slept through the night, i felt like a parent with a new born baby who didn’t wake them up during the night for the first time ever, except i was both the parent and the baby.
The lavender and frankincense in this means you smell it and you just want to sleep, i like to take a few minutes to properly breath this in once my head hits the pillow to make sure i get the full effect, and the time it takes me to drift off is definitely reduced after using it. A little goes a long way with this too, i can’t see myself running out of the bottle too quickly because you really only need 2 sprays either side of your pillow – just don’t do what i did one night and spray it completely out of reach of where your nose is located once you’re lying down.
The quality of my sleep is greatly improved and getting up in these cold mornings is now a whole lot easier, who knew a pillow spray could do so much?
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