I had a hectic weekend pounding the shopping belt of Singapore and catching up with my sister late into the night so sleep was sacrificed. I got home late Sunday night and had to be up early for work on Monday. Needless to say, my body was aching the whole of Monday (getting older does that to you :P) and I was feeling like a zombie. And then, I open the newspapers on Monday and am confronted with this article about sleep.
In gist, the latest findings are that more sleep may be better for you, because less sleep can kill you earlier :P Yet the study balances itself out by saying that too much sleep may be bad too. So the optimum seems to be 6-8 hours of sleep a day. I guess that rules out the Rip van Winkle sleep therapy :P
I personally think how much sleep you need depends on your own body. I know of people who can function on little sleep because that’s all their body needs to recharge. Perhaps their batteries are the quick charging kind :P
I on the other hand, need a minimum of 8 hours uninterrupted sleep before I can fully function. The only time I can get by with very little sleep is if the adrenaline is rushing e.g. during exam periods or stressful work times. Otherwise, its 8 hours or be an unproductive zombie the rest of the day. So having mild insomnia really sucks for me! Thankfully, I’ve since worked out 2 products that pages Mr. Sandman to send me on my way to Dreamland pronto!
The 2 products I use to send me packing to Dreamland are the Badger Balm Sleep Balm and Les Floralies Sleep Sniff Box.
I apply the Badger Balm Sleep Balm under my nose and on my temples. I then open up my tub of Les Floralies Sleep Sniff Box and take 3 deep breaths of the scent and settle down to let them take effect.
The Les Floralies Sleep Sniff Box contains little scented beads as you see in the picture and the Sleep version contains Neroli, Lavender and Camomile essential oils. All you do is open the cap and take a few deep breaths of the scent and then relax. The Sniff Boxes can last about 6 months and you must close the cover properly or the beads will lose their scent and efficacy.
Used together, the scents calm me down thus promoting a sense of relaxation and helps me sleep more easily and deeply. For most people, using either will do. For me, I need a double dose before I get knocked out for the night. But I’m glad I discovered both these products or I’d be tossing and turning half the night and then, probably die early if the studies are anything to go by :P
Do you have problems sleeping and do you have something that helps you fall asleep?
I actually tried a herbal sleeping pill containing valerian many years ago. I took it once but will never take it again because it made me feel groggy for close to 48 hours *shudder* I’d stick to my Badger Sleep Balm and Les Floralies Sleep Sniff Box for now :)
p/s I thought the lead researcher in the article was Francesco “Cappuccino” and had some punny joke all planned, but upon close inspection its in fact Cappuccio so no jokes :P
I got my Badger Sleep Balm overseas for RM18 but check out the local Facebook profile. Les Floralies Sniff Boxes are RM65 each and can be found at Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Gurney Plaza. More information on their Facebook page.