Does this little blue bottle hold the secret to a good night’s sleep?
Above everything we try to achieve as adults, nothing is as unobtainable as getting a good night’s sleep. Fortunately for us, as the very tired, grumpy general public, there is a variety of apps, products and online courses designed to help us get our eight hours. One of the very best, is Calm.
Voted the App of the Year in 2017 by the App Store, Calm offers meditation courses for the very beginners through to the masters, as well as a selection of ‘sleep stories’ – a collection of audio books voiced by well-known actors ranging in topics designed to get you nodding off in no time. As well as this, they also have a Calm masterclass, in which DR, Rangan Chatterjee – star of BBC One’s Doctor in the House – discusses the best ways get a healthier lifestyle. All in all, the guys over at Calm strive to give you the best night’s sleep possible.
Having constantly struggled with sleep for a few years, I was delighted when I was offered to try one of Calm’s products – the Sleep Mist. It arrived in a dainty 28 ml bottle, deep midnight (how fitting) blue in colour and was promised to contain an enticing elixir of lavender, chamomile, clary sage and frankincense. The directions were to simply spray onto my pillow before I went to sleep and to then, hopefully, drift off to dreamland.
I have to admit, at first I was very sceptical. I had tried using lavender products before, and to no avail, so why should this one be any different? And perhaps it was my defiance that kept me awake that first night – I didn’t really see much improvement in my sleeping patterns.
However, I persevered. After about a week of using the sleep mist, I started to notice I was nodding off quicker. After a couple of weeks, I was nodding off and staying asleep through the night – usually my biggest challenge. I continued to use the product for one full month and found that whilst I still has the odd sleepless night, overall, I was sleeping deeper and more consistently than I had for a long time.
My only qualm? It doesn’t really smell like lavender. It has a slightly more botanical scent that is certainly relaxing but may not appeal to the masses. However, it seems that the combination of the ingredients really does work, you just have to use it for a while to see results. And whilst some people may want a hardcore, knock-you-straight-out sleeping solution, this is an unbeatably natural, low maintenance option. Give it a try for yourself and see what you think.
To find out more, visit www.calm.com