You’ve written in your journal, turned your phone off, put your fresh bedding on your extremely comfortable mattress and are lying there ready to drift off to the land of nod, except you aren’t and you can’t because you can’t switch your mind off...
Despite doing all the right things for a restful deep sleep you are still having difficulty drifting off.
You aren’t alone.
We all spend the time we should be sleeping mentally calculating how much sleep we’ll get if we could just go to sleep… like right GODDAMN now.
It’s frustrating when you can’t fall asleep because you know you’ll pay for it in the morning. A bit like when you watch one too many episodes on Netflix and tell yourself “I’ll be fine” (reader, you are not fine in the morning). Perhaps it’s time to consider a nighttime routine if you don’t already, and try something new like a pillow spray.
What is a pillow spray?
A pillow spray is used as a sleep aid, it contains the perfect blend of essential oils to help ease stress and anxiety and hopefully support you in falling into a deep sleep. When combined with other nighttime routines, it might just be the missing piece of your sleep puzzle. These sprays create a relaxing atmosphere using aromatherapy.
With the right blend, essential oils can help to change our physical and mental state, they have been known to reduce heart rate and decrease the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Oils such as lemon and spearmint are uplifting whereas many can help put us in a better position to relax and fall asleep. Oils like Lavender are definitely of the pro chill variety and have scientific backing on their side. Ylang Ylang is a great little addition as it alleviates anxiety and reduces depression, and Geranium and Eucalyptus help combat stress and soothe the mind. By spritzing this onto your pillow it makes it’s much easier to sniff these favourable ingredients, given you are lying on them. If they don’t end up working, your room will have the bonus of smelling like a spa and what’s not to love about that!
The Echor pillow spray is packed with 100% pure essential oils including Lavender, Geranium, Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange. The lavender isn't overpowering and it fills the room with enough of those sweet oils to help support a deeper sleep.
What if you don’t have an end of day routine? Let us help, you won’t regret it & you might thank us for it. By creating your routine you are actively putting your body into relaxation mode and taking care of yourself. This could be something that takes 2 hours a night or a swift 15 mins meditation and a lavender pillow spray, do whatever works for you. There are some great benefits to having a successful routine: you’ll have a night of more restful higher quality sleep, you’ll be able to tackle the morning in a much more productive way and your brain will remain sharper throughout the day.
It may take a few nights to get used to it, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Weekends can also be difficult because of plans and social engagements but if your routine is fairly simple you’ll be able to adapt it.
It is VERY important not to be too descriptive about your end of day routine as that can cause anxiety itself. The idea is to have options, a 'toolkit' if you like. If you insist on doing the same things, in the same order every night, chances are you'll take the power out of it relaxing you before bed. You'll at the very least get bored of it and the idea is to help relax you. If it's enjoyable, you'll body's processes will relax with your mind.
Some ideas for that end of day / evening routine toolkit:
- Try making a warm drink 30 mins before you are due to go to bed, once you’ve finished your drink it’s time to head off.
- Take a bath with some aromatherapy
- Relax under a weighted blanket
- Journaling can work wonders! Learn more about that here.
- Masturbate 😘 because a bit of self love can kick anxiety's arse! Read more about that here.
Once your routine becomes your habit, you’ll end up not needing them after a while but they are great to start with. Finally start small, like say trying a really beautiful pillow spray or writing down one thing you are grateful for. No two bedtimes are the same so it’s important to figure out what does and doesn’t work for you.