Monday, 7 July 2014

Sleep aids with Silentnight

For just about as long as I can remember, I have struggled with sleeping and this isn't the first time I have mentioned insomnia on my blog.  In time I have tried quite a few different products to hope they bring about sleep, some have been successful and others have failed.

Silentnight are conducting a Sleep Clinic online to try to help some of the nation's poor sleep sufferers, their research showed that only 25% of all parents are getting a good nights sleep. So having completed a survey and being offered the chance to try out choice of products to review I selected a sleep mask** and a magnesium oil goodnight spray**.

Sleep aids with Silentnight

I tried both separately at first and then together and wrote down how I felt. The mask is made by Tempur and it conforms to your body and uses soft velour that is allergen and mite resistant.  As soon as I fitted the mask using the elasticised strap, I was surprised at how soft it felt against my face and skin and how much light it blocks out.  

One of the issues for me is that as soon as it gets light, I wake up and given that the sun has risen by 4.30am most mornings, you can imagine how tired I am come lunch time at work!  I was also skeptical as to whether or not the mask would remain in place all night, it did and I didn't strangle myself with it (one of my fears) and it didn't leave any marks on my face when I did wake up the following morning.  So for me, this did help keep me asleep longer but drifting off remained an issue.

Sleep aids with Silentnight

Sleep aids with Silentnight

Sleep aids with Silentnight

The magnesium oil goodnight spray I also used.  It states the oil can be applied to any area of the body. Apply 5-10 sprays every evening and gently massage into the skin for optimum absorption. 

Apply at least half an hour before retiring. Can be re-applied if sleep is disturbed due to muscle discomfort and it is suitable for anyone from 12 years of age.  This is its description:

Magnesium is an essential element in over 350 bio-chemical reactions within our bodies and many of these involve chemical reactions within the brain, particularly those responsible for sleep patterns. BetterYou Goodnight Spray helps promote a good night's sleep without the morning-after drowsiness.
Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray is an ideal muscle rub to help maintain normal healthy sleep. The magnesium has been enhanced with the most relaxing essential oils of bergamot, clary sage and chamomile.
When I first applied this, i thought it would be a good idea to apply it to my pressure points as I have done with other products to aid sleep.  I had read that there could be a slight tingling feeling to the skin, well there was and it wasn't too uncomfortable and did subside after a few minutes, but it didn't help me drift off at all.  There was a slight scent to it, nothing overly potent, but one of those scents you would want in a candle which would be relaxing.  

Did it help me drift off to sleep, on its own no, but teamed with the mask I definitely fell asleep much quicker than I would usually done and even now I am still using both products and am falling asleep and staying asleep for a much longer period of time than usual.

Sleep aids with Silentnight

Sleep aids with Silentnight

I asked around my office for suggestions and tips from people about sleeping well or how they fall asleep and this is their list:
  • Go to the gym and have a good work-out for 30-40 mins
  • Get plenty of fresh air during the day, instead of eating at the desk, walk to the park
  • No electronics half an hour before bed because it keeps your mind alert
  • As above with the TV
  • Turn your phone off or put it on Airplane mode
  • Buy a Black-out blind
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Use something Lavender scented before bed
What things do you find help you sleep better? I'd love to hear any tips!

To try out the Silentnight Sleep Clinic yourself, just click here


  1. I should get this for my best mate who struggles with sleep.

  2. Fresh bedding! Haha. Seriously, it's amazing to snuggle down under nice clean sheets :D

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  3. The mask looks like a perfect product to pack in your hand luggage - I can never get to sleep on planes!!!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  4. Gosh they all sound amazing and definitely something that people need! Perfect for travelling too!


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