As a child, do you remember how you felt about bedtime? More specifically, how you felt about going to sleep?
In my house, bedtime was a nightly battle. I have countless memories of being chased around the house by my parents when bedtime arrived until my sister and I finally agreed to surrender and get ready for bed. This, of course, was only the first step. We still had to be wrangled into pyjamas and have our teeth brushed. If we didn’t make a break for it during this process, which happened about half the time, then one of our parents would read us a story, sing us a song, and/or rub our backs all with the hopes of coaxing us to sleep for the night. This happened every night until we reached a certain age. You would think after that routine, we would be exhausted and want to go to sleep. But, I’m sure you know as well as I do, that usually was not the case.
Many adults still have a complicated relationship with sleep--and, nobody to corral them into their PJs and read them a story. Except, this time the tables have turned; many of us want to fall asleep, but can’t. When we were children, we didn’t want to go to sleep because we didn’t want to miss out on what was going on when we went to bed. Often, as adults, we long for a few hours of peaceful sleep but have difficulty achieving it because we are unable to unplug. We run through to-do lists, think about schedules and budgets and work, finish our TV shows, etc. all because we are still afraid of missing out on something when really the thing we’re missing out on is sleep.
Sometimes when I lay down to sleep at night, I feel overstimulated—that I can’t relax or turn off my brain. I know I want and need to sleep but I feel unable to connect my mind to my body to make it happen. Personally, I’ve tried everything from aromatherapy to natural medicine to prescribed sleeping pills--some things help a little while others make absolutely no difference. Nothing I’ve tried seemed to be a solution.
Then, I tried a Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet. I admit, I was sceptical at first. The technology was like nothing I had ever heard of before but, after waking up refreshed after my first night giving it a shot—I couldn’t believe how effective it was. It has become and an absolute staple in my bedtime routine.
I read over the guide included with my bracelet on the first night I put it on. It instructed me to put it on 15-30 minutes before I wanted to sleep. Much to mine and my partner's amazement, I was asleep in 10 minutes.