A Good Night's Sleep in a Tin

Here's something a little different than my normal chattering on about beauty products. I've never really had trouble sleeping and was always quite proud of being able to maintain normal sleeping patterns throughout college. But suddenly a few weeks ago, I couldn't get more than 5 hours of sleep per night. Either I would take up to 2 hours to fall asleep, or I would suddenly wake up early in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep. It was making me absolutely miserable. I have no idea what brought on this sudden change, but I will tell you what fixed it.

I had heard of sprays and balms and other products that claimed to help you drift off to sleep, but I never really believed they would work. A couple weeks ago I read a post on Tattoed Tealady about two sleep balms, and it really convinced me to give them a try.

I thought about getting the This Works Sleep Balm, but I decided I would go for the cheaper option, the Badger Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm, in case it didn't work for me. I was so excited when it arrived from Amazon - I was still skeptical that it would work, but hopeful that I would finally get a good night's sleep. This is quite a solid, oily balm. I wouldn't say the scent is particularly lovely (I love lavender but am not bergamot's biggest fan), but it is super calming and relaxing, and it's really grown on me now. I rub a bit of this on my wrists and other pulse points and a tiny bit under my nose before I go to bed. The first night I used it I was able to drift off to sleep in about 15 minutes and slept all the way through the night and got a full 8 hours - I was amazed!

If you're having sleeping troubles, or just think that you could be getting more sleep, I definitely recommend the Badger Sleep Balm. I'm not particularly stressed about anything at the moment, but this still helps clear my head and shut off racing thoughts so I can get to sleep. I've heard that the This Works offering works even more quickly, but I'm happy enough with the balm from Badger that I think I'll stick with it.

Have you tried a sleep balm before? Did it work for you?