Whether you’re 15 or 50, good sleep is important for health and wellbeing. But for the majority of women hitting their midlife stage (myself included!) it can take on an elusive quality.
Even for those of us who once slept easily and soundly, a restful night suddenly becomes a thing of the past. As many as two thirds of women going through the menopause report having problems sleeping, so if you are one of them then you’re not alone. Hormones play havoc with everything from temperature control to REM and the net result is poor sleep quality, loss of energy and increased anxiety.
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So what can help those of us suffering a midlife sleep crisis to get a better night’s sleep? Here are some things that work for me.
COLUMBIA CARE BROAD SPECTRUM 10% CBD SOFTGEL CAPSULES 30 CAPSULES, £39.95
The interest in CBD products has skyrocketed in recent years, especially for people with problems sleeping or anxiety. But how do you know if you’re buying a quality product?
I love Columbia Care Platinum’s organic and holistic approach and the fact that their products are made from the highest quality hemp and then third-party checked. The soft gel capsules are easy to take, gentle on your system and are an essential part of my wellbeing routine.
DAYLESFORD ORGANIC DREAMTIME TEA, £4.99
I first discovered this quintessentially English brand when I was last in the UK. A friend of mine gifted me a selection of their teas (of course – the British love their tea!) and now I love it too.
Daylesford Organic’s perfectly named Dreamtime tea is heavenly just before bedtime. The ingredients read like an English garden with calming lavender, camomile, apple and other fruits and flowers. It’s naturally caffeine-free and delicious. The smell is also very soothing and soporific.
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TAPESTRY by CAROL KING, £11.27
We all need to unplug from life and plug into our favourite tunes from time to time. For me, this is one of the most iconic albums ever released. Even now, 50 years on (although of course, I don’t remember it first time around!) it’s still a firm favourite.
Such well-worn songs feel like familiar old friends (cue You’ve Got A Friend!) and instantly help me to relax and chill in the evening. We Americans are proud to call Ms King our own but happily share her talents with the rest of the world.
If you haven’t listened to Tapestry, you’ll love it.
Nora Ephron, I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN, £8.99
I love a good book. There’s nothing quite like snuggling under the duvet and getting lost in a page-turner to wind down after a busy day.
This fantastic book by America’s beloved Nora Ephron resonates with women the world over and is the perfect bedtime read. I’ve read it countless times and have always admired her wit and wisdom.
She writes about things that shouldn’t be important as we age but if we’re honest, we have a tendency to dwell on at times – like how our neck looks. Although it was first published in 2006, the book is still fresh and uproariously candid. She wrote many award-winning screenplays too, like When Harry Met Sally, and led a full life. A woman to be admired.
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HERBIVORE BOTANICALS COCONUT MILK BATH SOAK, £18
Every woman knows the importance of indulging in a little self-care, especially before bedtime. I absolutely love this blissful bath soak enriched with organic coconut milk. It creates a luxurious bathtime treat and my skin feels gorgeously hydrated.
I light some candles, put on some calming music and feel my cares float away. I love the fact that this homegrown American brand started off in a small Seattle kitchen and is now loved by so many across the world.
The best part? It is infused with a tropical coconut scent to transport your senses to an island paradise. And relax…
COLUMBIA CARE BROAD SPECTRUM PEPPERMINT FLAVOURED 10% CBD OIL, FROM £39.95
Sometimes I take CBD in the form of Columbia Care Platinum’s premium, peppermint flavoured CBD oil. Its smooth, rich and silky taste combined with natural peppermint makes it perfect to take in the evening.
Columbia Care Platinum’s meticulous care applied to processing and manufacturing their CBD oils is very reassuring. You know you’re getting a quality product that will make a difference.
This single strength, 10% CBD oil is delivered through a graded pipette for accurate dosage. All their CBD products are manufactured THC-free in the USA, are 100% organic, vegan and non-GMO.