For those of you that have been reading FFG from the beginning, you'll be well versed on the fact that for the first three years of this site's existence, I was sleeping a maximum of three hours a night. Hey, when you want to make something work you do whatever it takes. Sadly, for me it meant sacrificing sleep. I'm not proud of it, but I'm proud of what I've built because of it. That all being said, I've finally come to a place where I can sleep eight hours a night. And when I say "sleep," I mean quite literally passing out as soon as my head hits the pillow. Snoozing these days is not a problem at all. It is, however, a major problem for Mr. FFG. So when I got a call from Febreze asking if we wanted to come and partake in a sleeping adventure for the launch of a new project, my attention was officially grabbed.
Now here's the crazy coincidence here with all of this. Last month Momma Goose was over visiting her flock and she brought with her an extra suitcase of goods. I enquired as to what was within and she informed me that my niece had become addicted to Febreze Sleep Serenity Quiet Jasmine Bedding Spray. The suitcase was full of bottles to keep her sleep happy. Obviously this is a product that has already hit home with Americans. And now we're finally getting the Sleep Serenity Collection in the UK.
So in a nutshell, the brand is launching a new product in the UK that's all about enhancing the bedtime routine. Febreze have launched a line of fragrances in the Sleep Serenity Collection that feature advanced technology to eliminate odors and fill your bedroom with a soothing and long-lasting scent. I like to think of it as scenting your dreams. Oh how romantic. There are two scent packages - Quiet Jasmine and Walk Milk and Honey - which are both quite light and dream-like. Well, they should be as they're all about sleep right?
My experience didn't start and stop with the Febreze Sleep Serenity Collection. The brand actually wanted to make sure that Mr. FFG and I were well versed on creating the perfect sleep environment. So they put us up in the Penthouse Suite at the Charlotte Street Hotel in London for the night and gave us a one to one with London's leading sleep specialist - Dr. Guy Meadows. Again, if you're a regular FFG reader you'll know I've crossed paths with Guy many a time over the years. This time, however, I was giving him his toughest case yet - Mr. FFG. For twenty minutes we talked about everything from the effects of very little sleep to ways in which to create an environment that will do away with insomnia and promote a healthy relationship with rest.
For those of you struggling with insomnia, I'm going to plug Dr. Meadows' Sleep book here as we've been reading it and have learned some pretty incredible facts about our sleep deprived nation as well as tips to change it all.
If you're short on time, cash or a mix of the two, I'll give you a few tips that Guy shared with us in helping us all to sleep happy moving forward:
1. Get physical - While staying active is great for you in general, it also helps to deepen your sleep. Get out there and start working. Talk a walk with your favourite music blasting away in the ears, pretending you are Cindy Crawford at the the height of her runway rule. Strut it!
2. Switch off all electronic devices 45 minutes before sleeping. That means no twitter, no instagram, no Sex & The City. This will prepare your brain for the sleep mode. Try picking up a book instead. Has it been a while?
3. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, if possible. This will help set your body clock.
4. We all sleep easiest in dark and quiet environments. Invest in earplugs and an eye mask. Sure you'll look like a total diva, but good sleep is worth it. Plus, aren't we all divas in our dreams anyway?
5. Scent plays a big part in calming you before bed. Hello, Febreze plug. Scenting your room can completely transform your mood and also alert your senses that it's time for calm and sleep.
So there you have it, folks. Now, for those of you wanting a better look at our luxurious evening of treats and such... check out our night at the Charlotte Street Hotel with Febreze in the pictures below.
FFG was a guest at the Charlotte Street Hotel compliments of Febreze.