A good nights sleep is essential in your day to day life. It can affect your health, immunity and emotional and psychological well being.

It’s estimated that one in three people within the UK suffer with poor sleep (myself included). I work 12 hour shifts, both days and night, which when combined with looking after a toddler, can mean I have very little or broken sleep.

If you don’t get enough good quality sleep, you’re often left feeling tired, low in energy and irritable – things I can definitely relate too! I know when I haven’t had enough sleep, as I feel weak and low in mood with little to no energy.

I dream of lie in’s and lazy days in bed.

I remember when I was a teenager, I was able to sleep until mid afternoon and fall asleep at the drop of a hat. A child, a husband, finances and all the worries that come with them have meant that, that is no longer the case.

I can’t remember the last time I woke up ready and raring to go so I was rather pleased when Kalms offered to send me a #wakeupready kit. I hoped it would help me sleep better and make me wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Included within the kit is : –

Baylis & Harding French Lavender relaxing foam bath

The soothing scent of lavender is perfect for inhaling while soaking in a hot bath before bed. The Baylis & Harding bubble bath is a lovely treat and an excuse to run myself a bath – rather than opting for my usual 3 minute shower.

Whittard of Chelsea Dreamtime Malted Hot Chocolate 

I’m an avid coffee drinker and rely on caffeine far too much. The Dreamtime Hot Chocolate is flavoured with Camomile and Honey which helps ensure a better nights sleep. You simply add warm milk to the powder and it creates the perfect pre bedtime tipple.

2 Moleskine mini ruled notebooks

I have so much running through my head at bedtime. From things I need to do the following day to blog posts I need to write.  Having a handy little book near my bed is a great idea. These little looks are perfect writing down anything playing on my mind before bed or anything I think I’ll need to remember for the following day. It’s a great way of emptying my mind, making me more relaxed for bedtime.

Lumie Start 30 body clock 

The next morning I was woken up by the wonderful Lumie bodyclock. It’s a special alarm clock that wakes you up in a more natural way. It projects a gradual sunrise in your room which is a more refreshing way to wake up and much less intrusive than a traditional alarm.

I think the #wakeupready kit has helped me create a more calming bedtime routine and I feel much more refreshed on a morning.

Kalms Night and Kalms One-A-Night are traditional herbal products that can help with the temporary relief of sleep disturbances,  exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. The products contain Valerian Root. Always read the label before use.

To offer reassurance that Kalms Night meets the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) requirements, the certification mark can be found on the product packaging.

Kalms are kindly offering one of my blog readers the chance to win a #wakeupready kit filled with the fab goodies above. To enter, all you need to do is complete the Gleam form below.


Terms and Conditions

Competition ends on 15th April 2017

All entrants must be over the age of 18 years.

UK winner only.

Random winner chosen by Gleam

If your entries are found to be false all of your entries will be deleted.

You have 14 days to claim your prize from notification email. If not claimed in the time period another winner will be chosen.

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I received the same #WakeupReady set that the winner will receive.






  1. Rebecca Nisbet
    16th March 2017 / 10:13 pm

    i have no idea! im really struggling at the moment, never struggled this much before to sleep πŸ™

  2. Anthony Harrington
    16th March 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I have to have the radio on all night, speech radio not music, I can’t sleep without it

  3. Tracy Nixon
    17th March 2017 / 5:43 am

    Ban technology from the bedroom!

  4. Chris hunt
    17th March 2017 / 7:06 am

    When I have trouble sleeping, I put my ear phones on my iPod or smartphone and listen to a podcast or audio book. I can guarantee I am asleep before the end of the podcast. I also have downloaded some sleep music which is basically, soothing music and sounds. This also works every time. Both things take my mind off my worries. You will find something that suits your own needs and it can be used when travelling too, which is another nightmare for me.

  5. Angela Boucher
    17th March 2017 / 7:13 am

    I try to get to bed early at a regular time to make sure i have a good night’s sleep.

  6. Katie
    17th March 2017 / 9:00 am

    No screens in the bedroom and lavender spray on the pillows x

  7. iain maciver
    17th March 2017 / 9:27 am

    a good comfortable bed and pillows if you can find that

  8. Adeline Sheradelia
    17th March 2017 / 9:27 am

    Sleep early-ish and have some herbal tea before bed

  9. Alison Macdonald
    17th March 2017 / 10:10 am

    Keep away from caffeine and tech screens a good few hours before bed!

  10. Amy Fidler
    17th March 2017 / 10:11 am

    Turn tv and phone off 30 mins before bed and read x

  11. Peter Watson
    17th March 2017 / 10:42 am

    No tea or coffee later than 6pm to reduce caffeine and replace with hot milky drink,eg Horlicks.

  12. Tracey Peach
    17th March 2017 / 10:51 am

    Going to bed at the same time each night & reading a good book in bed πŸ™‚ x

  13. Joanne Beale
    17th March 2017 / 11:58 am

    I would love to find a way to get a good night’s sleep as sometimes I don’t sleep very well at all

  14. Leila Benhamida
    17th March 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Quite time a couple of hours before bedtime. A warm bath and a relaxing read in bed

  15. 17th March 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Phone on airplane mode! reading a good book zzzzz in fact I could just nod off now!! shame i’ve got to get the kids from school soon!

  16. Harline Parkin
    17th March 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Don’t be to active before bed or your mind is still racing

  17. Lindsey Stuart
    17th March 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Switch off from gadgets, read a book and you will soon drift off to a relaxing sleep πŸ™‚

  18. pete c
    17th March 2017 / 3:09 pm

    45 minutes reading before you go to bed is a big aid to sleeping (for me)

  19. Isabel O
    17th March 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Limit screens like smartphones and tablets before bedtime, or if you can’t use a blue light filter app.

  20. Carolyne Douglas
    17th March 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Leave a window open, fresh air makes for a better sleep πŸ™‚

  21. Susan Smith
    17th March 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Always have a window open and read a good book before turning off the light

  22. cheryl hadfield
    17th March 2017 / 7:25 pm

    nice warm bath before bed

  23. laura banks
    17th March 2017 / 7:57 pm

    no technology in the bedroom

  24. Ann-Marie Gould
    17th March 2017 / 8:51 pm

    i try to stop caffeine about 2 hours before i go to bed and also turn my phone off downstairs so im not tempted to scroll

  25. maria hackett
    17th March 2017 / 9:42 pm

    A long bath and staying away from the phone before bed always helps me to have a good night sleep.

  26. 17th March 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before you go to bed.

  27. Sarah Mackay
    17th March 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Put some lavender essence on you pillowcase

  28. Solange
    18th March 2017 / 3:26 am

    Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time everyday, get as much natural sunlight as possible, move vigorously during the day – don’t sit for more than an hour, limit caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and big meals at night, take time for relaxing activities before sleep and create a calm and restful sleep environment.

  29. Dee Gillespie
    18th March 2017 / 8:30 am

    I always leave my window open a tiny bit for fresh air as that always helps if the bedroom is not too warm.

  30. Dee Gillespie
    18th March 2017 / 8:33 am

    I always leave my window open a little bit as fresh air helps me get to sleep and keeps the bedroom a bit cooler.

  31. Kelly Hirst
    18th March 2017 / 10:42 am

    Put down the tech and pick up a book – reading always makes me feel sleepy and ends me fall asleep quicker

  32. Chris Andrews
    18th March 2017 / 12:30 pm

    What tip to you have to ensure a better nights sleep? . . . .have a routine and follow it

  33. Jules Eley
    18th March 2017 / 2:04 pm

    exercise and then low lights and no mobile phones an hour before.

  34. Angela Treadway
    18th March 2017 / 4:14 pm

    have some warm milk and honey x

  35. Richard Eldred Hawes
    18th March 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I always try to make sure that I have a dark and quiet room

  36. Sheena Batey
    18th March 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Kepp the temerature in the bedroom not too hot or too cold and refrain from using technology in the two hours before bed.

  37. jo liddement
    19th March 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Comfortable mattress and pillows and a cup of camomile tea before bed

  38. Sophie Roberts
    19th March 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Don’t watch tv or stare at a screen at least an hour before you go to sleep! It keeps your brain active which will never help you sleep

  39. Alica
    19th March 2017 / 7:00 pm

    Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time everyday

  40. Elizabeth Smith
    19th March 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Keep to a routine and ban screens from the bedroom

  41. Kelly Wheelhouse
    19th March 2017 / 8:55 pm

    having a warm bubble bath with bath salts just before bed time πŸ™‚ that always relaxes me into a perfect slumber

  42. 19th March 2017 / 9:13 pm

    What brilliant goodies. My top tips are to limit screen time in the evening and keep a notepad and pen by the bed to jot down any worries to deal with the next day rather than worry about all night. x

  43. Ruth Harwood
    20th March 2017 / 10:22 am

    try drinking decaf after six and read a book to relax for fifteen mins before sleeping xx

  44. Amanda tanner
    21st March 2017 / 7:41 pm

    Hot bath and a cold glass of wine

  45. Tasha
    21st March 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Have a cup of camomile tea before bed

  46. Michaela Hannah
    22nd March 2017 / 5:12 am

    I’m a terrible sleeper but i hear that not watching tv or any sort of technology at least an hour before bed can help

  47. Laura Pritchard
    22nd March 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I find reading for 30 minutes in bed settles my brain!

  48. Becky John
    23rd March 2017 / 8:22 am

    A hot milky drink, and reading sends me off to sleep.

  49. Sally Collingwood
    23rd March 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Try a relaxing method like imagining you are alone on a desert island on a sun lounger, no thougts just total relaxation.

  50. MM
    25th March 2017 / 11:05 am

    Ear plugs and a sleep mask!

  51. jsho
    25th March 2017 / 11:56 am

    bath before bed in fresh clean bedding and no tech allowed in the bedroom!

  52. Marc H
    25th March 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I always have to have some very low background noise like the radio, a fan or the TV to distract my overactive mind. A hot bath helps me relax before getting into bed.

  53. Justine Hughes
    25th March 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I read until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.

  54. Sarah Lewis
    25th March 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Keep to a regular night time routine even when your daytime routine is different.

  55. sarah birkett
    25th March 2017 / 7:17 pm

    fresh air in the bedroom

  56. Claire Woods
    26th March 2017 / 9:54 am

    relax before bed

  57. Emma Gibson
    26th March 2017 / 6:03 pm

    No phones before bed and no drinking after 9.

  58. Elisabeth Ries
    26th March 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Going to the gym after work seems to make me sleep better – uses up all my energy!

  59. Ema J Lowe
    26th March 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Don’t have your room too hot, turn your radiator down, so its not too stuffy in there.

  60. Jo Carroll
    27th March 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Try to get the temperature of your sleeping area at the optimal level to suit your comfort and try to maintain that whatever the weather.

  61. Lynne Oconnor
    28th March 2017 / 11:34 pm

    Fresh air and fresh bedding

  62. 29th March 2017 / 11:11 am

    get the kids to stay at there nannas for the night πŸ™‚ !!

  63. 29th March 2017 / 11:11 am

    get the kids to stay at there nannas for the night πŸ™‚ !!

  64. Sarahann
    29th March 2017 / 8:49 pm

    For a better night’s sleep, I’ve started taking the time to wind down and have a proper bedtime routine that involves no technology, a mint tea and a good book!

  65. Lynit Bennett
    30th March 2017 / 2:30 pm

    A nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows! Best thing before bed! X

  66. Sophie Ade
    30th March 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Try not to think about all the things you have to do the next time. Try to switch off.

  67. Christine Dodd
    31st March 2017 / 10:29 am

    No TV or computers are allowed in the bedroom

    31st March 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Have a warm bath and wind down before bed.

  69. Laurasales
    1st April 2017 / 12:55 am

    For me the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to have my outfit picked out the night before. I’m indecisive at the best of times never mind when I’ve just woken up – so doing something as simple as taking the decision away and having the clothes ready makes a huge difference to my morning. I can sleep happily knowing my morning won’t be hectic, rushed and flustered, and I won’t have changed my outfit 3 times! πŸ™‚

  70. Katy Malkin
    1st April 2017 / 2:50 am

    Camomile spray and no screen time 30 mins before bed

  71. purpleshoes
    2nd April 2017 / 3:36 pm

    put away any devices so you aren’t distracted by notifications

  72. janine atkin
    2nd April 2017 / 5:26 pm

    read for a while before turning the light out

  73. Katie Kingsbury
    3rd April 2017 / 9:44 am

    Back rub courtesy of my husband, leaves me relaxed and I drop off in about a minute.

  74. Frances H
    4th April 2017 / 10:47 am

    Buy some fleecy jim-jams and get toasty.

  75. Jo Hutchinson
    4th April 2017 / 5:13 pm

    try to keep your bedroom dark and stop lights from suddenly flashing through your windows.

  76. kayleigh manning
    5th April 2017 / 7:37 am

    Always try and have a bedtime routine

  77. Samantha Atherton
    6th April 2017 / 11:02 am

    I like to spray a pillow mist on my pillow just before i go to bed, it really helps me to relax.

  78. Rebecca roberts
    6th April 2017 / 3:31 pm

    No phones iPad a good book window open comfy pillows

  79. Victoria Prince
    7th April 2017 / 9:14 am

    Keep to a routine of always going to bed and getting up at the same time, and try to avoid all phones, computers..etc for an hour before bed!

  80. Sam McKean
    8th April 2017 / 8:37 am

    No tech before bedtime and a nice cool dark bedroom.

  81. Rich Tyler
    9th April 2017 / 8:55 am


  82. Simon C
    10th April 2017 / 6:20 am

    Can’t give any tips because we’re having terrible sleep at the moment. Need all the help we can get so will be reading through all these comments looking for something we haven’t tried yet.

  83. Kim M
    10th April 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Lavender oil on your pillow

  84. Hannah Wynne
    10th April 2017 / 4:57 pm

    A warm bath with lavender or chamomile scented bubbles

  85. michelle o'neill
    10th April 2017 / 5:44 pm

    o caffine at least an hour before bed, and i try to stay off my phone and laptop x

  86. Kimberley Ryan
    10th April 2017 / 6:18 pm

    keep your room cool and as dark as possible

  87. Kimberley Ryan
    10th April 2017 / 6:22 pm

    having the room as cool and dark as possible would be my tip

  88. Karen R
    11th April 2017 / 4:19 pm

    The best tip I think is not to have children! I keep my bedroom dark, cool and don’t have any tech in there πŸ™‚

  89. Christine Caple
    12th April 2017 / 10:50 am

    Reading a book helps me to relax

  90. Sadiyya Maryam
    12th April 2017 / 11:16 am

    I have had bad insomnia for years and have tried lots of things. I do find a cool room helps and not using technology in bed.

  91. Gemma Cook
    12th April 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I find I get a better nights sleep when I stop using any form of technology an hour or so before bed. I also like to take a long hot bubble bath before bed which also helps.

  92. Sheri Darby
    12th April 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Make sure the bed is well made and use a hot water bottle in winter. i can never sleep with cold feet

  93. Jodie Cook
    13th April 2017 / 3:09 pm

    A nice hot bath before bed

  94. Melanie Pennie
    13th April 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I find that I always sleep better with the window slightly open. Gets some fresh air circulating around the room. Also like to have a read just before going to sleep.

  95. sandra cloud
    13th April 2017 / 8:38 pm

    A milky drink before bed

  96. sandra cloud
    13th April 2017 / 8:40 pm

    A hot drink made with milk before bed

  97. Josh Gough
    13th April 2017 / 11:56 pm

    I try to get to bed early at a regular time to make sure i have a good night’s sleep.

  98. Andrew Hindley
    14th April 2017 / 6:15 am

    To ensure a better nights sleep don’t go to bed on a full stomach always have your last meal at least 3 hours before you retire

  99. Diana
    14th April 2017 / 7:04 am

    Baby’s full tummy and a cup of green tea before bed for mummy πŸ™‚

  100. Susan B
    14th April 2017 / 8:44 am

    Make your bedroom environment as comfortable and pleasing as you can and keep pets out.

  101. Stephen Little
    14th April 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Have a quiet period before retiring – no TV, radio, computer and so on.

    14th April 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Turn your computer/tablet/phone off two hours before going to bed. It really works – if you have the willpower !

  103. Jane Allen
    14th April 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I’m a massive insomniac and have tried everything from scented oils to sleeping pills and sedatives from the doctor. A hot bath can be helpful, keeping screens out of the bedroom, I love the This Works sleep candle and body oil but I think that’s more because it smells lovely than anything else. Clean sheets (I’m a bit obsessive about my sleep and make sure that I have clean, ironed, cotton sheets on my bed twice a week – I spritz them with a bit of tisserand sleep oil in water as I iron them), comfy bed – if your mattress is old and lumpy or your bed has seen better days that will impact hugely. Also things like making sure your bedroom is quiet and dark are all helpful. Blackout curtains helped me loads. I like a nice sleep tea too, but mainly just because I like tea!

  104. Rachael Marsden
    14th April 2017 / 6:18 pm

    try and got to bed and get up at the same time every day

  105. lynn neal
    14th April 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Have a lovely long soak in a lavender bubble bath!

  106. Nancy Bradford
    14th April 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Soft music in the background to keep my mind off of background noise.

  107. Petra Hora
    14th April 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Gym session before bed

  108. 14th April 2017 / 11:15 pm

    no screen time for the last hour before bed

    14th April 2017 / 11:17 pm

    No phones or any other tech atleast an hour before bed x

  110. Natalie Thomason
    15th April 2017 / 12:25 am

    Meditation lavender oil and chamomile tea β˜•οΈ

  111. Heather Haigh
    15th April 2017 / 6:33 am

    A soak in the bath with epsom salts and jasmine oil.

  112. Charlotte Hoskins
    15th April 2017 / 7:10 am

    Not always the easiest to do, but go to bed and start relaxing at least an hour before you want to go to sleep otherwise I find I’m not relaxed enough

  113. Jo McPherson
    15th April 2017 / 7:25 am

    I took away the clock from my bedroom some time ago, it makes a huge different to a better nights sleepl

  114. Rebecca Miller
    15th April 2017 / 7:33 am

    I find that blackout curtains really help!

  115. Beverley Cousins
    15th April 2017 / 8:13 am

    I have a warm bath before hand with some soothing oils, use blackout blinds as well.

  116. Derek Wilson
    15th April 2017 / 8:40 am

    Chamomile tea and soft lighting, usually after a hot bath.

  117. Geoff Hibbert
    15th April 2017 / 8:44 am

    A nice mug of hot milk

  118. Kevin Minihane
    15th April 2017 / 9:03 am

    Do not watch TV in bed before you try to go to sleep

  119. Victoria Buchanan
    15th April 2017 / 10:07 am

    No screentime at least 30 mins before lights out helps so much. Plus herbal (valerian) tea and a good book!

  120. Leeanne Clifford
    15th April 2017 / 11:28 am

    Not drinking anything in the hour before going to bed. Nothing worse than just starting to doze off then having to get up to use the loo!

  121. Lynn Hughes
    15th April 2017 / 11:43 am

    Have a lovely cup of hot chocolate before bed.

  122. Rennene Hartland
    15th April 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I Spray Lavender mist on my pillows

  123. simon g
    15th April 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Don’t have a tv in your bedroom

  124. Hazel Rea
    15th April 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Make the room as dark as possible – use blackout blinds and turn down or cover LED on bedside clock.

  125. Kim Neville
    15th April 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Making sure no using phone or ipad just before bed so can wind down

  126. Marie Rule
    15th April 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Put Lavender under your pillow.

  127. Dawn Underwood
    15th April 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Nothing works for me

  128. Ian Campbell
    15th April 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Ensure you keep to a regular bedtime, never go to bed on an argument, and settle the day’s events in your mind before you hit the sack. If necessary, plan the following day’s activities so you’re clued up when you awake the next day. Thus, you can go to bed on a clear head, leading to a peaceful night’s sleep πŸ™‚

  129. Theresa Thomas
    15th April 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I swear by using a lavender mist spray in the bedroom an hour before going to bed, it relaxes me so much

  130. 15th April 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Keep the window open a wee bit, yes in all weathers !

  131. Chantel L
    15th April 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Reading in bed helps a little!

  132. Pauline black
    15th April 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I sleep with a window open and no heating on. I have a much better sleep if the room is slightly cold. No idea why!!

  133. Angela Paull
    15th April 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Make sure your room is the right temperature – too hot or cold and I can’t sleep!!

  134. Adrian Bold
    15th April 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I always use ear plugs to cut down on that annoying back ground ambient noise.

  135. Viginia Luther
    6th May 2017 / 6:16 am


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