Former ‘insomniac’ and I Quit Sugar founder Sarah Wilson has revealed how she revolutionised her sleep – and the three products that mean she can now get between seven and eight hours of shut-eye per night.
The globally-acclaimed author from Sydney, 45, said she has been an insomniac since she was seven years old, but several things have helped her immeasurably.
‘I tried each of these for three months each, independent of the other two and other aids, so I could determine if they worked,’ Sarah wrote on her website.
So what does she swear by?
1. A gravity blanket
Sarah tried a Neptune blanket, which costs $192 and is TGA-approved as a medical device and said the effects were ‘immediate’
You might have heard people who struggle with sleep speak about weighted blankets, which are constructed with dozens of pockets filled with glass beads that amount to ‘about 10 per cent of your body weight’.
The idea is that the heaviness helps to ‘relax’ your central nervous system, and Sarah said a weighted blanket is somewhat like being held or hugged.
Sarah tried a Neptune blanket, which costs $192 and is TGA-approved as a medical device.
‘[The effect] was pretty immediate,’ Sarah said.
‘I get restless legs and the blanket dampens this completely.
‘It provides a feeling reminiscent of being “tucked in by your grandmother when you’re a kid” that sees me calm down a lot as I try to settle in to sleep.’
The Scenar is a ‘hand-held device, the size of an old-school mobile, that you apply to your body to reduce pain and inflammation’
2. The Scenar
The second item Sarah loves for sleep is something you may not have heard of: the Scenar.
The Scenar is a ‘hand-held device, the size of an old-school mobile, that you apply to your body to reduce pain and inflammation’.
It works by sending an electric current through your body that helps to stimulate your body’s own healing capabilities.
Sarah said she finds it especially beneficial for inflammation and digestion issues – both of which often keep her awake.
She also uses it to calm herself down by applying it to her calves – which she said helps to settle her body’s nervous system.
Sarah said she now loves taking a squeeze or two of CBD oil with water daily for stress management
3. CBD oil
There has been a lot of information circulating around CBD oil, with many claiming it has helped to manage anxiety, pain and insomnia.
And Sarah said she believes the hype.
She recently tried Hemple’s organically grown, bioavailable CBD oil.
Sarah said she now loves taking a squeeze or two of the oil with water daily for stress management.