Do you think that you’re getting enough sleep? It’s a tricky question at the moment because I don’t feel like my sleep is particularly restful at the moment but I also think the general feeling of fatigue is attributed largely to the pandemic – and life in general at the moment.
We’re all a little worried about what the future holds and we’re spending way too much time at home thanks to the lockdown. As things are starting to ease with restrictions, it’s still a really uneasy time to navigate, so our sleep naturally takes a bit of a hit – unless you’re one of those lucky people who falls asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, then you don’t need to worry! I tend to go through periods of restless sleep and now is definitely one of them.
When we sleep better, life just seems a lot better and we perceive things differently don’t we? So when Morphée got in touch and asked if I would like to try out their sleep aid, I was intrigued to find out what it might be able to offer me. Not only only does it look the part but it boasts lots of features, one of the main features being that it doesn’t have a digital screen. There is no blue light from a phone or other device to keep you awake.
Here’s how to sleep better with Morphée. It has been designed to help you fall asleep faster as well as promoting a deep and restful sleep. It’s all about relaxing the body and calming the mind – these work hand in hand.
Firstly it’s easy on the eye and looks very in-keeping on my bedside table, with its beechwood exterior where it can be upturned inside its base to make it entirely ornamental looking. Very scandi.
It features meditation and sophrology sessions that have been devised by professionals to give you the best possible experience. It’s a simple piece of kit that is worked by just a few buttons and keys, based around the following themes:
- Body scan
- Cardiac coherence
- Relaxing music
- Nature sounds
It comes with a micro USB charger port and an earphone port. It lasts for 7-10 days, so you don’t need to be be charging it very much either, depending on how often you use it.
Get to grips with what it offers
If you’re anything like me, then you will open up the Morphée and start playing with it to see what it can do. The controls are self explanatory but it’s worth taking the time to read about its functions and what sequences will work best for you. Trust me, it’s much easier than fumbling around for headphones in the dark and randomly trying settings. I’ve had a couple of nights recently where I have been restless and I instinctively knew that I wanted to put it to the test, but I ended up with setting it to nature sounds where I flitted through until I found a sound that was calming (and not annoying at 3am) and it kind of helped, but I wasn’t doing it justice. So read up on what it offers and then you’ll be prepared for those nights that you need to stop you brain whirring around before bed and even more so for those nights that you struggle to sleep at all.
Choose your session length and voice to listen to
There is a choice of two sessions that have a duration of 8 minutes or 20 minutes in length, where the device will switch off automatically when it’s finished. There are two voices to listen to, one being male, Piers and the other female, Gina. It’s very much about which voice you find to be the most relaxing to listen to.
It comes with a really handy book that is worth reading from front to back, as it explains exactly what each setting can offer.
I’ve tried most of the settings now and I’ve found that I’ve been most receptive to the body scan, visualisations and listening to nature sounds. I simply love the ocean and thunderstorm sounds. Both are so relaxing and the sounds make you feel like you’re either lying on a beach with the tide lapping by your feet or you’re huddled up cosy in your bed (which would be right) with heavy downpour and thunder outside your window – bliss!
Now when I’m having difficulty switching off at night, I know that I can switch on the Morphée which helps to calm my mind and redirect my thoughts. There are still so many sessions that I haven’t tried yet, so I’m looking forward to discovering what else might work well for me along with the sessions that I already enjoy using.
Nb. I was kindly sent a Morphée for the purpose of this review, but all views and opinions remain entirely my own.