Health

This is how we roll

Good evening from Sydney. I’ve been working on my next article on sleep products, but thought I’d give you guys a prelude with three roll-ons I’ve been using. I’ve concluded that it’s not for me, but I’ll let you decide that for yourself, as different products suit different people!

The three are:

  1. This Works Stress Check Roll-On which you can purchase via Mecca Cosmetica here
  2. Aesop Ginger Flight therapy
  3. Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Pulse Point sleep roll-on

I’ve always been curious to try the Deep Sleep pillow spray by This Works after reading some good reviews and seeing it on the shelves at Mecca. When they released a Sleep Tight sample trio over the Christmas period, I thought it was a good chance for me to trial three products before I committed to buying any of them. I’ve never liked the idea of a pillow spray because I didn’t want the smell to stay on my pillow… but more about that in my main article coming soon!

This roll-on is probably the best of the 3 in this review article, although I’m not going to re-purchase any of them. The reason for this is that these roll-ons are designed to be used throughout the day; to be re-applied every 3-4 hours to create a calm state. I’m quite low maintenance and frankly cannot be bothered to re-apply anything throughout the day, so I prefer a one-stop shop when it comes to any sort of product.

However, for those of you who are into roll-ons, this one is great. It has the best applicator of the three – the product rolls on very easily and amply. The scent is also the strongest of the three, although does not last long (as they’re all designed to be re-applied frequently). This one has a nice punchy fragrant mix of eucalyptus, frankincense and lavender. I did enjoy the smell for the time that it did last.

I also enjoyed the scent of the Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy. It has ginger root, lavender and geranium. The scent is not particularly strong, but I did enjoy using it on my recent flight to Japan. Whilst I haven’t utilised this roll-on for sleep purposes, it was really great for the flight. Ginger, as you may know, is good for suppressing nausea for those who have any sort of motion sickness. I loved re-applying this throughout my flight and it made me very relaxed. I would possibly buy this one again to use for that purpose, as I do think it made my flight experience better (I mean, who actually likes flying?).

I had high hopes for this roll-on, as I’m a big fan of the Aromatherapy Co. Lavender, Chamomile, and Manuka Honey candle, which I light every night as part of my pre-bedtime ritual. This lavender and chamomile roll-on has a lovely, pleasant scent, however it is very weak and unfortunately doesn’t have a good applicator. I literally have to roll to-and-fro about ten times per wrist to get enough product on there… so this is one I won’t repurchase. I will however be trialling another of their candles soon, so I will be write about that in a future post. I guess we can’t love every product from one brand right?

So, those are my thoughts on the three roll-ons I’ve been trying of late. On that note, it’s my bed time.

Good night and take care,

Miko xx

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11 Comments

  1. strayan says:

    My sleep product of choice is sodium oxybate. It’s a naturally occurring neurotransmitter. It isn’t carcinogenic, hepatotoxic or teratogenic! Make sure you get the dose right though because it can cause respiratory depression and death (just like too much alcohol).

    1. Miko says:

      Thanks for your input – I’ve not heard of that before. Do you get it at the local chemist or is that a prescribed drug?

      1. strayan says:

        It’s a prescription only medicine. You may know it by its common street name ‘GHB’ but don’t let that scare you! It’s well tolerated in children: https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/35/5/709/2595950

        Safety overview here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2725257/

        1. Miko says:

          Thanks for the info.. I’ll have a read!

  2. Jarret says:

    Hey Miko,

    Sleep is always a tricky topic. Most of the sleep drugs are potentially problematic, and sleep hygiene can be incredibly difficult, particularly given the kind of stresses you described in your post about your training which has garnered so much press.

    I’m a Child and Adolescent and General Psychiatrist, and it’s often a problem I’m called on to treat in kids, often with melatonin (reasonably useful, but not a lot of evidence about safety or otherwise) or clonidine, which works really well with kids with ADHD or trauma. At the very least, some of the products you’ve listed above sound pleasant, calming, and if they seem to work even initially, will probably then serve as a good sleep cue for you.

    All the best with working on your recovery from the sleep deprivation and burnout. I totally get how burned you got, even though psych registrarship was never as bad as what you have described. The ridiculous culture which pushes JMOs so hard is dangerous.

    When I was a registrar, (1998-2004, in NSW) Queensland Health actually released a position paper on fatigue, and their conclusion was that continuity of care was so much more important that changes to rostering and work practices were not practicable, and they simply recommended high doses of caffeine, after exploring alternative stimulants. It’s horrifying to hear the culture hasn’t changed.

    All the best.

    1. Miko says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Jarret. I’d love to ask your opinion on compound melatonin – is it better than “normal” melatonin?
      Wow that position paper is so disturbing… and like you said, even more disturbing that things haven’t changed much. I do think continuity of care is important, but not as the expense of the treating doctor’s health. We can’t look after others if we don’t look after ourselves!

      1. Jarret says:

        Happy to chat further Miko. I presume that my email is accessible to you from my commenting, and that might be a venue for further discussion.
        Re: melatonin, I normally prescribe compounded melatonin rather than Circadin for two reasons. The first is that often what I’m looking for is immediate release rather than SR. The second is that Circadin is much more expensive. I hear mixed reports about melatonin ordered from overseas, and find it difficult to recommend someone bypass our regulatory framework in my professional capacity. It’s not magic dust though, nothing is.
        I agree with the commenter who suggested mindfulness meditation too.

      2. JarretJ says:

        Happy to chat further Miko. I presume that my email is accessible to you from my commenting, and that might be a venue for further discussion.
        Re: melatonin, I normally prescribe compounded melatonin rather than Circadin for two reasons. The first is that often what I’m looking for is immediate release rather than SR. The second is that Circadin is much more expensive. I hear mixed reports about melatonin ordered from overseas, and find it difficult to recommend someone bypass our regulatory framework in my professional capacity. It’s not magic dust though, nothing is.
        I agree with the commenter who suggested mindfulness meditation too.

        1. Miko says:

          Hi Jarret,
          Yes I will get in touch in near future as I am working on further blog posts on this important topic. I would love to ask you some questions interview style for a future blog post if that’s okay.
          As a yoga practitioner, I try to meditate first thing in the morning and before I go to work.. but unfortunately whilst it helps me feel calm, it does not help my sleep problems which are far more complex and trauma-related.
          I will email you in a couple of months or so, as I have a few other projects happening at the moment.
          Thank you for getting in touch. Miko

  3. T. Ranasorous says:

    Hey Miko – sorry about your medical career. I only made it to first year before my own sordid interaction with the establishment bounced me out. I hope you recover faster than me :). Evidence wise I think there is data for Valerian but personally I think there is something to be said for mindfullness meditation when you are insomniac. That way you can extract some value out of the episode and mindfullness can be tiring!!! Win win.

    1. Miko says:

      Yes I do love all the teas with Valerian in them – I drink them a lot!

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