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The quest to better sleep doesn’t end on World Sleep Day.
In fact, if you struggle to nod off, it’s a nightly battle to ensure you’re well-rested by morning.
When it comes to long-term insomnia lasting over three months, medical interventions (with guidance from a GP or pharmacist) like tablets are your best bet.
However, if your issues aren’t severe, it’s a good idea to look at your sleep hygiene situation and make changes to help you drift off faster.
A tranquil environment can also help you get more deep sleep; the period when your body restores and repairs itself most, accounting for around 10-15% of the time you’re asleep.
According to Martin Seeley, Sleep Expert and CEO of MattressNextDay, it’s key to establish a bedtime routine to help wind your body down.
‘This could include taking a warm bath, practising relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing, or reading a book,’ he says.
Martin also recommends lavender for its calming properties, along with weighted blankets, keeping yourself warm, and limiting screen time before bed.
‘Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark,’ he adds. ‘Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillow, and use comfortable, breathable bedding.’
To help you turn your bedroom into a snooze-friendly paradise, give these hero products a go. With everything from white noise machines to mattress toppers, you’re bound to find something that suits you – it may be time to give those sheep you count at night their marching orders.
Tisserand Aromatherapy Bath and Shower Wash
A warm bath or shower before bed can send signals to your brain that it’s time to sleep – even better when you use a purpose-made product like this, with lavender, jasmine and sandalwood essential oils to help you switch off.
Portable White Noise Sleep Sound Machine
White noise is great if you’re kept up by the environmental sounds in and around your home. This machine features six different settings and a handy adjustable timer function.
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
Packed with lavender, this body lotion is a favourite among those who struggle with sleep. Slather this on before you go to bed and it’ll help you drift off while keeping your skin moisturised and soft.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
This award-winning pillow spray is a bestseller for a reason, blending lavender, chamomile and vetivert to promote relaxation. Spritz your pillows and bedding each night and let it works its magic.
Manta Sleep Mask
For shutting out the world when it’s time to sleep, you can’t get better than this high-tech mask. Adjustable eye cups mould perfectly to your face to block 100% of light, and soft, breathable materials means you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it.
Neom Bedtime Hero Reed Diffuser
Neom’s Bedtime Hero range is designed for those who want a relaxing scent but aren’t fans of lavender. The sleep-promoting fragrance is a mix of 11 essential oils including chamomile, ylang ylang and cedar wood, ready to take pride of place on your bedside table.
Specialist Temperature Balancing Cotton Bedding
Alongside 400 thread count 100% cotton, these sheets are made using an innovative spinning technique that helps you maintain an even body temperature. They’re a great idea for hot or cold sleepers, or those going through menopause.
100% Blackout Blind
Upgrading curtains or blinds isn’t an option for many renters, but this portable covering is a damage-free solution. It fastens using Velcro and can be put up in as little as 10 minutes – you can even cut it to fit your window perfectly.
Damipow L29 Bluetooth Sleep Headphones
If you like to listen to music to help you sleep, these earbuds are designed to adapt to your ears for comfortable wear. They’re noise cancelling too, so can work as earplugs when not hooked up to sounds.
Twinings Superblends Sleep 20 Tea Bags
As Martin said, it’s best to avoid caffeine in the evenings so you aren’t kept awake. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hot drink, though – just stick to herbal teas like this camomile and passionflower infusion.
Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake-up Alarm
The Lumie Bodyclock alarm is a super cool innovation that mimics the light and colour of real sunrises and sunsets. This tricks your body into thinking it’s time to wind down or wake up, with white noise functions, timers, and a tap-control snooze too.
Rest Easy Sleep Better Star Weighted Blanket 3KG
A weighted blanket is great for calming down when life gets too much. They can also aid restful sleep by stimulating deep touch pressure across the body, creating the sensation of a hug.
Rest Easy Sleep Better Weighted Eye Mask
A weighted eye mask works in a similar way to a weighted blanket, just on a smaller scale. Use this to boost sleep-inducing hormones, both at home and on the go.
Balance Me Beauty Sleep Hyaluronic Mist
Looking to level up your pillow spray? This one is skincare-infused so you can use it to add a hit of moisture to your face, while the lavender and chamomile essential oils and CBD oil, St John’s wort and valerian get you dozing in no time.
Loop Quiet Earplugs
These are the gold standard of earplugs, offering up to 27 dB of noise reduction and crafted in flexible soft-touch silicone for long-wear comfort. You can still hear louder noises (like if the doorbell rings or your alarm goes off) but external sounds (like your partner’s snoring or the traffic outside) won’t disturb your sleep.
Cool Comfort Cotton Modal Pyjama Set
Your nightwear might be to blame for your sleep struggles, so update your PJ drawer with items that regulate your temperature and keep you comfortable. These use Cool Comfort technology, keeping you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s chilly.
Tempur Ombracio Pillow
It could also be your pillow: if it’s too soft your head isn’t supported, but too hard and you’ll feel like you’re laying on a rock. This is designed for stomach sleepers, lifting the upper body into a straighter position and alleviating strain on the neck and back. Once that muscle tension is gone, who knows how well rested you can feel.
Simba Hybrid Mattress Topper
Depending on your situation, you may find it harder to drift off if you sleep next to a partner or have an uncomfortable mattress. Simba’s topper is ideal if you’re not able to replace your current mattress, with Aerocoil springs for support, Simbatex foam for temperature regulation, and a foam base that limits transfer of motion if there’s two of you in bed.
Dodow Metronome Light
The Dodow is big news in the world of sleep, touting itself as a ‘safe way for anyone to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.’ It uses a hypnotic light timed to your ideal breathing rate to help you wind down in eight or 20 minutes – and 850,000 customers swear by it.
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