With so many sleep aids on the market, it can sometimes becoming overwhelming choosing the right one for you.
We’ve picked our favourite products to help you hit the hay and catch up on those well needed zzz’s.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender has been used for years as a sleep aid due to having anxiolytic and sedative properties. The scent helps you to relax and create a sense of calm allowing you to drift off more easily.
Essential oils can be used in different ways such as mixing with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, olive, etc.) and applied to the skin, added to a diffuser or dotted onto a pillow case.
Try experimenting and see what works best for you and start enjoying a more peaceful night’s sleep.
Important info - Always be careful to dilute in accordance to the manufactures directions and never apply neat to the skin as this can cause irritation. If applying to a pillowcase, try putting the oil on a tissue and tucking it inside so that it won’t irritate your eyes or skin.
Bluetooth sleep mask
Listening to your favourite podcast, audiobook or relaxation track while nodding off might help you relax, but if you share a bed, your partner might not feel the same way.
Not only will this sleep mask ensure you can experience full blackout but you can enjoy whatever you’re listening to without disturbing anyone else.
With a long playback time, snuggly material and Bluetooth connectivity, you can use this eye mask anywhere to enjoy a decent undisturbed sleep– even while travelling.
White noise sound machine
White noise is sound that remains at a consistent level across all hearable frequencies and creates a masking effect by blocking out any sudden change in noise (if the dog starts barking or someone slams a car door).
For those of you who are light sleepers, using a white noise machine can make it easier for you to fall to sleep due to the soothing nature, meaning you’ll have a better, longer rest.
This type of blanket provides deep touch pressure that can help boost your serotonin and melatonin levels. When your serotonin level increases, it can be easier to relax into a more restful sleep.
For those who sleep alone, the weighted blanket creates a comfortable cocoon which imitates getting a hug from someone which can be very soothing when you’re struggling to drift off.
When choosing your blanket, its recommended to buy one that is 10% of your bodyweight but keep in mind these blankets are not suitable for young children or pregnant women.
Camomile is a herb which resembles a daisy and has been used for years as a natural remedy to treat anxiety and insomnia. The reason why is it so commonly used is due to its mild tranquiliser and sleep inducing properties.
The calming effect a cup of this tea has is down to the antioxidant apigenin which attaches itself to receptors in your brain and allows you to feel less anxious and to fall asleep more easily.
We recommend a small spoon of honey in your tea if you fancy a little treat.
There’s nothing quite like a good book before bed but that requires effort and discipline especially when you’re already tired. Swapping to an audiobook will allow you to listen to your favourite book without having to be sat up with the bedside lamp on.
Audible is a subscription based service which has loads of books and podcasts to choose from, meaning you’ll be able to find something which puts you at ease and ready to fall asleep.
Try it for free now on a 30 day free trial and if you like it, it’s £7.99 per month.