A good nights sleep is underrated. Try and think back to the last time you had a really good nights sleep… what made it so good? Were you on holiday and therefore there was no work-related anxiety / stress keeping you up? Was it at the weekend, when you could sleep in without a blaring alarm?
Lack of sleep / poor quality sleep can seriously affect your mood, energy and concentration levels, our relationships, and our ability to stay awake and function at work during the day.
We could all probably benefit from improving the quality of our sleep. For many of us, it may simply be a case of making small lifestyle or attitude adjustments in order to help us sleep better.
There are a number of products that have been designed to support with improving sleep quality. Most of them focus on the environment around you – making sure you have all the tools necessary to aide sleep.
1. Caffeine: I’m tea-obsessed. I find it so much more comforting than coffee. But caffeine before bed won’t help you settle down! I’ve been trying Sleepy Me Tea from the English Tea Shop before bed instead of my usual brew – it’s more fragrant, so I only dunk and remove rather than let it steep too much. It’s really calming too, perfect before drifting off!
2. Noise: Sometimes, still quietness can be a bit overwhelming. I find that my thoughts often run away with me and it can make drifting off to sleep quite difficult, so I love having something to listen to! I’ve got a couple of options for you in this one – depending on what you prefer! If you’re someone who likes the sound of white noise (which can also be great to drown out traffic) then this HoMedics is for you – you can choose from a number of settings to determine the pitch and duration and then just let it do its thing.
If you’re someone who’d rather listen to music, a podcast or an audiobook however, this iMusic speaker pillow from FindMeAGift is for you – you simply plug in to the aux cord (new iPhone users, you’ll need the headphone adapter here) and away you go!
3. Darkness: I personally need complete darkness to go to sleep quickly. One way to achieve this is with an eye mask – this one is from FindMeAGift, and it’s a silk eye mask with a lovely lavender scent. Not only does the lavender smell help with relaxation, but it’s the perfect product to help with sleep while travelling – I’ll definitely be taking this with me to New York!!
4. Muscle relaxation: I love a wind down before bed – from stretching / foam rolling to massages – anything that helps me settle and relax! I’ve been rubbing this magnesium lotion from Better You to my arms and shoulders before sleeping and the combination of Magnesium Chloride, to help relax tired muscles, with Lavender and Chamomile, to slow sensory activity and quieten the mind, really do help with a restful night’s sleep.
5. Lights on: The Lumie range is incredible – I’d heard about them a few years ago and have always wanted one! I’m someone who enjoys waking up to natural light – waking up naturally just means you’re a lot less sleepy in the morning (something I suffer with sometimes…). The Lumie clock has sunset and sunrise modes – so the lights dim and brighten over a time period (you can set this yourself – I’ve gone for 30mins) to aid your natural sleep-wake cycle. The one I have – the Bodyclock Shine 300 also has FM radio and sounds that you can add to your sunset (I’ve gone for thunderstorm – there’s something so soothing about listening to the rain when you’re all snuggled up in bed).