9 slumber saviours we can't get enough of
Let us help you make drifting off easy with our picks
Hit the hay, get some shut-eye, turn in and go beddy byes; however you say you’re going to bed, there are plenty of little wonder products to help you relax and unwind before visiting the land of nod. From making sure the lighting is just right, to spritzing a little pillow mist – get ready for a snooze with these slumber selections.
Whether you’ve had a long day at work or simply need to calm your mind, essential oils found in pillow mists may help ease away your niggles and calm your mind ready for a good night’s sleep. Breathing in scents such as lavender, vanilla and chamomile* may help you unwind and nod off. Why not spritz a little around your room for added relaxation?
*Don’t use essential oils in children’s rooms or when pregnant.
We all have scents that take us back to certain moments in our lives, so why not associate a cosy scented candle with relaxing at home before bed? The scents work in the same way as the essential oils found in pillow mists; it’s all about winding down before hitting the hay. But it’s not just the scent that helps take the load off, as the low light created by candles* may help your body to relax.
*Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Calming your body and mind can be the first step to drifting off into a restful sleep, and lighting has its part to play in this. Ever wondered why a dark room is best for sleep? When it’s dark, our bodies release melatonin, which helps relax the body and may help us to fall asleep. Then when we see light we assume it’s time to wake up - from daylight to artificial. Sleep and wake lights gently dim to help you drift off, and slowly brighten to wake you gradually, which can help you feel more refreshed and alert for the day ahead.
Sleep eazzzy with the calming scents of essential oils, by swirling a few drops into a soothing hot bath, adding to a diffuser, inhaling over a bowl of hot water or adding a few drops to a tissue*. You can also rub a small amount of some essential oils* on your wrists and temple to help relax you before heading up the wooden hill to ‘Bedfordshire’.
*See individual product instructions for details.
A good diet, low stresses and exercise can all help contribute to a good night’s sleep, but what exactly does that look like? Thanks to the magic of activity trackers, you can now find out how long you slept for, whether it was a light or deep sleep, and also track your heart rate. You can then use the results to set your very own sleep schedule, and if you want to hit the hay at the same time each night then the handy bedtime reminder is there to help.
We don’t like to be the bearers of bad news, but there isn’t a cream on the market that actually helps you sleep better. But thankfully there are plenty that work their skincare magic overnight, leaving you to wake to lovely fresh, bouncy and luminous looking skin. Try creating an at-home spa experience with a soothing bath followed by a mini facial, and get ready for a relaxing night’s snooze.
From long days staring at a computer screen to applying eye make-up – your eyes go through a lot in a day. So pampering your peepers before bed is a lovely way to relax and unwind for a restful night’s sleep. Why not pop an eye mask in the fridge for a super cooling effect and add it to your nightly skincare routine?
Creating the right temperature is important for a good night’s sleep, and having a soak in a warm bath can help your body reach a temperature that is ideal for rest. Add a splash of bath soak to your tub to help you chillax after a long day, and get ready to feel all cosy under the sheets.
How many times have you said “I don’t snore!” when confronted over your sleep sounds? You can help relieve snoring by losing weight (if you’re overweight) or sleeping on your side. Why not ask your partner to wear earplugs to block out the noise while they sleep?
Here at Boots we have helpful products, such as snoring strips, snoring rings and nasal sprays to help alleviate your symptoms. If you've already tried these and snoring is still affecting your sleep then please speak with your GP.