Everyone loves an excuse to indulge in a new set of pyjamas and other cozy essentials (especially this time of year), and so I thought it'd be fun to quickly catalogue some of my faves, as well as a thing or two that can help make bedtime a bit more fun.
Part of the appeal of sleep as a health and beauty aid is that it is free, simple and, if you are getting enough, enjoyable. So as we learn more about why sleep matters and how much it can do for us (which is really incredible; if you haven't listened to our podcast that tells you a bit more about why, you can do so here or here), I hope we won't try to make this more complicated than it is.
The fact that so many of us ARE sleep-deprived, however, means that we really could be doing this better. And it's easier to prioritise something that you think is fun and rewarding, or that you have invested in (see also, investing in cute workout clothes).
So with that mind, here are a few sleep-related toys and joys that actually work to help you on your way to dreamland, and make the whole winding-down to bed process more appealing than everything else that's clamouring for your attention. Watch out for the best of PJs in our next post.
Sleep Aids & Tools
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Natural Calm magnesium supplement- this is far & away my best sleep tool. Magnesium is a proven sleep aid, & this sugar-free supplement makes me drowsy quickly. I take 1 large dose 40 minutes before I want to sleep and it WORKS. LOVE it.
The travel version - these sachets are great for the plane & help both sleep & digestion, which can be sluggish after flying.
Epsom salts - magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, so pop a large handful into a warm bath & get ready to feel relaxed & sleepy. Maybe not for every night, but you can also file this one under IT WORKS.
The best face mask - essential when mornings start early (so not this time of year, but highly relevant in summer). Also great for flying; this version does crowd the eyelid so there's no pressure. Comfy & effective.
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Pukka Night Time tea - a perennial favourite for a reason; it's not stimulating but is comforting.
Sleepytime Extra - the American sleep tea. I can't say I like this one as much, but some people swear by it!
Thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - I received this as part of a new mom gift pack. The idea is that the calming scent of lavender will send you to sleep. It didn't always do that for me, but it definitely helped with new mom anxiety.
Badger Balm Night Night Balm - I actually prefer a balm to a room spray because you can control the strength of the scent better. This one is really nice and organic, and apparently ok for kids too!
This one comes in interesting scents and pretty packaging (there's a copper shade too). Candlelight is soft and flattering; definitely gets you in the mood for bed! Soy candles don't emit the same acrid smoke as paraffin candles and are more eco-friendly too.