Sleep is dear to all of us, but sometimes the daily grind and stress of everyday life can get in the way of deep, blissful slumber. If you've been losing your hair (and sleep, of course) trying to fix this, you'll be happy to know that with the addition of some really basic stuff, you can switch things up and be out like a light every night. Here's a whole list of products you can try to get yourself that much-deserved rest. Knock yourself out, literally!
These Simple Products Are All You Need For A Good Night's Sleep!
This one seems like a no-brainer but remember, basics always count, and sometimes we're all guilty of neglecting them. So whether it's tees, robes, boxers, tank tops or a two-piece night suit that you put on every night, check if they make you feel super comfy. If the answer is no, it's time you invested in a pair that will not only make you look good (if that's important), but also let you cool off. We're loving the sleepshirts and PJs from Below The Belt. For more loungewear brands, click here.
A warm cup of tea before bed is known to be super relaxing and hydrating. While chamomile is really soothing, you can also check out lavender, oolong tea and other variants. Just make sure it's caffeine-free. Our pick is The Dream tea from Oh Cha that comes with chamomile and lemon balm and is super easy to make.
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If a bright streetlight or light breaking in the morning seems to be your sleep nemesis, switch your drapes with blackout curtains. They not only absorb most of the light coming from outside, but some can even block out exterior noises meaning a quieter space for you to sleep deep. Remember to choose blackout curtains in dark colours or coated fabric curtains. You can check out Story@Home and AmazonBasics for options.
Just like swaddling babies, we too can benefit from a weighted blanket or quilt. Those made with glass beads add that extra pressure, relaxing you and making you feel like you're being hugged while you sleep. Doesn't that sound cosy and nice? Check out Solimo and AmazonBasics online for options.
Just like dining and partying, creating an ambience for sleeping is also important. Using essential oil diffusers, scented candles or incense sticks, you can induce a calming scent in your room and turn it into a sanctuary. Set the mood, relax and then sleep away to glory. Our pick is Divine Aroma for their Lavender and Bergamot essential oils - both known to be super soothing. They've got one especially for sleeping and the pricing is reasonable too.
Like weighted blankets, weighted eye masks are great for napping too. And if you don't want to do blackout curtains, this one is definitely a more economical option. You can go for pure silk or cotton ones. Some even come with contouring. Fleece ones are great too! You can even try cooling gel ones, but these are not meant for using overnight but just before sleeping to relax your eyes.
Choosing the right pillow is not just important for neck support but also for well-rested sleep. It needs to be fluffy, firm and of course, comfortable. Take your pick from plush pillows (stomach sleepers), mid-plush, and firm pillows (side sleepers) depending on your sleeping style and fall into a cosy realm of peace and calm.
These are perfect for when you're travelling and you can use them to build a routine. The familiarity of the soothing smell due to everyday use will not only help you relax but also send a signal to your brain that it's time to sleep when you're in a new space. Love Organically and Iris, both have great lavender sprays that are perfect! You can check them out on Amazon.
A good soak before sleeping is also a wonderful practice to help relax completely. While warm water showers are great, try adding a bath salt soak once or twice a week. Not only do they help reduce inflammation and relax your muscles, but can also help reduce anxiety and nourish your skin. No losing, only snoozing. Epsom salts are great! We recommend trying lavender and vetiver-infused ones.
There are many sleep-focused meditations to help you de-stress after a long day and sleep soundly. We personally love Headspace, but you can out other meditation apps here. Switch off from your thoughts and just focus on your breathing.