If you’ve found yourself tossing and turning more so than usual, you’re not alone. Isolation, and 2020 in general, has brought with it uncertainty and stress, which has meant that for many of us, our sleep has suffered too. From crazy isolation dreams (yes, they’re a real thing!) to ever-changing daily routines, creating a relaxed and calm mind to get a good night’s rest has become, well, more difficult of late.
So how can you get the sleep you need? Often getting the right amount of shut-eye comes down to creating a consistent nighttime routine, like setting aside the caffeine at least six hours before and avoiding any screens before your head hits the pillow. But while those changes will help, there are products out there that’ll have you grabbing more zzz’s in no time.
Here are the ones that are worth trying.
Salt Lab Magnesium Oil Spray
Magnesium is one of the best natural supplements for sleep. It has a calming effect on the body’s nervous system and relaxes your muscles, which helps you fall asleep faster. Used before bed, this product will help you take the time to reset and truly relax before you drift off to sleep. For an ultimate relaxation routine, add in a calming bath with the brand’s deconstructed bath bombs.
Sleep Welle Calming Tea
This tea, created by Elle Macpherson, features a blend of herbs that help with sleep, anxiety, and stress, including valerian root (for insomnia) and hops (for anxiety). “The ritual of making a tea helps me wind down before bed. I sip this in warm water and use the blend of calming essential oils combined in a sleep spray at night and when I fly,” Macpherson says.
BetterBare SleepyBare Supplement
These gummies, created with lemon balm, L-theanine, magnesium and Vitamin B6, will help promote a night of deep and restful sleep. Add to your nighttime routine of a calming tea and good book and you’ll be out like a light.
Laneige Water Sleep Mask
This overnight moisturising treatment is designed to solve skin problems caused by stress, dehydration and lack of sleep, with its lavender scent sure to drift you off to sleep.
Slip Sleep Mask
While we know a good serum and night cream are crucial in helping our skin rehydrate and regenerate while we’re sleeping, adding a sleep mask to the mix will make a huge difference when it comes to ‘switching off’ for the night.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
A few spritzes of this lavender oil-infused spray on your pillow will send you straight to dreamland. Its other essential oils – vetivert and wild chamomile – also help relieve tension, settle nerves and calm the body and mind.