Tired of tossing and turning all night? Here’s a checklist of all the things you need the next time you’re struggling to go to sleep.
Some nights are just more challenging than others. You’ve switched sides twice, flipped your pillow over to the cooler side, kicked-off the blanket and pulled it up back again, but for whatever reason, your brain remains switched on; racing through a never-ending list of irrational thoughts: Where did I leave the lip balm? Have I double-locked the doors? What should I have for lunch tomorrow? The questions keep coming. But all you want is to sleep.
Give it a pause; let your mind turn off. Getting some sleep shouldn’t be so hard. Before you wiggle yourself into a cosy spot and get ready to wind down, have a browse through these products — from gummies to white noise devices and meditative podcasts — essentials to getting a good night of snooze. A full eight-hour cycle, no less. Happy sleeping.
Begin with the basics: A darling pyjama set to get into the ideal snooze mood. You can’t not consider Sleeper, the loungewear brand that indicates the hours-long of comfy — and chic — sleep you’ll get donning its modish pieces. There are many to pick from, but we’re going for this pretty lilac number. It’s slinky crepe-de-chine composition will graze lightly on the skin, while the decadent feather trims incite an evening of drama — at home or at moody bars. Swap fuzzy home slippers with a neon pair of Amina Muaddi sandals when evening activities venture past midnight again.
So you’re tossing and turning, trying so very hard to get in some zzz’s. Five hours left before your alarm goes off; you need the shut-eye now. The quickest trick? Two spritz of the This Works Pillow Spray. It will work! A relaxing blend of lavender, vetiver and wild camomile essential oils that soothe anxious minds and gently lull you to a soft, restorative slumber. Have the sweetest dreams.
Look, if your current nightly routine involves zealously tapping the ‘Next Episode’ button on Netflix, the next time you’re snuggled up under the covers ready for a midnight binge, consider ‘Headspace Guide to Sleep’ instead. Not only does it have adorable animations and soothing voice-overs, you’ll learn a trick or two with from the guided exercises that helps with getting a longer — better — sleep. Put away the phone and get into a comfortable spot; there are seven easy-watching episodes to become sleep experts in no time. Happy snoozing.
The weighted blanket is an ingenious creation; fitted with a Goldilocks ‘just-right’ weightiness to quell sleep anxiety and allow for a longer, more restful period of deep sleep. Its concept is simple: to replicate a warm, comforting hug — something that Gravity’s duvets will do with its snuggly micro-fleece covering that’s so super-soft to the touch. A weighted blanket is supposed to enswathe a comfortable snugness — not suffocate — so picking one at the right weight is important. Around seven to 12 percent of your own body weight will do just fine. The blanket is so popular it’s currently sold out on Amazon, but you can always add it to your wishlist and wait till it’s back in stock.
So you’ve tried the sleepy teas, but they’re keeping you awake rather than coaxing you to sleep; how about these Melatonin Sleep Aid Gummies from ZzzQuil? They’ll do the job easy, being made especially for long, undisturbed nights of sweet dreams so that you wake up the next morning feeling refreshed — even if that’s Monday. Deliciously flavoured with wild berries and vanilla, each piece is packed with lavender, valerian root and chamomile, as well as melatonin to help regulate your sleep cycle. Pop one in during your wind down routine and doze off into sweet slumber.
White noise devices are a godsend for light sleepers, as they help block out other distracting sounds. If we had to pick one, it’d be the LectroFan Classic, which boasts 20 different fan sounds and ambient noise variations — so you have a plethora of options that can mask everything from annoying traffic noise, or your neighbour’s crying child. The device comes with an adjustable volume level, and remains switched on throughout the night as long as it’s hooked up to a power source.
That tickle in your nose, scratchiness in your throat mid-sleep is no laughing matter. If harsh air is keeping you awake at night, it’s time to learn that the air you breathe as your sleep is just — if not more — important than finding the right silky bedding. This is where Dyson steps in, equipped with one of its many result-driven gadgets. The Pure Hot+Cool Cryptomic HP06 fan captures up 99.95 percent of microscopic allergens and pollutants for smooth, clean air, while fitted Air Multiplier technology maintains a steady airflow even through the night — a quiet-mode switch in place. It’s a useful two-in-one hit, too, with streams of hot or cool air for whatever the season, and wherever you’re located in the room — the 45° to 350° oscillation angle ensures it.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong
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