Sleeping aids for a better night’s sleep

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Samantha Simmonds,-Digital Writer

Upgrade your bedtime routine and let these little luxuries speed you on your way to the land of nod

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing. Sleep gives our bodies a crucial window of opportunity to repair and rebuild, while our brains process and consolidate the information we take in during the day. The Mental Health Foundation has linked poor sleep to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems including anxiety and depression, while sleeping for 7-8 hours a night has been linked with improved memory and reasoning ability.

Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your sleep, from filling your bedroom with soothing scents to upgrading your bedding to suit your sleep style. Relaxing bath oils, pillow sprays or mists, reed or oil diffusers can help a racing mind unwind, with studies suggesting that natural essential oils such as lavender, camomile and vetivert can relieve tension and calm nerves to promote a restful night's sleep.

Magnesium is also thought to play a key role in supporting deep, restorative sleep, with deficiencies linked to insomnia and sleep disturbances. Neom’s Perfect Night’s Sleep Magnesium Body Butter is blended with shea butter and coconut oil and scented with natural lavender, jasmine and sweet basil to ease anxiety, reduce muscle tension and nourish skin. It makes a lovely addition to a bedtime self-care ritual.

Time to change your bedding? Weighted blankets can induce a sense of calm and relaxation, while a support pillow can relieve aches and pains. 

With warm nights and light mornings here, organic cotton sheets, temperature regulating bedding and a silk sleep mask will aid you in sleeping more soundly. If you’re a hayfever sufferer, anti-allergy bedding will help keep the sniffles at bay. Sweet dreams.

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