I know folks have been struggling to sleep during this time, which is totally understandable. As someone who used to have insomnia for years and is now the queen of naps, I’m pretty good at breaking bad sleeping habits and using certain products and rituals to re-create a natural routine. With that in mind, I’ve put together some of my favourite products for sleepy time.
1. I won’t lie. I put this book on this image because it’s purple and kind of ties the cute image together, but I intended for it to represent any book. Books are brilliant for helping you become relaxed and drift off more easily, so you should read in bed, once your pj’d up and you’ve followed the other steps I’m about to talk about. I wouldn’t read anything too riveting though, in case you feel the need to stay up all night seeing what happens next. In fact, I’d go for something you’ve read before (my usual choice is a Harry Potter book)
2. Sominex is the only over-the-counter sleeping pill I’ve actually found to help. A lot of the time, these sorts of pills don’t work because anything of real strength needs to be prescribed. There are two kinds of Sominex, the blue packet is chemical-based and the green packet is herbal. The ones in the blue packet (pictured) are the bomb. They’re strong, but they’re slow-releasing, so taking them an hour or two before you want to go to bed is perfect. They get you nice and tired at a natural pace so it doesn’t feel like a ‘knockout’ like some pills, but also isn’t so weak you think it hasn’t worked. You can pick them up at Superdrug and Boots.
3. It’s a kind-of marmite product, but I’m on the side of love. Pillow mists have worked brilliantly for me because of how invasive they are. The really heavy (usually lavender based) scent just consumes you as you get comfy and allows you to drift off easier. I know that’s why some people hate it, so if you’re not a fan of intense scents you can somehow taste, this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re at a loss and desperate for a good night’s sleep, might still be worth it! A lot of this whole sleep business is trial and error while seeing what works for you, to be honest, so give things a try and your own pace and try not to get frustrated when something doesn’t work for you! You can pick from a whole host of different mists at all pharmacies and supermarkets.
4. Usually, I find sleep lotions to be a bit gimmicky. Like, thanks for moisturising my arms and making me smell like a grandma’s cardigan but where’s the eight hours of REM I ordered? That being said, Lush’s ‘Sleepy’ is the exception. I promise you, this shit is amazing and worth every penny. I don’t know why it works but it does. Perhaps its the fact they haven’t stuck to lavender, and have gone for a combination of many sleepy ingredients, but it’s very effective.
5. Hot water bottle yoooooo. I don’t need to convince you about this one. It’s hot and it’s cuddly. What’s not to love? Either wedge it between you and your partner and share its power between you or if you’re single, replace the presence of another being with said hot water bottle.
6. Kalms are fab. Don’t expect the same power as Sominex from these, that’s not really what they’re designed for. But they’re brilliant for calming your mood, which ultimately helps you sleep easier. You can grab these at all supermarkets and pharmacies.