Sleep is a topic we have covered quite a bit here. From books on the topic, to products that help you get a better night’s rest. We know that sleep is critical to our health and wellbeing and that while we’re asleep important biological activities take place in our bodies.

Some people have the envy inducing ability to sleep anywhere, anytime no matter what; whilst others find themselves tossing and turning till the early hours of the morning. This shopping guide is for the second group, although anyone can benefit. It is comprised of things we use and love that help contribute to a good night’s sleep.

1. Bath salts

If you like taking baths, salts win over bubbles. They help soothe sore and tired muscles, relax your body and most leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Our favourites are:

Wintergreen Magnesium Salts which combine Epsom and Magnesium chloride to ease stiffness and pain in the muscles while reducing inflammation in aching joints.

Universal Vision Himalayan Salt Bath Crystals which are big chunks of Himalayan Salt that slowly dissolve. They are good for soothing sore muscles and joints, skin irritations and helping with dryness. And they somehow leave your skin feeling soft.

Dr Teals Epsom Salts when added to hot water they create a relaxing menthol smelling steam. They’re also great for soothing tired and sore muscles and out of all the salts, they leave your skin the softest and silkiest. They do have other variations if you want another scent.

2. Pillow Covers

Silk pillowcases are popular for a reason. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps both your hair and face as it allows you to move smoothly across the pillow without the pillow sucking up any moisture. They reduce the loss of natural hair oils and moisture, prevent hair from frizzing and can help with hair loss and thinning. It also prevents your face from creasing, which can speed up the ageing process. We love the Silk Lady Silk Pillowcases which aren’t shiny or too slippery and have a soft and luxurious feel. Another great pillow cover is the Protect A Bed SNOW Waterproof Pillow Protector which fits under the pillowcase. It makes your pillows firmer and also keeps them cool, making them great for summer.

3. Diffusers

Diffusers add moisture to the air and helps to prevent dryness (skin, nose) and sinus congestion. They’re particularly good for dry climates. We love the essential oil diffuser from Celluvac which can be used with or without essential oils. It aids sleep by humidifying the air which helps you breathe better and also creates white noise to help lull you to sleep. It automatically switches off once the water runs out which means you don’t have to worry about it overheating or having it on and running out while you’re asleep.

4. Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are blankets that are filled to make them heavy. That weight feels like you’re being hugged or swaddled and helps you relax into sleep. Ideally you want a weighted blanket made for your specific weight and height, like the ones from Pretty Special. I’ve had mine for almost two years and it’s given me some of the deepest sleeps. It is particularly good for napping, especially if you’re a fan of quick midday naps. If your body temperature runs hotter, opt for one without the fleece on one side as it does make it warm, especially in summer.

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