An Insomniac's Guide to Sleep

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11 May 2022
An Insomniac's Guide to Sleep

If getting eight hours feels stupidly unachievable, bookmark this shopping list.

words Team Woo

Waking to less than stellar stats on your sleep app once again? When it comes to good physical and mental health, we know we need lots of sleep, but achieving and enhancing those eight hours, seven nights a week, can be a stress in itself. Whether you rely on counting sheep, COVID cases or a bedtime story read by the delicious, dulcet tones of Harry Styles, getting to sleep isn’t always easy. And staying asleep, well, that’s another matter altogether. If you’re overwhelmed with remedies and feel like you’ve tried every herbal spray, botanical tea and night light around, allow us to introduce our tried and tested edit of the ones that actually work…

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Drowsy Sleep Company - Mask in Midnight Blue

Drowsy Sleep Company - Mask in Midnight Blue

£ 59.95

Muffling noise and blocking 100% of light, this oversized silk mask is a game changer. The adjustable velcro strap means you can wear it as loosely or as tightly as you like, which all in all makes for some pretty robust REM sleep.

Holm - 'Chill Me Out' Pink Pepper + Rosemary Bath Oil

Holm - 'Chill Me Out' Pink Pepper + Rosemary Bath Oil

£ 28.00

Made with avocado oil and hemp oil this is a really special bath time treat. And sooo good for soothing skin too!

Emma

Emma Original Mattress Bundle

Emma Original Mattress Bundle

Emma
£ 533.00

A mattress sounds very boring, we know, but investing in a good one cannot be overestimated. This one from Emma (you might have seen it advertised on the Tube) is soothing and supportive, promoting better sleep hygiene and health.

Piglet in Bed

Dove Grey Bedtime Bundle

Dove Grey Bedtime Bundle

Piglet in Bed
£ 261.00

Ok, so it's not cheap, but this is without doubt, the most glorious thing you’ll ever sleep in. The bundle includes two sheets (one fitted, one flat), extra pillowcases and a duvet cover. Made from French flax linen, it doesn’t go stiff or crunchy in the wash, or require ironing (seriously, who has time?). It also keeps cool in summer and warm in winter -truly, the credentials and praise go on for as long as you’re willing to scroll.

Wake up the right way

Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

Lumie
£ 119.00

Synchronising the body’s circadian clock, this device lulls you to sleep with fading blue light on an evening, signalling the body to produce drowse-inducing melatonin. In the morning, it emits light that stimulates a natural sunrise, in order to wake you up naturally and avoid the panic of an iPhone alarm–and a perforated eardrum.

Flare - Sleep Pro Earplugs

Flare - Sleep Pro Earplugs

£ 29.99

There’s little these earplugs can't block, from neighbours who hoover at midnight and cars that honk and rev, to snoring partners and eternal building work. Oh and they’re even designed so you can sleep on your side.

Sleep Well - Vanilla Milk Drink

Sleep Well - Vanilla Milk Drink

£ 4.99

Sleep hormone melatonin is only available on prescription in the UK. However, there are natural alternatives to be had, likeValerian root. Found in Sleep Well Milk, drink this hot or cold 30 minutes before bed for a-sounder, more peaceful slumber.

Calm - Sleep Meditations

Calm - Sleep Meditations

£ 28.99

On this soothing and serviceable app you’ll find bedtime stories, meditations and sleepy soundscapes. In addition, velvet voiced celebs such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Keanu Reeves and Idris Elba,read calming tales that quash errant thoughts.

This Works - Sleep Plus Pillow Spray

This Works - Sleep Plus Pillow Spray

£ 15.20

You’ll struggle to find a single beauty editor who doesn’t worship at the altar of this stuff. Dispensing burstable bubbles of lavender, camomile and vetiver onto your pillow, which pop while you toss and turn, it’s a fast track to better sleep.

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