Are you getting enough?
Sleep isn’t a luxury – it’s vital for keeping us looking and feeling our best, and protecting us from obesity, diabetes and cancer plus a whole range of other conditions. But there are times when we all struggle to get enough shut-eye. We’ve rounded up our pick of natural products we think will help you drift into the land of nod in no time, and awakening bright and fresh and ready to face the day.
For minds that can’t switch off after a long day, this blend of 100 percent natural, pure essential oils will help to relax you, giving you a blissful and refreshing night’s sleep. £6.67 or any 3 for £18.00 from penny-price.com
Tick Tock‘s deep colour and full taste make a delicious cup of tea. Gentle, naturally caffeine-free and low in tannin, rooibos can be enjoyed at any time of day, even at bed time to soothe you after a long day. £2.29 for 40 teabags from ticktocktea.com, all major supermarkets and independent health food retailers.
Sleep eaZzzy with this dreamy blend of 100 percent natural pure essential oils of soothing lavender, warm sandalwood and sumptuous calming jasmine. Spray into the air, around your body and on to your pillow and bed linen to help you relax and prepare for a blissful night’s sleep. Bonus: you can sleep sweetly knowing it's vegan-friendly and suitable for children too! £8.95, Boots and tisserand.com
Valerian root is a traditional herb used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances and mild anxiety. With 300mg extract per tablet, this is the natural way to drift into a restorative slumber. £8.37, naturesbest.co.uk
Base Formula’s Sweet Dreams pure essential oil blend contains a soothing selection of therapeutic oils to prepare your mind and body for a restful night’s sleep: lavender and chamomile help you to relax and de-stress at the end of the day, and valerian root has been used as a natural sedative for thousands of years. Cedarwood reduces stress and tension and is believed to encourage the production of melatonin which supports the body’s natural sleep cycle. Mandarin helps to switch off an over-active mind, so you can enjoy a deeper and more peaceful sleep. Ideal for use in the bath or diffuser. £6 for 10ml.
Struggling with sleep issues can be horrible. For some, drifting off to sleep can seem an impossible task with thoughts racing just as they really want to get some rest. For others it’s not falling asleep but waking in the night that’s a battle. Herbal remedies, such as lavender and hops, have been used for centuries to help ease sleep troubles and encourage a healthy regulated sleep pattern. Pukka’s new 7 Day Night Time Kit is a tea and supplement combination that has been specifically formulated to aid rest and relaxation to encourage a good nights rest. £9.99 for a 7 day supply.
Blanket your skin in SBC’s comforting and luxurious lavender range. Breathing in the lavender aroma helps to calm your mind and is the perfect TLC before bed after a long day. The collection includes a relaxing body butter, a conditioning bathe and shower crème and a calming skincare gel, so you can pamper your way to a great night's sleep. From £6.
Magnesium is a natural aid to restful sleep and relaxation - the body needs it to maintain a state of rest and if you have low levels this can lead to restless muscles that keep you awake at night. BetterYou’s magnesium oil Goodnight Spray combines this essential nutrient with chamomile, bergamot and clary sage to soothe the senses whilst calming and relaxing the body. Using as a part of your night time routine will leave you feeling relaxed as well as effectively replenishing your body’s magnesium levels. £12.20, available in Holland & Barrett, all good health stores and online at betteryou.com
PEACE Pillow Spray & Room Mist from Beatitude is the perfect way to close the day. Made with an aromatherapeutic blend of 7 of the finest natural essential oils,all selected for their renowned mind relaxing properties. This dreamy elixir combines, relaxing Lavender, calming Ylang Ylang, mind-clearing Frankincense, grounding Patchouli plus Mandarin, Cedarwood and Petitgrain in a base of Orange Floral Water. The result is an effective mist that soothes and promotes relaxation, allowing you to drift off easily into a peaceful slumber.
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