Studies suggest that most adults require between seven and nine hours of sleep per night*, and yet most of us struggle to reach the low end of this estimate. All too often we are caught in the endless scroll of social media, or lie awake in bed worrying about our to-do lists for the next day.
Luckily, plenty of smart people have recognised this problem of modern living and have decided to do something about it, by creating products that are designed to take the weight of sleeplessness off our collective shoulders. We’ve brought together a list of some of the best products out there for ensuring that, when you get into bed, you are ready to sleep.
Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300, £125 stockists regionwide
There are few things worse than a pleasant dream being shattered by a blaring alarm clock. The incessant bleeping may be doing its job, but in the process it rips you out of the peaceful embrace of a fluffy duvet and into the cold, bleary-eyed morning routine. This is what Lumie have worked to conquer. Instead of a noisy alarm, the Lumie wakes you up peacefully with steadily increasing light – simply set the time you want the light to be fully on, and the length of time you want the ‘sunrise’ to go on for, et voila. It also has a sunset feature, which uses slowly dimming red light to get you feeling drowsy quicker, as well as alarm sounds for those who need a bit of time before they trust their eyes over their ears.
Nora Smart Snoring Solution, £300 smartnora.com
It’s not just the relatively modern ills of smartphones and work stress that can negatively affect our sleeping – snoring, that age-old destroyer of relationships, is an obvious cause of some of our bedtime woes. Smart Nora have taken it upon themselves to save marriages everywhere by producing an innovative and effective solution for snorers and their spouses, to help them both get a better night’s sleep. Snoring occurs when our neck and throat muscles relax, tightening our airways and making it more difficult for breath to get through. When the Smart Nora detects that you are snoring, its discreet pillow insert starts to gently move, which stimulates the throat muscles, stopping the snoring. Get ready for some silent nights.
Sound Oasis Deluxe Glo to Sleep Therapy Mask, £32.90 soundoasis.com
For many, falling asleep is complicated by the mind wondering to places that are bound to keep us awake. When the lights go off and silence descends, we begin to think about that really important meeting tomorrow, whether we will get that promotion, or how our date the next day will go. Age-old wisdom will have us counting sheep to try to take our minds off whatever mind be bothering us, but for many that isn’t good enough. This clever mask takes on the mantle from our woolly friends with aplomb, keeping our focus and letting us doze off in peace. All you need to do is put it on and gaze up at the soft, blue light – you’ll be asleep in no time at all. The best thing is, there are no wires or charging points required – to give the mask enough charge for a few hours, simply hold it up to a light source for 30 seconds.
NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath and Shower Drops, £40 stockists regionwide
The key to a good night’s sleep doesn’t have to begin in the bedroom – a relaxing evening can put you in exactly the right frame of mind to hit the hay. What better way to chill out than with a luxurious scented bath. Containing English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine and a range of other essential oils, these bath drops work to nourish and hydrate the skin as well as calm the mind, for a much more restful night when you head to bed.
Gravity Weighted Blanket, from £149 gravityblankets.co.uk
Restless nights are both a symptom and a cause of a lack of sleep. We’ve all been told that moving around at night will keep our brains active rather than entering the restful state required for sleep, but we often can’t help turning onto our side, or shifting around when we are struggling to get comfortable. This can be helped by weighted blankets, such as this Gravity Blanket. They are supposed weigh about 10 percent of the wearer, which is not enough to mean that you can’t move, but enough deep pressure to feel like you are being given a big hug all through the night. The blanket helps those struggling with anxiety and insomnia, both through the sensation of pressure and the slight disinclination to move around at night brought about by the added weight.
Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds (with Bose Sleep App), £229.95 at Peter Tyson, Newcastle www.petertyson.co.uk
Whether it’s noisy neighbours, a busy road, or being to close to the railway, there’s always something that keeps the night from being as peaceful as we need it to be. So many of us can recall slowly drifting off in a quiet moment and being jolted back into reality by something loud. For those for whom this is more than a rare occurrence, you might want to consider something a little bit more heavy-duty than regular earbuds. Bring on this gadget that will finally have you drifting off. These Sleepbuds are tiny, wireless and they play soothing sounds that are uniquely engineered to mask any unwanted noise. They come with an app that lets you choose your sound and volume level, as well as how long you want them to play during the night, which means you can decide the best way to help you get some sleep.
Suzy Snooze, £149 bleepbleeps.com
For those of us at a particular stage in life, uninterrupted nights and lie-ins at the weekend seem like a distant memory – a tranquil paradise far removed from midnight wailing and dirty nappies. Having children affects our sleep monumentally, and while we put up with their antics because we love them, anything that might help them to get through the night more peacefully would mean welcome relief for the grown-ups. Suzy Snooze is a children’s night light and sleeping aid as well as having an inbuilt baby monitor. Press down Suzy’s head to start a soothing night light and a soporific melody that the designers have engineered to be as conducive to sleep for youngsters as possible. The other great thing about Suzy Snooze is its ‘wake’ option, which helps your child know when to get up. While this would obviously take some training, the opportunity for both you and your little one to get a full night’s sleep makes it worth it.
Luxury Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Microfibre, from £185 John Lewis & Partners, Newcastle
Of course, many solutions are mainly tackling problems of the mind, whereas the cause of your sleepless nights might lie not with you but with what’s under you. Our mattresses are something we never think about changing. Over the years, springs might go and cushioning might get squashed until we end up sleeping on a solid block that manages to dig into your ribs every time you lie on it. That is why it’s so important to consider improving your sleeping hardware, and if your mattress is not bad enough to change just yet, but is getting pretty uncomfortable, consider getting a mattress topper, to fit on your mattress and provide more cushioning and support. This topper contains six inches of memory foam, so it provides plenty of firm support, as well as a layer of down-like microfibre to turn your old mattress into something that’s as soft as a cloud again.
Relax Melodies – Free for Android and iPhone – One of the most popular sleeping aid apps, drift off to sleep with these peaceful tracks that have been added to by a community of over 35 million with Relax Melodies. You can even create your own soothing sounds with music from your library added in.
Sleep Cycle – Free for Android and iPhone – Another favourite with the community, pop your phone on the corner of your bed and Sleep Cycle will track your sleeping patterns, including when you are in lighter and deeper modes of sleep. It also has an alarm clock feature, that wakes you up at your most wakeful point during a pre-set 30 minute window.
Headspace – Free for Android and iPhone – If you’re struggling with an overactive mind when you should be winding down to go to sleep, download Headspace and try their mindfulness meditation techniques to try to calm your mind for a more peaceful night’s sleep.
* According to data from the National Sleep Foundation