Sleep seems to be one of the biggest issues currently, so I have looked for the best natural products to help you sleep soundly!
How did you sleep last night? Did you have trouble falling asleep? Did you toss and turn restlessly? Or wake up at the slightest noise? Well, you’re not alone.
Natural Products to Help Sleep
It comes as no surprise that the latest research into how we are sleeping has revealed that over a third of us suffer from some degree of insomnia. And, alarmingly, 30% of us are actually sleep-deprived.
There are countless studies that show our sleep patterns are becoming more erratic and out of control, resulting in nightly anxiety and restlessness – and then exhaustion and irritability the next day. But the good news is that there are plenty of natural products to help you sleep better!
According to sleep experts, it’s the increased amount of time we spend on mobile phones, as well as in front of screens, that is keeping us up at night. I know that when I’ve been on my computer or phone before bedtime, my sleep is definitely more disrupted.
With Google searches for sleep remedies going through the roof, a growing number of people like me are looking for natural, rather than pharmaceutical cures for insomnia and sleep disturbances.
Why you need a bedtime ritual
I believe that a bedtime ritual can really improve how – and for how long – you sleep. When I take my own advice and make the effort to follow a ritual, boy, do I notice the difference!
If you want a good night’s sleep, investing in a bedtime routine is essential. Simply climbing into bed and expecting to fall into a deep sleep when you haven’t spent time unwinding just isn’t going to work – unless you’re very lucky!
Using sleep-promoting products, such as herbal teas, essential oils, pillow sprays, can really help make bedtime more of a ritual, as well as lulling you into a better night’s sleep.
In the name of research, I’ve been on a mission to track down – and road-test – the best natural sleep-enhancing products on the market.
Here are 7 of the most effective sleep products that I’ve found in 2020.
The Magnificent 7:
My Favourite Natural Sleep Remedies
The perfect alcohol-free sleep-enhancing drink, I’ve found Three Spirit’s Nightcap an amazing addition to my bedtime routine, especially during these worrying times. Packed with valerian and other soothing and calming herbs, this drink helps me to sleep like a baby, but without any grogginess in the morning. I have mine shot-style with ice like Baileys, but you can also have it hot toddy-style too! Either way, it’s delicious.
Three Spirit Drinks come in 100% zero-plastic and recyclable packaging, as well as being 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They also embrace environmentally-friendly methods in everything they do! Read how to make non-alcoholic cocktails with Three Spirit drinks here.
If you haven’t discovered DoTerra Essential Oils, you really should give them a try. High quality and made with the purest ingredients, they are available as single oils or blends, as well as for external and internal use.
My absolutely favourite nighttime oil is DoTerra Lavender Oil. I diffuse a few drops an hour before bed to fill my bedroom with the calming aroma of Lavender. If I’m feeling particularly anxious, I mix a few drops of Lavender Oil with a little coconut oil and massage this soothing blend into the soles of my feet.
Essential oils are absorbed more rapidly in areas where we have more sebaceous glands – face and back – or where the epidermal (deeper) layers are thinnest – hands, feet, and wrists. I find that it takes around 20 minutes for the oil to be absorbed and to take effect.
Lavender is known to be calming, and to be a natural sedative – and it smells like my Grandma’s drawers! But don’t let that put you off! This oil works fast and is really effective.
If I ever wake up during the night feeling anxious, I put some drops on the palms of my hand and inhale it in deeply – this works EVERY single time! I’m asleep again within 15 minutes.
(Don’t be tempted to buy another cheaper oil – I’ve tried that and they don’t work as well!)
3. Spacemask (five in a pack)
These self-heating eye masks are quirky and a little bit different – and that’s probably why I love them so much. They help to reduce stress, and to relieve eye strain and tiredness by taking you, quite literally, to another dimension!
Simply remove a Spacemask from its foil wrapper, unfold it, and it immediately starts to heat up. Place it over your eyes, hooking it around your ears to keep it in place – and inhale the gorgeous jasmine aroma.
It’s such a soothing sensation – you can literally feel the stress melting away. An added bonus is the fact that you have to lie down while the mask works its magic which forces you to relax and unwind, preparing you for a great night’s sleep.
In my experience, there is definitely a link between essential oils and herbs – and getting a good night’s sleep. Neom Pillow Spray is infused with lavender, jasmine and basil, three natural plant-based ingredients that are renowned for promoting sleep and aiding relaxation.
Neom products are made with 100% natural fragrances, without harsh chemicals and all ingredients are ethically sourced.
Simply spritz your pillows generously with Neom Pillow Spray just before you climb into bed.
Not only will your bed linen smell fresher, but the delicious soothing aroma will also carry you off to the Land of Nod in no time at all. It’s a winner!
I love my Himalayan Salt Lamps. They give off such a soothing amber glow that I feel instantly relaxed just by looking at them. The glow is similar to that of a campfire or of candlelight, making it the perfect night light as it won’t disturb your sleep.
Salt Lamps are also thought to reduce stress while helping to re-energise and revitalise the body.
They are also believed to absorb airborne pollutants and protect against the negative effects of WiFi and other electronic devices that can disrupt our sleep.
I switch on my Salt Lamp for about half an hour before going to bed. It also makes my bedroom more inviting too!
Read more on Himalayan salt lamps here.
Half a capful of this luxurious bath oil is enough to transform your bathroom into a tranquil paradise. Incredibly soothing and nurturing, and suitable for even for the most sensitive skins like mine, Olverum is hydrating enough not to need cream after bathing, but not so oily that your clothes or bedlinen will be oil-stained.
Having moisturised skin is pleasant enough, but soaking in a bath inhaling the aroma of True Lavender, Juniper, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Lemon is unbelievably calming and relaxing.
Invest in this oil and you won’t be disappointed by either your skin’s post-bath feel and appearance, or with the deep sleep, you’ll enjoy after an Olverum soak!
I absolutely LOVE Pukka Teas. I drink them constantly throughout the day as a healthy and delicious alternative to caffeinated drinks.
Starting the day with Cleanse, a blend of nettle leaf, dandelion root and fennel seed, peppermint and aloe vera. I have a mid-morning cuppa of Turmeric Gold, with turmeric, lemon fruit, and aromatic cardamom. Early afternoon, I’ll have a brew of Clean Matcha Green, then Three Mint in the late afternoon.
So, it’s no surprise that I’m also a fan of Pukka’s Night-Time, which is my pre-bedtime tipple. Infused with herbal ingredients and extracts such as licorice root, chamomile flower, and lavender, it’s no wonder that I start to feel relaxed and begin to unwind after a few sips. This is part of my evening routine and I’m convinced that it encourages my body to tell my mind that it’s bedtime soon!
I have my Night Time tea at around 9 pm, which also serves as a useful reminder to switch off my phone and to stop checking my emails. I’ve noticed that when I look at emails or texts after 9 pm, I just end up being stressed.
9 pm is also a good cut off time for liquid intake too. If you drink anything after this, you’re more likely to need a trip to the bathroom during the night! Best avoided if you want to sleep deeply for longer!
|Natalie Shirlaw is a healthy living expert with 10 years of experience in the field of holistic health, wellbeing, and fitness. If you enjoyed this article be sure to pin or share it!|