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Struggling to get to sleep? This smart 2-minute trick could help

Plus the buys you need for a peaceful night's slumber

Abigail Malbon

Sleep can be a tricky concept to master for some. We all know we need it, and we all know that too little can have a detrimental effect on health - as can too much. Good quality shut-eye is known to help with everything from mental health to skin and productivity as well as weight control, but it's often easier said than done - particularly right now, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. 

There will be times in life where you drift right off and wake up eight hours later - having not woken up once - feeling like a bionic woman ready for the day ahead. But there will also be times, no matter how many sheep you've counted, that you just cannot switch off, and therefore lie wide awake fretting that you're lying wide awake.

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Luckily, there are plenty of products that will help you get a great night's sleep, whether you usually drift off easily or not. Here’s what we’re buying...

kneipp

HELLO!'s Head of Lifestyle Leanne swears by Kneipps Bath Oil for having a blissful night's sleep. The trick? Having a bath and going to bed soon after. Don't let yourself awaken by watching TV or looking at your phone. 

Kneipp Pure Bliss Bath Oil, £9.95, Amazon

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pillow

There's nothing quite like a good pillow to help you drift off. Some are even so attached to their own that they travel with it on holidays and work trips! While there are many different materials to choose, from firm polyester to soft feather materials, a memory foam pillow can help provide neck and back support that literally moulds itself around your head. Plus, this two-in-one design from Amazon even offers one breathable side for summer, and one soft and warm side for winter.

Amazon Basics memory foam pillow, £25.36, Amazon

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sleep-spray

A pillow spray infused with calming scents can have more of an effect that you’d imagine. This Works has created the perfect blend of lavender, vetiver and wild camomile oil to help you wind down when you get into bed. 

This Works Deep Sleep pillow spray, £19.50, Lookfantastic

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calm-app

Have you considered using a mindfulness and meditation app? The ever-popular Calm is a tried and tested sleep tool - whether you want to try a guided visualisation or listen to a celebrity-narrated sleep story to drift off. Trust us, there's no better way to fall asleep than to Matthew McConaughey's soothing Southern drawl…

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chillpills

Chill Pills are bath bombs filled with lush oils to transform your boring bath into a dreamy escape. Take some well-deserved me-time and soak up with a blend of hemp, jojoba and safflower seed oil.

Ouai Chill Pills, £25, Cult Beauty

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sleep-sleepy

Parents swear by this cult body lotion, which can be used on children before bed to help them fall into a comfortable sleep. It smells like a less-intense lavender, and is a truly addictive buy!

Sleepy body lotion, from £9, Lush

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sleep-neom

A diffuser is a more pricey buy, but it means you’ll be able to ditch your expensive candle habit! This Neom diffuser is a bestseller - simply add water, a few drops of your favourite essential oil, and watch the calming fine mist of scented vapour fill your room. 

Perfect Night's Sleep Pod starter pack, £100, Neom

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jo-loves

What's more relaxing than a great candle? Our favourite has to be the Jo Loves Pomelo candle because it smells of summer! With an energising blend of grapefruit, vetiver, and pink pomelo, it'll spark joy with every burn.  

Jo Loves Pomelo candle, £55, Space N.K

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sleep-aa

Aromatherapy Associates’ essential oils are some of the best around. Add a few drops of this into a bath before you go to bed and you’ll fall into a lovely, relaxed slumber. We recommend a good book, too!

Aromatherapy Associates deep relax bath and shower oil, £42.01, Amazon

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sleep-tea

This delicious tea has cinnamon, chamomile, valerian and other natural herbs enhanced with natural orange flavouring to help you feel sleepy before bed. Make it one of the last things you do in the evening for a calming routine. 

Clipper Organic sleep easy tea infusion bags, £8.88, Amazon

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rescue-remedy

A natural treatment dating back decades, Bach's Rescue Remedy is now available in 'Night' form to help you ease into sleep. Combining the five original flower essences discovered by Dr Bach in 1930, plus White Chestnut to help relax the mind, a few drops on your tongue is all you need. 

Bach Rescue Night, £8.50, Boots

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And if that’s not enough? The sleep trick of the American army has been revealed. Coming from people who have to snooze off in the most challenging of conditions - we're all ears.

Two-minute sleep trick

Published in 'Relax and Win: Championship Performance', by Lloyd Bud Winter, which is about how athletes relax ahead of competitions, the trick claims you can get to sleep in just two minutes and has a staggering 96 per cent success rate.

The trick involves relaxing, visualising and repeating all in 120 seconds and this is how it works:

Step 1: Relax the muscles in your face, including the jaw, tongue and those around the eye.

Step 2: Let your shoulders drop, and relax both sides of the upper and lower arm.

Step 3: Breathe out, keeping the chest relaxed.

Step 4: Relax both the upper and lower parts of your legs.

Step 5: Then follow those steps with a visualisation.

Imagine:

Lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing except blue skies circling you.

or:

Being snuggled up in a black velvet hammock in a dark room.

Next, you have to repeat this phrase:

Step 6: Say "don't think, don't think, don't think" for about 10 seconds.

Always worth giving your bed buddy the heads up if you are up for trying the ritual or they might just look a little confused when you start chanting "don't think"...

Will you give it a shot?

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