How to make sure you get a good night’s sleep this winter

Plus the best products that'll help you catch some Zs

Sometimes it can be really hard to wind down in the evenings, which can be detrimental to our sleep schedule – There’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep when all you can think about is that you need to sleep. Even the most well-rested of us struggle from time to time, and if that’s you at the moment, you’ve come to the right place to find out how to deal with it.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best ways to wind down at home, and that’ll ensure you get enough shut-eye per night. Eight hours? No problem.

Buy some temple balm

Skin & Tonic’s Calm Balm, £23, is our go-to to massage into our temples, and it’s the perfect blend of Roman chamomile, lavender and calendula oils. Good to have a pot to hand on your desks for any particularly stressful days at work.

Drink a caffeine-free tea before bed

Is there anything more comforting than curling up with a cup of tea? We doubt it. If you’re looking for a tea that’s particularly relaxing, give Aveda’s Organic Comforting Tea Bags, £10 for 20 bags, a go. They’re a soothing infusion of peppermint and licorice root that’ll help you to put your mind at ease as you wind down for the night. For best results, brew a cup for about five minutes.

Take a bath

Having a nice warm bubble bath is one of the best ways to de-stress in the evening. Whether you like to read a book, listen to music or just soak in the tub, it’s a great way to take some time out to relax before bed. For an extra boost of calm, give Aveda’s Stress-Fix Soaking Salts, £31, a try. The salts’ aroma contains lavender and clary sage for the ultimate soul-soothing soak.

Try a pillow mist

Another great option is investing in a pillow mist, which adds relaxing aromas to your pillow to help you sleep. There are tons of different sprays you can try, but we recommend Cowshed’s Sleepy Cow Calming Pillow Mist Spray £16,, containing essential oils of lemon, myrtle melissa and valerian. A few spritzes of this and you’ll feel super drowsy in no time at all.

Take supplements

There is a whole host of excellent supplements to take if you’re struggling to sleep at night. Valerian Root and Lemon Balm (both available at Holland and Barrett) are both known to ease anxiety and help even the most restless of us get a good night’s sleep.

If it’s feeling drowsy and the avoidance of stress you want to tackle during the day, we say try Alchemy Organic’s Super Blends Energy Elixir, £40, It’s a blend of 5 super uplifting nutrients, including baobab, pea protein, maca, chlorella and camu camu, and is rich in protein and vitamin c. Mix it with a little water and drink as a shot, or blend with juice or a smoothie to help it go down.

Invest in a relaxing scented candle

We love This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, £25,, which is enriched with their signature relaxing scent. Plus, who needs an excuse to buy a nice new candle, really?

Get a calming reed diffuser

Reed diffusers are an excellent way of adding calming ambiance to your home, which is key to de-stressing in the evenings. We recommend Neom’s Tranquility Reed Diffuser, £38,, which will fill the room with relaxing aromas that’ll send you straight to sleep. It’s a must-have in your bedroom and something we love here at Marie Claire.

By making a few key investments from our sleep wish list above, we’re sure you’ll be having the best night’s sleep of your life in no time at all.

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