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Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind

Ahead of World Sleep Day, there’s never been a better time to invest in effective, soothing sleep aids

March 19 is World Sleep Day, an annual celebration of sleep and reminder of how important good rest truly is. It also marks just over a year since we first went into lockdown, kicking off a period of stress and anxiety that undoubtedly caused many sleepless nights. To help combat any bouts of insomnia, consider trying a sleep aid that can help you unwind and calm your mind for a peaceful night of slumber. From the most effective CBD oils, to natural supplements and aromatherapeutic pillow sprays that create a luxurious sleep environment, there’s plenty of options to try. Here, we’ve compiled a tried and tested edit of the best sleep aids to help you drift off.

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Sleep Aids
SUPPLEMENTS

For a real focus on helping you quiet your mind and get relaxed, a supplement is a good choice. Most over the counter brands will use some combination of magnesium, Valerian root and melatonin. The latter is the most popular, as it’s the hormone that your body produces naturally when it’s time to sleep, while magnesium and Valerian root both tackle anxiety and racing thoughts.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
The Nue Co
Sleep Drops
30ml, £45

This potent oil is a combination of Valerian root, passionflower, catnip and chamomile that you can drop directly onto your tongue or mix into a glass of water.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Anatome
Reset, Relax + Sleep Vegan Food Supplement
90 capsules, £28

A magnesium, amino acids and minerals supplement designed to relax tense muscles and calm your mind.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Dr Barbara Sturm
Sleep Food
60 capsules, £60

The supplement includes St. John’s Wort and 5-HTP to naturally increase your body’s levels of serotonin and dopamine, Valerian root to support sleep quality and vitamin B to help relax muscles.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Form Nutrition
ZZZs capsules
30 capsules, £20

The natural supplement combines 5-HTP to help increase brain serotonin levels and calming amino acids, magnesium and zinc.

CBD Oil

While scientific research into CBD is still ongoing, there is strong evidence that the cannabis-derived compound can help ease anxiety and combat insomnia without a high. In our experience, using a high quality CBD oil reduces the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and helps conjure a deeper, more restful sleep, too.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Trip
Orange Blossom CBD Oil
1000mg, 15ml, £49.99

The vegan blend of premium CBD, MCT oil, natural adaptogens and soothing chamomile has a pleasant orange flavour that makes it one of the best tasting oils on the market.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Dreem Distillery
Night drops
30ml, £160

With a high dose of 2400mg broad spectrum CBD combined with the brand’s enhanced Super Terpene Blend, the peppermint-flavoured oil promises to induce a sleepy state within 30 minutes.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Apothem
Lights Out CBD Drops
10ml, £75

High quality CBD is combined with soothing L-Theanine, chamomile and 5-HTP botanicals in this vanilla and caramel-flavoured CBD oil.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
CBII
Discovery Duo CBD Oil Starter Kit
2 x 2ml, £16

Best for those who are new to CBD, this kit includes two of the brand’s most popular oil strengths that can be tried over seven days to find the oil that’s most effective for you. 

PILLOW SPRAYS

Scent is a powerful tool when it comes to inducing a deep sleep. Using aromatherapeutic combinations of essential oils and natural ingredients, the formulas are designed to help calm your mind, fall into a deep sleep a little quicker and, at the very least, make your bedroom smell great. Simply spritz onto your bedding, breathe deep and drift off. 

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
This Works
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
75ml, £19.50

The cult favourite cruelty free, vegan spray of lavender, chamomile and vetiver reports that 97 per cent of testers reported a better night’s sleep and 89 per cent said they fell asleep quicker.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Ren
& Now To Sleep Pillow Spray
75ml, £19

The soothing blend of lavender, hops and frankincense is designed to help you relax and soothe your body and mind.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Neom
Bedtime Hero Pillow Spray
30ml, £20

This spray contains a blend of 11 pure essential oils, including cedarwood, ylang ylang and chamomile.

Tried and tested: The best natural sleep aids to help you de-stress and unwind
Aromatherapy Associates
Deep Relax Pillow Spray
50ml, £22.40

The aromatherapy experts have concocted a rich blend of vetiver, sandalwood and chamomile to help ease anxieties and send you drift off to sleep.

 
 
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