Whether chirpy birds are responsible for rudely interrupting your slumber or it’s the repetitive thud of next door’s house party (you wanted a quiet Friday night in), there’s nothing more frustrating than struggling to sleep well.So in honour of World Sleep Day, we’ve tracked down the most raved about products designed to prevent tonight’s tossing and turning.Parents will be pleased to find a blackout blind designed for children (ideal as the nights grow lighter) while a Sweet Dreamers cuddly sheep will help newborns feel safe with built-in heartbeat vibrations to mimic the womb.For those of us burnt out from late-night shifts and desperate for some shut-eye, the sleep-deprived community swears by a cult body lotion found in beauty mecca, Lush. Team with a hot cuppa (we recommend Soft and Sleepy) to bring on the Zzzs.From the most talked about pillow spray on the market to the silky PJs on every fashion devotee’s shopping list, shop this year’s best sleep products.
Should we be focussing on the quality not quantity of sleep we’re getting? Well, that might just be doable as according to one sleep expert it is actually possible to train your body to need less sleep. Professor Jim Horne, sleep neuroscientist at Loughborough University, claims that most of us can actually make do with just six hours shut eye a night.
Sleep, eye bogies, or if you live in the US eye boogers. According to Tej Johal, optometrist at Maverick and Wolf the icky stuff is actually made up of a bunch of different materials, including mucus and oils, that gather overnight. “Eye discharge is a combination of mucus and oils which gather in your eyes,” he explains.
2016 has been a big year. Forget Brexit and the US Presidential election, the real politics has been going on between the sheets.From innovations in sex toys to men finally taking charge of the contraception, women getting vaginal massages to next generation condoms, this year may have been pretty pants when it comes to life in general, but as far as sex is concerned it's been a bit of a winner.For the past 12 months we've been keeping tabs on everything going on in the bedroom (and out), so we can bring you our recap of the many things that have changed our sex lives in 2016.There’s now a male contraceptive but can men handle the side effects?Why wearing socks in bed could improve your sex life
Time to plug in the hairdryer because going to bed with wet hair will have you waking up with the snots. When you lay your wet hair onto your pillow, friction from tossing and turning in your sleep can temporarily damage your hair. It will then be harder to style when you’re in a rush to leave the house the following morning,” explains Phil Smith, Celebrity stylist and creator of BE GORGEOUS.
As we prepare to rewind our clocks by an hour and rejoice in the hope that this might mean a whole extra hour in bed, we’ve got a bit of news that might just pop your snooze bubble. Thus a 60 minute shift is a massive adjustment to take on board, and can throw our whole sleep pattern out of sync with our body clock,” explains ‘Dave Gibson, Warren Evans’ Sleep Expert. Other sleep experts agree the extra hour can be disruptive.
How often do you wash your bedsheets? Ok so we’d like to be washing our bedsheets more, but what with juggling a job, social life and Netflix subscription CONFESSION! it can take us a while to get round to it, like a few weeks while. According to a recent YouGov poll more than a third of us wait 14 days to wash our sheets, while a super slothy one in ten of us only get round to sticking them in the washing machine every four weeks.
How well you sleep in a relationship isn’t just to do with whether your other half is ridiculously warm or if they’re generous with the duvet. Scientists have found that the psychological nature of your relationship is a huge factor in determining whether or not you get a good night’s kip. Dr. Emre Selçuk, of Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and a team of scientists questioned almost 700 married or cohabiting adults aged 35-86.
The reason we always sleep badly in a new bed has been explained by scientists at Brown University [Photo: Rex]