STRUGGLING to get to sleep affects one in three people. Research has shown if you need an alarm clock to wake up or if it takes you 20 minutes or more to feel alert, you aren’t getting enough kip.

This week, we look at three products that can help you get better shut-eye and, for beauty, we trial sustainable make-up removers.

 Research shows you're not getting enough sleep if it takes you 20 minutes or more to feel alert

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Research shows you’re not getting enough sleep if it takes you 20 minutes or more to feel alertCredit: Alamy

Health

with Jane Atkinson

 Weighted blankets give the sensation of being swaddled

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Weighted blankets give the sensation of being swaddled

MELA weighted blankets – which mimic the sensation of being swaddled – can have a positive effect on the hormones controlling the nervous system.

The blankets (up to 11kg) feel heavy, but I was soon sleeping more soundly than normal.

I was impressed – but I’m not sure they would be good on a balmy, summer night.

  • Mela weighted blanket, £104.99 from Mela Comfort – buy now
 Avon's pillow mist is based on the age-old remedy of using lavender on the pillow

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Avon’s pillow mist is based on the age-old remedy of using lavender on the pillow

AVON Planet Spa Aromatherapy Pillow Mist is based on the age-old remedy of using lavender on the pillow.

Three squirts on the pillow before bed made the room smell lovely.

Did it help me sleep better? I’m not sure – but I loved the smell and it’s worth it for that alone.

  • Planet Spa Aromatherapy Pillow Mist, £4 for 100ml from Avon – buy now
 Yumi sleep and relax gummies improve melatonin production naturally for a deeper sleep

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Yumi sleep and relax gummies improve melatonin production naturally for a deeper sleep

YUMI sleep and relax gummies – a chewable vitamin and mineral supplement – improve melatonin production naturally for a deeper sleep.

I was sceptical but drifted off as soon as my head hit the pillow.

  • 60 Yumi Sleep & Relax gummies, £14.99 from Yumi Nutrition – buy now

Beauty

with Gabriella Stein

BUDGET

 The Face Halo promises to remove all traces of make-up in seconds using only water

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The Face Halo promises to remove all traces of make-up in seconds using only water

Eco-friendly make-up remover that promises to remove all traces of make-up in seconds, using only water.

Double-sided and reusable pads can be washed up to 200 times so they are far kinder to the environment than face wipes.

A good product – but personally I like to use a cleanser to feel squeaky clean.

  • Face Halo, £7 from Boots – buy now

MID-RANGE

 The Magnitone WipeOut is an ultra-soft microfibre cloth for cleansing and make-up removal

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The Magnitone WipeOut is an ultra-soft microfibre cloth for cleansing and make-up removal

Double-sided microfibre cloth for cleansing and make-up removal.

The cloth feels ultra-soft so I wasn’t sure it would be able to hold and remove my longwear foundation – but it did as promised and all traces of my make-up were gone.

Machine washable and claims to be reusable 1,000’s of times. My favourite.

  • Magnitone WipeOut, £15 for two from feelunique.com – buy now

LUXURY

 The Silk Cleansing Cloths promise to gently exfoliate and leave skin feeling smooth and looking radiant

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The Silk Cleansing Cloths promise to gently exfoliate and leave skin feeling smooth and looking radiant

100% silk cloths promise to gently exfoliate and leave skin feeling smooth and looking radiant.

Cloth has a rougher texture than I was expecting but it did a great job of cleansing and lightly exfoliating my face.

Can be machine washed and are biodegradable! Not for very sensitive skins, but I still liked it.

  • Silk Cleansing Cloths, £21.99 for three from This Is Silk – buy now
Aldi is selling a heated throw to keep you warm as temperatures drop this Winter



 

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