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.
with Jane Atkinson
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 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 – 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
with Gabriella Stein
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
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
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