6 sleep accessories you need for a dreamy snooze
MIND OVER MATTER
7 Days Of Sleep app, from £3.76 per month, Calm
If you find it hard to switch off at night, this programme of guided meditations will release lingering tensions and give you a better night’s rest. For those new to mindfulness, there’s a free introductory meditation programme. Now, they’ve also launched a new Sleep Mist (£19.99)! After trying over 1,000 formulations, the innovation team settled on the perfect blend of lavender, chamomile clary sage and frankincense. It works in conjunction with the new Sleep Stories, a series of 20-30 minute recordings developed to help listeners fall asleep — including one, Blue Gold, read by Stephen Fry.
Cravat Eye Mask, £50, Otis Batterbee
Each eye mask comes infused with a pinch of sleep-enhancing lavender, and is designed to completely block out light. It’s a must-have for frequent flyers who want to sleep stylishly, but it’ll help anyone who finds it difficult to switch off from external disturbances and wind down.
SLEEP LIKE THE ELITE
Sleep by Nick Littlehales, £9.99, Penguin
Having crafted sleep regimes for Manchester United and Arsenal footballers, Nick Littlehales is something of a guru in the sporting world. In his new book, out this month, Nick advises on everything from the best bedding and room temperature, to how to achieve optimum performance thanks to improved sleep.
RISE WITH THE SUN
Lumie Bodyclock Active 250, £99.95, Lumie
This alarm clock mimics the sunrise and uses light to stimulate the body to produce cortisol. Sleep and wake cycles are regulated by light, and many people feel less energised and productive during winter when the days are shorter. The Bodyclock gives you a natural awakening, while
the audio options make it an all-purpose bedroom light.
The coolest (literally) mattress on the market has revolutionary memory foam that provides support while letting air flow through. It ensures you get the comfort and support needed for the best sleep of your life. We’ve teamed up with eve to give one lucky Balance reader a chance to win one (worth £349)!
The Human Charger, £98.95, Amazon
Plugging gadgets into your ears to transmit light to your brain might sound like something from a sci-fi film, but Finnish scientists Juuso Nissila and Antti Aunio’s invention does just that. The earbuds, which look like headphones, transmit UV -free light down the ear canal, boosting serotonin levels and helping you feel less sluggish when you wake.
Read more: How to sleep better — the pro’s guide to slumbering soundly