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While we’re all doing our best to social distance and self isolate during the current COVID-19 outbreak, there can be a lot uncertainty and anxiety throughout the day. And with a 24-hour news cycle, shutting off your brain at night can be a genuine challenge.
While we all know the recommendations to limit screen time two hours before sleep and practice deep breathing, sometimes we need a bit of extra support to catch some quality shut eye. With physical activity limited due to gym closures and the guidance to stay indoors, it can be harder than ever to feel ready to hit the sack at the end of the day.
If you’re finding yourself restless at the end of your day, we’ve rounded up some of the top products to help you de-stress and fall asleep. Sweet dreams!
What it is: An international best-selling pillow spray, this product promises to be fast-acting, reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality. Simply spritz on pillows just before going to sleep and lull into a slumber thanks to its award-winning, natural super blend of calming scents.
Why it works: Using lavender, chamomile and vetiver, this pillow spray combines aromatherapeutic scents to calm the mind and body, improving sleep quality.
Shopper review: “I love this product. I have trouble falling asleep and turning my brain off at night. First of all, this pillow spray smells so good and calming. I don’t have any staining on my pillows or cases. It puts me right to sleep and helps me stay asleep all night long. I wake up feeling refreshed and not groggy.”
SHOP IT: Sephora, $34
What it is: Weighted blankets help you to sleep deeply and wake feeling more refreshed. Providing a similar sensation to a warm hug, these blankets promise to keep you feeling cozy and supported. With a sense of calmness and relaxation, the added weight of this blanket is crucial in reducing anxiety.
Why it works: Glass pellets add weight to this blanket, creating a calming and relaxing embracing sensation. Receiving praise from those living with anxiety, weighted blankets make the user feel supported, helping reduce anxiety symptoms.
Shopper review: “I have a lot of restless sleeps due to anxiety. I saw that a weighted blanket could help with that so I decided to take the plunge and give it a try – and I was not disappointed! At first it takes a while to get used to the extra weight, but then you do and it's just like a normal blanket. For the most part I've been having better and more restful sleeps, and it's the softest blanket I own – it's amazing!”
SHOP IT: Bed Bath and Beyond, from $140
What it is: An essential oil blend to melt away stress, this blend works best when used in your diffuser. Simply add a couple of drops to your diffuser and let it work it’s magic. 100 per cent natural and vegan, this aromatherapy blend will help to uplift and calm you before catching some zzzs.
Why it works: With crisp top notes of lime and sweet orange, these scents uplift and calm. The inclusion of rosemary and french lavender help to soothe your mind and eliminate pent-up tension, prepping your brain for a good night’s sleep.
Shopper review: “An absolute favourite of mine for diffusing when stressed or anxious. Very good quality oil.”
SHOP IT: Well.ca, $21
What it is: A silk eye mask and pillow case is the absolute height of luxury, good for your skin and so soft you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, this dreamy sleep set is just the thing to help you get a restful night’s sleep.
Why it works: Ensuring you stay calm, cool and collected throughout the night, this silk sleep set promises to deliver a restorative night of sleep at home. Pair with a calming blend of essential oils and you’ll be deep sleeping in no time.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $95
What it is: This mat is made from natural rubber for a little extra cushioning, making it perfect for meditation or restorative yoga. We all know meditation and yoga are two of the most recommended ways to unwind, plus this pink mat will feel (and look) like you’re sitting on a cloud.
Why it works: A mind and body practice that causes you to focus heavily on your breathing, yoga is an easy way to re-focus your mind and centre your thoughts on your body and how you’re feeling. A supportive mat will help you stretch it out and meditate in comfort.
Shopper review: “The mat is very durable, heavy, and thick which I absolutely love... having this mat has made me want to practice yoga/meditate everyday.”
SHOP IT: Lululemon, $88
What it is: This mask is the perfect way to unwind after a long day. This ultra-hydrating mask has a combination of natural cannabis sativa seed oil to calm your skin as well as your senses. Super nourishing, this mask is just the thing to prepare you for a full night’s sleep.
Why it works: Using derived cannabis sativa seed oil from hemp, this mask is rich in essential omega six and three acids. Thanks to an essential oil blend, this mask works magic on your skin and your senses.
Shopper review: “Love this mask! It really is calming and is my go to mask whenever I feel a breakdown coming. Face masks are a healthy coping mechanism, and it’s a plus when it calms your skin and hydrates at the same time.”
SHOP IT: Sephora, $35
What it is: A wearable essential oil, this Divine Essence roll-on oil is therapeutic in both its scent and application. Simply roll onto your wrists or temples and enjoy the relaxing effects this organic combination of sweet orange, lavender, bergamot and mandarin has.
Why it works: This blend of essential oils is specially designed to help relax and calm your mind. A super blend of extracts, this roll-on aromatherapy is perfect for setting the tone of a long night’s sleep. Simply apply, take a couple of deep breaths and drift off.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $15