Ultimate Guide to Sleep Aid
By Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor
With our sleep guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including why is sleep important and how much sleep do you need. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our sleep aid page.
Sleep Aid FAQs
Why is sleep important?
Sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle as it allows your mind and body to rest, recharge and refresh for the next day ahead. Without enough sleep, the body and brain cannot function properly and we find that we are less alert.
Healthy amounts of quality sleep can protect your physical and mental health, plus increase the quality of life, as it helps to boost your immune system, prevent weight gain, increase productivity and memory and better your mood.
How much sleep do you need?
The amount of sleep needed per day can vary from person to person and changes as we move through life.
According to the National Sleep Foundation guidelines, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to be deemed healthy. Older adults (those over 65) should sleep for seven to eight hours per night.
Teens, young children and babies are recommended even more sleep, in order to help their growth and development.
How do you stop snoring?
There are many techniques you can use to try and stop snoring.
Switching to sleeping on your side can prevent snoring as it reduces the compression of your airways. You can also try raising the head of your bed by about four inches in order to relieve congestion. Losing weight (if necessary), avoiding alcoholic drinks close to bedtime and treating nasal congestion can also help to limit snoring.
Sleep deprivation is one of the main causes of snoring, so be sure that you (or your partner) are getting at least seven hours of good sleep per night to ensure a quiet and tranquil setting.
What is pillow mist?
A pillow mist is a water-based spray infused with calming essential oils such as lavender and chamomile. Pillow mists can be spritzed over your pillow and bedsheets before you sleep to help relax your mind.
The soothing scents used in pillow sprays stimulate our bodies natural melatonin - a sleep-inducing hormone. This makes pillow mists an effective sleep aid, and one that is often preferred over sedative medications, as the stripped back formulas allow you to drift away naturally.
As well as serving up a guaranteed good night's sleep, pillow mists can also be used to calm anxiety and curb depression.
Do sleep masks really work?
They do! Eye masks, or sleep masks, are super effective at blocking out artificial light such as streetlights, ambient bedroom lights and blue light from phones.
Exposure to artificial lighting, especially at night, can confuse our 'body clock' and suppress our natural melatonin production – the hormone that promotes sleep. Sleep masks act as a shield, blocking out any signs of light and allowing us to indulge in an undisrupted sleep pattern.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.