9 relaxing accessories to help you wind down at bedtime
Modern life can be pretty hectic and while ensuring that you get enough rest is essential to managing stress levels, it’s often easier said than done.
When your head does finally hit the pillow after a long day, racing thoughts can make it difficult to fall asleep, no matter how tired you are. Finding ways to relax and unwind before bedtime is therefore key to getting a good night’s sleep.
In this blog, we’ll look at 9 relaxing accessories that will help you to create a cosy and peaceful environment so that you can wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Our hooded blankets are a must-have accessory for anyone who loves to wrap up in something cosy. Crafted from flannel fleece and with an ultra-soft sherpa fleece interior, it’s impossible to not feel drowsy when you’re all snug inside one.
The hood helps to block out noise and create a world of your own to escape into. There’s also a large pocket so that you can carry everything important with you – not having to move to get snacks is a game changer!
If you’re the kind of person who likes to feel toasty at night, sleeping in a hooded blanket can provide an extra layer of warmth. They’re oversized and have specially designed wide arms to make sure movement isn’t restricted, so you can curl up into whatever position is comfortable.
One of the ultimate bedtime accessories has got to be the trusty sleep mask. Not only do they shield you from unwanted light, but they’re also a handy way of discouraging you from looking at your phone or checking the time when you’re trying to unwind.
Our sleep mask makes up part of our Snuggy Sleep Bundle is made from mulberry silk, the smoothest and most durable type of silk in the world. You won’t even notice you’re wearing it, never mind getting woken up because it’s either digging in or slipped off!
Infused with amino acids and made with moisture-preserving technology, you’re guaranteed to wake up both looking and feeling well-rested.
Creating a calm and cosy atmosphere is one of the simplest ways to help you relax before falling asleep. Putting on meditation music and lighting a scented candle both go a long way but, above all else, mood lighting is what’s important for building a soothing ambience.
Bright lights should be avoided altogether – instead, you want to aim for a warm, golden hue. Fairy lights are the perfect tool for the job, casting a soft glow over whichever space you choose to put them in.
The wind down to bedtime is all about making yourself feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. In winter especially, this can mean putting on some extra layers so that you’re as snug as a bug.
If you’re looking for other ways to stay warm and toasty, our fluffy slippers and socks are just the ticket. The super-soft microfibre material offers comfort like your feet have never felt before, keeping them (and you) cosy all night long.
If you’re a chronic pillow flipper, then a silk pillowcase could be one of the best investments you make. Silk helps to regulate body temperature in numerous ways so that even if you’ve been relaxing in bed for a while, your pillow will retain its coolness.
Any kind of discomfort can make it difficult to fall asleep – not just being too hot. Allergies, skin issues and fabric sensitivity can all keep you up at night, as well as making you anxious while you’re trying to unwind.
A silk pillowcase can also help with these problems. Silk is an incredibly gentle, hypoallergenic material, so any itching or irritation is kept at bay. And there’s an added bonus – silk produces less friction than other materials, so wrinkles and bedhead are more easily prevented.
If you struggle with anxiety or have trouble calming your mind before sleep, a weighted blanket might be the perfect solution. Designed to stimulate the sensation of a gentle hug, these blankets provide deep pressure stimulation, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
The additional weight induces a feeling of being safe and secure, helping you drift off to sleep without worry. Along with those suffering from anxiety, neurodivergent people can find great comfort and sensory relief from using a weighted blanket.
One of the biggest benefits of weighted blankets is that they’re an effective tool for a lot of people who struggle with sleep in a serious way. Symptoms of insomnia, restless leg syndrome (RLS) and other sleep disorders can all be negated with the use of a weighted blanket.
There’s something incredibly comforting about snuggling up to a hot water bottle on a chilly night. They keep you warm and ease your aches and pains while simultaneously promoting relaxation.
You can pop one in your bed half an hour before going to sleep to make it a more welcoming environment, or keep it with you to soothe you while you watch TV.
The five senses each play a part in regulating the nervous system, and yet we don’t utilise them all when it comes to bedtime. You probably pay attention to fabrics, eye masks and ear plugs, but what about smell?
By using a sleep spray, you can hack your sense of smell to promote a better night’s sleep. This natural remedy is aromatherapy for your pillow, made with calming fragrances like lavender, rosemary and lemon.
Gently mist it over your pillow before bed and get ready to fall into a deep and peaceful slumber.
Bed tents are often seen as a fun accessory for children, but they can be useful for adults, too. They create a sense of privacy and shelter from the demands of the outside world, providing you with your own personal sanctuary within your bedroom.
When you sleep inside a bed canopy pod, distractions are reduced, overstimulation is avoided, and your brain learns to associate climbing into the bed tent with going to sleep. This symbolic sleep cue can help to keep anxious thoughts far away and ensure a tranquil descent into sleep.