Having trouble sleeping? Here are some of the best sleep aids available.
Lavender, Honeysuckle and Chamomile
Enjoy the aromas of Lavender, Honeysuckle and Chamomile with a few sprays of Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Sleep Mist Spray (100ml £4.90 from Holland & Barrett); the 100%-natural relaxation mist works to restore a sense of soothing. And a 2008 study found that lavender helped women with insomnia fall asleep more easily, the Wall Street Journal reported.
For a longer-term preventative and a heartburn-free sleep try Nexium Control. By treating the source of acid production rather than the symptoms, it prevents heartburn from occurring for 24 hours, with just one tablet per day for up-to 14 consecutive days. Nexium Control is available in packs of 7 and 14 (£6.99 and £11.99 supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide). If symptoms persist or worsen after taking the medication 14 days in a row, see a GP for further advice.
A study by Nexium Control found that over three quarters (76%) of frequent heartburn suffers, who experience the symptoms twice per week or more, experience pain in bed. 37% also said they found sleeping particularly difficult when it comes to dealing with heartburn symptoms. Unfortunately, many of the mechanisms of sleep can actually make heartburn more likely; when lying flat it’s much easier for stomach acid to backflow into the oesophagus, where it can stay for much longer than during the day, causing the painful symptoms throughout the night.
Benenox Overnight Recharge
Benenox Overnight Recharge (£10.79, Amazon). Benenox is a combination of honey, Sustamine and Vitamin B6, which, when taken before bed, supplements your body’s stored energy levels to support good quality, undisrupted sleep, leaving you feeling fully recharged in the morning, ready to take on the day ahead. It is perfect for those who struggle with disrupted sleep, tiredness and low energy levels the following day. The blend of ingredients helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue, support mental function and maintain normal energy production.
Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One-A-Night Tablets contain 385mg of Valerian root extract, traditionally used for decades to induce sleep and promote calmness. This product may be suitable for those who would prefer an herbal remedy with a natural active ingredient, and are looking for a higher dose of Valerian than Nytol’s other herbal tablets. One tablet should be taken with water 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed. Available in packs of 21 (RRP £5.99*) from supermarkets, health and beauty stores and pharmacies. Suitable for adults over 18 years of age.