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Sleeping troubles? These comforting sleeping pills can help


I don’t know if there is a busier month, more cluttered with change, stress and anticipation than January. Combine that with cold weather, short daylight hours, and a New Year’s bank balance, and I have an ideal recipe for insomnia myself.

One night last week, as I lay awake at 4 a.m. dutifully tossing through my to-do list, my brain saw fit to spontaneously relive that time several years ago when I took the hand of someone interviewing me for a job, only to realize (to my horror) that he was simply reaching for the door to let me out. It wasn’t a handshake. I was just there, holding his hand. As if we were teenage lovers. As if I needed help leaving the room. I didn’t get the job. Luckily, I haven’t been accused of harassment either. However, this tingling, sinking, leaden feeling, both in the moment and in the memory, is embodied by January, and it is very difficult to sleep.

Let’s be clear. That’s no problem, I suggest you buy your release. Below are some good comforting things I’ve tried to speed up and help with decent sleep, but I’m not suggesting they are cures. Exercising, eating nutritious food, breathing, dumping someone, and throwing your phone in the nearest obliging river – all of these are much higher on the list.

However, if you have the inclination and the budget for some sleeping pills, I have found a few that have been helpful and comforting.

Mela Weighted Blanket (£130 to oliverbonas.com) is considered the best on the market. Just be aware that as it is heavy, shipping costs from the UK may be higher. I used the 7.5kg blanket and although I was skeptical I found it to be extremely relaxing. According to Mela, “Deep pressure therapy [DTP] is a term for when pressure is applied evenly all over the body… [which] It has been shown to increase the release of dopamine and serotonin by approximately 30% and decrease cortisol, the stress hormone, by the same amount, thus promoting the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps sleep .

If you like a natural sleep supplement, Biocol Labs Something for Dreaming spritz (€23 at biocollabs.com) under the tongue twice before going to bed. It is an herbal sleep aid that contains melatonin and has gained a lot of fans online.

I went back to the evening baths to try to evacuate the nocturnal fears, and Lush Mr Loba Loba Bath Bomb (€5 at lush.com) is a limited Valentine’s Edition. With its sweet and soothing scent of benzoin and tonka, it releases biodegradable hearts in the bath that make me laugh (a challenge in January).

Follow your bath with a nice cream or body oil. Bamford b Silent Organic Night-Time Body Cream (€54 at Space NK from February 1) combines lavender, chamomile and vetiver for a lovely relaxing ritual. It contains cocoa butter and rosehip oil for rich hydration while you sleep.

Product of the week

Slip silk pillowcase (€119 at cultbeauty.co.uk)