The ten best sleep aids

Could Ewan the Dream Sheep be your new best friend?
Could Ewan the Dream Sheep be your new best friend?

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Things to make life easier and better for you.

1 Deep Sleep CD – £9.99 from withandrewjohnson.com

Created by therapist Andrew Johnson, this CD (also available as an app) lasts for 30 minutes and has an impressive 95 per cent success rate in sending folks to sleep. Using a combination of relaxation techniques, it’ll assist in drifting you into a deep, natural and restful sleep.

2 SleepPhones – £37 from relax-uk.com

It’s great to fall asleep listening to soothing tunes, but conventional earbuds or headsets are likely to be uncomfortable to sleep with.

These SleepPhones have a soft fleece band with thin, removable speakers. And it’s delivered with a CD containing three sleep tracks.

3 Lavender wheat bag – £6.99 from amazon.co.uk

Follow the instructions carefully to heat your bag in the microwave, releasing the relaxing and soothing scent of lavender. These bags are great for treating aches and pains but might also help you get a good night’s sleep.

4 EcoTools sleep sustainable sleep mask – £4.99 from Boots

The natural material used allows the skin to breathe. Try using the mask to soothe tired eyes while blocking out distracting light to help you rest and relax.

5 Ewan the Dream Sheep – £29.99 from easidream.co.uk (pictured right)

We’ve all tried counting them, now here’s a soft toy version to snuggle with to help little nippers nod off.

Ewan emits soothing sounds at low base frequency, and this, together with the soft glow, will help toddlers drift off.

The heartbeat sounds are actual recordings and you can select from four different calming sound tracks.

6 Heartech SilentEar plugs, £6.99, from earplugshop.com

If there’s a snorer in your life disturbing your sleep, this could be a relatively inexpensive way to get some shut-eye.

Made from non-allergenic silicon, the plugs will mould to any ear.

7 StopSnoring Advance – £24.99 from lloydspharmacy.com (pictured on the front of Family Life)

Worn on the wrist, when this device detects three or more consecutive snores, it’ll send a weak electrical impulse to the person wearing it.

Although your companion may still claim that they never snore, these electrical impulses will not wake them, are pain free and offer partners across the land immediate results.

8 Radox herbal bath sleep easy – £1.90 from Tesco

It won’t work miracles but will get you in the right frame of mind for a peaceful night’s slumber.

9 i-relax All Senses – £99.99 from uk.oregonscientific.com

This unique machine creates the ideal environment for nodding off as it relaxes the senses using three holistic therapy methods – aroma therapy, which releases a soft scent; light therapy, which allows you to select the right glow to match your mood; and sound therapy, which offers five peaceful nature tracks.

10 Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 – £59.95 from lumie.com

Just as important as the drifting off is the way you wake up.

This clever clock simulates the rising of the sun (and sunset too), so your senses can adjust at a gentle speed.

It also helps regulate your internal body clock, leading to a more relaxed all-round feeling.