Ask anybody you know if they're sleeping well at the moment and I'm confident you'll be hard-pressed to find one person who'd give you a definitive yes. Sleep has always been a big topic, but now more than ever, people are getting less of it. Which is why today, World Sleep Day, might feel like something of a slap in the face.
After a night I spent tossing and turning due to even the tiniest noise in my flat keeping me awake (and the fact that my neighbours' boiler sounds like the engine of a jet plane), I'm dedicating my morning to bringing you a roundup of the best products to aid a better night's sleep, as approved by the Who What Wear UK editors.
I'm not going to claim these are all life-changing, but there's something lovely about spritzing a lavender pillow spray onto your bedlinen or swapping your cotton pillowcase for a silk one. Even if I can't guarantee you won't still be counting sheep, these products will help you start to unwind after a busy day. Who knows? You might even find a serious game changer here.
Mica Ricketts, Deputy Beauty Editor
There's nothing like a bath to help me really unwind and switch off after a long day. (There's something about spending a good 30 minutes away from my phone that definitely helps too.) A few drops of this potent essential oil blend does wonders to calm the senses and calm tired muscles.
When I get home, one of the first things I do is switch on my lamps, light a few candles and make sure that the "big light" is most definitely switched off. Not only does it visually help me to unwind, but this lavender-and-chamomile candle from This Works also provides the dreamiest, bedtime-ready fragrance. Fans of the brand's iconic pillow spray will love this.
On evenings when I really can't switch off, I apply this pressed oil to my wrists and behind my ears. It smells immediately soothing but also contains passionflower oil which helps your body to naturally absorb magnesium, zinc and B vitamins—all essential for a great night's sleep. If you wake during the night, warm a small amount between your hands and breathe in deeply to reduce the tossing and turning.
When I'm feeling really stressed out, I'll reach for one of these self-warming eye masks when I climb into bed. They feel incredibly soothing, and the subtle jasmine scent is just blissful.
Hannah Almassi, Editor in Chief
I suffer from really bad hayfever at this time of the year, and this really helps me breathe better at night (it's prime time for pollen to cause me all sorts of problems). It's also become ritualistic, I suppose.
Hannah opts for the mood-calming, relaxing lavender oil to pair with her diffuser when she wants to aid a good night's sleep.
Smells are so mood-shifting, and I think if you associate one with sleep, then it's bound to do the trick. This is, more importantly, absolutely delightful.
No idea if this makes any difference to my hair, skin or sleep patterns, but, man, it feels so dreamy.
Alyss Bowen, Social Media Editor
The chicest pillow spray I ever did see, Alyss uses hand-blended mist to aid a good night's sleep. As well as lavender and chamomile, it also contains rose oil to capture the scent of a country garden at dusk. The result is a therapeutic aroma that should help you to unwind and drift off a little easier.
If things like the light from a street lamp or the glow of an alarm clock are enough to stop you from switching off once you're lying in bed, make like Alyss and try a sleep mask. This one has been specially crafted from pure silk for comfort and will help create the right conditions for a good night's sleep.