As we ascend from naive kids who detested nap times to adults who love nothing more than to snooze our alarms, sleep has undoubtedly become a luxury. Unfortunately, one that not all of us can afford. A good night’s sleep doesn’t get enough credit and it certainly isn’t for the weak. Especially since it doesn’t always come naturally.
In fact, power to the people who are natural-born sleepers—cue your partner who falls asleep 30 minutes into a Netflix movie or your fellow commuter on the train who’s this close to making your shoulder his makeshift pillow. And you’d be mistaken into thinking that the right amount of fatigue would translate to quality sleep, because unfortunately, it doesn’t always apply.
We already know the benefits that more sleep can bring: better productivity, weight loss, a happier self, the list goes on. According to New York Times bestseller Why We Sleep, neuroscientist and professor at University of California Dr Matthew Walker referenced the importance of more and better shuteye for peak performance and not dying prematurely. Even Olympian Eileen Gu, has publicly declared sleeping in excess as her secret to being a successful athlete.
But it’s easier said than done. Add to that: the anxieties that taunt us under the sheets, the urge to extend our revenge bedtime, and at times, even sleep paralysis that strikes without warning—all of which make sleeping a precarious affair. Inspired by true events, the hunt for remedies had to become a top priority. Below, Vogue Singapore rallies the essentials for the sleep-deprived.
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Drowsy Silk Sleep Mask
Donning on an eye mask when you sleep minimises the chances of mindless scrolling on your phone. This sleep mask from Drowsy isn’t just made from pure mulberry silk but also has a bigger base, compared to the rest in the market. This means a total black-out once fitted and you can also adjust the strap according to your head shape.
Drowsy Silk Sleep Mask, USD69.96, available at Drowsy.
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Weavve Home Weighted Blanket
The rumours are true: weighted blankets aren’t just a marketing gimmick. The added mass and pressure to the average blanket makes one feel that they are being gently cuddled. Almost like you’re in a cocoon of your own. Weavve Home’s weighted blankets are designed with a breathable cotton cover, perfect for warmer, tropical climates like Singapore’s.
Weavve Home Weighted Blanket, $245, available at Weavve Home.
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Pukka Night Time Tea
Instead of relying on melatonin, try a calming tea before bed instead. Pukka Night Time Tea is made with herbs, chamomile, lavender and valerian—an organic blend crafted by herbal experts and nutritionists.
Pukka Night Time Tea, $7.90, available at all major supermarkets.
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This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Scents—in particular—lavender, have been proven to aid in better sleep. This Works has backed their line up with years of user trials and MRI scans by neuroscientist, Professor Gaby Badre, in a product that comprises lavender oil, chamomile oil and vetiver oil. These are said to activate specific points of the brain associated with pleasure and calmness.
ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $34, available at Sephora.
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Wind Down on iPhone
Completely free of charge and just a button away to activate on your iPhone, Apple’s Wind Down feature is criminally underrated. It prevents all notifications—especially work-related ones—from showing up, while granting easy access to soothing podcasts and even a meditation session via a nifty shortcut. All of which can be personalised for each individual.