Did you know that your bedroom has to be really dark to help you drop off to sleep easily? My book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep looks at lots of tips on keeping the light out of your room and explores how even tiny amounts (say, from your radio or alarm clock) can hinder the release of melatonin, your sleepy hormone.
Linked to this, other studies have also shown that wearing an eyemask to bed can lead to people falling asleep faster – and one study I mention in the book found that warming the eye area can lead to better, deeper sleep.
Step in the Simba Graphene Eye Mask: super-light, but durable, it’s really comfortable on the eyes (no pressure!) and it heats up (choose from three warmth settings) which can help to really relax you.
I got my dog Barney to model it – though he generally has no trouble nodding off at the drop of a hat.
The eye mask costs £40 and The Simba Travel Kit – which includes the eye mask, a travel pillow plus a sleep spray – is currently on offer for £88.50 (normally £118). Visit simbasleep.com for details.
all photos copyright of Alistair Heap