Life & Culture

How to fall asleep faster and better

A good night’s kip has eluded most of us since October 7, but there are shut-eye products that actually work


Like many of us at the moment, I’m spending my days glued to social media and the news, feeling powerless at what’s unfolding in the Middle East, along with a creeping dread at the antisemitism festering across the globe.

So it was a welcome respite (and a privilege I know that many do not have) to visit natural beauty boutique Blomma Beauty at London’s Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross for an event with Luff Sleep and their in-house expert Dr Lindsay Browning, author of Navigating Sleeplessness.

Even if you don’t, like me, have a seven-month-old baby waking you up during the night, I doubt many of us are getting much shut-eye, right now. But as Dr Lindsay explains in her book, neglecting sleep can have a long-term impact on our health.

“Think of it like cleaning your bathroom,” she says. “You might be so busy and stressed, so you put off cleaning it for a week, then a week becomes two. It’s not great, but not terrible.

Then you go without cleaning it for a month… then a year. You start to have a really grim situation on your hands! Not getting enough sleep over a long period of time can have a similar accumulative effect.”

Studies have shown not getting a good night’s rest can contribute to memory loss in later life. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that those who got less than five hours per night were twice as likely to develop dementia, compared to those who slept for six to eight. All the more reason to establish healthy sleep habits as soon as you can.

And of course if you’re going through the menopause it can be particularly tricky to nod off, as increased body temperature can leave you tossing and turning all night.

To tackle this, Luff Sleep has come up a nifty pillow with a cooling gel pad (£90) which can make all the difference when you’re hot and bothered. Its Bamboo Pillow Cases (£49.99) are a vegan alternative to silk, and prevent your skin drying out and hair frizzing up during the night, a common pitfall with cotton pillows.

Blomma Beauty itself is a little treasure trove for natural beauty fans like myself (it has an online store too for those not based in London).

It stocks one of my favourite organic deodorants, Haoma, which, being 100 per cent of natural origin, actually works and doesn’t cause stinging or irritation. Its award-winning Comfort Deodorant (£20) is a great buy for those who are prone to excess sweat (and again, ideal if you’re in menopause).

Blomma also stocks UpCircle whose products are made with repurposed food waste products such as their Face Scrub with Rosehip and Coffee Oil (£16.99) which includes up-cycled coffee granules. Smelling good enough to eat, it’s become a firm fixture in my pre-bedtime wind down routine.

As has switching off from social media — as tough as that is right now.

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