Too little? Too light? Too disrupted? Ask almost anyone you meet about sleep and they’ll have their very own snooze issues. Our national obsession with getting better sleep has led to the invention of a whole range of unusual products. We take a look at some of the most intriguing things to help you sleep.

1. Napflix – your soundtrack to snooze

If you’ve ever tried to doze off with the TV playing in the background, you’ll know that it’s not always as easy as it seems. In fact, it’s all too easy to find yourself drawn in by an adrenaline-pumping plotline and end up wide awake hours after your intended bedtime. Enter Napflix. The brand new video streaming service hopes to make sleeping with background noise easier, thanks to its own brand of “boring” TV.

The videos on the platform have been carefully selected to find the most monotonous, sleep-inducing options out there. Depending on your preference, you can choose to view the 10-hour timer (ten hours watching a timer count down to zero), a video on the history of Scalextric, or a 1964 documentary on the wonders of Tupperware. Just remember to turn off your Napflix viewing at least an hour before bed, to avoid the negative effects of blue light emitted from TVs and devices.

2. Sleep-Inducing Light Bulbs

We all know that light is important for effective sleep. And we also know that avoiding the blue light emitted by electronic devices is vital in the hour before bed if we want a good quality night’s sleep. But it is possible to take it a step further – with light bulbs that are designed to manage your melatonin levels at bedtime. Melatonin is a hormone that helps us to feel sleepier faster. Smart light bulbs are designed to stimulate the body to produce more melatonin, by emitting specific types of light. Perhaps consider these bulbs in combination with other sleep products to create a full snooze-inducing environment.

3. Nap pods in the office

A growing trend among forward-thinking companies, nap pods provide a space for tired-out workers to catch up with their sleep without ever leaving the office. The thinking behind this innovation is that by taking a power nap mid-shift, office workers can return to their desks feeling refreshed and therefore more productive. One of the biggest names behind this trend is Google. Its California offices have nap pods installed, complete with light settings designed to help workers maximise their snooze quality.

4. Introducing the portable power nap pillow

Why restrict day-time snoozing to the office? That’s the philosophy behind the Ostrich Pillow. Part pillow, part hat, it’s designed to let the sleep-deprived doze on the go. Simply slip on the padded pillow, then rest your head for forty winks. As well as being comfy, it helps to screen out noise. There’s even a more portable version for public transport. Possibly one of the quirkiest things to help you sleep that we’ve come across.

5. Bed in a backpack

For those who find the unique design of the Ostrich Pillow a little off-putting, the Air Pakk could be a viable alternative. The self-inflating backpack can be used as a pillow and pad when opened out, providing yet another way for workers – or travellers – to take a nap almost anywhere and anytime they choose.

Bonus Tip: Wool bedding

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the wonders of wool. As a natural way to help you sleep better, it’s tough to beat. The naturally temperature-regulating properties of wool mean that it keeps you cool when you’re hot, warm when you’re chilly, and it boasts highly efficient moisture-management properties. To complete the list, it’s an effective choice for keeping allergens such as dust mites and fungal spores at bay too.

All of which combines to make for a better quality night’s sleep – and one which hopefully means that you no longer feel the need for a midday sleep in the office! As sleep products go, it has to be one of the most natural solutions out there.

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