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5 of the best supplements to help you sleep

What if one little pill or powder could give you a better night’s sleep? That’s the unspoken premise behind sleep supplements. DANIELLE FOX highlights the ones worth trying

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BEST FOR WHEN YOU’RE TIRED BUT WIRED Bodyism Calm + Relax Serenity Shake

It’s estimated that, each year, more than a third of us suffers from insomnia. Considered the ‘anti-stress’ mineral and found in this shake, magnesium is well known for its ability to relieve insomnia, relax muscles and nerves. One study found that it helped to decrease cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’ that can keep you up at night, while another study has also shown magnesium to have a positive effect on depression and mood. Mix one scoop with water or warm milk and drink before bedtime.

BEST FOR PRE-EMPTING A BAD NIGHT’S SLEEP The Nue Co Magnesium Ease

This clever spray supports your circadian rhythm in just one spritz. Thirty minutes before bed, spritz one to three pumps of Magnesium Ease on your skin (but not your face) to help with relaxation and reduce muscle tension. The combination of magnesium, lavender and arnica oils not only make it deliciously scented, but very effective, too. For the deepest of sleeps, one colleague swears by spraying the soles of her feet (supposedly the best place for quick absorption).

BEST FOR SLEEP THAT DOESN’T LEAVE YOU DROWSY THE NEXT DAY Form Nutrition ZZZZs Supplement

When did you last wake up feeling refreshed? If, like many of us, you can’t even remember, then investing in a supportive supplement that’s been designed to sync to your nightly habits and enhance sleep quality could be a real gamechanger. This plant-based supplement is not only great for vegans (it’s soy-, gluten- and dairy-free), but its star ingredient, griffonia seed, keeps your body’s bio-clock and sleep-wake cycles in sync so that you noticeably feel more rejuvenated and refreshed in the morning.

BEST FOR WHEN YOU BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS Lumity Day and Night Nutritional Supplements

These supplements have been heralded by the beauty team as “the perfect antidote to stress” and “a complete lifeline”, so it comes as no surprise that this considered blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids are having a positive effect on sleep by those who take them. Just remember to take the coffee-colored capsules in the morning and the white ones at night – something our beauty director found out the hard way…

BEST FOR NATURALLY ENCOURAGING THE BODY INTO SLEEP Pursoma After The Class Bath Soak

Absorption of magnesium doesn’t have to be through an oral supplement: it can be just as beneficial through the skin. Try soaking in a bath filled with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) – and to really enhance the effects, body-brush beforehand to stimulate your skin and open up pores, then add two scoops to your bath and soak for 20 minutes.

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