If you’re stifling a yawn hours after waking up and you can’t remember the last time you made it to the end of a movie, you might not be getting enough good quality sleep. Seven to eight hours of snooze time will improve your mood and energy levels and we’ve got the five must-have items you need to make it happen.

 

A GOOD MATTRESS

The experts say that if you only do one thing to improve your sleep it should be buying a decent mattress. There is no one-size-fits-all option, but memory foam mattresses still win the popular vote because they provide excellent pressure relief for your muscles. A mattress is only good for about 10 years so if yours has seen better days then have a look at the Forty Winks Big Easy double mattress (R8 599, Dial-a-Bed) or the Simmons Beautyrest Classic Plush queen mattress (R18 999.99, Beares).

 

A SUPPORTIVE PILLOW

The purpose of a pillow is to keep your head and neck comfortably aligned. If you sleep on your side try a support pillow (Private Collection white bodyline support pillow, R429.95, Boardmans); if you sleep on your back you’re looking for one that supports your neck (White SP3 Multizone neck support, R429.95, Boardmans); and if you sleep on your stomach you’ll rest easy with a soft, scrunchable pillow (Feather pillow, R249, Loads of Living, pictured).

 

 

A FAN OR HUMIDIFIER

If you’re a light sleeper and every creak of the house makes you sit up like a meerkat, then white noise could be the answer. A fan will help block out sounds and keep your room cool, which is also important for good sleep (Logik 45cm high velocity pedestal fan, R999, Game, pictured). A humidifier or dehumidifier will do the same job while clearing the air – perfect for those nasty allergies (Clicks Ultrasonic humidifier, R499, Clicks).

 

 

BLOCK-OUT CURTAINS

Melatonin is the hormone that tells the body to sleep and even the smallest bit of light can tell your brain to stop producing it. Go dark with curtains that block out 90 percent of sunlight (Block-out curtains, from R549, Loads of Living). Travellers and day sleepers can also pick up a fun eye mask from Typo (R69.99). Did you know that the blue light from smartphones and tablets is also guilty of stopping melatonin production? Install a blue light filter app on your phone, or better yet, swap your phone for a good old book to induce sleepiness.

 

LAVENDER

The purple flower has several studies backing its power to improve sleep and promote relaxation, and there are lots of ways to include it in your bedtime routine from foam bath to linen spray. Chill out with some Lavender home fragrance oil and Divine Calm relaxing massage oil in French Lavender (R75 and R125, The Body Shop, pictured).

 

 

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No more tossing and turning! Check out these important sleep solutions that are all available with a swipe of your RCS Card. Apply for your card today, and gain access to the RCS shopping network with over 24 000 stores. The application process is really easy and the card offers 24- or 36-month budget plans, with up to 55 days interest free! Your RCS Card can also be used to get cash when you need it!

 

*Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.