These are the 6 things I keep in my bedroom to fall asleep faster

From black-out curtains to soothing sleep spray, these are six easy and affordable upgrades to help struggling sleepers fall asleep faster

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When I first told my parents I'd got the gig as H&G's resident sleep writer, they were shocked: I'd always been such a bad sleeper as a kid. I used to lie awake for hours, especially in the summer, incapable of cooling down or calming down for sleep.

More than anything, my parents wanted me to fall asleep faster, but they didn't want to spend all their time and money replacing my bedding or buying a new mattress. Instead, they made a series of quick and easy adjustments to my bed and bedroom to create a cooler, calmer, quieter sleep environment. Spoiler alert: it worked, and I'm sharing their wisdom with you today.

Perhaps your sleep problems are seasonal: you're a hot sleeper, who struggles to sleep in the summer heat, or a sensitive sleeper, who suffers from seasonal allergies. Perhaps your sleep problems plague you all year round: you suffer from chronic pain or acute stress. When you make any one of these easy, affordable upgrades, you could learn how to sleep better and feel fresher come morning.

6 things I use to fall asleep quickly

I've tried to stick to little products that make a big difference to my sleep quality. If you're keen to make a more dramatic change, and invest in the best mattress, then you should consult our dedicated buying guides.

Final thoughts

If you know you need to prioritize your sleep, but you don't have the time or money to go on a sleep retreat, you don't have to: I can teach you how to create a sleep retreat at home. It's all about eating well, moving often, and investing in a few essentials to help you wind down well.

Emilia Hitching
Sleep Editor

Emilia is our resident sleep writer. She spends her days tracking down the lowest prices on the best bedding and spends her nights testing it out from the comfort of her own home – it's a dream job. Her quest to learn how to sleep better has taken her all around the world, from mattress factories in Arizona to sleep retreats in Scandinavia. Before she joined Homes & Gardens, Emilia studied English at the University of Oxford. She also worked on the other side of the aisle, writing press releases for regional newspapers and crafting copy for Sky.