If you'll happily doze off on an airplane, or have been known to miss your stop while kipping on the bus, count yourself lucky. Some of us have trouble counting sheep - and not (only) because we're mathematically challenged. Whether you're a pro snoozer, or your sleep difficulty seems permanently set on hard mode, you can't beat the feeling of waking up well-rested. Cosier writer Elese falls into the latter camp, and here are her expert picks for gifts to help with sleep from Australia and beyond.
Tea that tucks you in
Getting in bed with a good book and a cup of herbal tea is a one way ticket to a great night's sleep. Melbourne-based tea experts T2 have put together this Sleep Tight tea blend with soothing lemon balm, lavender, jasmine and rose to send them on their way. This gorgeous decorative tin is filled with 25 Sleep Tight teabags.
A great set of bed sheets are essential for a proper rest, and we've tried and tested these super-luxe French flax linen bed sheets from Aussie-owned linen co Bed Threads. Breathable flax linen is ideal for the Aussie climate, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. They also come in a range of colours to make any bedroom look like something out of an interior design mag.
Cuddly and cruelty-free
Even if your budget won't stretch to a brand new mattress, you can still upgrade their bed with a heavenly MicroCloud Mattress topper. These super-soft hypoallergenic toppers are made to feel like snuggly goose down. They're the go-to for Australia's 5-star hotels, and to top things off, they're free from animal products.
These Adairs Sherpa Hooded Bathrobes are an absolute dream for those who need a little motivation to get out of the tub and into bed. My partner gifted me one of these dressing gowns recently, and it's the cosiest thing ever. The double-sided lining and oversized hood make it feel like a massive bear hug.
Help them look the part with a chic set of sandwash satin PJs from PA. Cosier editor Sarah says 'I love Peter Alexander because of their cute designs and good quality - plus it's an Aussie brand.' You can personalise these jammies with different fonts, colours and placements, and they come in a matching gift box.
Soothing sleep spray
As a self-confessed sleep lover, Sarah recommends lavender pillow sprays as the ultimate in sleep help gifts. 'They smell lush and create a chill vibe.' This Sleep Well set by Wanderflower has everything they need for a restful evening, with a Lavender Pillow Spray, roller-ball Sleep Well Oil, and silky eye mask.
Homegrown heat packs
Cosier co-founder Daniel's top pick for sleep gifts is a decent wheat bag or heat pack. 'They're a cosy sleep aid, but also good for easing those aches and pains.' These SunBee Lavender Scented Heat Packs stay hotter for longer, as they're filled with heat-retaining lupins grown in Australia. This also makes them 30% lighter than traditional heat packs.
Shut out snoring
These Deep Sleeps Foam Earplugs help turn light sleepers into heavy slumberers, blocking out up to 37dB of noise. This makes them ideal for city-dwellers, those with neighbours partial to partying, or anyone with a snoring co-sleeper. They'll get 20 pairs of earbuds and a travel case with this set.
If absolute silence doesn't do the trick, a little white noise could go a long way. These Dreamegg White Noise Machines play 24 different kinds of HiFi sleep-inducing sounds, creating a peaceful sanctuary for them to drift off. It also includes a night light and auto-timer for peace of mind.
Star light, star bright
They'll be pinching themselves with these BlissLites Sky Lite LED Star Projectors, which will make anyone question whether they're dreaming. These clever little machines project drifting stars against a shifting blue nebula cloud to create a soothing atmosphere in any room.
These Kogan Smart Sleep Aid & Wake Up Lights won't just help them doze off. They'll also banish rude awakenings by mimicking sunset and sunrise light for a gentler bedtime experience. This is one of the smartest alarm clocks in Australia. It syncs to Alexa or Google Home, with an in-built FM radio as well as natural sleep sounds.
A snuggly doona has to be one of the best gifts to help with sleep, and we rate these Australian-made MiniJumbuk Everyday Wool Quilts. These low-allergy doonas are flame, dirt, dust, and static resistant, and biodegradable wool also makes for a sustainable choice. These cosy quilts also breathe to help regulate body temperature, making them ideal for sleepyheads all over Aus.