I’m A Celebrity: Seann Walsh, Jill Scott and Owen Warner's sleep tips divide viewers

Seann Walsh: a 2022 I'm A Celebrity campmate. (Shutterstock/ITV)
Seann Walsh is among the I'm A Celebrity campmates who have struggled to sleep in the jungle this year. (Shutterstock/ITV)

I'm A Celebrity campmates have been sharing their best tips for getting to sleep, with fans debating the effectiveness of their advice.

Sleep has been a huge topic of discussion in this year's series, with many of the contestants struggling to get a good night's shut eye.

In last night's episode Seann Walsh kicked off a discussion about falling asleep by sharing his best trick.

"Good tip if you're having trouble sleeping in here," he said, before asking his campmates to shut their eyes.

"Can you all see colours?" he continued. "Watch them, what are they doing?"

Matt Hancock replied that they were "sort of swirling in a chaotic fashion" and Walsh asked if he could calm them down?

"That's a really good way of getting to sleep," he added.

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After the comedian shared his own trick for falling asleep, Jill Scott also shared her method for drifting off.

"There's a thing where you go, 'I've got 10 toes, I've got two ankles, I've got two shins, I've got two knees, I've got two quads," she explained outlining that you work your way up, listing body parts from your feet to your head, with the idea being that you will already have fallen asleep by the time you get to your head.

"This is stressing me out," Walsh commented.

"I would definitely get to my head," fellow comedian Babatúndé Aléshé agreed of the tip.

Hollyoaks star Owen Warner shared his own, rather more simple trick for falling asleep.

"I just lay there and pretend to be asleep and I'm asleep," he explained, before Hancock shared his thoughts on Warner's method.

"Saying that the best way to fall asleep is to pretend to be asleep, which at one level sort of makes sense. But that's just called going to sleep isn't it?" he asked the soap actor.

Social media was somewhat divided about the shared tips and tricks for combatting insomnia.

One Twitter user shared that she had tried Walsh's trick and found that it had worked.

"Look at the colours when you close your eyes to get to sleep quickly said #ImACeleb Seann," the user wrote. "Works! Didn't hear the start of the 10 o'clock news & after telling DH to stop his blooming snoring went straight back to sleep again."

Others, however, were less sure about the efficacy of the trick.

"Not sure we’ll be trying Sean’s sleep tips tonight #ImACeleb," a tweet from Dreams read.

Jill Scott's tip was slightly more well received.

Millions of people in bed tonight saying “I’ve got 10 toes, 2 ankles, 2 shins" trying to get to sleep," one user wrote.

While Warner's seemed to evoke some amusement from Twitter users.

"Owen pretended to sleep to go to sleep but that is in fact how everyone goes to sleep," one user commented.

"That’s funny, close your eyes and pretend your going to sleep… yeah that’s going to sleep," another agreed.

"I do owens sleep method," yet another fan commented.

Other tips for falling asleep quickly

The campmates aren't the only ones sharing their fail-safe methods for falling asleep. Earlier this year Josh Widdicombe revealed his top tip for sleep and what has finally helped him slumber soundly – brown noise.

Speaking on an episode of Parenting Hell, the podcast he co-hosts with fellow comedian Rob Beckett, he gave his listeners his good sleep update.

"So you know I'm struggling with my sleep...," Widdicombe, 39, said. "It's on the road to recovery, I've had one bad sleep in 15 nights."

He proceeded to tell Beckett, 36, he has a "good sleep tip" revealing it to be brown noise.

"Brown noise is a lower frequency," he explained. "I read an article, it's been used recently, people with ADHD use it. People with ADHD will listen to brown noise and it stops you thinking, stops all those thoughts coming."

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Stock picture of a women struggling to get to sleep. (Getty Images)
People have been sharing their get to sleep tips. (Getty Images)

Last year a doctor also shared a simple, yet somewhat surprising, hack to help people drift off to sleep more quickly: wearing socks to bed.

In a short video shared to TikTok, Dr Jess Andrade explains that slipping on some socks pre-bedtime can help the brain understand you want to sleep.

"So let’s talk about people that wear socks to bed," her video begins.

"Wearing socks makes the feet warm and this opens up the blood vessels that cool the body down. The body being cool tells the brain that it’s time for bed so actually people that wear socks tend to fall asleep faster."

Dr Andrade went on to explain that she wears socks at night and cited research from 2006, which backed up her sock-wearing suggestion.

The study found that "in adults, sleep-onset was accelerated by warm and neutral bed socks after lights-off and correlated to the increase in foot temperature".

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Becoming a sock-wearer in bed and pretending you're asleep aren't the only tips that could help you drift off faster, Dr Verena Senn, neurobiologist and sleep expert for Emma mattresses says what you eat could also have an impact on how quickly you reach the land of nod.

“It may sound odd at first, but there are foods which can actually lull you into a deeper, more restful sleep: among these are eggs, kiwis and nuts," she explains.

"That’s because these protein-rich foods contain a small amount of an amazing amino acid known as tryptophan.

“Tryptophan is a precursor of other important molecules in your body, including melatonin – the sleep-inducing hormone. By helping your body to produce more melatonin, tryptophan can help you better regulate your circadian rhythm (our internal clock), helping you in dozing off into a well-needed rest.

“If that wasn’t enough, foods rich in tryptophan can also help your body regulate its core temperature; an important factor considering our temperature needs to drop roughly 1-2°C to enjoy a good night’s sleep."

Dr Senn adds that a few kiwis or a handful of peanuts in the evening will help your body produce melatonin.

"But make sure you don’t eat too close to bedtime as the later you eat, the harder it is on your body to digest,” she adds.

Still struggling to drift off? Here's some other tips and tricks to help you fall asleep in five minutes flat.

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