So, you’ve been having trouble sleeping. You’ve tried counting sheep, but that didn’t work. You tried counting goats, too, but quickly you moved on to chickens, pigs and horses. By your 347th cow, you realized that, unfortunately, all the barnyard animals in the world aren’t going to help you get better sleep. You need something a little more sophisticated. Well, here’s a look at some of the dreamiest products available that are sure to help you catch some z’s. Better still, they’re some of the cheapest ways to invest in your health.
Blue-Blocking Glasses by PaleoTech
According to a Harvard study, blue light — the light given off by electronic devices like your cellphone — blocks the release of melatonin, the hormone responsible for helping you get to sleep. Meaning, if you’re exposed to blue light before bedtime, you’re going to have a harder time getting to sleep. Enter PaleoTech’s blue-blocking glasses which claim to cut out 99.8% of disruptive blue and green light to improve sleep. The glasses are lined in foam and have been tested on thousands of different face shapes, so it’s a good bet that they’ll fit you, too.
Pure Soothing Comfort Mist Your Mood Aromatherapy Mist by Asutra
Want something a little less sci-fi-looking? Asutra’s natural, eco-friendly mist promises to “lull you to sleep,” as well as “calm your mind and relax your body” by using lavender and chamomile essential oils. Mist Your Mood can be sprayed throughout your room, on bedding and is even gentle enough to be used on your skin. What’s more, it isn’t tested on animals but is completely safe for them should they decide to give your pillow a lick.
Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep CD by Liquid Mind
If you’re the type of person who needs sound to fall asleep, try Liquid Mind’s self-titled CD designed to lull you off to dreamland. It features 10 instrumental songs which, according to Amazon reviews, don’t have any disruptive, sharp tones that take you out of the moment. Even better, you can stream the songs for free if you have Amazon Prime.
Electric Mini Dehumidifier by Pro Breeze
During the summer months, you might have trouble sleeping because the room is too muggy. With Pro Breeze’s compact, portable and quiet dehumidifier, you can rid your room of excess moisture and sleep comfortably. This thing is no joke. It’s “capable of removing up to 18 ounces of water per day with a 52-ounce water tank capacity,” according to the product description.
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Machine by Marpac
If you can’t handle the silence at night but oboes and didgeridoos don’t do it for you, try a white noise machine. Available in black or white for the same price, the Marpac Dohm Classic brings the soothing sound of rushing air bedside without actually displacing the air in the room. That is to say, it won’t blow cold air on you all night — it will just sound like it is. You can adjust the tone and volume control to find the perfect sound that will help you sleep well.
Premium Adult Weighted Blanket by Quility
According to Medical News Today, weighted blankets simulate “deep pressure touch,” such as a hug, and therefore unlock serotonin and melatonin in the body. For this reason, these blankets can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety, PTSD and sleep disorders. So, while Quility’s 15-pound, 48-by-72-inch blanket is a little pricey, at just over $100, it could be well worth the investment. Plus, the “Minky cover” is super soft to the touch and will keep you warm during winter, but you can remove it when summer rolls around.
Badger Sleep Balm by Badger
If you’re going on vacation, you might not be able to take a big, weighted comforter or a dehumidifier with you. But that’s where Badger Sleep Balm has you covered. It’s travel-sized, fitting easily in the palm of your hand. Made of all-natural essential oils, the balm helps you unwind. It smells good, too, with notes of citrus, rosemary, bergamot and more.
Bedtime Tea by Yogi
There’s nothing quite as soothing as a nice cup of tea. It just melts the stress of the day away, doesn’t it? Yogi’s Bedtime Tea is the perfect caffeine-free beverage to help you unwind in the evening. Its spicy and sweet flavor comes from chamomile flower, passionflower, licorice, cinnamon and cardamom. You can get a six-pack — 96 tea bags total — for just under $24.
Genius Sleep AID by The Genius Brand
According to the product description, Genius Sleep AID “helps you to get to sleep faster, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.” This non-habit-forming alternative to prescription drugs uses glycine, melatonin and inositol among other supplements. It’s also vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. Out of over 2,000 customer reviews, 77% gave it four out of five stars or higher.
Of course, you should always keep your doctor in the loop about any medications you take, whether they’re prescription or over the counter, and consult with your doctor about any questions or concerns.
Sleep Eye Mask by MZOO
An eye mask for sleep is a great way to block out light that threatens to keep you awake, but the problem with flat masks is that a sliver of light often sneaks its way in. With MZOO’s 3D-contoured eye mask, all the crevices are sealed up tight and the foam takes the pressure off of your eyes. What’s even better is it comes with earplugs and a travel pouch.
'Sleep Smarter' by Shawn Stevenson
Wondering how to get better sleep? Well, how about a book that teaches you how to sleep better? Shawn Stevenson’s “Sleep Smarter” provides readers 21 surefire strategies to catch some z’s. The hardcover is just over $15, but if you are a Prime member, you can get the audiobook for free via an Audible trial. You can even take a peek inside before purchasing.
Adjustable, Hypoallergenic Memory Foam Pillow by Coop Home Goods
Coop Home Goods’ pillow has nearly 16,500 reviews on Amazon and 4 1/2 stars out of five. That’s pretty darn impressive. The dust mite resistant, the hypoallergenic pillow is filled with “a proprietary mix of shredded visco elastic memory foam,” which you can remove as needed to form a custom pillow fit for any sleep position. A queen-size pillow is $59.99 and a king is $64.99.
Good Sleep at Night Essential Oil by Healing Solutions
Healing Solutions’ Good Sleep at Night Essential Oil blends “therapeutic grade” clary sage, lavender and copaiba to help you drift off to sleep. Some customers put it in a diffuser, while others rub it on the skin. If you plan to do the latter, just remember you must first dilute the essential oil with a lotion, cream or carrier oil — think coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.
Restful Sleep Melatonin Gummy by Olly
Another way to get a good night’s sleep is Olly’s Restful Sleep Melatonin Gummies. They contain melatonin, clearly, but also chamomile, L-Theanine and lemon balm. If you don’t want to take a pill, this could be a great alternative. Just note that they are not vegan, as they contain gelatin.
Fan & Space Heater Combo Tower, FH500 by Lasko
Too hot? Too cool? Lasko has you covered. The Fan & Space Heater Combo Tower FH500 offers four fan speeds to keep the room breezy and a three-speed 1,500-watt heater for those cold winter nights. Though it is a bit pricey, it’s also two devices in one, so the higher cost makes sense.
Dust Mite Resistant, Hypoallergenic Gel Pillows by DreamNorth
If you’re not one for memory foam, you can still have dust mite resistant, hypoallergenic pillows that ensure you get better sleep. Dream North’s 100% cotton pillows are filled with a poly gel fiber. These not-too-firm, not-too-soft pillows have more than four out of five stars on Amazon and 2,076 customer reviews.
Hemp Oil for Pain & Anxiety Relief by Wellgrade Est. 2017
Hemp oil is all the rage nowadays for its pain-diminishing and soothing effects. According to E! News, Kim Kardashian West recently had a CBD-themed baby shower in hopes of achieving a “Zen-like” atmosphere before welcoming her fourth child. You, too, can relax with the power of Wellgrade Est. 2017’s Hemp Oil. The product promises to help “reduce anxiety,” “support mood stabilization” and “improve sleep,” among other things, and the customer reviews seem to back up those claims.
The company recommends taking 12 drops three times a day under your tongue. Again, you always want to be transparent with your doctor about any medications you’re taking — even homeopathic ones.
All-Season Alternative Down Comforter by Linenspa
Whether you’re an animal lover or you just don’t want those sharp quills poking you at night, Linenspa’s microfiber comforter is a great alternative to traditional goose down. The super soft blanket has built-in loops to easily secure it to your duvet cover. A queen is just $29.99, but you can order it in eight different sizes. An “oversized king” will run you about $85.
Sleep Aid Red LED Night Light by emagine A
Now that you know red light is ideal for bedtime, consider a red night light. If you buy this two-pack of LED lights from emagine A, you can place one in your bedroom or hallway and the other in your bathroom. That way, you never have to turn on the light when you get up to use the restroom, thereby keeping your brain in rest-mode.
Bashful Beige Bunny Stuffed Animal by Jellycat
According to a 2017 Vice article, adults sleeping with stuffed animals is surprisingly common, and — before you say anything — psychologists say it’s totally fine. Whether your partner is out of town and you need to feel secure, you’re healing from a big surgery and want something that makes you smile or, heck, you just like them, stuffed animals can be a great way to get better sleep. You can, of course, choose the animal that speaks to you most — maybe you’re more of a big, rainbow unicorn kind of person — but this bunny by Jellycat is an adorable option if you don’t know where to start. The plush rabbit comes in seven different sizes, with a medium costing $22.50 and a “Really Really Big — 50”” one costing $169.50. If this is your first time having a stuffed pal to improve sleep, maybe try out a medium before the human-sized one.
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