According to a Sleep.com survey of almost 135,000 U.S. adults, 86 percent found that their sleep quality decreased during the pandemic. And we all know how we feel when we haven’t slept well – we can’t focus, we’re less productive, and we’re more prone to stress and shorter tempers. Never mind the long-term effects.
Sleep Awareness Week is March 13-19 this year – perfect timing for Daylight Saving (groan) – so I thought that I would share some products that I’ve found to be helpful with my own sleep issues. Some are even on sale!
This comfortable eye mask will block out the light from your partner’s reading lamp or the early morning sunlight. The 3D contour shape and silky material ensure comfort all night long. Available in 3 colors and it’s only $1!!
If you need to block out light and sound, I’d recommend this sleep mask from sleep brand, Casper. The mask is made of soft, breathable materials, which comfortably cradle the head and face while you rest. The band is wide and pressure-free, so it won’t crease your hair.
Sleepys Reactex Pillow ($44 and up at Mattressfirm.com*)
If you run hot while you sleep, this down alternative pillow is tested to sleep 40 times cooler than any other pillow without REACTEX® technology. It has pressure-activated cooling that pulls heat away from your sleeping surface in seconds and it’s available in low, medium, or high profiles so there’s an option for every sleeper. I’ve been using this pillow for months and I love it so much that I take it with me when I travel.
Molecule Pillow Shams($69 and up. 25 percent off with code SHEETS25)
What covers your pillow is important as well and these soft, eco-friendly shams feel so silky and cool on the skin that it’s like staying at a luxury hotel. And for fussy sleepers, Molecule also has a their Infinity Pro Adjustable Foam Pillow, which is customizable. You can easily remove foam from the pillow so it’s juuuuust right.
The Saatva Organic Sateen Sheet Set($145 and up. Select sizes 25 percent off)
Good sheets are essential to a good nights’ sleep. I received a set of these as a holiday gift from the brand and they have become a favorite because they are so cool and comfortable. The 300-thread count sheets are designed for temperature regulation for hot sleepers, cold sleepers, and everyone in between. Available in White, Ivory, and Grey.
A common culprit of sleep issues is the blue light that emits from your phone or tablet, so many experts suggest removing yourself from the screen well before bedtime. This screen-free sleep aid, which looks like a magical music box from Harry Potter, has more than 200 different options for auditory relaxation practices, including guided meditations and breathing exercises. There’s even a headphone port so you won’t disturb your partner while you listen. They have a cute kid’s version if you have restless little ones.
Luxome’s Cooling Weighted Blanket ($105 and up)
You’ve probably heard by now that weighted blankets can be very helpful in encouraging deep, consistent sleep. The Cooling Weighted Blanket from Luxome features 300CT Bamboo Lyocell, which is naturally moisture-wicking and cooling. The blankets are fuzzy, soft and available in a variety of colors, sizes, and weights. They can also be purchased with an integrated cover or a removable, washable cover. I really like the integrated cover, which you can throw in the laundry as long as it’s 15lbs or under.
A self-care ritual like applying body moisturizer can be very calming before bed. This body butter contains calming magnesium, along with shea butter, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil to nourish dry skin. It’s also scented with NEOM’s Perfect Night’s Sleep fragrance, and it smells heavenly. I also like their Perfect Night’s Sleep Intensive Skin Treatment Candle, which sets the mood for sleep, and once you blow it out, you can massage the nourishing oils onto the skin.
These small-batch essential oil pillow sprays are designed to provide a calming environment as you set the stage for bedtime. The set of six portable glass bottles contains scents like Jasmine + Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang + Frankincense, and Chamomile + Vetiver, so you can experiment to find your favorite, and take one with you when you travel.
Starling Skincare Sleep Wellness Gift Set ($59. On sale for $35)
This set is a lovely ritual to help you wind down for the night. It contains the Good Night Tea with valerian, passionflower, and chamomile to sip before bed, the Epsom salt Arnica Bath Soak for a soothing bath, and Sleep Balm, which is a salve packed with soothing essential oils for massaging the temples and pulse points.
myAir ($40 for 20 bars with the sign-up discount)
These plant-based, vegan, and gluten-free bars are formulated to help combat stress using adaptogens and super plants. The Sleepy Gray+ 100-calorie bars are ideal as a dessert replacement after dinner and have been clinically proven to help encourage deep restorative sleep.
Sleep & Relax Herbal Tea ($5.99 for 16 tea bags)
The ritual of a cup of hot tea at night is already relaxing, and this blend of passionflower, lemon balm, and chamomile will help put you in the perfect frame of mind for getting some quality zzzz’s.
Did you know that sleep is the best time for skin repair? This supplement contains valerian, passionflower, and hops to help you sleep better, and ceramides, CoQ10, and ferulic acid to aid cell renewal and hydration for skin and body while you sleep.
The Good Patch Nite Nite Patch ($32 for 8)
If you’d rather not ingest something before bed, these skin patches are infused with 15mg premium organic hemp extract and 3mg melatonin and offer sustained release over 8-12 hours (just remove the patch when you wake). If you’d prefer no hemp, they also have the Dream Patch, which contains melatonin, hops, and valerian root.
Elixinol Sleep Gummies ($29.99)
These berry-flavored, vegan gummies are a sweet treat before bedtime, and they are packed with 15mg CBD and 2mg CBN to promote relaxation. I find the blend of CBD and CBN (both from the Cannabis plant but free of THC) to be a particularly powerful weapon against sleeplessness. The brand also makes a yummy Rapid Rest tincture, which is a blend of CBD, CBN as well as chamomile & lemon balm that uses advanced liposomal technology for easy absorption.
Aprico Sleep Easy Drops ($44.99)
Melatonin is known to be a very effective remedy for sleeplessness, and this vegan, tincture contains a blend of melatonin, fast-acting hemp, GABA, lavender, and other soothing botanicals to encourage deep, restful sleep. Free of allergens, gluten, and dairy.
Solaray Sleep Blend SP-17 ($11.19)
If you really just need to calm your mind before bed, try this proprietary non-GMO, vegan, and lab-verified blend of valerian, passionflower, dandelion, and chamomile. The compounds and phytochemicals in these capsules help to encourage relaxation.
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