In an ideal world, everyone would be able to rest their head on a pillow and drift off into dreamland. But the unfortunately reality is that many people struggle to sleep soundly, often to the point where it affects their everyday life. Most noticeably, a night spent tossing and turning will deplete your energy reserves, but believe it or not, it can also lead to more serious issues, like inadvertent weight gain and a compromised immune system. Because sleep is so vital to your wellbeing, it’s important that you take it seriously and invest both your time and energy into getting the best rest possible. To that end, we’ve compiled a patented compendium of the best products for better sleep ever.
Darkness is key to keeping our bodies on the right wake/sleep schedule and our bedrooms are anything but dark. We’ve got phones shining in our faces and blinds that don’t do anything to block the bright streetlight outside. Darkness signals a melatonin release – the brain chemical that makes us sleepy and nobody needs to be jolted awake by a ray of sunlight beaming directly into your eyes – that’s what alarm clocks do. Not only do blackout curtains stop sunlight from ruining your restful sleep, but they’ll also help keep the heat out. Nothing is more comfortable than a cool, dark bedroom.
A white noise machine promotes relaxation before sleep by providing a constant, soothing sound for your brain to settle on. This helps quiet the mind and keeps you from focusing on disruptive sounds which interfere with the process of falling asleep.
Once you’re asleep, white noise works all night long to drown out the random noises that would have awaken you – either entirely or just as partial ‘micro-awakenings,’ which you may not even have remembered in the morning. This means that you sleep more solidly and deeply, and rise feeling more rested and restored.
Sleepless nights, tossing, turning and exhausted mornings — we all know the feeling. But did you know that sleeping on the right mattress can help alleviate these problems and remind you what it feels like to be rested? We now know that mattresses really do matter when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep and while not everyone can afford to get a new mattress, a mattress topper is a great alternative and a fraction of the price. The Lucid is a plush, therapeutic memory foam that aligns your spine and helps eliminate pressure points. This memory foam topper in particular has been called a “flipping miracle,” and users rave that they feel “gentled cradled” when they sleep on it..
A good pillow means a good night’s sleep. Originally created by NASA to cushion astronauts during reentry to Earth’s atmosphere, today, memory foam is one of the most popular types of pillow. It’s very supportive, conforms to your head and neck, is naturally hypoallergenic, and is especially good for those suffering from neck, shoulder, or upper body pain and stiffness.
As the National Sleep Foundation points out, the scent of lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, thereby relaxing the body for a deeper sleep. One of the easiest (and most stylish) ways to incorporate lavender into your bedtime routine is with an essential oils diffuser. And if you get sick of the scent, worry not: you can always switch it up with other calming scents
Waking up to the harsh sound of a blaring alarm is one of the least appealing parts of a weekday morning. That’s why so many people swear by the Philips Wake-Up Light, which mimics natural sunlight to slowly awaken you from slumber. The light also offers the option of waking up to one of five different nature-inspired sounds. Backed by clinical research, the UV-free Wake-Up Light is proven to wake you up with an improved mood and energy level. A light-responsive dimming feature guides you to natural, restful sleep.