It’s no secret that getting at least eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep is the dream (terrible pun not intended). It’s a crucial and, for many, seemingly impossible feat. Setting the intention of being under the covers, deep in a snooze, by 11 p.m. is easy enough, but making it actually happen can be a different story. And for parents, the barriers to sleep can often be greater. The cries of a fussy child, early wakeup times for feeding schedules, or just general stress from being responsible for another human can be enough to interfere with proper REM.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to help improve your sleep. Whether you’re a parent with a baby struggling to get comfortable in the other room or someone who’s often distracted by the glow of a phone just in reach, the seven products below are designed to help. From the 3-in-1 Air Purifier + Sound Machine + Nightlight from Frida Baby, designed to help clear the air and lull you and your family to sleep, to a highly rated hypoallergenic pillow, these are a few buys that might encourage you to say a final goodbye to late-night phone scrolls and counting sheep.
A multi-faceted air purifier
This air purifier (which also serves as a sound machine and nightlight; talk about a triple threat) will help you clear the air, block out any ambient noise, and provide a warm glow to help lull yourself or your child to sleep. The easy-to-replace True HEPA air filter helps to remove mold spores, pollen, smoke, odors, and pollution from the air, while the two white-noise options, adjustable fan, and dim nightlight provide additional sleep assistance for any light sleeper or child afraid of the dark.
A soothing story time
Honestly, can you think of a better narrator for a bedtime story than Harry Styles? Perhaps Idris Elba, Laura Dern, or Lucy Liu? Luckily, The Calm App, known for its recorded meditations and breathing exercises, can also help lull you to sleep. Under the sleep genre within the app, you’ll find Sleep Stories, a collection of bedtime stories geared toward both children and adults. They’re available to the app’s premium members, and they’re perfect for calming down at night.
A 5-star humidifier
Add some moisture to the air and say goodbye to dry sinuses by making the Frida Baby 3-in-1 Humidifier + Diffuser + Nightlight a bedroom staple. This small gadget not only helps you prevent the room from feeling like a desert, but also has the capabilities to diffuse essential oils and provide a soft light for anyone needing a little visibility at night. The humidifier can run up to 12 hours uninterrupted and the size of the mist is adjustable.
A fortified pre-sleep tea
If you’re someone with a nighttime ritual, WelleCo’s Sleep Welle Calming Tea might be a perfect addition to your routine. Each tea bag has a blend of herbs — skullcap, hops, and valerian root (which are commonly found in over-the-counter sleep aids) along with lemon balm and passionflower — to help calm restlessness and ease the mind toward sleep.
An acclaimed adjustable pillow
One of the keys to a good night’s sleep is what you’re sleeping on. The right sheets, mattress, and pillows can make all the difference. Coop’s Original Pillow is not only highly rated, hypoallergenic, and machine-washable, but also adjustable. Meaning, regardless what kind of sleeper you are — side, back, stomach, or someone who does them all — this pillow is designed for you. To get the size and firmness ideal for your sleep, just unzip and add or remove some of the medium-firm density fill. Your head won’t know what it’s been missing.
A side-sleeper approved pair of sleep buds
If you’re someone who relies on soothing sounds to help you fall asleep, but who also needs to block out anything distracting (like snores, late-night traffic, or your neighbor vacuuming at midnight), then the Bose Sleepbuds II are calling your name. These side-sleeper-friendly earbuds are small, comfortable, and noise-blocking — meaning you’ll be able to appreciate the sounds playing from the Bose Sleep app’s audio library.
A cozy weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are often a bedroom staple for restless sleepers. Bearaby’s Cotton Napper is a large, hand-knitted one made of organic cotton that’s warm yet breathable enough for any season. You can choose between a 15-, 20-, or 25-pound weight. (Bearaby recommends your blanket to be roughly 10 percent of your body weight.) Once you wrap yourself in the soft, weighted embrace of this blanket, falling into a deep sleep just might feel inevitable.
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