Catch Some Zzz
Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is essential for a productive day—but it's how to achieve that sleep that eludes many slumberers. It could be that the quality sleep you seek can be achieved with the help of some handy buys. Take a look at our roundup of innovative products—and see if you can purchase more restful nights and energetic days.
If the sun wakes you up before your alarm clock does, you might want to consider hanging blackout curtains. The extra thick fabric blocks up to 99% of the sun’s rays, keeping your room wrapped in cozy darkness and giving you all the time in the world to enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Available on Amazon; $24.60.
When your head hits the pillow at the end of the long day, you want it to be comfortable! All it takes to ensure your ease is the perfect pillow—like the Eden Adjustable Pillow from COOP Home Goods. This bedroom basic is soft, but provides just the right support whether you're a side, back or stomach sleeper thanks to the ability to add or remove the memory foam fill. The special fill–a blend of gel-infused memory foam and microfiber—will always be on the cool side of the pillow. Available at Target; $79.99.
Some sleep masks are too bulky and others are too flimsy, but the Bedtime Bliss mask is just right. The contoured design blocks out light without putting uncomfortable pressure on your eyes. No need to keep your eyes clamped shut while wearing this nighttime eyewear—the mask provides enough room for you to comfortably open and close your lids. It’s the perfect solution for catching some Z's while traveling, especially when paired with the included ear plugs. Available on Amazon; $12.90.
Some experts believe that weighted blankets may provide soothing relief to those suffering from anxiety, insomnia and other disorders—in fact, some insurance plans may even reimburse you for your purchase if you have a doctor's prescription. The weighted blanket provides therapeutic results thanks to the moderate pressure exerted on the entire body, which causes a release in serotonin that contributes to an overall sense of calm and wellbeing that lets you sleep soundly through the night. This weighted blanket available on Amazon is made with cotton for a more breathable sleep, and it comes with a zippered nylon cooling cover for a cool touch. Available on Amazon; $119.99.
Dust, pollen, pet hair, and other household allergens may cause coughing and sneezing that keep you up at night. To combat these hidden pollutants (and the havoc they wreak on your health), keep a small air purifier in your room. The Ionic Air Purifier is small enough to sit on your nightstand, and its 4-stage filtering and air cleaning process will eliminate the things you shouldn’t be inhaling. Available on Amazon; $40.50.
You definitely won’t be able to get a good night’s sleep if your bed is uncomfortable. While it might not be practical to purchase an entirely new mattress, you can improve your current set-up with the addition of a plush mattress topper. This gel-infused memory foam topper conforms to your body’s curves to take strain off pressure points, while also regulating your temperature by distributing heat so you don’t wake up sweating in the middle of a warm night. Available on Amazon; $61.75.
White Noise Machine
Combatting a loud environment with more noise might not seem logical, but it’s actually the best way to drown out the sounds keeping you up at night. A white noise machine provides soothing, natural sounds to block out the sirens, honking, and loud neighbors that may keep you up at night. You can choose from six gentle sounds and keep the machine on throughout the night or set a timer, so it shuts off once you’ve shut off too. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
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Sunrise Alarm Clock
Rather than being jolted awake by a blaring alarm, ease your body into wakefulness with the Sunrise Alarm Clock. The lighted face of the clock will slowly brighten—just like the rising sun—30 minutes before your alarm is set to go off, at which point gentle sounds of nature will resound, rousing you out of your slumber. The light signals to your body that the day is beginning and it's time to wake up—even if the sky says otherwise. Available on Amazon; $32.99.
Certain scents, like lavender, have been proven to create a calming effect that can help you fall asleep. Piping the smell into your bedroom with an aromatherapy diffuser provides a steady stream of scent, and provides a safe alternative to scented candles. In addition to spreading lovely fragrances a diffuser moistens dry air, helping you to breathe easier. Available on Amazon; $31.99.
Few things are less conducive to a good night's sleep than an overheated bedroom. Insomniacs don't need to read the research (and there's plenty) to know that a cold room is a much better place to catch some shut-eye. If you don't have central air, or you don't want to switch it on, bringing a fan into the bedroom, like Honeywell’s Table Fan, can provide the temperature control you need for a comfortable sleep. Available on Amazon; $29.06.
Your bedroom might be the reason you don’t get enough shut eye. If you can’t stop tossing and turning, consider the thing you’re sleeping on. Even if your mattress isn’t that old, a few common mistakes can add to the wear and tear making it uncomfortable to sleep on. Another thing that could be keeping you up? The color of your room. Bold hues can keep you buzzin', while a soothing palette makes for a much more peaceful setting.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!