You know that fun game you play where you go to bed exhausted and then stare at the ceiling for the next four hours? Good times. If this sounds like you, then allow me to introduce to you the 17 best products for people who can’t sleep, brought to you by someone who’s always tired but likes to stay up until 3 A.M. thinking about that one embarrassing thing I said to an attractive man seven years ago.
Missing out on precious slumber is no joke. You don’t need me to tell you it’s bad for your mind and body … but I will anyway. I’m going to bypass the part where I talk about my under-eye bags and move on to the more serious ramifications of lacking sleep.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, loss of sleep can lead to impaired memory, moodiness, increased conflict with others, withdrawal from normal daily activities, and a greater likelihood of getting into a car accident. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adds increased anxiety is another side effect, along with a bigger risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, says the NHS, a lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system and libido, and make it harder to conceive.
And yet, a whopping one-third of us doesn’t sleep enough, says the NHS.
If you’re part of the one-third, here are 17 products you should check out that might help you get a more peaceful slumber.
You’ve probably read by now it’s best to sleep in cooler temperatures because it helps make you sleepy. At the same time, nothing makes you want to throw your alarm clock against the wall like cold feet. If your little piggies have frostbite, keep your tootsies warm with a foot warmer.
Remember the good ol’ days when you used to pull your hoodie over your head and fall asleep in math class when the teacher was probably talking about something important? Why stop now? This hoodie pillow looks trés cozy. I can almost feel myself drooling, with Mr. Meyers talking about solving for X…
Don’t you hate it when the sun rises? If you’re sensitive to even the tiniest sliver of light, blackout curtains are your friend. Perfect for people who work the night shift, and vampires.
5Noise Canceling Earplugs
Maybe you’re an active sleeper. Maybe you share the bed with someone who tries to act out every fight scene from Game of Thrones in their sleep. Either way, nothing stinks more than waking up in the middle of the night with the fitted sheet all up in your business.
8Himalayan Salt Lamp
Lighting is everything. If you pay close attention the next time you get a massage, you’ll notice they help create the ambiance with careful lighting. A Himalayan salt lamp is soothing and calming, and it will make you look like an Instagram influencer. Masseuse not include.
9Heated Massage Pillow
Side sleepers, rejoice! There’s another special pillow just for you. Sleeping on your side with your legs stacked can mean trouble for your whole body. This knee pillow will support you properly and can even relieve pain in the blink of an eye.
11PM Light Bulb
12Molded Foam Eye Mask
This isn’t a regular eye mask. It’s a special one. The piece that goes over each eye is cupped, so if you want to take a schnooze in the middle of the day, you won’t mess up your eye make-up. (Or, it’s great if you just don’t like stuff right up against your eyes.)
This sleep pad does it all. It will track your sleep cycle, heart rate, and whether you’re snoring. It offers personalized coaching to help you sleep and feel better. You can even control things in your home like the lights and temperature — just by getting in and out of bed. Science! Will it do my taxes, too?