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The Best Gifts for the Insomniac in Your Life

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is the Health Editor at SheKnows. She is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham ...

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Gift guide for insomniacs

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Gift guide for insomniacs

If you’ve ever spent a night tossing and turning in bed attempting to will yourself to sleep, you’re not alone. According to the Better Sleep Council, nearly half of Americans (48 percent) say they don’t get enough sleep but less than half of them actually do anything to help improve their sleep. It’s time to change that.

Even though we spend about one-third of our lives in bed, a lot of us don’t make our sleep environment a priority. And that’s exactly what makes sleep-related products the perfect gift: It’s something we may not buy for ourselves but may end up having a big impact on our day-to-day life.

Here are a few suggestions — everything from lavender-scented products to pillows, mattresses and sheets to high-tech sleep solutions — which could make a difference for those on your holiday gift list. What better present is there than helping someone wake up renewed and refreshed?

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Sleepy Body Lotion

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Sleepy Body Lotion

Do believe the hype about this product — this relaxing, dreamy scent is perfect right before bed.

Sleepy Body Lotion, $9.95 at Lush

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Lavender-scented soy candle

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Lavender-scented soy candle

J.R. Watkins has a whole range of lovely lavender-scented products, all coming in at $10 or less.

Lavender-scented soy candle, $6.99 at J.R. Watkins

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Norah nightshirt

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Norah nightshirt

These breathable bamboo viscose jersey nightshirts are perfect for people with night sweats (or anyone who enjoys comfortable pajamas).

Norah nightshirt, $70 at Yala

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Bedtime Bliss herbal supplement tea

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Bedtime Bliss herbal supplement tea

Lipton's new range of wellness teas includes this one containing chamomile, mint and orange peels.

Bedtime Bliss herbal supplement tea, $10.99 for 15 tea bags at Lipton

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Midnight Magic sleep mask

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Midnight Magic sleep mask

This is perfect for popping on during a flight or anytime you want to block out the light in comfort.

Midnight Magic sleep mask, $19.99 at Cabeau

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Tomorrow Sleeptracker monitor

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Tomorrow Sleeptracker monitor

This keeps track of your sleep cycles without you having to wear a device.

Sleeptracker, $149 at Tomorrow Sleep

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Braxton Thermaback light-blocking curtain panel

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Braxton Thermaback light-blocking curtain panel

Ever notice how much better you sleep in hotels? It could be their blackout curtains. 

Braxton Thermaback light-blocking curtain panel in gray, $12.34 at Target

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Tomorrow hybrid mattress

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Tomorrow hybrid mattress

You spend one-third of your life in bed, so a good mattress is important. 

Hybrid mattress, $890 at Tomorrow Sleep

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Onix 3000 air purifier

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Onix 3000 air purifier

A good night's sleep starts with clean, pure air.

Onix 3000 air purifier, $299.99 at Airfree

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Silk charmeuse gift set

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Silk charmeuse gift set

Silk pillowcases and face masks don't just feel luxurious — they are also good for your hair and skin.

Silk charmeuse gift set, $96 at Yala

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Tuft & Needle adaptive foam pillow

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Tuft & Needle adaptive foam pillow

A good pillow is essential for a comfortable night's sleep.

Adaptive foam pillow, $75 at Tuft and Needle

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Ver-Tex performance sheets

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Ver-Tex performance sheets

If you're going to treat someone to nice sheets, these are a good option.

Ver-Tex performance sheets, $299.99 at Bedgear

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Dream Bath Elixir

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Dream Bath Elixir

A few drops of this in a bath before bedtime is a great way to end the day.

Dream Bath Elixir, $45 at Follain

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Good Morning alarm clock

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Good Morning alarm clock

Old alarm isn't cutting it? Try this app.

Good Morning alarm clock, $4.99 on iTunes

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Smart Nora

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Smart Nora

If you know someone who snores, this would be a gift for them and their partner.

Smart Nora, $299 at Smart Nora

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Comfortfit pillow

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Comfortfit pillow

This pillow molds to the shape of your head and helps minimize tossing and turning.

Comfortfit pillow, $79.99 (on sale for $47.99 until 12/24/17) at Sleep Number

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