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If you find yourself tossing and turning and unable to fall asleep at night, you are not alone. Maybe you’ve tried meditation, imposing a screen curfew or adapting a sleep-optimizing diet or vitamin regimen.
Yet, maybe the good sleep still evades you. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Since studies show that sleeping less than seven hours a night can also be linked to increased risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke — getting at least seven hours (if not more) should be a priority.
Suppose you’ve exhausted your free options (including a few of those good dark screen youtube videos), maybe you want to invest a bit more in your sleep with a few products that might make the bedtime process easier. Whether it’s making your bed the hyper-comfy refuge from waking hour stresses to devices that can help tune out some of the more sleep killing vibes, you might just find a way to make your nights infinitely more restful.
A version of this was published August 2019.
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Zolt DREAMY Collagen Boost Drink Mix
Our health editor tried out this hemp-free, vegan drink mix featuring melatonin and other sweet sleep-supporting botanicals a while back and it managed to square up heroically against her insomnia. So if you’re looking for a way to sip your way to some sweet, sweet Z’s, Zolt’s supplement is something you’ll want to try.
While buying a mattress used to be an expensive and painful task, brands such as Allswell have made that process affordable and easy. Their queen hybrid mattresses start at a mere $345 and arrive and at your front door with a few clicks of your mouse. The combination of copper gel-infused memory foam and individually wrapped coils keeps you cool and supports your body as you switch positions throughout the night, so that you can sleep well and wake up refreshed.
Whether you like to sleep on your side, back or stomach, your pillow should provide the support you need to wake up feeling kink-free. The Original Casper Pillow is soft yet supports proper neck alignment. It’s made of 100 percent cotton and percale weave for increased airflow so that it stays cool and comfortable instead of hot and sticky.
Baloo Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket
Although there aren’t a lot of studies to support the claim that weighted blankets can completely ease anxiety and stress, they have been shown to increase sleep time and produce a calmer night’s sleep. Baloo’s Cool Cotton Weighted Blanket is designed to be 10 to 15 percent of your body weight, so it won’t weigh you down and is made breathable for comfort no matter the time of year.
Casper Glow Light
Ease into sweet dreams and gently rise in the morning with either preset configurations or the ones you create. The Casper Glow Light is designed to gradually dim at night to wind you down and slowly brighten in the AM to get you up and running. The amber sensor allows it to also function as a nightlight.
The health benefits from surrounding yourself with green space are well documented. Residential greenery can reduce morbidity, mortality, and shorter sleep duration, as well as improve mental and physical well-being. A potted plant shipped from the greenhouses of Bloomscape may help you to reap some of those benefits. Choose low light, easy to care for varieties for your bedroom, such as the spider plant, dracaena limelight, or zz plant.
NuCalm eye mask
The NuCalm eye mask, with the help of their app and biosignal processing discs, can help you relax and snooze. The patented technology, which includes music, is designed to get you in a calm state that is said to provide restorative sleep by interrupting adrenaline and cortisol release.
Create a sleep sanctuary in your bedroom by adding scents like chamomile, eucalyptus, and sandalwood that have been shown to have a relaxing and stress-reducing effect. The Aera diffuser can fill the area with the smells of well-blended essential oils to harness the benefits of aromatherapy all so you can snooze peacefully.
If you’ve ever tried using headphones to listen to meditation to get to sleep, you know the struggle of having them poke you in the ear. Quite frankly, they end up being more trouble than they’re worth. Created by a doctor, SleepPhones allows you to comfortably tune into your favorite music and apps. If you prefer, you can use them to simply reduce ambient noise and snoring so that you can fall asleep and stay asleep.
When it comes to your health, knowledge is power. Luckily, there’s all sorts of data-gathering devices you can wear and track how you move and how you sleep. FitBit Versa is one of the favorite wearables to track your sleep habits (how long it takes you to fall asleep, when and if you wake up) in a totally effortless, non-invasive way.
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