With the hustle and bustle of the modern world following us into the bedroom, it’s no wonder so many of us have trouble sleeping. We all know the proper steps to getting a good night’s rest: No caffeine after 2 p.m., no screens in the bedroom (or after 1o p.m.), no drinking before bed, and, most importantly, having a routine. Other helpful actions can include sleeping in a totally dark room, keeping the ambient room temperature at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler, and making sure to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (even on weekend).
But sometimes we do all the right things and still, we can’t get a good night’s sleep. When that happens, it’s time to upgrade your bedding, tech, and a few other accessories to help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed.
After all, better sleep means a better you. Happy napping!
When you’ve done everything you can, but still can’t sleep, maybe your mattress is the problem. Casper Mattresses are made of a proprietary foam blend; for most people, lying on it feels like being suspended in a cloud. The brand sweetens the deal by offering a free trial, as well as free shipping and returns.
Tempur-Pedic has been around for quite some time now, but how many people have actually purchased one of their products? I have, and they are amazing. If you haven’t, your first introduction to the brand should be the Tempur-Adapt Cloud + Cooling Pillow, which, with its space-age construction and material, is the softest, most supportive pillow you’re going to find. Down just doesn’t hold up like NASA-grade foam.
We love Brooklinen. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. With that out of the way, we suggest the Classic Core Sheet Set in the new match-stick pattern. The sheets offer supreme softness and comfort while also adding a pop of color and postmodern design to your minimalist bedroom.
It’s shocking to think that a comforter made from recycled plastic bottles and eucalyptus fabric could be so soft, so fluffy, and so cool even in summer, but the Buffy comforter does just that. Don’t believe us? The brand will let you try it for free and return it if you hate it, no questions asked. Trust us when we say, you won’t be returning it.
Now that you’ve got a luxe comforter, you’ve got to keep it that way. Enter the Riley Home Baratta Duvet Cover and matching pillow shams. All-white with neutral-colored trim around the edges, the Baratta provides a sateen finish and a side envelope enclosure for easy maneuvering.
Aromatherapy oil diffusers are a hot ticket item in the home goods world at the moment. Add a few drops of lavender oil into the water in your diffuser and inhale the relaxing scent as you get ready for bed. The diffuser not only acts as a way to effectively disperse a relaxing smell throughout your bedroom, it also humidifies the air, which is great for those super-dry winters and summers.
If your trouble isn’t falling asleep, but waking up, we suggest you try out a sunrise mimicking alarm clock to get you out of bed in the morning. This particular one can lighten from 0 percent to 100 percent in 30 minutes before your alarm time, priming you to wake up naturally and not in the middle of a REM cycle. It also offers six natural sounds, an FM radio, and USB charging.
It’s probably not something you think about often, but when you’re asleep, you’re basically inhaling the same stale air over and over again for at least eight hours. Freshen up your sleep zone with the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool combination fan/heater/cooler/air purifier. Allergy sufferers swear by this thing.
If you work a night shift, can’t put up block-out curtains, or otherwise need to sleep where there’s a lot of ambient light, this contoured, padded sleep mask will gently cradle your eyes and sit on your nose while blocking out nearly 100 percent of that pesky sleep-preventing light. It’s also great for travel.
Multi-tasking isn’t really a thing most humans can do. With Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, you truly can multi-task by sleeping and revitalizing your skin at the same time. Packed with powerful botanicals and oils, the serum is designed to absorb deeply into the skin overnight, leaving your mean mug looking hydrated and handsome in the morning (which is why we named one of our winners in The Manual Grooming Awards 2018).
When all else fails, you can always turn to drugs. We’re not big advocates on pharmaceuticals, so we can’t recommend you go out and seek a prescription for Ambien (that just covers the symptom, not the problem), but for those rare nights when you absolutely cannot get to sleep, try something with melatonin (a safe and naturally occurring substance that gently signals to the body that it’s time for sleep). We like Zzzquil’s supplement, but any brand will work.
If you live in a state with recreational or medicinal cannabis, there’s always a nice, heavy indica out there to help you drift off into slumber-land.
Now that you know what you need to help you sleep better, learn why making your bed every morning can also help.