Getting enough sleep is so important. It plays a vital role in how your body functions. The quality of sleep you get is a factor when it comes to your physical and mental health. It affects your memory, focus, and cognitive skills (like when you're driving). And when it comes to your body, sleep plays a role in repairing and healing your heart and blood vessels, preventing obesity, maintaining a healthy balance of hormones, and more. According to the National Institute of Health, "the way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health."
In short, you're going to want to get good quality sleep (and enough of it, too). But sometimes a restful night of shuteye can feel so elusive. Your routine or schedule might be off or super busy. You might be feeling under the weather. There's a lot of things that can disrupt our sleep hygiene habits. Fortunately, there are some products that can help you get back on track, or at least provide a temporary aid or fix while you figure out your sleep routine. We've compiled some of our favorite options below.
It's important to note, though, that if you are having trouble getting rest and nothing seems to be working, then it's best to see a doctor or healthcare professional who can help create an individualized treatment plan for you.
For some people, a white noise machine can lull them to sleep. This one is a bestseller on Amazon with six soothing sounds: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook. It also has an auto-off timer with time increments of 15, 30, and 60 minutes.
Certain essential oils, like lavender, can help promote a good night's rest. One of the easiest ways to use an essential oil is to add a few drops to a diffuser and let it fill the room with a relaxing scent.
Add a tablespoon of Moon Juice's Dream Dust to tea, milk, or hot water and enjoy before bed. The blend contains ashwagandha, jujube, polygala, chamomile, and schisandra—all ingredients that provide stress relief and relaxation.
Bath time can be such a stress-relieving experience before bed. Lord Jones's bath soak contains broad-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD extract plus arnica and calendula flowers; eucalyptus and citrus oils; and Epsom and Himalayan salts.
10. Insight Editions Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal
These softgels contain melatonin, magnesium, L-theanine, and botanicals to help calm your mind so you can fall asleep faster. It's recommended to take two capsules with water 30 minutes before you want to go to bed.
No, we're not telling you to blast music before bed. Use AirPods or any kind of headphones to listen to some relaxing music or do a guided sleep meditation before bed. I find the AirPods Pro's noise-canceling features help me concentrate and focus even more.
A lot of us use our cell phones as an alarm, which can be so unhelpful if you're trying to limit your phone usage. Hatch's alarm clock really does it all—it acts as a sleep machine and a soothing light, too. If you have a premium subscription, you can design your own bedtime and wake-up routine with lights, meditations, and sounds.
Many people use weighted blankets to relieve anxiety and tension. Some even call it a nice hug. That all sounds great to me! This one has seven layers and comes in different weights, from five pounds to 30 pounds.
Calming and soothing, this beverage contains adaptogens (like reishi mushroom), nootropics, and botanics (like cinnamon, clove, and ginger). You can enjoy it cold or warmed, depending on your personal preference.
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