It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans have trouble falling and staying asleep each night. That’s a huge part of our population! But, perhaps that number is not so surprising once one considers all that can affect our sleep and keep us from a good night’s rest: stress, technology, or a worn-out mattress. The list goes on and on.
We put together this list of the 20 best sleep products to improve your health. We consulted a number of sleep experts and sleep foundations to compile our list, and each item listed below can be used in some way to combat one or more things keeping us from the deep sleep that is so vital to a healthy life.
A Bluetooth sensor, smartphone, and some calming panpipe tunes combine to create this unique sleep product that is sure to improve your health and help you fall asleep at night. A wearable sensor analyzes your breathing patterns, while your phone sends out the perfect melodies to slow down brain activity, lengthen your exhalations, and cause you to feel tired.
While most alarm clocks on the market, including your mobile phone, have just one wake-up option — and that’s abrupt — the Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake Up Light can be programmed to wake you up either abruptly or gradually. Better yet, the Sunrise works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can be awakened with your favorite music.
Many sleep experts suggest taking a warm bath before bed to initiate the subtle drop in temperature that leads to falling asleep. Complement that process with another product that will bring on feelings of relaxation: Aveeno’s Active Naturals Stress Relief Foaming Bath. This bubble bath comes infused with lavender, ylang-ylang, and chamomile, all ingredients that naturally bring about sleep.
GE is ushering in the next generation of smart home products with their C by GE light bulbs. Sold in packs of two, the bulbs come in both daytime and nighttime varieties, each of which emits a different spectrum of light. While the daytime bulbs are designed to help you stay focused and awake, the nighttime bulbs emit a very minimal amount of blue light. Even more impressive is the fact that the bulbs can be turned on via the Bluetooth in your smartphone, then adjusted to your preferred brightness. They also work with Alexa!
There is perhaps nothing more crucial for a good night’s sleep than the mattress on which you’re sleeping, and so we’ve included Casper mattresses on our list of the best sleep products. Besides being fully compressible and therefore easy to move from place to place, Casper is available in all of the usual mattress sizes, comes with a year-long warranty, is delivered right to your door, and includes a 100-night trial period just to make sure you really like it. But best of all is the fact that Casper is the happy medium between memory foam and latex foam, thereby allowing for the very best in anatomic support.
This clever little LED lightbulb is perfect for the person who has trouble putting that book down before bed. This bulb replicates the setting sun and blocks blue light which is known to keep you awake at night. The light then encourages your brain to produce natural melatonin organically as it prepares for a good night’s rest.
When the brain senses light — even as little light as the small red numbers on your digital alarm clock — it signals the brain to stop the production of melatonin, thereby disturbing your sleep. Thus, your sleep and health can be improved by blocking out all light with the Eclipse Curtains. Not only do these surprisingly affordable curtains block more than 90% of incoming light, but they are also lined with a special foam to muffle noise. These come in many decorator friendly colors and sizes.
With Eight, you’ll never be too hot or too cold to sleep, ever. This unique mattress cover fits over any size mattress, then pairs with a smartphone app to heat or cool your bed as desired. It can even create different zones for those couples who prefer to sleep at different temperatures. Best of all, Eight learns over time to adapt to your preferred temp settings.
- NUSIGN’s Anti Blue Light Panel can easily be installed on all 20″-22″ monitors to reduce harmful blue light. It’s ideal for reducing eye strain and preventing headaches related to eye strain. With the Anti Blue Light Panel, you can continue your computer work without the fear of overstimulating eyes right before bedtime. This simple change makes looking at a computer screen easier on the eyes and begins to prepare the brain for sleep.
Not only does the blue light from your television or phone interfere with your nighttime hormone production, and therefore your quality of sleep, it also leads to increased chances for obesity, heart disease, and cancer. But since electronics are a necessity for some, the Northland Outpost company, has created a pair of blue-light blocking glasses. The glasses are suitable for men or women and will filter out 95% of blue light emitted from an electronic device. If worn approximately two hours before bedtime, the Night Screen glasses are sure to improve your sleep without forcing you to give up evening television.
If curtains aren’t enough to block all the light in the room, or if you’re attempting to sleep somewhere without your light-blocking curtains, such as an airplane, then a Night Sleep Mask is a must-have. Unlike most sleep masks, which can slip or otherwise be uncomfortable, LKY DIGITAL’S Night Sleep Masks are specially designed for comfort with features such as dimpled eye pockets. They come in a set of three in several colorways.
Sometimes all it takes is a little relaxation to fall asleep more quickly, and the Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask is specially designed for before-bed relaxation. The mask is infused with organic fibers and ultra-fine charcoal powder, both of which soothe the skin and release tension in the facial muscles. Plus, it blocks the light!
Ask anyone how they feel about their blaring alarm clock, and you’re not likely to receive any professions of pure love. That’s why we love the Philips Morning Wake-Up Light. The clock simulates the rising sun, thereby allowing you to wake up more naturally than you do with a traditional alarm. The light can also be used at night, at which time it slowly dims to prompt a natural bedtime.
Whatever you may need to fall asleep faster, there’s a pillow for you, whether it’s a cooling pillow or body pillow. Cooling pillows are purposely designed for a better, more comfortable night’s sleep with such features as a unique cooling technology of shredded foam filling to allow for airflow. Bamboo coverings are great for a breathable and hypoallergenic sleep.
The Joseche Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones is a headband-type device designed to improve your rest through soothing music that works to lull your brain into the deep sleep mode that is most beneficial to health. Additionally, the headband is designed to be especially helpful for those with sleep disorders but who want to avoid sleep aid medications.
There may be nothing worse than trying to fall asleep on a hot night, but thanks to Exceptional Sheets, such an issue may be a thing of the past. The cooling bamboo mattress pad offers a patented breathable and hypoallergenic fabric technology that adapts to the user’s skin temperature to ensure a restful night’s sleep that feels cool and refreshing.
The ZQUIET company seems to have found a cure for snoring. Its product, an anti-snoring mouthpiece, is a non-invasive piece of technology that is said to cure people of their snoring by stabilizing the jaw. Zquiet includes two sizes of mouthpieces; one that will surely fit your needs. While wearing the mouthpiece during sleep, your jaw position helps to open your airways.
Thanks to its unique J shape, this comfortable pillow actually provides the support of three pillows. While the curved part of the pillow reduces strain on the head, neck, and back, the pillow’s long part promotes proper alignment of the spine. Though anyone could benefit from this doctor recommended pillow, it is especially beneficial for those who are pregnant, or who have issues with arthritis, injury, back pain, or sore muscles, among other things.
It should come as no surprise that inconsistent noises of varying volumes are often responsible for keeping people up at night. As one sleep expert puts it, “You become hyper-vigilant about when the next noise is going to come.” To mask those pesky intermittent noises, try something like the HoMedics Ultra-Portable Rechargeable Sound Machine. The Portable Sleep Machine has 12 sounds to choose from, including Fan, Ocean, Energize, Rainforest, Thunderstorm, White Noise, Zen, Brook, Campfire, Dockside, Gentle Rain, and Everglades. You can choose a different sound for your different moods.