If you didn’t sleep well the night before, you’ve probably experienced symptoms like irritability and poor concentration.
In the long-term, poor sleep quality is also linked to adverse physical health conditions.
It helps to create a bedtime routine and an optimal environment to fall asleep and stay asleep.
As I learned from my Insider Reviews colleagues, this environment can include products like a weighted blanket (or its smaller relative, the weighted eye mask), comfortable sleepwear, and a good old-fashioned bedtime story.
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Anyone who has ever walked into school or work coming off of a bad night of sleep can understand that rest is critical. It affects your emotional, mental, and physical health and helps you function in everyday life.
Beyond anecdotal examples, research backs this up. Sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality affect concentration, memory, and decision-making. They can cause feelings of anxiety, irritability, and impulsiveness (and this effect is worse for younger adults than older adults), and they’re also linked to disorders like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
So what’s an easy way to fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and have a better night’s sleep overall?
“Build a routine,” says Dr. Benjamin Smarr, assistant professor at the University of California San Diego who specializes in neuroscience and sleep science and a member of Reverie’s Sleep Advisory Board. “Sleep is very complicated and requires many parts of your brain and body to agree. So the more familiar your pre-sleep routine is, the more likely all those parts will line up.”
Everyone has their own little tricks to help them achieve this ideal sleeping state, so I asked the rest of the Insider Reviews team to share the products that they’ve built into their nightly routines.
It’s not surprising that many of their essential products are the ones directly related to sleeping: pillows and comforters, for example. Apps and accessories also help our team out, whether they fill the air with soothing scents and sounds or contribute to overall comfort and coziness.
But if you’re experiencing serious sleep disturbances that are consistently impacting your life, the following solutions may not be adequate and you should consider consulting a specialist. Dr. Azizi Seixas, an assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine whose research focuses on sleep disparities, says, “If these disturbances occur for longer than a month, then the person should seek professional help. Another sign that suggests immediate intervention is needed is if the person feels physically sick as a result of sleep disturbances.”
Here are 21 products and apps the Reviews team uses to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up well-rested:
A weighted comforter that won’t slip off your bed
A convenient pillow spray you can bring anywhere
A travel pillow so you can finally fall asleep on your flight
A fluffy, comfortable bathrobe
A hybrid pillow
A 0.5-pound weighted eye mask that can help relieve headaches and sinus pressure
A stretchy tank top
A light that slowly dims at night and brightens in the morning to mimic a sunrise
A good old-fashioned crossword puzzle
Pajamas that athletes use to recover from workouts
A warm yet breathable comforter that’s surprisingly affordable
The Ambient Noise Alexa skill
A breathable weighted blanket
An e-reader with adjustable brightness settings
A white noise app
A pillow that strikes the balance between down and memory foam
Micromodal lounge pants
A reading app
A quiet humidifier
This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Tempur-Pedic. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*
A weighted comforter
Brooklinen Weighted Comforter
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Having a weighted blanket on top of my usual comforter often means it’ll slip and slide throughout the night, which can be disruptive. I’ve been using this weighted comforter for three months and I like that it doubles as a comforter so it won’t shift around and that it decreases the amount of stuff on my bed. I find myself falling asleep faster and waking up more rested each night. There are loops on the corner to secure the comforter in a duvet cover, but you can use it without one. — Jada Wong, senior editor
A convenient pillow spray you can bring anywhere
ThisWorks Deep Pillow Spray, 75ml
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I’ve lent this spray out to friends, roommates, and family to help them sleep, and I’ve always had trouble getting it back from them. The power blend of lavender, vetivert, and chamomile is unbelievably soothing, and it helps set up a sleep routine for me that signifies to my body it’s time to relax. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter
A comfortable, supportive bed
TEMPUR-Cloud Mattress (Queen)
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One of the most important purchases you will make for your home is a bed since you spend a third of your life sleeping. It’s a tired, old cliché, but it’s true. Our favorite mattress brand for hot sleepers is Tempur-Pedic. If you’re looking for a bed that adapts to your weight, shape, and temperature for personalized comfort and support (what Tempur-Pedic is known for), then the new TEMPUR-Cloud Mattress is worth a closer look. Right now, you can save 30% on the bed when you use the code BIZ30.
* Sponsored by Tempur-Pedic
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