12/20/2018 — A good night’s sleep can make all the difference. Unfortunately, many find it challenging to fall and stay asleep. According to a study by Nectar, more than 60 million Americans deal with insomnia. But adults 26-64 should be sleeping seven to eight hours every night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While achieving a full eight hours of sleep sounds plausible on the weekends, during the weekdays, we sometimes need a little help.
Luckily, there are plenty of products dedicated to solving your sleep problems. Here are our editors' favorite items for banishing sleep deprivation and achieving those eight nightly hours of sleep.
Lavender essential oil topped a few of our editors’ lists. Its soothing scent promotes peaceful sleep and relaxation. You can add a drop or two to a spray bottle of water and spray the scent onto your sheets, or fill your bedroom with a light lavender scent using a diffuser.
A diffuser goes hand in hand with essential oils. After you buy your favorite lavender oil, be sure to snag this wood grain diffuser. The aesthetically pleasing device illuminates in your choice of seven different colors and mists continuously or in one- to three-hour increments. Plus, the mini size is perfect for traveling and useful in hotels with a dry atmosphere.
Melatonin is what your brain needs to tell your body it’s time for sleep. If you’re having trouble getting to bed at a decent hour, you may want to try a dietary supplement that will give you a melatonin boost. Have two of these gummies about 30 minutes before your bedtime and you’ll feel ready to drift off as soon as your head hits the pillow. And as a bonus, you'll wake up without that groggy feeling sometimes associated with melatonin supplements.
If lavender doesn’t do the trick for you, don’t give up on essential oils just yet. One of our editors swears by the black chamomile pillow mist from Bath and Body Works. This cocktail of chamomile and bergamot oils calms you down and relaxes your body. Spritz your pillow with this magic elixir before you go to sleep every night.
Give your nightly glass of water a boost with Calmful Sleep supplements by Natural Vitality. These tablets dissolve in water and deliver a healthy dosage of magnesium, a mineral that promotes natural relaxation. Don’t take this every night, however—the brand recommends only using Calmful Sleep when you really need the extra help falling asleep.
For many, it can be tough to go to sleep in complete silence. However, keeping your TV turned on, even at a low volume, can mess with sleep because of blue light that limits melatonin. And a fan running in the winter just isn't practical. A better solution to this problem is a white noise machine. This one from Bed Bath and Beyond will lull you to sleep in no time.
Buy It: White Noise Machine, $39.99
It’s hard to ignore your phone lighting up as you try to fall asleep. Keep social media out of sight and out of mind with the help of a sleep mask. This vegan leather mask from Free People comes with a cooling insert, ideal for helping with headaches, and blocks out light so you can fall asleep faster.
If you have anxiety or trouble falling asleep, consider a weighted blanket. These lightly weighted covers gently and naturally lull you to sleep while calming anxiety and stress. Weighted blankets are scientifically proven to work, and you can now find them at a lower prices as they become more popular. Purchase one that is 10 percent of your body weight and you'll be dreaming in no time.
Buy It: ZonLi Weighted Blanket, $105.90