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We all have our differences, but what’s one thing we have in common? We’re exhausted! We have busy lives with non-stop schedules. And because of that, sleeping should be rejuvenating—not just another thing to check off our lists.
Now that it’s a new year, it’s the perfect time to reset our sleep schedules to ensure we’re giving our bodies proper rest. A big part of that is arming ourselves with sleep-inducing items that offer comfort throughout the night.
Incorporating products like an all-cotton weighted blanket, a fantastic travel pillow for when we’re on the road, and an aromatherapy vaporizer that sets the scene for slumber gives our body cues that it’s time to sleep. But there are so many things that can give us the best. sleep. ever. How to choose?
We did our research and read reviews, and hand-picked 10 products—many on sale—that’ll have you snoozing in no time. Scroll down, and get some shuteye.
It can be tough getting used to a travel pillow or hotel pillow when you’ve fallen in love with your own. Enter the MyPillow travel pillow (now $5 off!). It’s a mini version of the MyPillow we all know and love, for use on planes, trains, automobiles, and more. You can also place it on top of any full-size pillow for cozy comfort all night long. To sanitize, just toss in the washer and dryer. It comes with an impressive 10-year warranty, too.
If you like the full-size MyPillow version, you’re sure to love this. “I am a big fan of the My Pillow,” says a happy customer. “Saw this and had to try. I like it—small and easy to travel with. Does help support the neck like the larger one.”
Shop it: MyPillow Frosted Grey Roll & Go Anywhere Travel Pillow, $20 (was $25), walmart.com
Up at night? Your mattress could be to blame. But if you don’t want to shell out for a new one, top it! This handy three-inch topper is made of gel memory foam so it keeps you nice and cool and responds to your body weight. Some memory foam is made of petroleum products. But this version, called Biofoam, is made with natural plant oil, green tea extract, and active charcoal to help absorb moisture and eliminate odors.
And it’s a great way to get new life out of an old mattress, like this reviewer did: “My mattress is already eight years old and has started losing support. This 3-inch mattress topper is perfect as I can put it on top of my mattress to make me feel like I’m sleeping on a new mattress again. It is very comfortable and responsive.”
Shop it: Spa Sensations by Zinus Zoned Fusion Gel Memory Foam 3" Mattress Topper, $60 for Queen (was $99), $71 for King (was $116), walmart.com
This gizmo offers 10 sounds including sea, rain, and forest—along with different colors of ‘noise’ (white! pink! gray! brown!). A handy timer lets you set it for 15, 30 or 60-minute intervals.
You can use it even if it’s not slumber-time, for anything from blocking out noisy neighbors to soundproofing rooms for studying or reading. And the volume control gives you options: “This sound machine is great!” says a fan. “It has a very loud or very low sound which I like. I'm buying two more!”
Dry air can impact sleep. At 5.5 inches high, this mini vaporizer does the job without taking up precious real estate, and lets you add essential oils too. It cycles through seven aromatherapy colors (including green, blue, and purple) or you can set it to a single hue—awesome for mood lighting! Try it in a kid’s room as a night light, or in a guest room to give visitors a great night’s sleep.
“It isn't quite as strong as a large vaporizer but it adds moisture to a room without steaming it up,” says a sleepy reviewer. “It puts out a small mist that helps clear my sinuses out really well. It also has an attractive lighting feature that I really like.”
Shop it: Zimtown 200ml Colorful Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier/Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, $17 (was $31), walmart.com
Weighted blankets feel like a nice warm hug, giving you the comfort you need to fall asleep—and stay that way. The blankets stimulate pressure points to foster feelings of security and lessen anxiety. And at 50 percent off or more (depending on size), this 100 percent cotton quilted blanket filled with hypo-allergenic, nontoxic, fragrance-free beads is a no-brainer!
“Feeling rested,” reports a five-star reviewer. “I like to put the blanket over my feet and knees to reduce tossing and turning. I sleep better and feel more rested in the morning. My wife has a smaller blanket than I do and likes to use it full-body length. It's nice to be able to adjust the blanket to your own body and sleep patterns.”
Shop it: NEX Charcoal Weighted Blanket, $30-$50 (was $60-$110) depending on size and weight, walmart.com
At first glance, this looks like your typical travel pillow. Well, it’s not! The fleece cutie filled with comfy microbeads in pretty teal is actually two pillows in one—a neck pillow and a rectangular pillow. Just use the zippers to configure it to your liking and sleep wherever you’d like. “It's so comfortable I could use it nightly,” says a reviewer. “Easy to switch from neck pillow to regular pillow. Great travel choice.”
Shop it: American Tourister 2-in-1 Convertible Travel Pillow, $11, walmart.com
No need to drink warm milk with honey (not that there’s anything wrong with that). These yummy gummies are packed with melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone known to boost sleep. They also feature L-Theanine, an amino acid that encourages calm, and various relaxing botanicals.
“I have had problems falling asleep and/or staying asleep for quite awhile,” says a reviewer. “I've tried everything recommended to me. Nothing worked! Tried these only because they were recommended to me by someone I highly trust! They are great! I am sleeping so much better now!”
Shop it: Olly Restful Sleep with Melatonin Gummies, Blackberry Zen, 100 Ct, $26, walmart.com
Give your bedroom a hotel-like vibe (and save on energy bills!) with these dark and dreamy blackout curtain panels. Made of easy-peasy polyester, they’re machine washable (yay!) and hang easily thanks to metal grommet-style holes.
Great in the winter for keeping the heat in, and also in the summer for keeping the heat out. “They are thick and have a really expensive look and aren’t overly shiny,” says a fan. “These panels really keep the room cool/dark. I have a small bedroom and they work wonders.”
Shop it: Mainstays Blackout Energy Efficient Grommet Single Curtain Panel, $10.50 - $12 (was $13 - $14), depending on size, walmart.com
Ensuring your neck is in the proper position is key to solid slumber. This cervical pillow is made of memory foam that conforms to your curves and aligns the spine, so you’ll wake up void of aches and pains. It comes with a bamboo-blended, water-repellent fabric cover that’s machine-washable, too.
Shop it: Meigar Contoured Memory Foam Pillow Cervical Bed Pillow, $30 (was $39), walmart.com
Emergen-Zzzz not only has a great name, it contains the natural sleep aid melatonin, as well as vitamin C and other fortifying antioxidants like zinc and manganese. When you need help getting to bed, stir one packet with four-to-six ounces of water 30 minutes before bedtime.
Shop it: 2-Pack Emergen-C Emergen-Zzzz Nighttime Sleep Aid w/ Melatonin, $27, walmart.com
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