My dog, George, has FOMO. He won’t go to sleep at night until everyone else has, which is problematic because sometimes I go to sleep at 5 a.m. (I’m a classic night owl.) One night, after begging and pleading with him to go to bed because he's clearly tired and also needy, I gave up and decided to take a shower. A few minutes in, he quietly padded into the bathroom, settled in on the cool, tile floor, and promptly fell asleep.
The next night, around midnight, I turned on the bathtub faucet and left the door open to the bathroom, hoping that George would hear the running water and settle in for the night. I stood waiting by the sink for him to come in. No such luck. It wasn’t until I actually got into the tub the George joined me in the bathroom and, again, zonked out.
As I swished around in the tepid tub that night, I realized that if this was my new normal, I should make the most of my time and maybe, just maybe, get myself to sleep earlier, too. So I went in search of bath and shower products with relaxing, comforting, luxurious, and straight-up sleep-inducing qualities. After six weeks of epic baths and what TikTok calls "everything showers," here are the products that I (and George, who did sniff everything) like most. While none are dupes for Ambien, these formulas have become an important part of my sleep hygiene, encouraging me to wind down and want to get into bed (compared to my usual M.O. of starting a project at 1 a.m.).