Sometimes, a peaceful night of sleep requires a little assistance. Discover which products can help make your sleep more satisfying.
This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
In a perfect world, we would be able to fall asleep and stay asleep without any trouble. For many people though, a solid night’s sleep requires a little help. Luckily there are a host of products that have been created to solve a wide range of sleep needs. Learn how these accessories can help you drift off more quickly, sleep more soundly, and wake feeling more satisfied.
If you live in a noisy environment, you might benefit from a white noise machine. Loud or unexpected sounds during the night can disrupt your sleep and lead to poor sleep satisfaction, but you can help drown out the commotion using a device that emits a steady and soothing frequency. White noise machines create background sounds that helps mask jarring sirens, honking horns, and human voices that could startle you awake.
Pink noise machines are another option. These devices release a mix of high and low frequencies that may improve sleep by slowing and regulating brain waves, enhancing deep sleep, which will leave you more satisfied with your rest.
Harnessing the power of scent can help you get the sleep you deserve. Instead of lighting candles or burning incense, use an aroma diffuser to disperse essential oils into the air and create a pleasant smell. Aromas such as lavender, vanilla, and jasmine are relaxing and can help you fall asleep faster, improve sleep quality, and raise your sleep satisfaction. Aromatherapy can also diminish waking during the night.
Sleeping in the dark is important, as artificial light at night can suppress production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, tricking your brain into thinking it’s time to wake up. This can result in difficulty sleeping through the night, lowering feelings of sleep satisfaction. Blackout curtains block outside light, helping your body regulate its natural circadian rhythms.
Sleeping in a room with poor air quality can affect the soundness of your sleep, which in turn can affect your satisfaction. Air purifiers work to eliminate harmful pollutants such as dust, pet allergens, and pollen. Improving air quality can reduce breathing issues such as congestion and snoring, helping you wake up feeling better about the sleep you got.
For those with anxiety or insomnia, a weighted blanket can help you fall asleep faster and experience less restlessness in your sleep. These blankets put gentle pressure on the body and this constant sensation can reduce arousal and encourage the body to relax, promoting better sleep.