This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
Try these products to help you get to sleep—and stay asleep.
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary—your happy place! And when you put a little extra thought into the design of your bedroom, it'll become much easier to get the zzz's that you need. So consider setting up your bedroom with these five easy-to-find products. These nighttime fixes could help smooth your passage to deep, restful sleep.
For city dwellers, constant commotion and street noise throughout the night can be disruptive when you’re attempting to sleep. To block out most of those outside sounds, consider a noise reducer or white noise machine. Both work to mask sleep-depriving clatter with soft, rhythmic sounds that allow you to drift off peacefully.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma, and nasal congestion, you’ve probably discovered that sniffling, sneezing, and coughing are major obstacles to getting sleep. Introducing an air purifier into your bedroom can help clean up what you’re breathing in, reducing the odds that pollutants, pollen, and other airborne allergens will make their way into your throat and nasal passages. The result: cleaner air and deeper sleep.
You’ve probably already heard that too much light in a bedroom can interrupt your sleep or prevent you from drifting off in the first place—but what may surprise you is just how little ambient light it takes to interfere with getting solid shut-eye. For many people, having a completely dark room can be the key to a good night’s sleep. A sleep mask can help, but blackout curtains are even more effective at eliminating outside light (and even some sound). Just be sure that they are mounted above your window, extend fully to the floor, and totally cover the window’s width for maximum light blocking.
Amber-Toned Alarm Clock
Even if you block out light from the outside, you may still have to deal with the brightness of your tech gadgets inside. The little blue light from your alarm clock, TV, or smartphone could be hindering your sleep by interfering with your melatonin production. To avoid staying up all night, opt for products that emit an amber-toned light instead.
Take a cue from successful spas: The right smell is vital to helping the body relax when an esthetician gives a massage or facial. Falling asleep is no different. When you tap into the power of plants and essential oil scents, you may find that aromatherapy can be extremely beneficial. Consider burning a candle that contains lavender—a naturally relaxing scent—before bed (just blow it out before you turn off the light) or investing in scented pillows and bedding to help you shut your eyes for good at night.