Hey, Mama, we could ask you when you last had a decent night’s sleep, but we already know the answer — about three months before your first baby was born, right?! (And that’s probably being generous). Whether you’re up for nighttime feedings, monster-under-the-bed alerts, or slumber party patrols, your ability to get a full night of sleep seems to be something that falls to the wayside after you become a parent. If it’s been so long since you slept well that you don’t remember how it’s done, here are a few products that might help — and have you snoring like a teenager sleeping in on a Saturday. Good sleep is a form of self-care, after all, and you deserve it.
Best Sleep Aids & Products
You’ve probably heard of melatonin. It’s a hormone secreted by your brain’s pineal gland to get you ready for relaxation. As we get older, the body produces less of it (#thanksmothernature) and that may affect your ability to fall or stay asleep. Taking a melatonin supplement may help counter lower levels in your body to help your sleep quality and quantity. It’s safe and non-addictive, but definitely talk to your doctor if you have more questions about how it can help you.
These fruity-flavored gummies contain multiple ingredients to help you get a good night of shuteye. Melatonin works with L-Theanine, a calming amino acid that’s also found in green tea, and other botanicals like chamomile and passionflower that soothe and relax your mind before bed. You won’t feel any grogginess the next morning as the gummies are drug-free and non-habit forming. They’re flavored with blackberry and a hint of mint, and there are no artificial flavors or colors. Chew two gummies 30 minutes before bed, no food or water needed.
Says one chillaxed customer, “For decades, I have been plagued by various levels of insomnia. That was before an angel referred me to OLLY Restful Sleep Gummy Supplements. Combining the perfect texture of Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks and the nostalgic flavor of Children’s Dimetapp, these gummies’ relaxing effect are felt within minutes, with a good night’s sleep always soon to follow.”
The idea behind weighted blankets is that the heavy feeling has a calming effect on your restless mind. They keep you from tossing and turning, sort of like swaddling for adults. Hey, it’s worth a shot, right?
Something to keep in mind when you’re shopping for a weighted blanket – the heavier YOU are, the heavier your blanket should be (the suggestion for adults is to take 10 percent of your bodyweight and add one pound). This one uses glass beads and comes in a variety of different weights and sizes. To keep you cool and comfy, the blanket has a seven-layer design and breathable fabric. Says one happily enveloped sleeper, “I never write reviews but thought I should after buying two of these blankets! I haven’t slept through the night for almost 6 years, thanks to a difficult pregnancy and baby. It trained my body to only sleep a couple hours at a time. I tried everything, and am shocked that a weighted blanket worked so magically! From restless legs, insomnia, anxiety, it is an instant fix! I have it draped over me while I write this and it feels amazing!”
A sound machine both blocks distracting noises and produces soothing sounds that are relaxing and sleep-inducing. Plugging in a white noise machine is way better than falling asleep with the TV on because your brain might still be trying to pay attention to what’s happening on the screen. This futuristic-looking sound machine packs up easily and plays six digitally recorded relaxing sounds designed to mimic the natural environment: White Noise, Thunder, Ocean, Rain, Summer Night, and Brook. There’s an adjustable volume control and an auto-off timer, so you can keep your sleep environment just right for you.
Says one rested reviewer, “I suffer from insomnia and this has made an incredible difference in the amount of time it takes me to fall asleep (it was about an hour and after a week of use I’m down to about 20 minutes). I also don’t wake up as many times during the night. I love how the volume is adjustable and how the machine offers more than just white noise. My favorite sounds are ‘rain’ and ‘summer night.’ High quality sound that doesn’t sound overly digitized.”
A soft set of sheets will turn your bed into a relaxing sanctuary, and for better or worse, make it harder to avoid climbing back in it at all hours of the day. Parachute’s Percale super comfortable bedding is made from 100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton and dyed naturally. It has a tightly woven weave to provide lightweight breathability and it’s garment-washed to be soft (and becomes softer with each home wash). For anyone who gets overly warm while they sleep, these sheets will keep you cool through the night. The set comes in five neutral colors and includes one fitted sheet, one pillowcase set, and one duvet cover. One happy reviewer said, “We always joke that we love and hate our Parachute bedding set, because it’s amazing but has made it 1000x harder to get up everyday! It’s the perfect balance of light material that keeps you warm, but never too hot. We’re obsessed!”
If you’re not tossing your old pillows once every year or two, stuff can build up inside your pillow. Stuff like oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and all the other microscopic crap you have growing or crawling all over your face (yuck). It’s the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and other allergy-causing creatures. So replace your pillows, please.
This medium firm memory foam and microfiber pillow comes with a 1/2 lb bag of fill that you can add into your pillow to completely adjust the size and shape to your comfort preference. It’s also hypoallergenic and dust mite-resistant. The case is made with a blend of bamboo-derived fabric that’s soft and breathable. Just scroll through the 12K five-star reviews. Says one snoozer, “Princess and the pea deal here. Most pillows aren’t to my liking – I like firmness but not memory foam stiffness. I hate fluffy pillows where you just sink in…Ever had a pillow so good you want to stay in bed? Yeah. It’s like that. Oh and my cat has claimed the other pillow because he likes it too.”
Cue the relaxation: The Anjou Essential Oil Diffuser is exactly what you need to create a zen workspace/home space/sleep space, you name it! Get in the zone with 12 hours of consistent scent and aromatherapy. (Just FYI: The scents last 11-15 hours in low mode and 6-10 hours in high mode.) By only adding water, it can also double as an air humidifier by putting moisture into the air. Benefits of incorporating an essential oil diffuser into your home life include getting better sleep, sharpening focus, relaxing your mind, and relieving tiredness. Picture this: You attempting your morning yoga routine with a calming aroma to chase away any negative thoughts.
In the essential oil set from vitruvi, you’ll receive four different blends that will help you feel soothed and relaxed. Their Sleep blend in particular (which you can buy individually, too!) has a mix of lavender, chamomile, frankincense, and more expertly chosen ingredients that will make it almost impossible not to doze off in bed. The entire Unwind Kit is full of luxurious, light, and soothing essential oil blends that are meant to help clear your mind — whether it’s before bed or on a quiet Sunday afternoon. This is a nightstand must have!
If you’re the kind of person that likes total darkness when you nap or sleep, an eye mask is for you. Fall asleep and stay asleep by blocking out unnecessary light and bad vibes with the Gravity sleep mask, which also has all the benefits of a weighted blanket, only in a smaller package (and for your face). The sleep mask is hypoallergenic, has an adjustable strap and soft cover, and it’s filled with a half pound of evenly-distributed glass beads inside to provide just enough pressure in the right places to lull you to sleep.
One reviewer claims, “This mask is absolutely awesome!!! It has just the right amount of weight. I literally sleep all night long. In addition, when I have a migraine, this mask makes me more relaxed during a migraine.”
Good morning, Sunshine! This light alarm clock features a colored sunrise simulation and 20 brightness settings, with the light gradually increasing between 20 to 40 minutes prior to your alarm time to gently wake you up on the right side of the bed. Natural morning light helps prepare your body to wake up by raising your body temperature and cortisol levels, and artificial light can do the same. All this leads to more complete sleep cycles and patterns of sleep. At nightime, you can also set it to simulate the sunset, with light and sound slowly dimming to help you drift off to sleep.
Says one more mellow reviewer, “This thing is a game changer! I got it because I got tired of being owned by my phone. Now I can leave the phone charging across the room (or in a handbag even. Who cares?) I can set this for the “sun to set” at 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes later. So I set it, and I get in bed and read a book for an hour. Then the “sun goes down” gradually, and I go to bed.”
For a no-fuss way to help you to catch some peaceful zzz’s, this natural pillow spray is as easy as they come. Keep it on your nightstand and simply spritz your pillow before bedtime, and the spray’s blend of lavender, vetivert, and chamomile will soothe and calm you, transporting you into dreamland. The spray’s formula uses natural botanical oils and is free of unnecessary chemicals like phthalates, sulphates, GMOs, and synthetic colors or fragrances.
One reviewer said, “It’s hard for me to fall asleep and stay asleep and I’ve tried medicines and I didn’t like the way I felt on them and couldn’t wake up the next day or they just didn’t work. This works great for me! I spray it a few times on my pillow and fall asleep fast and sleep good all night! I love that it’s all natural and I don’t have to take a pill!!”
It doesn’t matter how much you prepare your mind and body for bed if you just end up laying down on a lumpy, uncomfortable mattress. If you’re not sure you’ll like a memory foam mattress but want to try something beyond a traditional spring one, let us introduce you to the Leesa Hybrid Mattress, which combines the best of both worlds. The top layer is hole-punched foam to contour to your body while keeping you cool, and the bottom layer has 1,000 pocket springs to provide a foundation of support. Whether you’re a side or back sleeper, or something in between, this mattress will keep you sleeping soundly. It also has a risk-free 100-night trial in case you want to test one out before fully committing, as well as a 10-year limited warranty.
One happy customer said, “I have suffered with lower back & SI joint issues for 18 months. Before my Leesa Hybrid mattress, I tossed and turned all night due to pain. This mattress is a life changer. I’m getting quality sleep & wake up refreshed. THANK YOU!”
For other self-care products and ways to treat yo’ self, check out our Wellness picks here.