Having trouble sleeping? Us, too. And turns out we’re not alone: Even though sleep is of the utmost importance during a global pandemic, studies show that our sleep quality is faltering (thanks, excessive amounts of stress). So over the past six months, we tried out plenty of products that aim to help us catch those elusive Zs. Here are the top 10 tools to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Temperature regulation is a serious matter when it comes to sleep hygiene. The OOLER is Chili’s most advanced, luxurious sleep system that lets you control the temperature of your bed, from 55°F to 115°F. The result? Better sleep the first night you use it (seriously). Plus the state-of-the-art unit is programmable, meaning you can set it and forget it.
Combining magnesium, melatonin, l-theanine, reishi and Beam’s nano CBD, Dream is designed to help you do just that. It’s one of the most popular formulas from the wellness brand, which was started by two former pro athletes (hockey’s Matt Lombardi and baseball’s Kevin Moran) and has developed a following among sports stars from NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield to racing royalty Danica Patrick.
Casper may be best known for its break-the-Internet mattresses, but the company has branched out into pillows, bedding and even bed frames. Our pick? The down pillow, which is made with certified ethically sourced feathers for natural yet luxurious comfort. The advanced design features a five-chamber structure that adapts to any sleep position, plus the pillow is even machine-washable.
Of course, no pillow is dressed without a proper covering. For the ultimate in pillow cases, we turn to Silked, which makes a to-die-for silk pillow sleeve that has antiaging and hair-helping benefits to boot. The brand is the brainchild of two Los Angeles–based women of color who were driven by a desire to share an innovative, travel-friendly, environmentally responsible pillow sleeve that helps boost beauty sleep.
These non-habit forming drops are legit. The dreamy formula brings together proven natural ingredients — think valerian root, passionflower, chamomile and catnip (yes, for real) — to help you fall asleep and stay asleep without any unwanted side effects like bad dreams or grogginess the next morning. We’re big fans.
Setting the mood is an absolute must when it comes to a bedtime routine, and aromatherapy is definitely part of the equation. We love the Saje Aroma Om diffuser for its minimalist design and ease of use. The company also offers plenty of essential oils and blends so you can infuse your space with just the right scent.
An easy act of radical self-care? Applying a nourishing night cream just before hitting the hay, like this one from Viking Beauty Secrets. This certified organic formula marries hyaluronic acid, cloudberries and other Nordic super antioxidants to repair skin and neutralize daily environmental damage while you sleep.
You’ve probably seen ads for this must-have sleep mask floating around social media. And there’s a reason why everyone seems to love it — because it works. It truly is “the world’s comfiest blackout sleep mask,” with infinite adjustability so it molds perfectly to your face. And Manta has recently broadened its offerings to include a full lineup of sleep masks as well as accessories like a body pillow, a weighted blanket and even a white noise machine.
Designed to help you relax after a long day, this rub features natural ingredients like full-spectrum hemp extract, lavender, and MCT and peppermint oils. The Black-owned business was founded by Tracy Wright, an ER trauma nurse and cannabis nurse who aims to educate the public about the safe use of herbal cannabis products for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
A proven method for achieving better sleep is moving during your waking hours. Alo Moves to the rescue with a variety of on-demand fitness videos, from meditation to yoga to HIIT. There’s even a new Yoga For Better Sleep series (thank you!) and plenty of gratis classes available via the brand’s YouTube channel.