10 Bedtime Essentials to Help You Get the Best Sleep Ever
From cooling sheets to weighted blankets.
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, you’re not alone. With routines thrown out of whack and increased feelings of anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s no surprise that so many people are struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. While there are plenty of strategies for getting better sleep, like staying away from blue light in the evenings and skipping afternoon coffees, you can also make some simple upgrades to your bedroom set-up to promote a good night’s sleep.
Little luxuries like a fresh set of cooling sheets or a new pair of comfy pajamas can make a big impact on the quality of your sleep. Other items like essential oil diffusers, scented pillow sprays, and smart lamps can transform your evening routine. It’s all about creating a comfortable environment where you can drift off to sleep as easily and deeply as possible.
So if meditating and watching your caffeine intake just aren’t enough, here are 10 things to help you sleep your best. Keep scrolling to shop our tried-and-true recommendations.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Having a hard time getting some shut-eye? Just spray your pillow with this soothing formula to promote relaxation. It’s made of essential oils—lavender, vetivert, and wild chamomile—that can help you fall asleep faster.
To buy: $29; dermstore.com.
Cooling Purple Pillow
Parachute Percale Sheet Set
One of the basic elements of a good night’s sleep is keeping your body at an optimal temperature. Rather than overheating and waking up in a layer of sweat, switch your sheets to a cooling material like percale. This set from cult-favorite bedding brand Parachute is sure to keep you cool and comfy all night long.
To buy: from $109; parachute.com.
Gravity Cooling Blanket
It’s no secret that weighted blankets can help curb anxiety, and this one from Gravity Blankets takes the concept to another level by pairing it with cooling technology to provide comfort without overheating you. It comes in the same sizes and colors as the brand’s popular Gravity Blanket, but it also comes with moisture-wicking fabric for sweat-free sleep.
To buy: $199; gravityblankets.com.
Vitruvi Black Stone Essential Oil Diffuser
This stylish little diffuser releases essential oil scents into the air to create a calm atmosphere. Fill it with water, add a few drops of any scent you like, and let it transform your bedroom into a peaceful oasis. It even turns off on its own so you can drift asleep while it’s still running.
To buy: $119; anthropologie.com.
Casper The Glow Light
You don’t typically associate your standard-issue bedside lamp with sleep, but this one addresses a top environmental factor that stands between you and a good night’s rest: light. This tiny 5-by 3-inch light fades over 45 minutes (i.e., the perfect amount of time to read a few chapters of the books in that stack on your nightstand) or your customized time per your preferred countdown.
To buy: $206 (was $229); casper.com.
Brooklinen Adelphi Jumpsuit
Along with the right bedding and bedside accessories, pajamas are an important factor in getting better sleep. This soft and breathable jumpsuit from popular bedding brand Brooklinen is a simple way to stay comfortable throughout the night. Plus, it’s cute enough to lounge in all day long or even wear out on a quick errand.
To buy: $54 (was $68); brooklinen.com.
Buffy Breeze Comforter
Give your bedding a refresh with a new comforter like this one from Buffy. It’s made of eucalyptus fibers to regulate your body temperature as you sleep and is far more breathable than polyester or other down materials. And not only is it ideal for warm sleepers, but it’s also eco-friendly.
To buy: from $180; buffy.co.