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In a perfect world, we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. In a less-than-ideal scenario, we seem to spend that same amount of time tossing, turning, and counting sheep in hopes of falling asleep. If you lay in bed calculating the hours (or minutes) of ZZZs you’ll get if you fall asleep right now, let these products—delivered to your door in two days with Prime shipping—guide you off to dreamland.
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1. A sound machine that relaxes you to sleep
Plenty of people love falling asleep to the hum of a fan or the gentle whirring of the HVAC system. But if those aren’t enough to mask less pleasant nightly noise, such as the clangs of a forced-heat radiator, you’ll love our favorite sound machine. The Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine offers 10 sound categories, each with three different “richness” settings that allow you to tweak the sound slightly. It also completely blocks any competing noise. Fall asleep to ocean waves, white noise, or whatever your preference.
2. An eye mask that’s actually comfortable
If you’re sensitive to any light seeping into your room, you’ve probably considered wearing an eye mask when you sleep. However, not all sleep masks are created equal, and some are downright aggravating to wear when you’re trying to settle in for the night. We recommend the Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask, which is like a pair of blackout curtains for your eyes. It’s contoured, so it doesn’t put any pressure on your face and you can even blink comfortably while wearing it.
3. The weighted blanket that celebrities obsess over
Weighted blankets are all the rage these days, but if you tend to run warm, they may be counterproductive to a great night’s sleep. Our reviewer tried the BlanQuil Chill, which celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian endorse on Instagram, and says it’s a perfect solution to this conundrum. The weighted blanket incorporates cooling technology to keep you from overheating but still gives you the gentle pressure that a heavy blanket provides.
4. An alarm clock that eases you awake
Whether you had a great night’s sleep or not, waking up is never fun. The Philips Wake-Up Light makes your mornings easier by mimicking the sunrise. The clock cycles through 20 brightness settings—beginning at a deep red and finishing on a bright white—in the half-hour before your preset wakeup time to gradually bring you to alertness. You can also choose between five different wake-up sounds or a radio to sound at the alarm, just in case the light hasn’t roused you.
5. A pair of ear plugs that block out the noise
Need total silence to drift into dreamland? You’re in luck because we tested the best earplugs for sleeping. The Hearos Xtreme Ear Plugs won us over because they block out sound without feeling uncomfortable in the ears and they’re easy to reuse and store. They come in packs of 14 pairs, so you can always have them handy.
6. A memory foam pillow that contours to your needs
If you can’t remember the last time you bought a new bed pillow, it’s been too long. We recommend the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow, which comes “overstuffed” with bamboo shredded memory foam that can be removed to customize to your comfort. The pillow molds to your neck and head to help you feel supported throughout the night. It’s also machine-washable because, yes, you need to wash your pillows.
7. Unique headphones to soothe you to sleep
If total silence isn’t your thing but your partner requires it, here’s your solution. The Lavince Sleep Headphones wrap around your head like a cloth headband and contain speakers that sit over the ears, so you can listen to music or soothing sounds without having earbuds in while you sleep. The wireless headband pairs with any bluetooth-enabled device, such as your phone or computer, so long as the device is within a 45-foot range. The speakers are ultra-thin (but still have good sound quality) so they don’t press into your ear and cause any discomfort, even if you are side sleeper.
8. A pregnancy pillow to nest in
Falling and staying asleep can already be a challenge, but pregnancy—and the body changes that come with it—can exasperate some of the normal sleep troubles you face. If this applies to you, we recommend a pregnancy pillow, like this one from Queen Rose. The U-shaped pillow hugs your body to give you support at your head, belly, and back all at once, and the pillowcase is easy to remove and machine-washable. Some nonpregnant reviewers sing its praises for supporting bad backs and easing arthritis, too.
9. A sleep training alarm clock for children
If your child has trouble staying on a sleep schedule and often wakes you up at the crack of dawn even on weekends, the LittleHippo sleep trainer could be your new best friend. The alarm clock cues kids by glowing yellow a half-hour before wake-up time and glows green when it’s officially time to hop out of bed.
10. A neck pillow that lets you sleep anywhere
Yes, it’s possible to get great—OK, good—sleep even when you travel. The Huzi Infinity Pillow, which our tester calls a “game changer,” is super-plush, machine-washable, and provides enough structure that your head isn’t bobbing from side to side with the bumps in the road.
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