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Promising review: “I don’t require complete darkness when I sleep, so I hadn’t thought I’d ever want a sleep mask. Then 2020 happened! The pandemic and its associated anxiety have messed up my sleep in a major way. I often get to sleep just fine but wake up later unable to get back to sleep. I’ve decreased caffeine, established a regular bedtime, avoided screens hours before bed, and tried melatonin. I guess it’s all mental for me, but when I wake up like that, heart racing and sweaty, and I can’t see anything — no clocks or moonlight, no dozing form of my beloved next to me, no cat demon staring at the foot of the bed — I tend to settle down easier. It’s like wearing the mask reminds me I’m supposed to shut my eyes and sleep. And I usually do, right until the alarm goes off. I like the molded cups around the eyes. A flat mask would make me feel like I’m rubbing off all my eye cream and lash serum through the night. I have not washed this mask yet, but I think it’ll hold up just fine gently hand washing it. The adjustable band is soft and doesn’t slip out of place. If you’re on the fence about trying a sleep mask, you might as well get a really nice one! Give this a try, especially if you have anxiety like I described.” —Anna
Psst — you can also put it in the freezer, and the microbeads in the mask will stay cool for hours.
Promising review: “There’s something about placing this weighted thing on my eyes when I’m tossing and turning that lulls me back to sleep. The shape of it is a bit weird — it’s not a typical eye mask, it’s much bulkier and doesn’t fasten on in the same way — but once you get beyond that, this can really be a beautiful thing. I keep it on my bedside table and use it if I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep (which happens often) or once the sun rises and I want to sleep in a little more. If you have sleep issues I’d recommend trying this novel product.” —Veronicam
Each set comes with four reusable vents in different sizes, so you can find one that perfectly fits your nose.
Promising review: “I’ve had a snoring issue for several years and now with the coronavirus it’s been harder on my girlfriend because it’s no longer just a weekend thing because we sheltered together. This has made a HUGE difference not only for her but for me and my energy level. I immediately slept through the night. They do take a little getting used but they are very worth it. Buy with confidence.” —Philip M
Promising review: “Oh my goodness! Where has this been all my life?? Just a couple of days ago I was trying to sleep with earbuds in. I would wake up every time I moved because they were hard and hurt my ears. But THESE wireless headphones are the best! I can turn over in bed freely and it doesn’t wake me up. I have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Now I can play sleep videos which help drone me to sleep and keep me asleep. The only drawback is that while I love the material it can be a little warm in the middle of the night. I LOVE THEM!!” —Godsinger
Promising review: “This thing has changed my sleep for the better. My mattress has always been kind of uncomfortable with painful springs, but I just put up with it. Since switching to working nights and sleeping during the day, I wake up more easily and needed something to help me fall asleep and stay asleep. This topper is so nice! It doesn’t feel cool to the touch, I just don’t overheat while I sleep. It’s so soft I can fall asleep without a pillow. I love it!” —Avery Basford
Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two or three inch depth and in eight standard bed sizes).
Promising review: “I’ve always had trouble sleeping ever since I can remember. I move around a lot, twist and turn and take sometimes HOURS to fall asleep — even then my sleep tended to be very poor. I would find that putting multiple blankets or pillows would help, because of the weight, so I decided to give this product a try. Ever since I started to use this blanket I’ve had a lot less trouble falling asleep and STAYING asleep until I need to wake up for work. This definitely helps with anxiety and insomnia issues; I guess it makes me feel secure/safer. It’s definitely worth it!!” —Natalie Galindo
Promising review: “So look…we get to a certain stage in life where sleeping isn’t always easy, no matter how tired we are. We are hot and sweaty, every thing is itchy, we have insomnia…I was looking for a just right nightgown and I’ve finally found it! This gown is INCREDIBLE! A relaxed fit but not over size arm holes that would expose you, long enough that you could actually answer the door or wear to the pool, etc … and SO SO SOFT! The bamboo helps keep you cool and comfortable all night long. For sure my new favorite and I’ll need a long sleeve one for winter.” —Myranda Dixon
Promising review: “This works and helps with sleep!!!! I’ve been using this for awhile and during quarantine, for some reason, I couldn’t get a good night’s rest. I have anxiety sometimes and can’t really sleep. I tried this oil and put two drops on my pillow and couple of minutes later, I’m deeply asleep😭 and it smells nice! I usually don’t like the smell of lavender, but it’s mixed with other scents so it isn’t too bad. I don’t use it all the time, but this does wonders.” —DP
Psst — if you don’t have a diffuser, you can get a popular, well-reviewed essential oil diffuser on Amazon for $14.99.
Psst — this insulated strip also stops air conditioning and heat from escaping out of the crack under the door, saving energy and money!
Promising review: “Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install.” —Sandra Revueltas
Promising review: “These curtains are a god send. I’m up at 5 every morning until the virus hit. Now I know the pain of waking up to the sun in my face. These curtains blocked all the light…all of it. I get to be a bum till whatever time I want now. They’re nice and thick too so there good for keeping the hot of the day out while the ac does its thing. Good buy.” —Justin
TBH, I swear by these so aggressively that I have them on a subscription. They’re like ear glue. My apartment is on a busy street and my upstairs neighbor is a noisy human being (does this count as a subtweet??) and once I pop these babies in I can barely hear a thing. Plus, my ears never get sore with these in like they do with headphones or other earplugs.
Promising review: “I adjusted to my BF’s sleep schedule when I moved in to quarantine with him, but his housemates stay up later. I found out that I’m incapable of falling asleep if I can make out language: words or parts of words of what someone’s saying. Doesn’t matter if they’re being reasonably quiet, the door is so thin I can’t stand it. I swear when I put these in it’s like I can only hear my own body.” —Lin
One of the pairs even comes with a string connecting them, so you’re less likely to lose them!
Promising review: “The best earplugs I have ever owned. I’ve worn earplugs for years as my room in my house is in the middle of everything. Add four adults and two kids under 4 and it’s a very loud house. I’ve tried just about every earplug, and I have the same problem: trouble getting them in, and them always falling out. These earplugs solve all my issues with earplugs and I’ve never been happier. So easy to use, just pull your ear up and twist it in. It feels so secure, no fumbling with rolling the ends and holding it in place. Nice snug fit that’s comfortable. I put them in at night, and I wake up when I want, no 5:30 a.m. screaming matches and toys being thrown downstairs to wake me. If I were awake, I could hear commotion but it sounds very distant. Best part: they’re washable and reusable. No more scattered earplugs around. I have very small ears and these are comfortable. Best money I’ve spent.” —Ofbengal
Promising review: “I tried this tea after a friend suggested chamomile tea for easing anxiety, a big problem for me during the current COVID crisis. This tea is delicious with a little squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of honey and in combination with my Coyote Oldman CDs, it really has helped me be less anxious. I just ordered more so I have a good supply on hand.” —Country Artist
This compact machine has six noise modes: White Noise, Thunder, Ocean, Rain, Summer Night, and Brook. You can either have it make the noise continuously until you shut it off, or designate it to make noise for 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
Promising review: “I’ve always struggled with sleeping, but the stress of 2020 was definitely making it worse. It was to the point where I was just waiting patiently for the the next day to start like Kenneth Parcell. The first night I used the sound machine, a switch flipped. I fell asleep almost instantly, and I stayed asleep. I personally find the ocean setting the most pleasant. You can adjust the volume to suit your needs and the timer would be helpful for those who work nights while their spouses/significant others work days (or just so it’s not on for hours). I’m currently running it on batteries, and haven’t had an issue with power draining. Is this white machine solving all of my issues around stress? No. That would take a miracle. But, sleep is important. Not only does it help to reduce your stress, but it keeps your health on track. This noise machine helped me tremendously and I’m feeling much more rested.” —Katie
The loops on this machine include White Noise, Fan, Ocean, Rain, Stream and Summer Night, which you can set with a 15, 30, or 60-minute auto off timer. It’s also super lightweight and compact if you’re on the move!
Promising review: “I love this product! I am a night shift registered nurse working in the ICU and since COVID happened I have had trouble sleeping. Since I started using the Wave sound machine I now fall asleep quickly and able to stay asleep peacefully. The sounds are soothing and help block out the daytime noises!” —Natalie
Promising review: “Game-changer if you have never used a curved pillow like this. I am a side sleeper who would sleep with sometimes two pillows under my head but now I just use this pillow. Instead of tossing and turning so much I simply rotate the pillow 180 degrees to choose more or less neck support. It has helped me wake up less tossing and turning and just stay asleep and easier to find a comfortable position. Bought some as gifts and received plenty of compliments the next day. Highly recommend.” —Jose A Ramirezgomez
Woodland Herbal is an Ohio-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in skincare, salves, and tea blends.
Promising review: “I tried it last night and I haven’t slept this hard in a long time. The smell alone is soothing when you put it on your temples as you drift off to sleep. I usually toss and turn but I slept like a rock.” —Emily Irvin
It comes with a new original Calm Daily each day, plus ~Sleep Stories~ with new ones added every week, as well as Calm Masterclasses taught by experts.
Get a 7-day trial for free, an annual subscription for $69.99, or lifetime subscription for $399.99 from Calm.
Liberate’s mission is to help users reduce anxiety, stress less, and sleep better using meditations designed for the Black experience.
Get a 7-day trial for free, a one-month subscription for $9.99, or a yearly subscription for $71.99.
Promising review: “OMG my wife and I LOVE these clips to hold the bedsheet together in our Cal King mattress. Seriously enjoying not having to constantly fix the sheets and trying to avoid the uncovered areas in the middle of the night because I’m too tired to fix them. So far, so good without any bedsheets tears. Great quality, strong elastic bands, sturdy clips that remind of those stylish suspenders back in the day, and easy installation. Can easily place these things while the bed is set in place. Highly recommended product if you have a King or Cal King-sized bed with sheets that keep coming undone.” —Aku
Psst — it’s even detachable to convert into a reading station (or create a hole for your arm if you’re a side sleeper!).
Promising review: “I’ve been eyeballing these types of pillows for a long time but was always discouraged by the steep prices. Not pregnant, but have always had to sleep with multiple pillows around me to support my back and legs otherwise I toss and turn all night long. Ever since COVID began, my sleep has been worse than ever and I’ve been trying to find new ways to just try and get better sleep, so I decided to finally bite the bullet and order one of these pillows. After doing a bunch of research and going through the ratings/reviews, I decided to go with this pillow and now I only wish I’d ordered it sooner! I was originally skeptical about the zipper feature where you can remove one side of the pillow but it’s actually a pretty awesome idea — gives me space for my arm when sleeping on my side, without restricting my circulation. It’s nice and firm which I love because I feel that it provides more support that way. It also makes sleeping on my back more bearable because the two sides provide adequate support. The cover that it came with is like a jersey material and was nice and soft after I ran it through a wash cycle. The case was also extremely easy to remove and re-apply. This pillow has also been so convenient for when I’m doing my online classes in bed — I fold one side over my lap and place my laptop on it.” —Ashley M.
It also has a “localized bounce,” meaning you’re less likely to disturb your partner if you share a bed — they won’t feel the shift nearly as much. Arguably the most convenient thing about this, though, is that it ships in a compact box straight to your door — once you open it, you just have to wait 72 hours for it to fully expand, and voila! Plus, if you don’t like it, you have a 100-day sleep trial to return it (*plus* a 10-year warranty to boot).
Promising review: “When you’re tall and big, you just don’t take much pleasure out of mattress shopping. Millions of promises re: this bed will be the best that you’ve ever had and maybe for two to three months, it’s good. After that, you start to see a degradation in your sleep quality and your comfort. It’s been almost three years since I first purchased this Tuft & Needle Twin XL (two for one king size bed) and I love this mattress. The shape hasn’t changed. The support hasn’t changed. The comfort is still there. I am a side sleeper. Since COVID, I have spent a few days a week working from my bed and still — nothing has changed in the way of shape, support, or comfort. For a week, I was in bed 20 hours a day while recovering from a back injury. I feel like the comfort and support aspect aided in my recovery period. When and if I have to replace this, I will go with Tuft & Needle again. It’s the first mattress that lived up to all of its promises.” —Kristina
Promising review: “I bought these because I am a teacher and I have to spend more time in front of the computer because of COVID-19 and distance learning. I had found that with the increased screen time, my eyes were hurting more, were becoming difficult to focus and the exposure to harsh light right before bed was affecting my sleep cycle. Not anymore. These glasses take the edge off and I can sleep normally. If I’m in front of my computer now, I’m wearing these blue blockers. Also, they look great. They also help when driving during midday sun.” —Alec Z.
You can change the lighting modes by tapping the base, and even use the USB port to charge your phone.
Promising review: “My favorite part about this lamp is the color temperature. Being able to switch it to a dark orange around night time is a must to continue healthy sleep cycles. Blue light resembles the sky and will alter our natural melatonin production in the hypothalamus gland thus messing with with our natural circadian ‘internal clock’ rhythms. Also for sensitive people, orange light is much easier on the eyes. The lamp has a sleek modern design which comes with a usb port so you can charge something very easy nearby. Also love the little touch dial to change the brightness to my liking. A 5-star product for the price.” —Randall Fountain
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