When it comes to keeping your mental, physical and emotional health in check, getting the appropriate amount of sleep can be detrimental, yet many Americans continue to not prioritize the number of hours they rest each night. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of U.S. adults report getting less sleep than the organization recommends, and approximately 30% to 35% of the global population experiences acute or short-term insomnia.
Plus, with a global pandemic in the mix, health experts worry that the population is getting even less sleep than normal due to increased emotional stress, as well as changes in daily routines.
While there are many behavioral changes individuals can make to try to get the appropriate amount of sleep each night, according to The Harvard Gazette there are also a few products experts in the field swear by. From all-natural body creams and sprays to weighted products proven to reduce stress, here are a few options you and your family may want to consider if sleep is not coming easily to you right now.
This multifunctional device is great for youngsters adjusting to new sleep schedules, as it is equipped with a sound machine, a nightlight and is easily controlled from your iPhone. Plus, there’s an alarm connected that will keep your kiddo rising on time as he or she grows older. // Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise, $59.99; Amazon
Swaddling is an important part of your child’s growth, but sometimes you just need a little help. Highly recommended by experts in the field, including review publication The Strategist, the Sleepea Swaddle is made of 100% organic cotton, is aid to keep your child comfortable and relaxed through the night and gives you a break from nightly parenting duties. // 5-Second Sleepea Baby Swaddle, $27.95; Happiest Baby
According to Penn Medicine, the pressure that weighted blankets offer can relieve stress for people, as well as create a feeling of comfort. This specific, 20-pound blanket meant for people 200 pounds or less, is made from seven layers of soft, cloud-like fabric, enabling the weight to be evenly distributed through your body, giving you a better night’s rest. // Luna Weighted Blanket, $69.99; Luna Blanket
While basic sleep masks are often considered a style statement, the device actually was created based on scientific research related to sleep. According to research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, if light floods in while you’re asleep, then your circadian rhythm thinks it’s time to wake up, suppressing chemicals like melatonin that help you sleep. Thus, a face mask can be a great way to get your body to stay asleep all night long, and even late into the morning when the sun starts to peer through your windows. This specific model helps to relieve headaches and sinus pressure too due to its weighted design. // Weighted Sleep Mask, $40; Gravity Blankets
Sleep is an essential part of your beauty routine, and with help from this unique spray made by skin-care company REN Clean Skincare, you’re sure to get the right dosage of sleep each night. The special blend of essential oils is proven to help restore sleep balance, aid natural sleep and also promote a healthy sleeping pattern when spritzed onto your pillow. // REN Clean Skincare And Now To Sleep Pillow Spray, $25; Sephora
No matter your age, a sound machine is definitely worth the investment. This specific model has received high rankings since its inception in 1962 due to its adjustable tone and volume, personalized sound options and one-year warranty. // Dohm Classic Natural Sound Machine, $44.95; Yoga Sleep
After a long day’s work, come home and wind down with a little Sleepytime tea. The blend of soothing herbs, chamomile, spearmint and lemongrass, which first received recognition over 40 years ago, is said to calm everyone who tastes it, making an ideal addition to your bedtime routine. // Sleepytime Classic, prices vary by pack size; Celestial Seasonings
For those who struggle with daytime naps, but really need them for a boost of energy, this relatively new blanket is for you. The PediPocket, made for both kids and adults, keeps your feet warm and toasty thanks to its convenient pocket intelligently designed to fit your whole body from head to toe. // PediPocket in Black Cherry, $59.99; PediPocket
Moon Juice Dream Dust is a blend of tranquil, natural super-herbs and chamomile flower that eases stress and promotes a more restful sleep, perfect for the overworked parent right now. Simply splash a spoonful into matcha, tea, milk, water or smoothies and you’re ready to catch some snoozes. // Moon Juice Dream Dust, $38; Olivela
Natural melatonin—which depletes as we get older—is known to regulate sleep patterns and rejuvenate your body for the following day ahead. With help from this melatonin-based sleep cream, paired with lavender and chamomile, your body will be overcome with relaxation, knocking you out when your head hits the pillow. // Melatonin Sleep Cream, $14.99; Miracle Plus
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