graduation cap and diploma next to graduation gift in a wrapped box

10 Graduation Gifts for Better Sleep

/ May 3, 2021

One of the biggest challenges a young adult faces after graduating college is learning how to get on a sleep schedule. After all, they spent the last four years staying up late to hang out with friends in their dorm and sleeping in until noon. They may have even pulled some all-nighters to write a paper or study for a test along the way. 

Now that they're moving into their first apartment and starting their first real grown-up job, establishing a regular sleep routine is essential. You can help them create and stick to a routine with these graduation gift ideas that promote healthy sleep. 

Graduation gifts for better sleep

If you're searching for the perfect gift for the recent college grad in your life, why not give them something that will help them get the sleep they need to succeed? With graduation season in full swing, we've rounded up 10 unique gifts college graduates will not only appreciate but will benefit from in the long run.

Weighted blanket

saatva weighted blanket in grey

A weighted blanket can feel like your entire body is being hugged, which is great for young adults living on their own for the first time without the comforts of home. Weighted blankets can also help alleviate anxiety and are useful in battling insomnia. Our organic weighted blanket is made from soft and cozy organic cotton velvet and filled with all-natural glass beads for gentle, even pressure. 

Meditation app subscription

calm app for meditation shown on laptop and phone screens

A meditation app is something everyone can benefit from, especially stressed-out college grads. The Calm app is good for people with all levels of meditation experience. Plus, it even features stories read by celebrities like Harry Styles, who is quite popular among the Gen Z crowd. 

Innerspring mattress

saatva classic innerspring mattress on wood platform next to nightstand table

Bye, bye, icky dorm room bed that dozens of other people slept on previously. If your college grad is moving into their first apartment, they'll need a good mattress to support them. Our classic innerspring mattress is a great choice for young adults. It suits a wide range of sleep styles, is available in plenty of sizes to fit any apartment, and comes with free white glove delivery for a hassle-free experience. 

Percale sheets

saatva percale sheet set on top of mattress

Pair your gift of a new mattress with soft, breathable sheets. Our percale sheet set is made from organic cotton and has a luxe matte finish. The sheets are crisp and cool, making them the ideal pick for people who sleep hot. 

Down alternative pillow

saatva down alternative pillow on top of mattress

A college grad's bed wouldn't be complete without a pillow. Our down alternative pillow is filled with hypoallergenic down alternative fibers that offer better support and durability over time than traditional fiberfill. Bonus: the cotton cover is organic and breathable.

White noise machine

white noise machine

Nothing drowns out annoying roommates and loud parties like white noise. Even when a college grad leaves the dorm and moves to a big city, there are still so many noises that can interfere with them getting their best sleep. Fix the problem before it starts by gifting this white noise machine that will blend in with any home decor.

Scented candle 

lavender scented candle

The essential oils found in candles can promote better sleep by relieving anxiety and calming the brain. It's a sneaky way to add a little health and wellness into a gorgeous gift. This lavender scented candle comes housed in a chic glass jar that will elevate a college grad's apartment. 

Matching loungewear set

matching loungewear set in maroon with white tote bag

It's time for your graduating senior to say goodbye to their old T-shirt and fraying shorts. Upgrade their loungewear by gifting them with a matching set so they feel more put together when they're at home. This matching loungewear set is made from breathable Supima cotton and comes with a reusable tote bag that can be used for travel, grocery shopping, and more. 

Hardcover journal

hardcover journal with the words

Journaling before bed is one of the simplest ways to reduce racing thoughts at night. This hardcover journal has a stylish cover that will look nice on a recent grad's nightstand. Pair the journal with a fountain pen and reading light to make journaling as easy as possible at night. 

Alarm clock

alarm clock

Keeping an "old school" alarm clock in the room can help encourage recent grads to stop looking at their phones before bed, which is crucial to keeping circadian rhythms regulated. This alarm clock features seven colors of light so it can also work as a nightlight or gentle dim light if someone needs to head to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

What else can you do to help a recent college grad catch eight hours of Z's every night? Send them this article on how to sleep better. It details simples changes they can make to their daily routine to snooze more at night.

Brittany Leitner

Brittany Leitner

Brittany Leitner is a freelance writer, editor, and poet based in Brooklyn, NY. She was previously the senior lifestyle editor at Elite Daily and managing editor at The Dr. Oz Show. Her work covers health, wellness, beauty, and travel. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @britariail.

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