7 Items You Need for Better Sleep
Prone to tossing and turning? Perhaps a bit of nighttime insomnia? Having a few sleep time essentials in your possession can help lull you into a peaceful slumber.
Getting a full eight hours is key to a productive day. Here, we'll go into all the sleep necessities you need to ensure you'll wake feeling rested and ready for whatever the day brings. From the perfect mattress to silky-soft sheets, the following sleep essentials will go a long way toward a better night's sleep.
Mattresses are a lot like shoes; what fits one person may not fit the next. The right mattress for you depends on your sleeping position.
If you sleep on your side, you'll be more comfortable on a softer mattress. Back sleepers will love a medium-firm bed, while stomach sleepers need a firm mattress. Picking the right mattress for your sleeping habits is paramount to that perfect night's rest. (Take our mattress quiz to determine which one is ideal for you.)
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It's good to be picky about your pillow. The right pillow is just as important as the right mattress, and the method for choosing the best pillow for you is the same.
To keep your head, neck, and spine properly aligned, back sleepers should buy a medium-thick pillow. If you sleep on your side, a thick, firm pillow will do the trick, and if you sleep on your stomach, a thin pillow—or no pillow at all—is just what's needed.
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As with our wardrobe, we need to change our sheets with the seasons. Now that winter is coming, nice cozy sheets are sleep time essentials.
Linen sheets are a great year-round option because they excel at regulating body temperature. So are cotton sheets, which are plenty soft and cozy but won't make you feel trapped or overheated the way you can with warmer fabrics like fleece and flannel.
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White noise machine
While the sounds of crashing waves and singing orcas may be relaxing, they're not white noise. White noise is sound that remains consistent across all audible frequencies—and research shows it can improve sleep.
A study in the Journal of Caring Sciences discovered that patients in a noisy hospital slept better and longer with the aid of a white noise machine nearby. If you're skeptical about buying this sleep essential, try it out with an app on your phone or a YouTube playlist on loop.
Complete darkness is a must when it comes to a good night's sleep. Switch out the gauzy curtains for some blackout curtains. They'll keep all the light out, and next thing you know, you'll be waking up way after sunrise. (Here are more tips for setting your bedroom up for better sleep.)
Studies show sleeping in a cooler bedroom eases insomnia and improves metabolic health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the perfect temperature for a restful sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, turn your fan on at night to keep the air circulating and keep you feeling cool. The ambient sound of a whirring fan may also help you fall into a deep, peaceful sleep.
Reading is not only good for the mind and soul, it's good for sleep. No, scrolling through your Facebook feed doesn't count. The blue light from electronics will only keep you awake longer.
Instead, pick up a hard copy of a book to distract you and quiet your busy mind along with a small book light to clip on to it. But try to avoid page-turning crime thrillers and juicy romance novels. If it's too good, you won't want to put it down.
Still struggling to get shut-eye? Consider using an unexpected sleep aid. Here are nine surprising things to help you sleep.