From decreased stress to clear skin to weight loss, the benefits of sleep are bountiful. To reap these benefits, though, the National Sleep Foundation suggests you get between seven and nine hours a night. Yeah, keep dreaming. As we all know, a solid night of shut-eye can be really hard to come by—maybe your mind races and you toss and turn, you have a little one to tend to, or if you’re anything like me, you spend those precious hours in bed deciding whether to be under or on top of the comforter. So, in honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, we give you seven innovative products that promote sounder sleep. While we can't guarantee they'll cure you of insomnia overnight, these sleep aids will help you relax into REM.
High-Tech Sleep Mask
1 Voice Bluetooth Sleep Headphones Eye Mask ($59; amazon.com)
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that blue light produced from phones and electronics falsely signals the mind that it's daytime. Enter this eye mask made of fluffy memory foam. Not only does it block out light, but it also syncs with your phone, so you can tune out with soothing music. According to the NSF, listening to familiar music can help slow your heart rate, regulate your breathing, and trigger your muscles to relax.
Next-Level Night Cream
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon ($80; ulta.com)
This night cream works with the skin’s natural overnight recovery process to optimize the skin benefits of sleep. Persian silk tree extract increases cellular energy while wu-zhu-yu extract brightens and tamarind seed polysaccharide hydrates the skin. What’s more, encapsulated, motion-activated lavender, sandalwood, and patchouli essential oils are released throughout the night to promote deeper sleep.
Beautyrest Absolute Luxury Pillow (find a store here)
A pillow can make or break your sleep patterns. This one by Beautyrest is made of firm memory foam to support the head at the proper angle and conforms with all sleeping positions. Also nice? Unlike other pillows made with memory foam, it doesn’t get overheated. That’s thanks to the brand’s proprietary InfiniCool Technology, which uses cooling materials to move heat away from the body.
Hum Nutrition Beauty ZZZZ ($10; sephora.com)
Studies show that melatonin decreases sleep onset latency and may help regulate disrupted circadian rhythms, leading to more efficient sleep. (Bonus: It’s also been shown to help with PMS.) Hum Nutrition’s sleep tablets contain natural melatonin, as well as vitamin B6, which raises serotonin levels and induces ZZZs.
Saje Aromaom White Ultrasonic Diffuser ($90) and Sleep Well Blend ($27; saje.com)
Aromatherapy has been shown to help facilitate sleep, and this all-natural blend of essential oils contains calming lavender, chamomile, and valerian to help your body relax. If you like the idea, consider the brand’s diffuser, too. It’s heat-free, has continuous and intermittent mist settings, and an auto shut-off.
Lunya Washable Silk Set ($178; lunya.com)
According to Sleep.org, silk is a thermoregulator, meaning it can “keep you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re hot.” This chic PJ set is 100 percent silk, hypoallergenic, and breathable. The best part: As the name implies, it’s machine washable.
Self-Warming Face Mask
Mineral and Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask ($18; thebodyshop.com)
Still having trouble sleeping? Massage on this detoxifying mask 30 minutes before bed. Once it touches your skin, it heats up for an experience that’s totally sedative. I highly suggest pairing with a midnight snack, like these soothing brownies, to enhance its calming effects.