10 Best Sleep Solutions: Fall Asleep & Sleep Better With These Products

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Monitoring a night’s sleep with a sleep tracker is a helpful way to create a better environment for rest over time, but these proactive sleep solutions will help you doze better tonight.

(If your partner (or sleep tracker) complains that you snore, you may want to check this out!)

Here are our favorite unique sleep solutions to help you sleep better tonight!

re botanicals sleep solutions hemp oil Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Third party rested for purity
  • Hemp improves more than just sleep
  • Full spectrum hemp oil
Price: $67.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
pregnancy pillow u-shaped sleep Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Side sleepers, you need this
  • Makes a great gift
  • Multi-functional use, not just sleep
Price: $99.95 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Neurobiologix Neuro Night Essentials Sleep Supplement sleep easy solution Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Simple, intentional ingredients
  • Helps you fall asleep & stay asleep
  • Formulated by advising physicians
Price: $41.50 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
smart nora Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Loved by couples
  • You won't even notice it's there
  • Lots of customizable settings
Price: $249.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
sleepytime extra tea Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Helps shut down your brain, natually
  • Tastes great
  • Soothes throat & opens sinuses
Price: $18.19 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
relax pillow mist lavender Amazon Customer Reviews
  • 100% pure theraputic essential oils
  • Lavender relaxes and helps sleep
  • Not just for pillows!
Price: $22.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
blackout curtains Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Lots of colors & lengths
  • 2 panels per package
  • Soundproof AND lightproof
Price: $38.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
bose sleepbuds Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Stays charged for 16 hours
  • Tiny earbuds stay in place all night
  • Cancels out unwanted external sounds
Price: $249.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
xlear Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Safe for kids
  • Non habit forming
  • Really great for colds too
Price: $8.32 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. Hemp Peppermint Tincture by RE Botanicals

    Pros:
    • Made from organic, USA sun-grown hemp
    • Cane alcohol extraction (never CO2)
    • Great for many other things as well, like pain management, anxiety and PTSD.
    • 1% of RE Botanicals sales are donated to regenerative agriculture and helping farmers create healthier soils.
    Cons:
    • It’s a little pricey, but it works.
    • Not for use or sale under the age of 18
    • Shouldn’t be used when pregnant or nursing

    Hemp is able to reduce anxiety, which can relieve sleep difficulties and improve insomnia. It also helps with chronic pain, reduces REM behavior disorder in people with Parkinson’s disease, supports PTSD sufferers and a host of other good things

    Crafted from simple organic ingredients, this hemp tincture promotes a calm, restful atmosphere after a long day. Available in Original and Peppermint, these tinctures are a great addition to any tea, salad dressing or meal. Whether you’re a workaholic, jetsetter or just need a break, this organic and USDA approved hemp oil is perfect for a peaceful, relaxing evening to unwind.

    Pro tip: Let a few drops of the liquid absorb under your tongue for 20 seconds before swallowing for instant relief.

    Bonus pro tip: Draw a warm bath with lavender essential oil and Epsom salt. Turn off the lights and light some candles. Then take your dose of hemp tincture, sink in, and relax. You will have the best sleep of your life tonight!

  2. 2. Comfort-U Total Body Support Pillow by Moonlight Slumber

    Pros:
    • Helps your body into an optimal sleeping position
    • Machine washable with pillowcase
    • No funky smell
    Cons:
    • Takes up a lot of space in bed
    • Cleaning the pillowcase is easy. You may not want to wash the pillow itself in the washing machine, though.
    • This particular pillow is best for people from 5'2"-5'7".
    • Your SO may get jealous. :(

    Ergonomically designed and filled with comfy-yet-ethical synthetic down, this super soft and adjustable 55-inch pillow provides ultimate comfort for pregnant women and side sleepers while retaining its fluffiness.

    When used properly, this body pillow helps keep her hips and spine in a neutral position, relieving joint pain, back pain, and leg swelling. It also helps to regulate your body temperature.

    Moonlight Slumber’s pillow may have been crafted with expecting mothers in mind, but of course, anyone (especially side sleepers) will find a lot of comfort in this pillow. So much comfort, in fact, that you may even drift off to a restful and comfortable sleep. No interruptions.

    Made in the USA.

    Are you taller than 5’7″? Check this out instead.

  3. 3. Neuro Night Essentials Sleep Supplement by NeuroBiologix

    Pros:
    • "Like natural ambien without the amnesia," says one reviewer
    • No drowsy feeling the next morning; wake up feeling well rested
    • If other sleep products haven't worked for you, this one probably will
    Cons:
    • For what it is, it's a little pricey. Some people can do just fine with a $6 bottle of melatonin.
    • May take a couple weeks to reach peak effectiveness
    • Don't take this if you can't get a full night's sleep

    Sometimes melatonin may not be enough. I spent a while looking through the ingredients in popular sleep solutions supplements out there, and I really like the ingredients in this one. It’s full of things that make you sleepy and promote relaxation prior to bedtime. They’re simple and each has its place:

    Magnesium Ascorbate: Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep and frequent interruptions. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep.

    Valerian: Nature’s Xanax

    Passion flower: Calms mental chatter

    German chamomile: A relaxing flower that’s common in tea and beauty

    GABA: Gamma-amino butyric acid is one of the main inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain. GABA imparts a calming effect and plays a direct role in serotonin synthesis. Improves mood and mental wellness.

    L-Theanine: Promotes relaxation and calm alertness.

    Melatonin: Melatonin is a natural hormone that’s produced in our pineal glands. We all have melatonin inside our bodies. It affects the sleep and wake cycles and should reach its highest point at night. Occasionally, due to stress, illness, hormone imbalance, other issues, that delicate cycle can be disrupted. Supplementing melatonin gets you back on track quickly.

  4. 4. Smart Nora, Under-Pillow Stop Snoring Device

    Pros:
    • Contact-free solution for couples that works
    • No electronics under your head
    • Keep your own pillow
    Cons:
    • It works for a lot of people, but some say it doesn't work for them
    • If you are a light sleeper, you may wake up to the sound of the inflation
    • If you use a noise machine to sleep, Smart Nora may get confused from the sounds

    Snoring is awful for everyone involved. The sleeper gets a worse night of sleep, and if your partner doesn’t sleep like a rock it’s affecting them too.

    There are many stop snoring devices out there that work well, but the majority of them are intrusive, uncomfortable or can hinder your sleep.

    With the Smart Nora device, you can keep your favorite pillow — any pillow — and sleep any way you want (stomach, side, back). It still works. 

    Here’s how it works:

    Stick the device under the snorer’s pillow. 

    That’s it.

    While you sleep, Smart Nora detects your snoring and inflates and deflates the pillow to move your head gently and restore normal breathing.

    The settings are customizable: the amount of motion in your pillow, microphone sensitivity, or a delay in movement so you can fall asleep soundly.

    The Smart Nora is loved by couples everywhere.

  5. 5. Sleepytime Extra Wellness Tea by Celestial Seasonings

    Pros:
    • A good sub for wine after a rough day
    • Sleepytime Extra has extra valerian root for a stronger calming effect
    • You may be able to stop taking sleeping pills (at the discretion of your doctor)
    Cons:
    • If you accidentally drink this as your morning tea, you're going to have a bad time
    • Some people aren't affected by it (very few, though, in comparison)
    • You may be able to find it for a couple dollars less in-store

    If you’re reading this article, there may be a chance you’ve had Sleepytime tea before. But it’s not worth taking a risk and not including it here.

    For the uninitiated, Sleepytime tea is a magical concoction that sends you into a peaceful slumber. After a few minutes of drinking your tea, you’ll start to feel like “Hey, maybe I should get into bed and close my eyes….”

    It doesn’t force you to sleep. It just makes sleep look like a really great option for your time.

    Blended with chamomile and valerian root, two naturally relaxing and calming herbs, these stringless teabags are (of course) naturally caffeine free and environmentally friendly.

    It tastes really good, too! The herbal blend includes spearmint, chamomile, lemongrass, orange blossoms, rosebuds and more. I like drinking mine plain, but you may enjoy adding sugar, honey or lemon. Contains 120 tea bags in total.

    If you don’t think you need the extra Valerian, try regular Sleepytime tea or Sleepytime Detox. If you’re sick, you’ll enjoy Sleepytime Echinacea Complete Care, Sinus Soother, or Throat Tamer.

  6. 6. RELAX, Lavender & Chamomile Pillow Mist

    Pros:
    • 100% pure theraputic oils — no filler ingredients or fragrance oil, like less expensive options
    • Handcrafted in Arizona
    • Also works as a room or shower spray
    • Amazing customer support, should anything go wrong
    Cons:
    • The scent is strong at first. Spray it a few minutes before bed
    • Expensive compared to others, but that's because of the high-grade oil
    • No preservatives — and while that's good, the product doesn't last as long

    Have you ever tried a pillow mist? If not, it may be worth a shot. Lavender is well known for its stress reducing properties, so it’s natural that the scent can lull you into a deep sleep.

    This spray doesn’t stain your pillows, but it does bring waves of relaxation and calmness with the pure and natural scents of lavender and chamomile.

    Plus, it includes a guided sleep meditation/audio file that you can download with your purchase.

    If you have trouble waking up in the morning, consider trying their Elevate spray, which combines eucalyptus and spearmint.

  7. 7. 100% Blackout Curtains, Thermal Insulated Soundproof Curtain Panels

    Pros:
    • A variety of colors and lengths to choose from
    • Two layers help keep out light AND sound
    • Also helps block summer heat (save on electric)
    Cons:
    • Soundproof is a relative term here, it seems. It blocks sound but not perfectly.
    • Colors may be slightly different than described
    • Doesn't come in wide sized curtains

    You know how you go to a hotel and the curtains don’t let a single speck of light through, and you’re not sure if it’s morning, so you pull them back and get a whole face full of glorious sunlight?

    That could be your every day.

    You may not even notice that light is keeping you awake until you try eliminating it, and these curtains are way less intrusive than a sleep mask.

    These ones are also soundproof, so you’ll keep out birds, barking dogs, sunlight, city streets — all you’ll have is pure, dark bliss.

    Heavy curtains like this double as insulation to keep the heat inside in the winter and the hot sun out in the summer.

  8. 8. Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds

    Pros:
    • Stay in place while staying comfy, even for side sleepers
    • Chargeable storage case
    • Block out snoring partners, loud cities or yelling neighbors with soothing sounds
    Cons:
    • You can't play music through these earbuds; they are for sleep only
    • Pricey
    • Alarm provided is very loud and will startle you in the morning

    You’re probably familiar with Bose, a brand well known for their superior sound quality. So this item may seem a bit backwards, because instead of causing sound, it blocks it out.  White noise or soothing sounds combined with noise-canceling technology equal blissful sleep.

    Although Bose pioneered noise-canceling technology, their scientists have found that masking noise rather than covering it with music is better for sleep.

  9. 9. Xlear Nasal Spray with Xylitol

    Pros:
    • Offers relief to chronic sinus pain, post-nasal drip & deviated septum sufferers
    • “A lifesaver,” says one reviewer
    • May work for you if Flonase doesn't
    Cons:
    • Xylitol is very dangerous to dogs. It’s not a joke and even small amounts can harm them. It’s not the best for cats either. Make sure to keep this in a safe place away from furry friends.
    • Some people have reported it burns their nose
    • Some people experienced no helpful effects

    Do you suffer from a stuffy nose every time your head hits the pillow? A nasal spray may be the cure for your nighttime stuffiness. Better breathing = better sleep, minimized snoring and less daytime fatigue.

    This isn’t your ordinary nasal spray. This one also acts as a decongestant by targeting causes of nasal congestion and eliminating them.

    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that’s in many keto diet foods due to its low glycemic index. It’s also the secret weapon here: it kills viruses and bacteria, opening up your nasal passages.

    This nasal spray with xylitol is free from the potential harm of steroids and anti-histamines sprays. It has powerful oral and upper respiratory health benefits that help reduce swelling and allergy symptoms by reducing bacterial adhesion on your nasal tissue.

    Basically, TL;DR: it clears your nose and lets you sleep easier.

March 10-16 is National Sleep Awareness Week, and that’s one national holiday we at Heavy can get behind.

The National Sleep Foundation’s goal is for us to take this week to look at our sleep health and habits. This year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, professional and family goals. Shortened or troubled sleep can result in memory loss and lack of attention during the day.

In addition to trying out these options, there are a lot of free things that make you sleepy. You can try...

Creating a calming bedroom atmosphere

Only using your bed for sleep and sex

Keeping the room temperature cool

Avoiding caffeine

Keeping a pen & paper by your bedside table for stray thoughts

Limiting technology use before bed

Tensing & then relaxing every muscle in your body, one by one, from eyebrows to toes

4-7-8 breathing (it really works!) 

 

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