Mindy Kaling loves to sleep. In her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), she wrote: “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” We’ll be honest. Kaling might be a little OTT here. But hey, who doesn’t love their sleep? And perhaps we’d get on board with Kaling’s anti-sunrise agenda if we had a bedroom equipped with all the products you need for a perfect night’s sleep. On that note, we’ve outlined the best products you need to take your ZZZs to the next level.
Parachute Heathered Percale Sheet Set ($197 – $224)
Let’s cut to the chase. Your sheets come in direct contact with your skin, which means that if you choose the wrong sheets, they can impact the quality of your sleep. So, choose wisely. When it comes to fabric, we like cotton. Cotton is durable, comfortable, and it works in almost any climate. Look for Egyptian or Pima, which are considered the gold standard. And if you can, feel the material before you buy. Obviously, if it doesn’t feel good against your fingers, you’re probably not going to enjoy sleeping on it.
Radha Beauty Lavender Essential Oil ($15)
Do you struggle to fall asleep? If you don’t want to turn to sleeping pills, cast your eye upon lavender oil. The natural essential oil is widely thought to promote better sleep thanks to its calming and relaxing properties. You can try dabbing a few drops of oil on your pulse points before bed. Or you can try inhaling the oil if you’d rather not apply it to your skin. But if you really want to double-down on your self-care routine, add a few drops of lavender oil to a warm bath. Remember, #selfcarematters.
Smart alarm clocks.
Kello Alarm Clock ($149)
Research has found that chronic sleep deprivation can be linked to phones and tablets being allowed into our sacred sleep space. But, how to banish our devices for good? Thankfully, the alarm clock has received a high-tech upgrade in recent years. Take, for example, Kello. Kello makes “smart” alarms that offer everything from breathing exercises to gradual wake up programs. The fact that a Kello alarm comes in pretty colours such as mint green and cerulean blue is just the cherry on top.
Tart cherry juice.
Dynamic Health Organic Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
A study undertaken by researchers at Louisiana State University has found that drinking tart cherry juice may help you sleep better. Why, you ask? Cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin, and melatonin is often used as a sleep aid. The study found that when adults with insomnia drank the juice twice a day, they received an average of 84 more minutes of sleep each night. Add the juice to your morning smoothie and you’re all set.
Eberjey Rosario Eye Mask ($24)
If external light is getting you down, it’s time to block it out for good. You could invest in blackout curtains, but you could also save your money and buy an eye mask. Yes, an eye mask is practical, but there’s still plenty of panache. Plus, if you have trouble sleeping when you travel – hey, adjusting to new settings can be tricky – then an eye mask is the perfect on-the-go sleep aid.
Brooklinen Lightweight Quilt ($279)
Research has found that sleeping underneath a weighted blanket can work wonders. In fact, the list of perks is seemingly endless. Sleep bout time increases, to start. In addition, you may find it easier to fall asleep and feel more refreshed when you wake in the morning. If all this sounds too good to be true, what are you waiting for? There’s only one way to find out. Weighted blanket, here we come.
More products to help you sleep better:
Anthropologie Relaxed Cotton-Linen Duvet Cover ($178 – $228)
Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Shirt ($205)
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time ($16) by Arianna Huffington
Urban Outfitters Margot Tufted Floral Comforter ($169 – $229)
ASOS White 100% Silk Pyjama Set ($198)