I don't know if you've heard but pandemic insomnia is real—and it's making some moms very tired. Me. I'm some moms. Add that to my already natural tendency for anxiety to well up in the darkest of late-night hours, and, well, you used to catch me yawning at noon and begging for a nap by 4 pm.
Notice how I said used to?
I was determined to find something to help me sleep better because I have a 4-year-old who likes to eat three meals a day and a million snacks (how dare he), a demanding work schedule, mountains of laundry, and oh yeah, a pandemic going on that requires my full attention and energy. I cannot afford to lose any sleep right now. (Can a mom ever?)
So, I set out to find some products to help improve the quality of sleep I'm getting and make the most of every single one of those zzz's. Here's the best of what I found.
When I found these self-warming masks, I was super excited. Made from non-woven cotton and are self-heating, t hey provide this amazingly comforting warmth right over your tired eyes and they induce relaxation like I've never experienced before. Bonus: They also help get rid of headaches.
I have to admit, I was skeptical about the self-warming properties at first. I didn't want to put chemicals over my eyes and I was actually wondering if it would get too hot. Well, I was reassured when the package gave details on what creates the warmth in the mask—only naturally occurring ingredients. It starts to warm up and will stay warm for about 20 minutes. Just enough to help you melt away your day and then fall asleep into a deep night's rest.
Our commerce editor has been raving about this uniquely cozy comforter for weeks now. She says, "I've always been a down comforter sort of girl, but after a week of testing the ridiculously plush and aptly named Snug Comforter from Sunday Citizen , a brand that's run by 'curators of soft, seekers of chill' who 'believe in comfort over everything,' it's safe to say I've been converted. My only complaint? I've slept through my alarm twice."
Spending hours parked in front of the blue light from my phone and laptop definitely has an effect on my ability to properly regulate my sleep patterns. At night, I'm often exhausted but find it difficult to actually fall asleep. Enter: non-UV light therapy. Sitting in front of this portable lamp for 20-30 minutes provides a dose of light that is supposed to trigger biochemical changes in your brain, regulating the production of melatonin while boosting serotonin. The result? A sleep cycle reset and better rhythms all around. After all, the laptop isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Imagine the most soothing storyteller and all of nature tucked gently under your pillow lulling you to sleep. This awesome app is all that and more. It has an extensive library of stories, meditations and soundscapes which can all be customized to dial background sounds up and down. It even has stories for kiddos that can help make bedtime routines a little more enjoyable for everyone. The free version gives enough options to realize it's well worth the few dollars a month to unlock more.
Made from a power trio blend of lavender, camomile and vetivert, this pillow spray is some sort of sorcery in a bottle. I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect or I've conditioned myself to this awesome scent=stop fretting and go to sleep, but I'll take it. Just spritz over your pillow and give yourself license to get off the worry express for 6-8 hours.
Hatch is known for their baby sleep products so when they launched Restore for adults, I was intrigued. It's part bedside alarm clock, part sound machine, part smart light—and it's genius and all controlled via an app. You can customize the lights and sounds to wind down (and wake up) easier. My fave part? The reading lamp setting that involves no blue light.
Our managing editor swears by CBD for restless nights and recommended these gummies to do the trick. The CBD and melatonin blend helps you gently calm down from even the most hectic days, and the tropical flavor is actually delicious. It comes in child-resistant packaging, too to be extra safe. (You should always consult your doctor before consuming CBD products, especially if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.)
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