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These surprising products help me sleep like a baby 😴

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.

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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.

Popmask starry eyes sleep mask

Popmask starry eyes

When I found these self-warming masks, I was super excited. Made from non-woven cotton and are self-heating, they 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.

$20

Sunday Citizen snug comforter

Sunday Citizen snug comforter

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."

$249

HappyLight® Lumi light therapy lamp

HappyLight\u00ae Lumi Light Therapy Lamp

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.

$50

Slumber app

Slumber app

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.

$5.99

This Works deep sleep pillow spray

This works deep sleep pillow spray

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.

$29

Hatch Restore

hatch restore

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.

$129.99

Altwell gummies

altwell cbd gummies

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.)

$54.99

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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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