The top 25 things you need to sleep better

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Posted On Tue, March 29, 2022 By In Features, Shop

Photo of Nest Bedding’s Organic Cotton Luxury Bed Sheet, courtesy of Nest Bedding

While it can be exciting to live in The City That Never Sleeps, you are not the city, and you do, indeed, need to sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least seven hours of sleep per night. A good night’s sleep helps the body to rest and recuperate, and it even positively affects your mental health. However, work and family stress, unhealthy habits – and yes, living in The City That Never Sleeps – can all wreak havoc on your ability to sleep soundly. These are the best items you need to sleep well at night and awake refreshed the next day.

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Mattress and sheets

A good mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep. The Saatva Classic Mattress is available in heights of 11.5 or 14.5 inches, and you can also choose between plush soft, luxury firm, and firm comfort levels. The mattress provides enhanced back support with responsive coils designed for better airflow to keep you cool when you sleep. In addition, the organic cotton pillow top includes Lumbar Zone quilting for additional support. And Saatva provides free white glove delivery, set-up, and removal of your old mattress.
Saatva 11.5” Classic Mattress, $1,445 at Saatva
Photo courtesy of MySheetsRock Whether you sleep hot or cold, MySheetsRock Regulator Sheets are made of bamboo rayon and designed to be temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking. They are also available in a variety of colors including navy, stone, white, blue, turquoise, cream, sand, and black.
Regulator Sheets, from $139 at MySheetsRock
Another option for both hot and cold sleepers: PeachSkinSheets, which have a 1500 thread count level of softness and are made of a lightweight, athletic-grade fabric that wicks moisture away. The deep pocket, wrinkle-resistant sheets are available in over two dozen colors, including brushed silver, mint julep, harvest gold, light mocha, and sage green.
PeachSkinSheet Set, $99.95 at Amazon
Photo courtesy of Nest Bedding If you prefer luxury organic cotton, this Nest Bedding Luxury Sheet Set is eco-friendly, so it’s free from harsh chemicals and easy to recycle. In addition, the sheets have antibacterial properties. Color choices include pewter, white, terracotta, and slate.
Organic Cotton Luxury Bed Sheet, from $99 at Nest Bedding

Blankets

This Cariloha Plush Throw Blanket is great whether you’re lying in the bed or taking a nap on the sofa. The bamboo-viscose blanket is soft and thick, and it is free from harmful chemicals. And the blanket is available in three colors: coconut milk, blue lagoon, and onyx.
Cariloha Plush Throw Blanket, $119 at Amazon
Weighted blankets gently cradle you, and the Baloo 15-pound Weighted Blanket contains glass microbeads to provide a slight amount of even pressure that relaxes your nervous system and helps you achieve a deeper and more restful level of sleep. It’s made of 100 percent breathable cotton and is also available in heavier and lighter weights, as well as two color choices: pebble white and clay.
Baloo 15lb Weighted Blanket, $179 at Amazon
If you prefer chunky weighted blankets, the 12-pound California Design Den Chunky Knit Weighted Blanket is made of 100 percent cotton that is hand-knitted and sustainably sourced. It doesn’t contain fillers, and the cotton fibers are soft and designed to keep you from getting hot. The blanket is available in light gray, gray, and blueberry and in three weights.
California Design Chunky Knit Weighted Blanket, $159 at Amazon

Pillows

Photo courtesy of Eight Sleep Sometimes, it’s hard to find King size pillows that fit, but the Carbon Air Pillow is 35 inches long and 16 inches wide so it fits perfectly on a king-size bed. The generous pillow is made of carbon-infused foam and has a Tencel cover. This combination makes it supportive, but also breathable and able to absorb heat and keep it away from you – so you’ll stay cool.
Carbon Air Pillow, $150 at Eight Sleep
If you’re a side sleeper, the Sleep Artisan Side Sleeper Pillow is ergonomically curved to keep your neck and spine in alignment while also fully supporting your shoulder. It is filled with natural Talalay latex fill and includes a white bamboo breathable pillowcase.
Sleep Artisan Side Sleeper Pillow, $149 at Amazon
Photo courtesy of Pluto Pillow Want a pillow designed just for you? The first step in getting a Pluto Pillow is to fill out a questionnaire on your body stats (height/weight) and sleep preferences (for example, back/side/stomach sleeper, if your head gets hot while sleeping, or if you prefer a soft or hard pillow). This information is put into an algorithm that creates the best pillow for you based on your responses.
Pluto Pillow $95 at Pluto
Hot sleepers will love the Casper Sleep Foam Pillow with Snow Technology. Using HeatDelete Bands and a cool outer touch on both sides, the pillow is designed to help you sleep cooler while also providing support for your head and neck, regardless of whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach.
Casper Sleep Foam Pillow, $80 at Amazon

Other soft fabrics

Photo courtesy of Crane & Canopy A nice warm bath can certainly help you to wind down, and this Crane & Canopy Plush Towel Bundle includes everything you need to get started. The luxurious towels are made of Turkish cotton and have a diamond dobby trim to avoid unraveling. The towels also have a loop so you can hang them on a hoop. The bundle includes 2 wash, 2 hand, and 4 bath towels, and color choices include white, light beige, and ice blue.
Plush Towel Bundle $169 at Crane & Canopy
Washable Rug Cover & Pad | Camellia Jade Rug | Stain-Resistant | Ruggable | 2.5'x10' A beautiful Camellia Jade Rug can help you sleep in two ways. If you walk around in bare feet, a cold floor can actually stimulate your senses – and that’s not what you need when trying to go to sleep. On the other hand, a soft rug provides soothing warmth. A pleasing, neutral-colored rug also contributes to a calming environment, which puts you in the mood to go to sleep.
Camelia Jade Rug, $209 at Ruggable

Body therapy

Photo courtesy of Nest Bedding If you have unavoidable light in your bedroom, this Nest Silk Luxury Sleep Mask can block it out, which helps you fall asleep faster. The lightweight mask also provides gentle, therapeutic pressure, like a hug, which further helps you relax. It’s available in two colors: pearl and stone.
Silk Luxury Sleep Mask, $29 at Nest Bedding
For tired, strained eyes, the Renpho Eye Massager has 16 silicon massage heads that massage the area around your eyes in a motion that mimics fingers, and there are four modes (tension, retinal protection, youthful radiance, and regeneration). The eye massager also has a vision window so you can even watch TV while using it, or listen to music via the wireless connection.
Renpho Eye Massager, $69.99 at Amazon
Photo courtesy of Vital Red Light If you’ve been to a masseuse or chiropractor, they may have used red light massage therapy on you. However, Vital Red Light’s Vital Charge is a handheld therapeutic device that you can use at home. Red light therapy has been cleared by the FDA to treat stiffness, pain, and tension in muscles, tissues, and joints. It’s simple to operate: turn it on, aim it at the desired area, and then relax in front of it for 10 minutes. By helping to relieve pain, it can also help you sleep better.
Vital Charge Handheld light therapy device $329 at Vital Red Light

Air monitors & purifiers

It’s impossible to sleep well when your air is polluted. The Airthings View Pollution Monitor displays the room’s pollution exposure level so you can take steps to mitigate it. It also monitors humidity levels so you can adjust those as well to create an ideal sleeping environment.
View Pollution Monitor, $199 at Amazon
Keep pollen, dust, smoke, and other pollutants out of your bedroom with the Coway Airmega 250S Air Purifiers. It uses a True HEPA filter, along with a pre-filter and activated carbon filter. Combined, these filters capture everything from large dust and pet hair to fine dust to cigarette fumes and other odors. The air purifier has three fan speeds and can cover up to 930 square feet. It can also be controlled via your smartphone and Alexa.
Coway Airmega 250S Air Purifier, $281.22 at Amazon
If space is an issue – and when isn’t it in NYC? – the Levoit Air Purifier is powerful enough to refresh the air in a large, open room, yet it’s only 12.3 inches wide x 12.3 inches deep, so it doesn’t take up much space. The three-stage filtration system includes a pre-filter to trap dust, hair, and lint; an H13 True HEPA filter for dust, smoke, pollen, and pet dander; and an activated carbon filter to neutralize smoke, fumes, and VOCs. The quiet air purifier also has a color-coded air quality display, and you can control and adjust the unit from your phone.
Levoit 600S Air Purifier, $249.99 at Amazon

Nightstand sleep aids

A wireless charging stand might seem like an odd choice for a sleep aid. However, the goal is to put your phone, earbuds, and smartwatch on the Satechi three-in-one Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand and leave them there – instead of running around your home trying to find and charge your various devices. And since the stand is magnetic, it eliminates the clutter of having a bunch of cables on your nightstand.
Satechi 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand $119 at Amazon
Another way to decrease the clutter is with the Sandman Doppler Smart Alarm Clock. It has multiple ports, so you can charge up to 6 devices at the same time. The alarm clock also has WiFi and Alexa built-in, so you can set several alarms and also play music and hear the weather. The clock is available in black, midnight blue, and gray.
Sandman Doppler Smart Clock, $199 at Amazon
Photo courtesy of Casper Usually, when you’re trying to go to sleep, the presence of lights is a problem. However, the Casper Glow Light is actually designed to help you go to sleep. It produces a warm hue (2700K) that is not disruptive to sleep and it gradually dims. And it’s also portable if you need to get up during the night to go to the restroom. You can control the light levels manually or on your smartphone via the app – so you can program the lamp to turn on at a certain time in the morning and it will gradually get lighter.
The Glow Light, $129 at Casper

Sound

Listening to relaxing music can also calm you down and actually improve your sleep habits. Headphones like the Skullcandy Crusher Evo can help to block out exterior noises and let you listen to soft instrumental music as you wind down. Controls on the headphones let you adjust the volume, skip tracks, and answer phone calls – and you can also use the Skullcandy App. And when not in use, the headphones collapse so they’re easy to transport.
Skullcandy Crusher Evo Headphones, $159.49 at Amazon
Exercising during the day can also help you sleep well at night. Whether walking, running, or lifting weights, the Tronsmart Apollo Air Earbuds let you hear your favorite tunes. The earbuds are sweat and dust resistant, and a single charge can last for five hours – up to 20 hours with the charging case.
Tronsmart earbuds $39.98 at Amazon
While relaxing music can immediately calm you down, listening to uptempo songs not only help when exercising but can put you in a good mood, which can, in turn, help you sleep better. So go ahead and blast your favorite songs on the Tribit StormBox Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker. It’s both dustproof and waterproof, so in addition to dancing around the house, you can just grab it by the handle and take it into the bathroom to sing while showering. By the time you finish dancing around, you’ll be exhausted and happy, and sleep soundly through the night.
Tribit StormBox Pro Portable Speaker, $119.99 at Amazon

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