Few things in life are more frustrating than the inability to fall—and remain—asleep. If you struggle with occasional or frequent insomnia, you don’t have to resign yourself to lying in bed, tossing and turning, watching the clock and waiting for the sun to rise.
Following are 10 products that might help you get some much-needed shut eye:
1. Sleep tea
Enjoy a cup of calming sleep tea with notes of passionflower and orange an hour before bedtime to “signal the transition between day and night.” This soothing, caffeine-free herbal preparation promotes rest and relaxation on those evenings when you just know that sleep won’t come easy. Non-habit-forming!
2. Sleep powder
Drug-free, fast-acting sleep powder is another smart solution for sleeplessness. To help ensure a good night’s rest, take one powder stick with or without water approximately 30 minutes before you’re ready to hit the hay. Wake up feeling refreshed!
3. Sleep essential oil
A little aromatherapy can also help set the stage for particularly peaceful slumber. Add a few drops of Now Essential Oils Peaceful Sleep to a warm bath or essential oil diffuser and let the floral and citrus scents work their relaxing magic.
4. Sleep balm
Rub Badger Sleep Balm, a “calming sleep enhancer” onto your lips, neck and temples regularly to help keep restlessness at bay. With fragrant lavender and bergamot, it’s more pleasant—and more effective—than counting sheep!
5. Sleep supplements*
Formulated for those age 18 and older, Bluebonnet’s Sleep Support* easy-to-swallow capsules “provide a unique blend of whole food nutrients, amino acids and herbal extracts to help promote restful sleep for those affected by occasional sleeplessness.” Take one 30 to 60 minutes before you lay your head down to rest.
6. Sleep spray
Believe it or not, several hours of shut-eye could be just a spray away! Simply spritz a bit of Flower Essence Flora-Sleep™ Spray under your tongue before bed and wait for sweet slumber to set in.
7. Epsom salt sleep formula
Epsom salts have long been used to reduce muscle pain and inflammation and detoxify the body. Epsoak’s special sleep formula contains a blend of essential oils that promote relaxation and allow for a deeper sleep.
8. Sleep mask
Sometimes, getting a good night’s sleep is simply a matter of “blocking out distracting light and visual stimuli.” This luxurious sleep mask “envelops the eyes in velvety darkness and comfort so that the mind is free to rest, relax and perchance—dream.”
9. Ear plugs
And speaking of distractions, ear plugs can help limit loud and/or disturbing noises, such as a car horn or your spouse’s snoring, so you can sleep more soundly. These reusable, washable plugs even include a convenient case!
10. Buckwheat hull bed pillow
The eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, triangular Buckwheat hull bed pillow helps align your spine and relax your muscles, so pain won’t keep you up into the wee hours of the night. It’s “the natural choice for healthy, restorative and ergonomically correct sleep.”
*Always consult your physician beginning any supplement regimen.