As an insomniac myself, I’m always happy to receive a gift that upgrades my bed or helps improve my sleep in some way. I mean, I love chocolates and the latest gadgets, but I love my sleep even more!
I’m also a big believer in gifts that someone will use and love for a long time to come. And the world of sleep accessories and bedding is full of things which can make a big difference to your quality of sleep for years.
Although I’ll be recommending one or two luxury bedroom products in this list, sometimes it’s the simple things that make all the difference.
So no matter what your budget, if you know someone who has trouble sleeping, you should find a gift here that they’ll appreciate.
1. LectroFan Evo white noise machine
A great way to mask external noise and fall asleep
Many insomniacs struggle to sleep if there’s even the slightest noise in the house. A good set of earplugs is the most common way to block out noise at night, but there’s an alternative that can work wonders.
White noise often does a better job at masking sound coming from outside the bedroom. It’s also a great way to concentrate when studying or working, and young children find it calming at night.
The Lectrofan is an excellent machine, known for its minimalist design and high-quality white noise production. With a choice of either fan sounds or pure white noise, you can block out whatever noise the outside world is throwing at you.
It might not be everyone’s idea of peace and quiet, but many insomniacs find it provides relief from the sound of passing cars, music, dogs, television or even that creaking pipe somewhere under the floorboards.
2. BedJet warming and cooling system
For those who struggle with temperature throughout the year
Some people find they sweat their way through the sticky summer nights, and then shiver their way into bed in the winter. For others, their body is just never quite comfortable, no matter what the ambient temperature might be.
The BedJet brings a bit of high tech wizardry into the bedroom, doubling as a powerful cooling fan in the summer and a superior alternative to heated bedding in the winter.
It’s a pricey device, but it’s a reliable and effective temperature regulator at both ends of the spectrum. And with programmable settings, you can even set it to different temperatures as the night progresses.
If you sleep with a partner, you can choose a dual zone version, so you both have control over the power and speed of warm or cool air flowing over your feet and legs.
If normal fans or heated bedding have disappointed in the past, the BedJet will rise to the challenge of keeping the insomniac comfortable and happy in bed.
3. Fitbit Versa
An activity and sleep tracking smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa is my current favorite sleep and activity tracker. It looks great on the wrist, is reliably accurate, and a great motivator to improve both your fitness and sleep.
Where sleep is concerned, you’ll get a fascinating breakdown of your sleep stages, with a detailed App that even compares your sleep to other people your age.
With a constant heart rate monitor, it does a wide range of activity tracking, such as how many steps you took and how much intense exercise you squeezed into your day.
As a smartwatch, there’s a lot to like about it too. You can store 300 songs for Bluetooth play, get messages and call notifications, use it for contactless payment and much more.
The hope is that it will encourage insomniacs to be more active during the day, and more attentive to their sleep patterns at night. And if nothing else, they’ll have a sleek new toy to play with.
4. Philips wake-up light & sunrise simulator
Happier mornings with the sunrise simulator
Do you know someone who struggles to wake up during the winter months? Perhaps they often seem grumpy in the morning, and don’t exactly face the day with a spring in their step?
Not everyone finds it easy to start the day with a smile, especially when it’s still dark outside. That’s where the Philips sunrise simulator wake-up light can make all the difference.
A short while before your chosen alarm time, it will emit a warm sunrise-red glow and slowly increase in brightness, gently fading from red to orange to yellow.
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5. Cozyphones sleep headphones
Comfortable fabric headphones you can wear in bed all night
If you enjoy relaxing with some calming music, but your bed partner doesn’t share the same taste, it’s not easy to find a set of headphones that are comfortable to wear in bed – especially if you’re a side sleeper.
There are a few different specially made fabric headphones, with the Cozyphones being the best I’ve tried so far. Importantly, the inner cool mesh lining is breathable, so doesn’t feel too hot when you’re in bed.
The speakers are thin enough not to put pressure on your ears. And the sound quality is more than good enough to listen to relaxing music or a calming meditation track.
Although normal headphones might have better sound quality, the Cozyphones are much more comfortable to wear in bed, helping the insomniac forget about their worries and hopefully drift off to sleep.
6. Alaska bear silk sleep mask
The perfect way to rest your eyes and sleep in complete darkness
If you’re a sensitive sleeper, the tiniest slither of light through the curtains or the glow of electronic devices is enough to keep you awake.
And if you’re fond of daytime naps, it’s even more likely the room will be too bright to completely switch off.
The Alaska Bear was my favorite sleep mask when I tested a wide range of different shapes, sizes and materials. The natural silk feels pleasant against the skin, the straps hold it in place without being too tight, and most importantly, it does an excellent job of shutting out the light.
It’s breathable and easy to clean, so can be used time and time again. So for those that need complete darkness to fall into a deep sleep, this is a sleep mask which will draw the curtains on the world for a short while.
7. Spoonk acupressure mat
A unique way to relieve muscular tension and sleep better
Based on the ancient Japanese art of acupressure massage, the Spoonk acupressure mat offers a unique way to deal with a range of health problems.
The main benefits lie in its surprising ability to relieve muscular tension and pain, particularly in the back, shoulders and neck. But it also aids in relaxation, stress relief and ultimately helps you sleep if it’s tension and stress keeping you awake.
When you first see the 6200 stimulation points that you lie on, a little skepticism naturally arises. But once you settle, the warm sensation that arises in your back is undeniably calming and enjoyable.
It’s a personal favorite of mine, helping me unwind after long days working at my computer. So for the insomniac who struggles with back pain and stress, this is a gift I highly recommend.
8. Pinzon flannel bed sheet set
A luxury flannel sheet set that feels beautifully soft and warm
There’s nothing quite like that welcoming feeling you get when you slip into bed at the end of a long day and are met by the soft embrace of your bed sheets.
The fabric that surrounds you in bed can make a big difference to how comfortable you feel, both to the touch and in temperature.
While cotton is the more common type of sheet fabric, cotton flannel is great in the colder months, adding an extra layer of cozy warmth.
The Pinzon sheets are thick, warm and made from quality flannel that doesn’t pile or create lint. With a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillowcases you have everything you need to add a soft touch of luxury to the bed.
9. Sunbeam heated mattress pad
Keep your bed warm and cozy through the winter
When the temperature outside plummets and the heating bills soar, a heated mattress pad is a great way to bring targeted warmth to your shivering body.
With a pre-heat setting, you can ensure you climb into a cozy bed at the end of a long day. And with dual controls, you and your partner can both decide exactly which of 10 heat settings you’d prefer your side of the bed to have.
Sunbeam are well known for creating quality heated bedding, and with their pad you know you’ll get a safe product, with an even heat spread and a good range of temperature options.
And with a thick and comfortable material that hides the internal parts, it adds an extra layer of padding to your mattress. Heat rises, so the heated pad ensures you’ll feel warm and snug throughout the night, no matter how long the icicles are outside the window.
10. Coop memory foam pillow
Fall asleep the moment your head touches the pillow
For a sensitive sleeper, every last detail of the bed and bedding can have an impact on how well they sleep. Personally, I can tolerate most mattresses and bedding, but the one element I really need to be comfortable is the pillow.
The Coop memory foam pillow is made from quality materials, from the shredded memory foam to the hypoallergenic cover, with its cool fabric to help prevent overheating.
What’s particularly useful is that you can easily unzip the internal cover (there are 2 covers) and add or remove some memory foam. That means you can create just the right level of thickness you find comfortable.
Because you can change the fill, and the pillow then shapes well to your head, it’s an ideal pillow for sleeping in any position. Add to that the fact that it’s machine washable, and you have a pillow which is practical, adjustable and very comfortable.