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 real 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. Acoustic Sheep SleepPhones
Soft headphones with flat speakers that you can use in bed
For those who enjoy listening to music, radio, or podcasts in bed, the SleepPhones are an excellent way to make it a more comfortable experience.
A common issue with normal headphones is that they tend to put too much pressure on your ears when you lie on your side. As a side sleeper myself, these are the first headphones I’ve found that I can comfortably use all night long.
The speakers are flat and individually padded, and then tucked neatly inside the fabric headband. The flat shape and double padding means you can lie in any position, block out a little outside noise, and not worry about anyone else hearing your music.
The speaker quality is crisp enough to enjoy music, radio, podcasts, video, or even games. Since they work via Bluetooth, you don’t have a cable in bed connecting to your device. And you can choose between a cooler fabric for hot sleepers or cozy fleece for the cooler winter months.
The headband can be machine washed and it’s easy to remove the speakers. With their comfortable design and decent speaker quality, the SleepPhones are a great way for insomniacs to drift off to sleep in their own little audio cocoon.
There are several different versions of the SleepPhones to choose from. I use the wireless version myself, which costs just over $100. I think that particular model strikes the best balance between cost, features, and functionality.
2. Bearaby Weighted Blanket
A stylish and breathable blanket that hugs you to sleep
Using the concept of deep touch pressure, a weighted blanket provides gentle pressure across your whole body, often described as feeling a little like being hugged.
The idea is that it stimulates serotonin production and reduces cortisol, which then promotes relaxation and sleep. Studies have shown that many people prefer to sleep with a weighted blanket. Interestingly, even when their sleep doesn’t measurably improve, many still say they found it comforting and want to continue using it.
The Bearaby is unique in the weighted blanket world in that it doesn’t use artificial filler and thousands of microbeads. Instead, it has a giant organic cotton weave to create the weight; it’s an eco-friendly weighted blanket made by a company that values sustainability.
The Bearaby really shines in both aesthetic appeal and breathability. It looks beautiful on the bed or the sofa, and it doesn’t overheat as much as standard weighted blankets do because of all the gaps for heat to escape.
It’s not a cheap gift, costing between $199 and $279 depending on the size. But if you know an insomniac who likes a good hug, and who enjoys a little comfort in life, the Bearaby weighted blanket will be a wonderful gift.
3. ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat
A unique way to relieve muscular tension and sleep better
Based on the ancient Japanese art of acupressure massage, the 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. 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 8000 stimulation points that you lie on, a little skepticism naturally arises. But once you settle, the warm sensation that arises in your back is surprisingly 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.
As with most acupressure mats, the price hovers in the $20 – $40 range. There are lots of different brands of these mats nowadays, but I don’t think you need to pay more than that to get a good one.
4. BedJet 3
An all-in-one hot sleeper’s dream or antidote to freezing toes
Some people find they sweat their way through the sticky summer nights, and then shiver their way into bed in the winter; others just wish that mind control worked on their body’s thermostat.
The BedJet 3 brings a bit of high-tech wizardry into the bedroom, doubling as an effective bed cooling system in the summer, and a great alternative to heated bedding in the winter.
Using the advanced remote control or a phone app, you can control everything from the fan speed to the temperature, and even program changing temperatures throughout the night. And for couples who are temperature incompatible, you could upgrade to the dual-zone version with separate units and remotes.
If normal fans or heated bedding have disappointed in the past, the BedJet will rise to the challenge of keeping the insomniac comfortable while they sleep. Just keep in mind that the BedJet 3 is the most expensive gift on this list, costing well into triple figures. So it’s one for those who are feeling particularly generous.
5. 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 that will draw the curtains on the world for a short while.
At just under $10, this is the most budget-friendly gift on the list, while still being one that many people will appreciate.
6. Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy Diffuser
A funky diffuser to experiment with aromatherapy and sleep
If the insomniac in your life is the kind of person who enjoys aromatherapy, an upgrade from simple sticks in a bottle to a diffuser and humidifier combo could be just the ticket to sweet-smelling dreams.
The Pure Daily Care ultrasonic diffuser looks great, with a gentle wood style finish. It comes with 20 essential oils, from lavender to orange and mint. So you can alternate between the different scents and maybe surprise yourself with a new scent you hadn’t realized was so relaxing.
It has multiple timers to choose from. So you can either have a subtle scent in the bedroom or after many hours of diffusion, close your eyes and imagine you’re sleeping in a eucalyptus forest.
The diffuser has its own little light show included too, with 14 light combinations to choose from. So this is one for people who love to jazz up their bedroom with some funky touches. This one costs around $45 – $50, but you can also find cheaper diffusers that are simpler and have less features.
7. Himalayan Glow Salt Lamp
A relaxing glow if you need some visual warmth in the bedroom
No Christmas market is complete without a glowing stall selling Himalayan salt lamps. When you have dozens of them together in the dark, they are hard to resist.
If you don’t fancy carrying one around with you while shopping in person, you can find many online – such as the Himalayan Glow here. They are reported to have various health benefits, though the evidence seems to be mostly anecdotal really.
However, I’m a big believer in the power of lighting to temporarily change your mood. Turning off the main lights in a living room or bedroom and just having one or two soft lamps always puts me in a more relaxed mood. And soft lighting is also a key ingredient if you’re aiming for a romantic atmosphere.
So even though I can’t promise a salt lamp will help improve your sleep, it’s hard to imagine the warm glow having no effect once you dim the normal room lights, put on some relaxing music, and switch off from the outside world.
The price is good too, at under $20. If you do see one in a market stall though and can carry the weight around, shopping local is always a good thing.
8. 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 well for some people.
White noise is a simple and effective way to mask sound coming from outside the bedroom. Some people also find it helps them concentrate when studying or working if the outside world is full of distracting noises.
The LectroFan Evo is an excellent machine, known for its minimalist design and high-quality white noise production. With a choice of fan sounds, white noise or ocean surf, 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.
For under $50, the price is good for a white noise machine too. You can find cheaper ones, and also more expensive. In my experience though, $30 – $50 tends to be the sweet spot to ensure a good sound machine.
9. Fitbit Versa 3
An activity and sleep tracking smartwatch for those who like to know how much they sleep
The Fitbit Versa 3 is a stylish smartwatch and a great motivator to improve both your fitness and sleep. It has built-in Alexa, so you can send messages, check the news and weather, set alarms, and much more.
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 and your last 30 days.
With a constant heart rate monitor, it does a wide range of activity tracking, such as steps, floors climbed, calories burned, and how much exercise you squeezed into your day. It has inbuilt GPS which runners will love, and swimmers can use it to track endless lengths in the pool.
The idea is that the Versa 3 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 futuristic new gadget to keep them entertained.
You’re probably looking at over $200 for the Versa, which is fairly standard for a decent activity tracker. If you’ve been tempted to pick up a cheaper brand for under $50 online, just be aware that the accuracy for sleep tracking drops significantly if they don’t have heart rate monitoring as well as movement tracking.
10. Philips Wake-Up Light
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.
With nature sounds or
It’s a little pricey at around $100, and you can get cheaper wake-up lights (as well as considerably more expensive ones). Much lower and the quality of the color transition is quite apparent, so I’d be tempted to experiment with smart bulbs instead if you like the idea but are on a tighter budget.