There are countless products created to improve the comfort of your bed and bedroom. There are also many that can help with key factors that affect sleep, such as sound, light, and temperature.
An important part of what I do here at No Sleepless Nights is independent reviews. For each of the categories below, you’ll find helpful comparisons and in-depth reviews of the latest sleep products.
Mattress toppers are a great way to breathe life into an aging mattress. They can also completely change the softness or firmness of your current mattress, and at a lower price than replacing it altogether.
A memory foam mattress can provide you with support for pains and aches, wool can help you keep cool in those roasting summer months. And for the ultimate ‘sleeping on a cloud’ experience, there’s a range of soft fabrics to choose from.
If you enjoy listening to music in bed, fabric headphones will make it a more comfortable experience. And if you need to block out unwanted sounds, you can upgrade to some high tech noise-canceling headphones.
Feeling too hot or sticky in bed can make it very difficult to fall asleep. If you struggle to sleep in the long summer nights, have hot flashes, night sweats or just tend to overheat, some extra bed cooling can make all the difference.
There are cooling mattress pads that wick away heat, and more complex bed cooling systems that provide a more powerful cooling effect.
In the cold winter months, there are several ways to stay warmer while you sleep. If you don’t want to turn up the thermostat and heat the whole bedroom, a heated mattress pad or blanket can provide targeted warming.
If you and your partner have different temperature preferences, it’s possible to have dual temperature zones, with dual controls. That way, you can heat your side of the bed to the exact temperature you feel most comfortable.
Weighted blankets are designed to mimic the positive effects of touch by applying even pressure to your body. The hope is that this will promote relaxation and perhaps better sleep.
The scientific jury is still out on how effective they really are, but they are growing in popularity due to the positive feeling people have when using them, and the high-quality, soft materials they are made from.
If you’re kept awake by external noise at night, a white noise machine can help by replacing that noise with a more relaxing and constant sound. Some are dedicated white noise generators, while others also include nature sounds like ocean waves or rain.
If you struggle to wake up on dark winter mornings, or your alarm clock wakes you with an unpleasant jolt, a wake-up light could help. With a sunrise simulation on your bedside table, you can wake up more naturally, ready to face the day.
Pillow speakers are another good option for listening to music or radio in bed. If you prefer not to wear headphones, and don’t want to disturb your partner, an under-pillow speaker works well as an alternative.
Earplugs are one of the simplest and best ways to block out noise at night. Whether it’s a partner snoring, traffic or a neighbor’s music, they are an effective way to get some peace and quiet.
Whether you’d like a comfortable bed for camping or need to accommodate guests, there’s an air mattress for the job. You’ll find quality air beds that are puncture resistant and auto-inflating.
Darkness is a key ingredient for good sleep – both in the home and when traveling. There are beautifully soft silk eye masks, and also contoured designs which leave more room for your eyes and eyelids to move.
It’s no fun waking up on a long journey to realize you’ve been sleeping in a bad position. With a good travel pillow, it’s easier to sleep on your journey and wake up feeling refreshed.
The acupressure mat may not be a dedicated sleep product, but it perhaps should be. Combining eastern practice with western design, it helps reduce stress, alleviate tension and promotes sleep.