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    23 Things People Swear By For Getting More Sleep

    If you're getting less than eight hours...keep reading.

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    1. An essential oil diffuser that'll transform your bedroom into a spa come nighttime. It can run continuously for five hours, has one- or three-hour timer options, an auto-shutoff, and seven soothing colorful lights.


    All you've got to do is add your favorite scent to help lull you off to sleep.

    "A coworker gifted it to me for Christmas because I was having trouble sleeping after my dad passed away. My husband calls it 'new-age hippie bullshit,' but I notice a difference if I try to go to sleep without it." —Beth Soltesz, Facebook

    "Oil diffuser, hands down. Lavender, peppermint, even frankincense if you’re feeling frisky. A room that smells like a spa is the only way to do it!!" —Bradley Albert

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95. And to get you started, try this pack of oils for $9.99 (includes lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree).

    2. A Dohm sound machine, because you've suffered too long from your S.O.'s ridiculously loud snoring. The fan-based white noise machine lets you choose volume and tone, with a rotating design that allows you to find the exact right pitch.


    "It’s just white noise, but it’s like a mix between a fan and a storm. You can adjust the sound levels, too. It’s a little pricey, but by far the best out there IMO." —Mollie Guttman, Facebook

    "My Dohm white noise machine has literally saved my marriage." —j11th

    Get it from Walmart for $44.95+ (available in three colors).

    3. A ventilated memory foam pillow for back, side, and stomach sleepers. It has one hot side and one cool side and will provide the support you need to wake up ache-free.

    Amazon, AnaMaria Glavan/BuzzFeed

    "This pillow is the perfect amount of squishy and firm; because I’m a side-sleeper, the cushioning provides just the right amount of support. I’ve been waking up with almost no shoulder or neck pain and — let me tell you! — it is a truly wonderful feeling. Plus, the pillow has a warm side and a cool side, which prevents me from feeling overheated on warm nights. (The cool side is ventilated, meaning air flows easily throughout the pillow, meaning your head won't be drenched in sweat.) It seriously feels like I’m resting my head on a giant, fluffy cloud. If you’re in the market for a new pillow, do yourself a huge favor and invest in this one. You will not regret it." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available as a set of two).

    For our full review of the memory foam pillow, click here. And for more options, check out the best pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    4. A box of Good Day chocolate melatonin supplements to help you feel sleepy before climbing into bed. They're non-habit forming and incredibly helpful when you're trying to unwind after a long day.


    "This has saved my tired butt so many times from sleepless nights. You can take one to four, depending on how much help you need to fall asleep. One will help you relax, but I usually take three to just knock me right out. I typically don't like to take things like melatonin, because I feel pretty woozy the next day, but these taste just like a chocolate dessert and leave no nasty hangover. Plus, they're all-natural! They're just 1 mg of melatonin and chamomile — kind of like a super-strong glass of warm milk, lol." —Emma McAnaw

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in larger packs and in seven flavors).

    5. A silk pillowcase so you can treat yourself to a luxurious experience each and every night. These pillowcases will also help with bedhead, so just think about the extra time you'll have in the morning to snooze instead of trying to brush through a literal bird's nest.


    "A silk pillowcase does wonders! It helps with bedhead and it just feels luxurious to sleep on something so soft." —Bek O'Connell

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in standard, queen, and king, and in 16 colors).

    6. The Nightly app, which'll track your sleep patterns for you (kinda like a personal assistant). It provides soothing videos and playlists, a space to record your dreams, and complete insight into your restless periods.


    It's super simple to use — just place it next to your pillow and it will detect restless periods and deep sleep. When it senses you're having a bad dream or rousing, it will play soothing sounds to keep you calm. But music won't play all night long. It will only activate when it detects some kind of sleep disturbance.

    "It’s an app that tracks how long you sleep and how well. You can note your dreams, too. The two-minute videos you watch before bed knock me right out!" —Hannah Battaglia, Facebook

    Get it on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for free.

    7. A pair of light-blocking curtains, because accidentally being awoken by creeping rays is seriously annoying. These will tackle noise and help with heat retention, so all-in-all you get way more than you've paid for.

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    "When I moved into a light-drenched apartment (yay!), I realized that meant I'd also have a light-drenched bedroom at hours when I'd rather be fast asleep (boo!). So I bought these these Deconovo curtains, swayed by an inviting price tag and more than 1,500 glowing reviews. When they arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by their high-quality, heavy, soft fabric — they looked more expensive than their price suggests — as well as immediately impressed by their ability to deliver. I'm consistently able to sleep soundly well until my wake-up time, no matter how sunny it is outside." —Emmy Favilla

    Get them from Amazon for $22.49+ (available in three sizes and 23 colors).

    For our full review of the light-blocking curtains, click here.

    8. A magnesium sleep powder to aid with relaxation. You can add it to a glass of water or tea before bed for a natural tension reliever. It also contains melatonin to help regulate your body's sleep cycle.


    "It prevents migraines too." —Tabitha Williams, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $32.49+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A lavender spray you can use on your bed linens and pillowcases. There's nothing like drifting off to the sweet and peaceful smell of lavender.


    "A cheaper option than weighted blankets and diffusers is this lavender and chamomile pillow spray. Always helped me as a kid, and lasts me usually about three months, spraying it every night. Put like four sprays onto your pillow (or teddy bear) and breathe it in!" —heathrre1

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six scents).

    10. Or a bag of organic lavender to set out on your nightstand (for continuous smell), or to brew tea with. You can also flavor water, lemonade, or popsicles!


    "It may sound odd to keep a bag of lavender flowers around, but HEAR ME OUT because you can do so much with them! You can brew yourself a cup of tea, you can simmer them on the stove to make your home smell nice, you can use them in desserts, in homemade potpourri, your bath, lemonade, infused honey—honestly, the possibilities are really endless here because lavender is aromatic AND edible. Lavender is a calming scent to keep on hand if you’re feeling stressed or a little on edge. I’m not saying you should take a handful of dried lavender flowers from this bag and eat them straight, but I'm am saying the scent and taste of lavender is a soothing addition to my nighttime routine." —Anjali Patel

    Get a bag from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in four sizes).

    11. Panasonic earbuds so you can block out noisy roommates and bustling traffic right before bed. They'll mold to your ears for a snug fit, and come equipped with three different sizes of buds.


    "I live in an apartment with thin walls and eight other roommates who live on different schedules, so a quiet night is hard to come by. However, these headphones are amazing for sleeping because while cheap, the sound quality is excellent, they last for months (despite being pulled, run through the wash, and tangled), and best of all, they are comfortable. They are also great ear plugs without playing anything through them, blocking about 95% of the noise going on in my apartment at any given hour." —gretcheno3

    Get them in blue from Walmart for $8.90. For more colors, check out the white, black, purple, orange, and red.

    12. Relax Melodies, an app that allows you to create your own personal mix of sleep sounds. Meditations are available and you can fine tune sound volumes.

    Relax Melodies

    "It has a ton of sounds ranging from ocean waves, to rain, to even monk chants and vacuum sounds that you can combine to make your perfect custom sleep sounds. It even comes with a timer so that it will automatically shut off after you fall asleep. I never sleep without it!" —katiem487277fe4

    "I use it every time I sleep. You can customize and layer different sounds to get the exact blend you like!" —lindseyp4f2b184e4

    Get it from the iTunes App Store or Google Play for free.

    13. A pregnancy pillow to provide support from all sides, even if you're not currently preggo. Seriously! It'll cuddle all sides of you so you can drift off to dreamland ASAP.


    "I need so many things to fall asleep and stay asleep. My favorite is the pregnancy pillow. I'm not pregnant, but this pillow acts as a normal pillow as well as two body pillows so you're surrounded by comfort. I can sleep with the pillow between my knees and still have back support without stacking 17,000 separate pillows on my bed." —cheyennenoelterry

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    14. A LectroFan white noise machine with 10 unique fan and white noise options. The volume is totally up to you and it has a one-hour time setting. Oh, and it's tiny enough for travel.


    "Earplugs and a LectroFan machine during the week, and headphones with an additional sound app/music, earplugs, LectroFan, and melatonin on the weekends. I live in an apartment complex that people insist on revving their engines as they drive through the complex at the wee hours of the morning." —Colleen Sweeney, Facebook

    "Locks out noise from roommates, neighbors, or outside, and even muffles snoring from bed partners. Even though my bedroom is pretty quiet to start with, I still sleep so much better with the white noise machine. Maybe it just soothes my brain! It offers tons of different fan sounds and white-noise frequencies; I prefer the noise with the most low frequencies." —caroliner4f34a2a95

    Get it from Walmart for $49.91+ (available in two colors).

    15. A weighted blanket that literally mimics the weight of a hug to give you a little TLC while you're drifting off to sleep. The blanket will form to your body and is filled with glass beads to control temperature.


    The ideal weighted blanket should be 10% of your body weight. This blanket is made with hypoallergenic, nontoxic, odorless sand pellets. The weighted inner layer is machine washable, and the duvet cover is sold separately. —laurenw4eccc35a2

    Get it from Amazon for $65.90+ (available in four sizes, seven weights, and six colors/patterns).

    And check out our spotlight on the weighted blanket here.

    16. for every cat lover out there. It legitimately mimics a cat's purring to help calm you. And you can customize said cat purring to your exact liking.

    " is a game changer. It simulates the sound of a cat purring, which is an anxiety reliever, and you can customize it to your liking. It's my go-to when I need to calm down before bed." —aub4697

    Check it out on

    17. Fuzzy wool socks to combat chilly AC nights and freezing winters. They're the perfect mix of breathable and warm, so you won't wind up ripping them off mid-sleep from overheating.


    TBH, I can't fall asleep if my feet are freezing. They need to be a comfortable temperature. Socks feel awkward at first, but then you get so used to the coziness.

    "Can't sleep with cold feet!" —s4247b0b3d

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four styles).

    18. Lush "Sleepy" body lotion so you get a great night's sleep and super moisturized skin at the same time. The scent of lavender and tonka perfume will soothe you, while the cocoa and almond butter will seep into your skin to restore hydration and firmness.

    @lushcosmetics via Instagram

    "Put it on after a hot shower and go to bed. Trust me." —s4247b0b3d

    "I’m a pretty anxious person and have a hard time getting my brain to shut down before bed. This has been an absolute game changer for me. It’s not too thick, smells heavenly, and a little goes a long way. I apply to my chest and arms so the scent can easily lull me to sleep." —hbraga

    Get it from Lush for $9.95+ (available in three sizes).

    19. A Himalayan salt lamp that'll emit a tranquil amber light, replacing any nightlight that's too bright and disruptive. It comes with an included 15-watt bulb and is crack- and and corrosion-resistant.


    "A Himalayan salt lamp with an adjustable light setting. It gives the room a beautiful, warm glow." —rachelrenee1029

    Get one from Amazon for $29.99.

    20. A neck roll pillow to support your neck and/or chin while snoozing. It's lightweight, compact, and includes a removable cover for easy washing.


    "Years ago I found a neck roll for a trip. It's a small cylindrical pillow. I hug it to my chest and use it to support my chin. I now cannot sleep without something supporting my chin. It completely changed the way I sleep." —laurenashley2142

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in two colors).

    21. The Pzizz app, because who wouldn't want to fall asleep to beautiful dreamscapes and remixed sounds specific to you? It'll provide custom wakeup sounds, sleep tracking, and routine reminders. It also has a Focus feature for when you need to get stuff done.

    @pzizz via Instagram

    "I use it for sleeping through the night, naps, and I especially love the new Focus feature for when I need to keep my attention on something or study. It’s basically hypnotizing you! It’s so effective and you’ll fall asleep faster than ever before, or you’ll get more work done in a short amount of time. Pzizz has been a game changer." —mariahjenae

    Get it from the iTunes App Store or Google Play for free.

    22. A pack of Neuro Sleep that contains melatonin, magnesium, and L-theanine (found in green tea) with a mixed berry taste. It'll regulate your sleep cycle, allowing you to fall asleep more easily and on-schedule. Sometimes your body's cycle just gets out of wack and needs some guidance to get back on track.


    "The Neuro sleep drink is the best! It works in about 15 minutes and gives you the most peaceful sleep without the drowsy/groggy feeling the next morning!" —delilas

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $23.88.

    23. A pack of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea made with valerian root and chamomile (that's gluten- and caffeine-free) to sip before bed. It'll make your lids closer faster than you think, so forget that glass of milk your mom told you about.


    "There are few things as soothing as snuggling up in bed with a hot mug of Sleepy Time tea after a hectic or stressful day. The chamomile is super calming and it doesn’t taste too herbal. My sister prefers to add honey to hers to also soothe her throat. If you’re looking for a way to unwind before bed definitely give this a try." —hbraga

    Get a 6-pack from Amazon for $29.28.

    You, after buying all these products and finally sleeping well for once in your life:

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