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    Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Sep 11, 2020

    28 Sleep Upgrades That'll Be Way Cheaper Than A New Mattress

    Babies are gonna wish they slept like you with your fancy-schmancy cooling pillow and "marshmallow-soft" sleep mask.

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    1. A memory foam pillow with cooling gel to help you sleep through those summer nights. Or just any night if you're a hot sleeper like meeeee.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live in a place where heat is experienced during the winter, so this pillow is amazing and justified just for this reason. However, I cannot neglect to mention the memory foam, too. As a person with both back and neck issues, this pillow is incredible. I have been able to sleep through the night for the first time in several years. The combination of cooling and pressure relief is brilliant!" —Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    2. A humidifier for parking next to your head to help prevent sniffly noses and midnight gulps of water that disturb your sleep on the reg. Especially in the winter!

    a blue and white humidifier on a chrome side table in a living room
    Amazon

    This is an ultrasonic cool-mist model that runs for up to 16 hours of continuous use, has high and low speed mist settings, nightlight, and auto-shutoff when water is low or the tank is removed. Comes with an AC power adapter, disk cleaning brush, user manual, and two-year warranty.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. Cool mist keeps me from dehydrating at night. The cool blue light is awesome. I give this a 5 star rating. I noticed on some websites that this is the very best in humidifiers and I totally agree. I bought one for my son's fiancé and she is loving it, as well. Easy to refill. Easy to keep clean. Cool mist is a delight." —Charmed1

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Find out if a cool mist or warm mist is right for you and take a gander at some humidifier options people swear by.

    3. Or an essential oil diffuser/low-key humidifier in case you want some added moisture and soothing scents in one whole shebang.

    the diffuser
    Amazon

    I mainly use this lil' gadget for its moisturizing effects but lots and lots of people swear by it for its diffusing properties, too.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four styles). And get a six-pack of essential oils for $8.98.

    4. A contoured face mask to keep out the light. But it'll also let you comfortably blink when you awaken at your actual alarm in the morning and hopefully not a moment sooner.

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    Promising review: "These have worked wonders for me. I have been lacking sleep because I work night shifts and when I'm home during the day the sunlight keeps me from getting the proper rest that I need. Since I've had these, the sunlight has been blocked and I can finally get some rest. My husband has the same problem and he loves them as well. They fit both of us perfectly and they have adjustable straps. Great buy." —Janell

    Get three from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. Or a "marshmallow-soft" sleep mask that'll actually block out ALL the light for giving you a dreamy blackout sensation. Sign me up, plz.

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    Promising review: "Best eye mask you can buy! I've tried them all and this eye mask is FAR superior to all other masks. It blocks out 100% of the light, is light as a feather, and, best of all, has a marshmallow-soft cushioning that cups your entire eye making it a complete blackout for the best sleep. Also it does not tangle in my hair like past masks I've tried. It's truly a dream mask!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    6. OR if you like to listen to music or podcasts to lull you to sleep, this headphones/eye mask combo that'll do the trick.

    person wearing the heaband that's also headphones
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I listen to podcasts at night to help me block out the thoughts of the day and help me sleep and have always used headphones so as not to wake my husband. But regular headphones are very uncomfortable when you are laying down, especially if you tend to sleep on your side — but these headphones solve the issue. They are comfortable and you can sleep on your side while barely noticing them. The sound quality is pretty good and the cord doesn't get in the way and hasn't shown any signs of fraying or wearing after about a month. The material is warm and cozy, but not too warm. And the headphones help block out outside noises too for a good night's rest." —Dog Lover

    Get them from Amazon for $15.97 (available in three colors).

    7. A tea for bedtime you can fix as an nighttime ritual to help put your mind and body at ease.

    valerian sleepy time tea
    Amazon

    I just started drinking this stuff at bedtime and it helps so much! I typically have a hard time going to sleep and staying asleep. Maybe it's mostly placebo but it works for me!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.78.

    8. A 3-inch dense memory foam pad for a conforming hug meant to relieve pressure points.

    hand pressing into a memory foam pad topper on mattress
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my wife. She's pregnant and her hips had been aching sleeping on our mattress. Guess what? She says the pain is gone since we've been sleeping on this topper. The topper arrived quickly. I unpacked it and laid it on our floor so it could expand and air out. It didn't take long at all for it to expand. We put it on our bed the same evening it arrived at our house. I personally didn't find the smell to be too strong or offensive. I noticed it for 2–3 days, but that's about it. I've been sleeping better since getting the topper. It's prevented my shoulders from falling asleep when I sleep on my sides. I weigh about 200 lbs, my wife weighs about 150 lbs. (five months pregnant). I'm glad I didn't buy the 2-inch topper because I don't think that would have been thick enough." —Ryan M. Healy

    Get it from Amazon for $132.59+ (sizes thick twin, thick twin XL, queen, thick king, and thick California king).

    9. Or perhaps a ~cooling~ bamboo topper with a fitted skirt to keep everything in place and counteract any tendencies to sleep hot.

    hands putting a fluffy mattress topper on a mattress
    Amazon

    Made of hypoallergenic down alternative RevoLoft Cluster Fiber and fits mattresses up to 18" deep.

    Promising review: "We went from a traditional mattress to a Tempurpedic memory foam mattress (with a cooling gel layer) and we NEVER would have bought it if we realized it retains your body heat and holds it against you. It was too hot even in the winter and I'm always cold. I trusted the reviews of the this bamboo mattress topper and am SO happy I did. It made such a huge difference... I've been using it for over a month now and I haven't sweated once!!! We bought a split king so our mattress covers are twin XL." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $83.99+ (sizes twin, twin XL, full, full XL, queen, Olympic queen, king, and California king).

    If you're still looking for the perfect topper, check out some mattress toppers and pads that'll make you sleep so much better.

    10. A white noise machine to help block out the noises that keep you tossing and turning, like neighborhood dogs or an, um, active roommate.

    the white noise machine
    Amazon

    Has two speeds. Like your active roommate.

    Promising review: "We just moved to NYC and our apartment building is NOISY. Very noisy. Paper-thin walls, poor soundproofing, and fellow tenants who lead more exciting lifestyles than us (in and out at all hours of the day and night, parties, etc.), meant we were having seriously disturbed sleep. After extensive research I realized that a white noise machine would be our best chance of a good night's sleep and set out to choose one. This thing is like witchcraft — the disturbing noise from our building just seems to disappear. Even the clompy-shoe wearing insomniac who lives above us hasn't woken me up. It definitely takes a little getting used to. The instructions say a week and that is about right, but once you're adjusted it works really well. I'll admit, It's not the most attractive piece of kit, but it's not designed to be out on display for all to see so I don't have a problem with it. It's a case of function over form." —Mark H.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    11. Or some contoured ear plugs as backup when the your partner's snoring in your ear while you spoon. Sweet but ugh.

    ear plugs in the ear plug holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really love these earplugs and can't stress enough how much these are a lifesaver! I use them for studying, sleeping, and loud movie theaters. These are perfect!" —Jureerat Poonpoolpoke

    Get 10 pairs from Amazon for $2.98.

    12. A boyfriend pillow that'll be so much nicer than dealing with the terror of dating apps!

    model snuggled up with a body pillow with a shit on it like a person
    Amazon

    Just spend that time you'd waste swiping on your dreams.

    Get it from Amazon for $36+ (available in nine shirt colors).

    13. Or a ~legit~ body pillow for cradling you in all the ways your old mattress won't.

    person leaning up against a body pillow that goes underneath the head with a portion that's long either side
    Amazon

    OK so it's made for pregnant people, but would definitely come in handy for side or restless sleepers.

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in four sizes and seven colors).

    14. Glam satin pillow cases that I own and love! If you're a hot sleeper, these'll help keep you nice and cool. Plus, they're more moisturizing for your skin and hair than sleeping on cotton pillow cases.

    navy blue satin pillowcases on pillow on made up bed
    Amazon

    I am a ROASTING HOT sleeper and these really do make a nice lil' difference in my sleep routine. I love mine so much that I pack them for trips!

    Get two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes, and 24 colors and styles).

    15. Or a pretty satin bonnet to keep your curly, textured, or protective styled hair in tip-top shape while you get your beauty rest.

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    Promising review: "I have medium back length locs (dreads), Silk headscarves on either slide of my head or my locs hang out so I thought I’d give this product a try.

    1) it’s pretty so I don’t feel like I’m actually wearing a bonnet lol

    2) it protects my edges and doesn’t slide off one bit due to the black elastic band

    3) I can use this as my locs continue to grow down my back

    4) the inside is lined with a thick soft silk-like material which is a plus as it’ll manage frizz and prevent breakage

    I will never purchase another silk head scarf again!!!" —Mrs. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 10 styles, in short or long).

    16. A dreamy pillow spray I've taken to using the past few months to help lull me to sleep. Its blend of lavender, vetivert, and chamomile smell fancy without being overpowering.

    hand holding a bottle of the spray in front of a decorative pillow with a peacock feather design
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Getting sticker shock? You only use a few sprays so this thing'll last awhile. Plus I've woken up lots of mornings in my life wishing I'd paid $25 for just one night of good sleep. The packaging recs spraying it on your bedding but I find a spray on each of my queen-size bed's two pillows is plenty to help put me in the mood to drool all over my pillows. That's how you KNOW the sleep is good (or at least for me). It's fine to spray right before getting into bed *and* will even look nice sitting on your nightstand in case you're someone (like me) who remembers all the things you need to do before bed once you crawl into bed.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    17. Melatonin gummy vitamins that are yummy to chew on but also will help ease you into Dreamland. (I've tried basically every version of melatonin gummies and these are my fave.)

    person putting a bottle of the vitamins into a bag
    Walmart

    I've had nightmares thanks to other sleep vitamins (i'm talking VIVID ones, like see-a-demon-in-my-bedroom-corner ones) but these have never done me wrong. Plus, they're quite budget-friendly.

    Get a 60-pack from Walmart for $4.50.

    18. And some melatonin sleep tablets for those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night and would give your first-born just to get back to sleep. I can also personally vouch that these WORK.

    bottle of the tablets on a polka dot background with hand showing the dime size of the tablet
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    If you haven't already guessed from my various sleep aids mentioned above, I'm not the best sleeper. I've had a bottle of these parked on my nightstand for the past few months and (as of publish) have used them at least five times when I've woken up in the middle of the night (not exactly at 3 a.m. each time but in that general area). They're super easy to either chew or let dissolve, meaning you don't need to wash it down with a gulp of water. I even chewed it with my night guard in, which is gross but helpful info! But most importantly, they helped me go back to sleep quickly without weird side effects.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    19. A Himalayan salt lamp to provide your room with a soft, amber glow conducive to catching some Z's.

    two of the lamps
    Amazon

    Get two from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. Lightweight bamboo pajamas made of viscose material that'll feel so soft on your skin and won't turn your bed into a sweatbox 30 minutes into that dream about Captain America.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I do not ever write product reviews, but I just feel the need to share with other women that sleep hot, how great these pajamas are! They are so soft and comfy! I've been sleeping great since I've been wearing these PJs. I sleep hot and usually will wake up every night with the night sweats or the overheated feeling, but I've yet to have this issue with these bamboo PJs. I seem to keep an even body temperature all night long. After sleeping in them for two nights I was convinced these are the answer to a cooler and better sleep, so I ordered more. I normally wear a size small, so I ordered a small and they fit perfectly!! I think that I'll also order these PJs with the pants, for lounging around the house. If you suffer from night sweats or overheat while you sleep, THESE BAMBOO PJs ARE THE ANSWER!!!" —Laurie

    Get the set from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in S-4X, petite S-L, and in a 13 colors).

    21. An elegant beside carafe set in case you're like me and tend to gulp water around 3 a.m. every single night and don't wanna dash to the kitchen for a refill.

    carafe and matching glass with foil gold polka dot pattern
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is great for a guest room and looks way better than a random cup for water." —Caleb Wuertenberg

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99.

    22. Good Day chocolate melatonin supplements that'll be a natural (and delicious!) way to get your body ready for slumber.

    the tablets on a nighstand
    Amazon

    This is a fave of my colleague Emma McAnaw. Here's her ~glowing~ review: "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."

    Get a bottle of 80 from Amazon for $28.99.

    23. A comforter that's half cool and half warm to help keep everything just right for you and your partner.

    the white comforter on a bed
    Crane & Canopy

    Get it from Crane & Canopy for $219+ (available in queen/full or king/Cali king).

    24. A weighted blanket designed to increase relaxation and reduce stress that may also be helpful for those with disorders such as anxiety, OCD, autism, and sensory processing disorder.

    kid asleep under the weighted blanket
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It took a few nights to get used to the weight, but now that I'm accustomed to the weight, I love it. It's not hot (not any more hot than a regular blanket would be, anyway) and it really helps me get to sleep fast, and stay asleep. It also stops me from tossing and turning all night, which helps me sleep more deeply and better. Definitely recommend." —Naomi T.

    Get it from Amazon for $48.90+ (available in 14 and weights, and 21 colors/patterns).

    25. Blackout curtain panels for keeping your sleep environment nice and dark.

    the blackout curtains on a window
    Amazon

    Get a pair from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in six lengths and 22 colors).

    26. Sheet suspenders to make your fitted sheet that always seems to come loose in the middle of your wildest dreams stay where the good lord intended.

    reviewer pic of the suspender holding a fitted sheet in place
    Amazon

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.99 (available in white or black).

    27. A contoured knee pillow (with a washable cover!) for keeping everything aligned as you rest up for tomorrow.

    model using the pillow in four different ways
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    28. Corner clips for your duvet because it'll never not be annoying when the duvet shifts in the middle of the night.

    inside look of the duvet clips
    Amazon

    Also, just buy a size up in the comforter so there's more fabric to go around between you and your bed partner.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Nighty night!

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