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    21 Things That Might Actually Help You Feel Less Tired In The Morning

    Because it's probably been a while since you've actually had a little energy in the morning.

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    1. A cooling cotton weighted blanket, because according to reviewers, it packs on just enough pressure to help with anxiety and insomnia, which helps improve their sleeping habits. It'll help put an end to tossing and turning for six hours at night so you don't have to wake up feeling exhausted after just two decent hours of shut-eye.


    It also includes a duvet cover, which is totally washable in case it gets dirty.

    Promising review: "This blanket has changed my life! I was once someone who would spend the night counting the sleepless hours as they would pass me by...not anymore! Every night when I lay down and snuggle under the Dozeology Weighted Blanket, I am instantly at peace. The blanket hugs me (it literally feels like a hug) and all my stress and worries melt away! I'm able to be relaxed rather than tense, which allows for a more peaceful sleep. I've been recommending this blanket to anyone I know that suffers from insomnia and or anxiety attacks!" —Marissa

    Get it from Amazon for $75.45+ (available in two colors).

    2. This hypoallergenic bamboo mattress pad you'll want if feeling overly warm and stuffy keeps you up until the wee morning hours thanks to a less-than-breathable mattress. This comfy baby creates a cloud-like layer on top of your mattress so you don't need to buy a new one.


    Promising review: "My husband and I have a memory foam mattress, and everything was fine for quite a while. Recently, I started having a horrible time sleeping and I didn’t feel comfortable on our mattress. My husband started researching mattress toppers, and everywhere he read, this one was supposed to be the best. I do not disagree!! I have been sleeping well, I feel cooler at night, and it feels so amazingly soft. I am so happy with this purchase. It is so worth it -I highly recommend! I can sleep again!" —Natalie L.

    Get it from Amazon for $83.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king, including Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, Olympic Queen, and King).

    3. A lavender and chamomile scented aromatherapy mist to help lull you to sleep since you have to get up early for an 8 a.m. class and it's currently past 1:00, but your mind refuses to let you stop stressing about your upcoming midterm.


    Promising reviews: "I spray this on my bedding every night before I go to sleep. It has a very soothing fragrance and I noticed that I sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed." —Martin Olson

    "I bought this months ago as a pillow spray to calm me enough to fall asleep. Some nights I find my mind wandering and racing about thoughts about my day and it is too stressful to fall asleep. When I use the spray, I find it easier to turn my brain off and drift off to sleep easier. I find the spray to be pretty strong so a few spritzes will do, but the smell does not linger for hours so I'm not waking up in the middle of the night sick of the smell." —Ryan OShea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in six scents and as a variety pack).

    4. Or a jar of Lush Sleepy Body Lotion so you can slather the calming smell of lavender onto your body to help ease you into slumber.


    Promising review: "OK so, I originally got this product because people had told me they put it on every night before bed and sleep much better. I am the type of person that tosses and turns, gets up to pee three to four times a night, and has a difficult time sleeping. I started using this and I swear it's like a flippin' miracle! So much so that my husband noticed. He asked me what I've been doing differently because I haven't been getting up to pee anymore. I told him how I put the lotion on my chest and on my hands before bed. I also rub my hands on my pillow after applying. Now we have a nightly routine of applying this before bed. We are sleeping so much better now. I am so glad I tried this lotion out." —LushLoveDaily

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

    5. Orrrrrr some Olly melatonin gummies that'll help calm a busy mind that stubbornly keeps you up well into the night even though you got in bed at a reasonable hour.


    Promising review: "So, I’ve come to be pretty jaded when it comes to product claims. I’m not even sure why I tried these in the first place. Maybe just one of those moments of weakness that can come from lack of sleep! Well, imagine my surprise, THESE WORK! I’ve been taking these for about a month. No, they won’t “knock you out” like some sleeping pills, but my experience is that they take that edge off to calm your mind, let you fall asleep and help you stay asleep. An added benefit is that you don’t wake up groggy in the morning, only to spend the next day feeling like a zombie. No, they also won’t prevent you from never ever ever having another sleepless night. These are very gentle." —Fabbi Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in 50-, 60-, and 70-count).

    6. These thermal insulated blackout curtains, because if you're like me, having a steady stream of bright sunlight infiltrate your curtains and smack you in the face first thing in the morning instantly gives you a headache and makes you feel tired and grouchy for the entire day.

    Promising review: "I hardly ever do reviews. For this product, I felt compelled to because of how beneficial it is. I'm a terrible sleeper, which is only exacerbated by the fact that I have so much light coming in way too early into my bedroom. I installed these and the other day I woke up after seeing a little bit of daylight in the room. I immediately thought, 'Oh great, another morning of waking up at 4:30 a.m. when I don't have to.' I pulled the curtains apart and daylight came pouring through. I checked my clock and it was actually 7:30! I got three more hours of sleep than I usually do because these curtains kept so much light out of my room!" —Ohtheone

    Get it from Amazon for $18.87+ (available in six sizes and in 20 colors).

    7. A sunrise-simulating alarm clock that uses natural light to gradually wake you up (kind of like an actual sunrise), so you wind up feeling more refreshed — unlike normal clocks that startle you awake.


    The clock has 20 different brightness settings so you can find the perfect one, whether you're reading before bed, popping into the room to clean, or simply creating a calming space.

    Promising review: "The gentle waking with a slowly-brightening light and noise (I use the bird song setting) is SO much better than the jangling alarm clock I'd used for years. Even when I replaced that alarm clock with an iPhone chime, I still woke up so abruptly that it was just never pleasant, and so I wasn't pleasant in the morning, either. Now waking up is an easy transition, and I often find myself out of bed five minutes or so before I really need to be up. I also absolutely adore that it dims the light at night while I'm reading. Since I use the 60-minute setting, the dimming is so slow that it's not perceptible, but by the time the hour is up I'm yawning and ready to call it a night. Since this is an orange-y glow, it actually seems to trick my body into thinking the sun is going down, or something like that, so I rarely find myself too alert to fall asleep. That's made a huge difference, too. Yes, it's more expensive than your standard alarm clock but, wow, it's made such a HUGE improvement on my mornings (and my evenings) that I consider it worth every penny." —Ms. Bea Heaven

    Get it from Amazon for $90.87.

    8. This contoured memory foam sleep mask to block out light without adding pressure to the sensitive area around your eyes. It'll help you wake up feeling well-rested and not like you slept with a cinder block on your face.


    Promising review: "This mask has made getting a good night's sleep SO much easier. For months, I was having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, waking up way before my alarm. Since using this for the past three weeks, I have gotten at least eight hours per night and I wake up feeling so much more rested. I have a giant window in my bedroom that doesn't have any blinds covering, which lets in all kinds of moonlight, street lights, and car lights. I wish I would've gotten this years ago because this window has been making falling asleep difficult my whole life. Thanks to this mask, everything is now pitch black and no light is there to bother me. I'm so satisfied with this product's comfort on my face as well — it's like having an extra pillow to support your eye sockets! It's easy to adjust and I don't feel like the buckle on the strap digs into my head at all." —Lindsey V

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in three colors).

    9. A golden latte mix made with mushrooms and turmeric that you can drink at night for a delicious way to help soothe yourself to sleep and then wake up the next morning feeling more vibrant.

    I was already aware of some of the potential benefits of golden turmeric milk (there's some evidence it can help improve your mood, support brain function, and boost your immune system), but I was never really interested in trying it until this latte mix came around. I gave it a go and it was surprisingly good!! You literally don't taste anything vaguely resembling a mushroom — in fact, you get more of a strong ginger taste, since golden milk is traditionally made with ginger. I mixed mine with hot water like the instructions said and it was good on its own, but then I also mixed it with warm, dairy-free milk and raw honey and it was incredible. I began drinking it every night for about three weeks and I felt more peaceful when I went to bed and even less groggy and more energetic in the morning. I only stopped because I ran out, but because I felt so soothed at night when drinking this latte, I'm gonna stock up.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four flavors).

    10. The Kindle Paperwhite because it's hard to not be tempted to scroll through your phone in bed while you wait to get tired enough to fall asleep, but the blue light from your device can actually keep you awake longer, which could be why you feel tired the next morning. The Paperwhite has a glare-free display that actually makes you feel like you're reading on paper as opposed to on a lit screen.

    The Kindle has a blue light-emitting backlight for reading in the dark. HOWEVER, you don't even have to use it — just read by the warm glow of your bedside lamp (or the glow of the sunrise alarm clock we previously discussed). Or, you can upgrade to a version with warm lighting. Plus, the Kindle is waterproof, so you can even take it in the tub for a relaxing pre-bedtime soak without worrying about it getting destroyed.

    Promising review: "I love being able to read in bed at night without disturbing my husband! Currently, he's been working 12-hour days for several weeks, so we've been going to bed very early. I just read a little in bed before falling asleep. The lighting on the Kindle, it turns out, is perfect. Not too bright, or too dark. I'm impressed. Also, it didn't appear to have that blue light effect where one has trouble falling asleep. It's so lightweight, even with the awesome faux leather cases we bought for them, that holding my Kindle to read has not been a problem. Also, reading on my Kindle has not triggered my migraines, which I find surprising. Y'all, I'm almost finished reading a free-for-Prime-members sci-fi in just a couple of days! I think I'm back in business! Also, it appears to really hold a charge. I'm only down to 79% and I've put in many hours of reading." —Raine

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99 (available in 8GB and 32GB and in two colors).

    11. A PhoneSoap battery-powered smartphone sanitizer that'll literally force you to keep your phone out of sight, so you'll be less tempted to stay up longer scrolling through Instagram. It uses a UV light to disinfect your phone (and anything else that can fit inside the device) while also getting your phone juiced up and ready to use in the morning.


    Promising review: "I’m in love with this product. I had previously used alcohol swabs to clean my phone but ruined my phone speaker in doing so. This is the perfect solution for disinfecting my phone, Apple Watch, etc. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and have had no issues. Love, love, love." —Brandon Parks

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95 (available in two colors).

    12. The Nocturnal Journal workbook so you can reflect on and work through anything that may be keeping your mind running through the night. You'll wake up feeling like you have a fresh start.


    Promising review: "Although I usually have no trouble falling asleep at night, lately I've found myself staying awake later — sometimes anxious about all of the things I have to do the next day, and sometimes just with too many thoughts occupying my head. I like using this journal to learn more about myself and what my thoughts actually mean. I've found that some of my most cyclical and reoccurring thoughts are outlining fears I've been too hesitant to confront, and this journal is helping me to recalibrate them into more helpful thoughts." —Trevor Burbank

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

    13. A full-sized body pillow designed to help support you whether you sleep on your back, side, belly, or almost anything in between. You just might stop waking up in the middle of the night yearning to switch to a more comfortable position as frequently.


    The shredded memory foam filling conforms to your body to provide support, and the pillow is machine washable for easy cleaning! One side-sleeping reviewer said that when they were pregnant, it was big enough to support their head, belly, *and* the gap between their knees.

    Promising review: "This is the most AMAZING body pillow in the entire world! I am a very sedentary person due to my job and this causes unbelievable back pain. Although my bed is quite amazing, I still have a hard time sleeping without shoving at least two pillows between my legs and usually at least one I can rest my arm over. Not only does this body pillow eliminate the need for those other three pillows I was using, but it is so much more comfortable and convenient. I no longer spend half of my night wrangling all these pillows because my new body pillow is fluffier and it stays in one place for me all night long! I am finally sleeping like a baby and my back feels so much better every day." —Vinny Falcone

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    14. Or this adjustable pillow that lets you easily remove or add shredded memory foam filling for the loft level that perfectly suits your neck and back. I don't know about you, but when my pillow is too high or too low to support my neck, I struggle all night trying to combat the pain that inevitably ensues — and the next morning is sure to be a hellish one.


    Plus, it comes with a 100-night sleep trial, so if you don't love it, you can return it for a full refund.

    Promising review: "I have been using this pillow for almost a year and no other pillow is good enough now. It does have a faint odd smell at first but that goes away after a few uses. After some adjusting with the amount of foam, I found my perfect comfort level and since then we've lived happily ever after. I used to just buy the cheap pillows from the store but now that I've owned this pillow for a year and have experienced the comfort and quality I've realized it is beyond worth the money. My boyfriend loves it too, he stole it from me for about a week and I could tell a major difference in my quality of sleep so I took it back from him and well, he bought one of his own!" —joyousjess

    Get them from Amazon for $59.99+ each (available in queen or king sizes).

    15. And this memory foam between-the-knees pillow because, according to Amazon reviewers, it provides some much-needed relief from back, knee, and hip pain if you prefer sleeping on your side without those aches keeping you up at night.

    And in case you like to roll over in the middle of the night, the pillow comes with a strap so you won't lose that comfy position. But, of course, if your pain gets really bad and is persistent, you should always go see a doctor.

    Promising review: "I am a side sleeper that has lower back pain in the morning. I picked this shape because my chiropractor recommended a pillow shaped like an hourglass to help my back. I have been using the pillow for over a week and my lower back feels much better in the morning. The strap keeps the pillow attached without having to be adjusted when I turn over." —CH

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    16. A heated massager so you can soothe out those knots and tense spots that might've occurred from sleeping on pillows that don't provide the proper support. Plus, there's nothing like a good massage to wake ya right up.


    Promising review: "I purchased my first Zyllion on 5/24/2014. My little friend died tonight, 10/13/2018. This wonderful little gadget came to my aid multiple times a day and never complained. I sat on it, dropped it, lay across it — virtually lived on that thing. It's been my go-to pal when I was sore from surgery, from work, from a long day in the yard. I have severe arthritis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, joint pain, tight calves, and a replaced hip and shoulder. This modest little piece of equipment is phenomenal for loosening tight muscles and helping relieve pain. These guys are top-notch, reliable little beasts." —white noise machine

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    17. This cool mist humidifier for alleviating a stuffy nose that's bound to irritate you through the night and make you feel pretty much like a zombie the next day.


    Promising review: "This Pure Humidifier model does exactly what the description of this product claims. It's very quiet, can run on high for at least 11 hours, and it is easy to clean and keep clean. This is a beautifully styled product that performs as advertised. I recommend it." —ocmd

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    18. Or a pack of nose strips you can try if snoring's been keeping you up, or if you have a cold but don't want to take a bunch of pills (or just want to feel as decongested as possible).


    Promising review: "These are fantastic for those who are pregnant (and even not pregnant) and are limited on medications to take for allergies/stuffiness or just want to go the more natural route. I try to avoid taking any medications while pregnant so these are amazing. I used a toner before I put the strip on to ensure it will stay throughout the night, which it does. And I instantly feel relief and can breathe much easier. The lavender scent is not overpowering but very subtle. I definitely wouldn't want anything stronger so close to my nose anyways." —Tabby

    Get them from Amazon for $12.49.

    19. These tiny light-dimming stickers so you can reduce the brightness on any LED lights around your room that prevent you from slipping into your slumber because your space just isn't dark enough.

    They actually dim 50–80% of the light, but you can double up on 'em to block even more light. They also don't leave behind any residue when you remove them, according to reviewers.

    Promising review: "These are great. I have a hard time sleeping with lights on in my room and so many devices recently have incredibly bright LEDs. I did notice that some lights require more than one sticker to dim them to my desired level but this is really an advantage as you could adjust the level of brightness by the number of stickers you place over it." —Matthew M Phelps

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $4.49.

    20. A pack of stretchy bed bands to put an end to that weirdly uncomfortable feeling of sleeping on top of a fitted sheet that somehow slipped off half the mattress *shudder*. And when you're already in bed, you just don't wanna get up to fix it, so the only thing to do is lie awake until your annoyance finally exhausts you into la-la land.

    Promising review: “We have a deep mattress and added a memory foam topper, which gave our fitted sheet a real stretch to be able to securely tuck at the corners and not slip off. It was disrupting sleep, so I was ready to safety pin the fitted sheet corners in place. After giving Bed Band a try our fitted sheet slipping problem is solved! The clamp design grips like iron, but the best part is the adjustable bands that allow for a quick final fit after installing the clamps. You clamp each band into place without tension, then use the quick adjuster to apply tension as needed. This makes for a simple installation, and since it needs to removed and re-installed repeatedly (sheet washing), that's critical. This is a stellar product design at an affordable price!” —Huancayo

    Get a pack of four bands from Amazon for $12.99 (available in packs of two, three, and four and available in three colors and two sizes).

    21. And this white noise machine to help drown out surrounding sounds that might disturb your sleep. It can even provide calming background noise while you slowly wake up.


    Promising review: "This is so freaking great. I've been using white noise machines for years and years but ended up finding this through BuzzFeed. My old machine had looping audio and I hated it, so the fact that this is non-looping is everything. It's also very sleek and modern. I live in downtown Boston with construction sites literally boxing me in my building with noise nearly 24/7 between that and cops/fire trucks. This knocks out the noise and allows me to sleep or nap at any time of day without hearing anything." —ML

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in two styles and two colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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