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    Mar 7, 2019

    32 Things For Anyone Who's Still Awake At 3 A.M. Chanting "Go To Sleep!"

    ::looks at clock; screams into a pillow::

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    1. A few sheets of LED-dimming stickers to finally keep those pesky router, TV, clock, and other electronic lights from ruining your ~room of complete darkness~.

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    They dim 50-80% of the light, so you can still tell that your devices are still actually *on* and functioning. You can always double them up to completely block out the light source if you'd like (many reviewers do this) or buy the stronger **full black-out** edition!

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $5.59.

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape, regular tape covered in sharpie, etc, but true to the name of these products if you're looking for something to DIM, then this is for you. Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    2. A weighted blanket reviewers swear by to help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. The just-heavy-enough pressure can help you relax and feel comforted enough to drift off.

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    It's available in three sizes and and 10 weights, so whether you're looking for one for a kid, for yourself, or to use in a king or queen–sized bed with your partner, there's an option for you!

    Get it from Amazon for $68.50+ (available in six colors and prints).

    Promising review: "This is the BEST purchase I have ever made. I have been an insomniac for years and have never successfully been treated. Even with many doctors appointments and medications — NOTHING worked! On top of that I have RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). I thought I would give this blanket a try. This product is not advertised for RLS but it absolutely should be! I have had my blanket for three days and I have been basically sleeping in a coma-like state!!! Its is the soundest and best sleep I have ever had in my life. And the comforting weight on my legs and boy just eases those RLS symptoms and drifts me off to a sound sleep!!! It is so hard to describe the feeling of peace and comfort the minute you lay it on your body. I actually ordered the 15-pound blanket for my weight and height because I wanted the extra weight just in case. I decided to go ahead an order a second one if I have an emergency situation and need even more weight on my legs. This product is phenomenal to say the least!!!" —DeAnn Barksdale

    3. Two-tone PJs made of a moisture-wicking material that'll feel cool against your skin... and help you not wake up in a pool of sweat.

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    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and 12 colors).

    Promising review: "After suffering with menopause night sweats waking up several times a night in a pool of sweat, these PJs were recommended to me. The pj's fit loosely. The material instantly cooled my body. At night it pulled the sweat from my body allowing me to have a good rest. I don't know where the fluid went but my sheets were not wet. I will be buying several more pairs." —jcwg

    4. A mechanical white noise machine to pleasantly drown out your neighbors, Scary House Creaking Noises, and that annoyingly cheerful morning birdsong. Just twist to adjust the volume — no weird fake ocean sounds here! Just 100% true white noise.

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    It has over 12,000 reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    Promising review: "Now that winter is over, every morning around 4 am, a hundred idiot birds of varying species like to perch on the trees outside my house. There, they loudly compete with each other with various chirps and warbles. Since a man sort of needs sleep to function, I contemplated either chopping down every tree in the area, or shooting enough of the birds until the others got the point. For a variety of legal and practical reasons, I quickly nixed those ideas and decided to give this white noise sound generator a go. So far, so good. Now, it's only my job that drives me nuts, and not the moronic birds waking me up before I go to said job." —Aydan

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review of it here (#5!).

    5. Or if white noise doesn't always do it for you, a sleep therapy sound machine with six sound settings including white noise, fan, ocean, rain, stream, and summer night — all with minimal looping (and no...pause... when it loops) for minimal annoyance while staring at the ceiling, wide awake.

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    It also has auto-shutoff settings so you can drift off without being woken up later (15-, 30- and 60-minute options), and a built-in USB charger so you can conveniently keep your phone charged. Aaaand it's lightweight and small enough that you can totally pack it in your suitcase for vacations.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    Promising review: "The airbnb I stayed at last weekend had this in every bedroom. When I got back home, I found I couldn't sleep without the sound of it so I immediately had to order one online. I received it yesterday, set it up, and got a full 9 hours of sleep last night...love it!" —Courtney Brockmeyer

    6. A Philips sunrise-mimicking light and alarm clock, because not only does it wake you up gradually and naturally, but it also has a *reverse* sunset mode that slowly fades away, while you fade out of consciousness yourself.

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    In the morning, it has 20 brightness settings that slowly increase over 30 minutes so you rise ~with the sun~, feeling energized and ready for the day. Once it's at full brightness, only *then* will the alarm sound go off.

    Get it from Amazon for $104.99.

    Promising review: "This has really made a big difference in how I wake up every morning. On these short winter days, I always have to wake up before sunrise, and that's...challenging. I found myself hitting the snooze button at least three times, leaving very little time for me to get ready and to work on time. Having the sunrise simulation wakes me up gradually and completely. I almost always wake up fully before the music starts and I have not needed the snooze function yet. All of the wake up sounds were pleasant. I especially like the birdsong with flute music, as it reminds me of being in a spa. I like the dusk option for going to sleep. I set it for 30-60 minutes and read until it's too dark and I drop off to sleep. An additional bonus is that since I'm no longer using my cellphone as my alarm clock, I practice better sleep hygiene and keep my cellphone out of the bedroom. It is a significant investment but it has been worth it." —MsEdinger

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review (#11 in the post) for a first-hand account on how it can make mornings easier.

    7. A Kindle Paperwhite so you can enjoy a few chapters without keeping the lights on, helping both (you and your bed partner) wind down without too much light waking up your brain. Turn the TV off and get off your phone — this'll get you right off to dreamland.

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    I use my Kindle Paperwhite (the previous, non-waterproof generation) before bed every night, and after reading for awhile, I turn down the brightness to a low level just slightly dimmer than I'd want — after a page or two, my brain goes "Nope!" and shuts off to sleep. AND it helps me not even start thinking the anxious or negative thoughts that *usually* keep me up at night.

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    Promising review: "This is my third Kindle and as the headline suggests, it is the best yet. Light, easy to hold and turn pages, simple to use, amazing capacity, doesn't hurt when you drop it on your chest as sleep overcomes your desire to read....what's not to love!" —Paul Deyoung

    Learn more about the newest Kindle Paperwhite in our closer look!

    8. A pair of stylish blue light–blocking glasses to make your evening screen time less disruptive to your sleep.

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    Check out the National Sleep Foundation for why your electronics might be harming your sleep quality: The artificial blue light delays your circadian rhythm and suppresses the release of melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep.

    I have these glasses (hi, that's me pictured above) and these really help my eyes feel less tired and dry after staring at a screen all day. Check out my review for all the deets!

    Get them from Walmart for $29.95.

    9. A lavender and chamomile aromatherapy mist to spray on everything and make your bedroom a ~Cave of Slumbers~.

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    It's made with all natural essential oils that'll help you feel calm and relaxed as you breathe it in. Spray it on blankets, pillows, clothes — you can even spray it on yourself!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.20.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I spray it on my pillow at night and it helps me relax into sleep rather than toss and turn. It is also a nice fragrance around the house. So happy that I tried this. I am very pleased!" —Martha N.

    10. Or if acne struggles are keeping you up at night, a pillow spray designed to kill zit-causing bacteria so you don't have to change out your pillowcases as often. AND, thanks to its soothing lavender scent, you'll be off to a solid dose of beauty sleep in no time.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.24.

    Promising review: "I love this pillow mist-- not only does It help keep my skin clear throughout the night but is also a relaxing and soothing scent. Will continue to purchase!!" —Brittany Anick

    11. An adaptive foam Tuft & Needle mattress that'll never sag or get uncomfortable. Just pure body-sinking-in comfort. Good luck getting out of bed!

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    Their mattresses are designed to keep you from sinking in too far and "sleeping hot" — giving just enough support and cushion for a solid night's sleep. Oh, and it ships right to you in a box!

    Get it from Amazon or Tuft & Needle for $350+ (available in sizes twin–California king).

    Promising review: "I've had this mattress now for a week. I gotta say at first I was a little bit uneasy about buying a mattress online. I'm a very picky sleeper and I suffer from bad insomnia. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this mattress and they way it adjusts to my body weight. After so many months of looking and trying out mattress I'm so happy I took a chance and bought this one. Best purchase I've made. It's comfortable and it doesn't get hot during hot summer nights in Florida." —Florangel

    Learn more about the Tuft & Needle mattress in our deeper dive.

    12. Or if you're not looking for a new mattress, a hypoallergenic bamboo mattress pad to create a breathable, cloudlike layer over your mattress to make "sleeping hot" a thing of the past.

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    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in sizes twin–California king).

    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 suppose to be the best. I do not disagree!! I have been sleeping well, I feel cooler at night, and it feels so amazing soft. I am so happy with this purchase. It is so worth it -I highly recommend! I can sleep again!" —Natalie L.

    13. A bulk box of Sleepytime herbal tea; with a soothing blend of chamomile, spearmint, and lemongrass, it'll help you wind down at the end of the day and prepare for...well...sleepytime.

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    Get a jumbo pack of six boxes of 40 tea bags from Amazon for $20.98.

    Promising review: "Sleepy time tea is amazing! It smells and tastes great and helps we become relaxed and ready for bed. I sleep without any problems and feel well rested the next day!" —Chris

    14. A jar of Olly Restful Sleep gummies formulated with melatonin and l-theanine, lemon balm, and chamomile to help you naturally drift off and support your sleep cycle. And hello, nighttime snack!

    Amazon

    After taking a higher dose of melatonin a few times in college and having some fun and INTENSELY VIVID NIGHTMARES, I recently tried these instead. The lower dose of melatonin and the other ingredients have definitely help me get drowsy faster.

    A few Amazon reviewers mention their gummies melted in shipment, so if you're experiencing hot weather, you can stock up on them IRL at a local store.

    Get a jar of 50 gummies from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in larger sizes).

    Promising review: "I've tried other sleep products like the sleep drinks and other gummies but I keep coming back for these! They've worked the best out of any of the others I've tried! I fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the whole night. I also wake up feeling great! No hangover feeling at all!" —Jaime Arnold

    Learn more about the link between melatonin and sleep at the National Sleep Foundation.

    15. A lightweight, contoured sleeping mask that'll block every beam of light and never press down on your eyes, so you'll completely forget you're even wearing it.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "BEST sleeping eye mask I have ever had! Adjustable strap makes for the fit perfect. The deep eye pockets are so great because they don't rub your eyelashes. The mask fits the face perfect. No light gets in, not even when you sleep on your side. The material is so soft on your face!! (Also liked that I got a pair of earplugs free in the package! I researched a lot of masks before I purchased this one and I am so HAPPY I did. I recommend this to anyone wanting a sleeping mask & will purchase again in the future!!!" —Danielle

    16. Or a NodPod, aka a weighted blanket–sleep mask hybrid designed to put a comforting and relaxing pressure on your head — without the feeling of elastic.

    The Grommet

    You can also freeze it for headache relief!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 or The Grommet for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "The mask is perfectly weighted. It blocks all light, stays cool over the face and eyes and has granted me a restful night's sleep, every night." —Jeanne

    17. Cozyphones, a fleece headband with flat headphones built right in, because sleeping with earbuds in your ears is damn painful, but your "go to sleep" playlist is kickin'.

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    Get them from Amazon for $14.97 each or a two-pack for $24.95. Also available in friggin' adorable animal versions for kids!

    Promising review: "Just received these headphones, used them last night, and I am quite pleased -- pleased with the sound, pleased with the comfort. I bought a pair for my husband as well, as he listens to podcasts to drift off to sleep, I listen to music and meditations all thru the night, and comfort is extremely important. These are. They are lightweight, didn't know I had them on, and the sound is clear and clean without noise or interference. I look forward to using them. They're perfect for our needs. Can't ask for more! Thank you." —Marilyn

    18. A humidifier and essential oil diffuser designed to look like the night sky for a whole universe of relaxation — use lavender or your favorite nighttime-friendly essential oil for an extra boost.

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    There are 16 different color-changing option, it automatically shuts off when dry, and the water tank holds a supply that'll last *up to eight hours*.

    Get it from Walmart for $23.72.

    19. A reviewer-certified squeak-free bedframe for anyone whose restless bed partner rustling in the night is keeping them from getting any real rest.

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    It ships in a compact box and requires no extra tool for assembly. You'll be snoozing in minutes upon arrival.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.60+ (available in sizes narrow twin–California king, both standard and deluxe).

    Promising review: "Well this exactly what I was looking for. I bought a platform bed with headboard, footboard, and side rails. Not too long after we bought it the center support broke and slate started to crack and we kept dipping into the middle. Looked for 'heavy duty bed frame' and that’s exactly what this is. The 2” recessed edges make it so it fits inside of the side rails. It took about 10 minutes to set up, no tool required and was quiet, not a squeak at night. We are newlyweds, so we have really put it to the squeak test and it’s quiet as be. Extremely happy with our purchase. These are probably going to go in all our rooms because I know it will be no problem to get years' of use out of these." —Ryan Hughes

    20. A soothing ceiling projector with eight different light settings to turn anyone's room (adult or child alike) into a magical star show...and soothe and distract you from going over your to-do list for the thousandth time.

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    It even has a built-in speaker you can hook up to your phone (audio cable in included) for a fully ~mesmerizing~ experience.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.81.

    Promising review: "Literally, the first thing I said when I plugged it in was, 'HOLY S***.' It was that cool. I was skeptical cause its so cheap (price wise) but its a little solid night light that gives a BIG presentation. if its projecting on the ceiling it curves on the 90 degree angles, its cool as hell man. Then on top of that, it has an aux port for playing music. I got this for the kids...but I might be using it more." —Gilbert Hernandez

    21. A pair of insulating blackout curtains to keep precious heat IN and annoying sunlight OUT — or even worse, the lights your neighbors refuse to turn off at 3 a.m. that are somehow brighter than the sun.

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    Get two panels from Amazon for $24.95 (available in three sizes and 16 colors).

    Promising review: "Best blackout curtains ever for the price. I've shopped all over and these are truly what they are advertised. I didn't think I would need blackouts, but I work nights and sleep till noon and these are absolutely perfect. The color is a rich navy which are difficult to find in store. Trust me when I say, I went everywhere: Lowes, Home Depot & Home Goods, Tuesday morning, Ross, TJ Maxx, Walmart, Target. No place had them in this color for this price. I love, love, love, Amazon Prime because I wasn't sure if these were going to work out, but they are above and beyond what I expected." —Josie Holdridge

    22. A lavender & bergamot–infused sleep balm you can rub into your temples, pulse points, lips, or chest for an immediate ~doze~ of relaxation.

    Amazon

    Rather than making you sleepy like medication does, this balm promotes calm and relaxation so restless thoughts disappear far, far away.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.79.

    Promising review: "This natural essential oil blend does the trick for me, every time. Remember, it is subtle in the way it helps you fall, and stay, asleep. Not a drug, so you can really relax and know that you will safely drift to sleep and dream of wondrous things." —Marietta Rhyne

    23. A Goldilocks-approved pillow filled with shredded memory foam so your head is never too high (like traditional memory foam pillows that don't sink in enough) or too low (like the decade-old down alternative pillows on your bed right now). It's juuuuust right.

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    Get them from Amazon for $39.99 each. Also available in king-size pillows.

    Promising review: "I bought one of these pillows because neither my husband nor I sleep soundly at night. I tried one first, and liked it so well that I purchased one for my husband. Last night was his first time to use it. He volunteered this morning that he 'slept hard' last night! He added he didn't remember ever waking up during the night — which was a first! The interesting part is this: I didn't tell him that he was trying out a new pillow. I wanted to test it on him and see if he would make any comment about his sleep (usually he COMPLAINS about his sleep). I definitely recommend this pillow — whether you are a side sleeper (like me) or a back sleeper (like hubby)!" —Amazon Customer

    24. Or Moisture- and temperature-regulating pillows with a ~Hygro cotton~ shell so you don't wake up in the middle of the night, needing to flip over to the cool side.

    Macy's

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $27.99+ each (originally $50+; available in standard and king sizes).

    25. An *over*-the-head relaxation pillow filled with a lightweight plush and a curved design to block out light and sound. Want to scream into a pillow when your partner snores? This might help.

    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $168.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I don’t remember when I’ve been so happy with a purchase! I have slept more deeply and with fewer waking up issues since I’ve had it. I put it over my eyes and tuck the 'arms' behind my neck and just drift off to sleep. It is like being wrapped in a cloud. For me, it has been wonderful." —Michele

    26. A freshly brewed cup of ~moon milk~ — aka a bedtime drink made of warm milk, honey, spices, and ashwagandha, an adaptogen plant used in Ayurvedic healing that can help with stress, insomnia, and fatigue.

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    One of our food writers talked to an MD who specializes in Ayurveda before trying moon milk for herself (her brew is pictured above!). Check out her first-hand experience with moon milk — spoiler alert, it *did* make her sleepy — for all the deets!

    Get a pre-made mix perfect for moon milk (with turmeric, coconut milk powder, cinnamon, ashwaghanda, ginger, and more already in it) from Amazon for $21.99.

    Promising review: "Love this Tur Latte Golden Milk mix! I'd been making my own from scratch every night and this is so much easier and tastes the same! Originally got this to just take on a trip but now will use this all the time as it's so much easier and there's no mess! I mix it with coconut milk and it's so yummy. If you use too much it tends to be a bit strong so don't overdo. It does help with sleep and I seem to have more energy! Highly recommend!" —J. M. Gray

    27. A U-shaped body pillow that'll be your cuddle buddy and grown-up stuffed animal companion to keep your body aligned and give you a comforting, cocooning sensation to help you relax and doze right off.

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    Was this originally designed for pregnant women? Yes. Will everyone feel the benefits? Also yes. It also has a removable cover you can toss right in the wash for easy cleaning!

    Get it from Amazon for $49.50+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    Promising review: "This pillow saved me! I was not sleeping AT ALL. Tossing, turning couldn't get comfortable. I am not pregnant, I just needed additional support for my back which this provides and has helped ease hip and leg aches. It also keeps me in one spot so I don't wake myself up constantly moving around, but allows me to easily maneuver if I need too and I fall right back to sleep. My dogs love it too. I will often find them snuggled up in the middle of it under the blanket. Have no issue with the fluff. I throw it in the dryer every other time I wash the cover and flip it over often sleeping on both sides." —Karen

    28. A creative journal to help any restless mind late at night — it's filled with interactive pages and reusable activities to de-stress, unwind, and just chill the eff out so you can get to sleep ASAP.

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    Remember that thing you did in third grade? You know how you stayed up half the night last week thinking about it? That's over now.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.15.

    Promising review: "Lee Crutchley's book is the literary answer for insomnia. This is the perfect book to keep by your bedside when counting sheep just isn't doing the trick to send you off to dreamland. Open The Nocturnal Journal to any page and let your imagination run wild. It's a good idea to keep a pencil or pen handy to answer the questions posed on some pages. Exploring some of the thoughts that are keeping you awake will definitely help you calm them down, answer them, or help put them to bed so sleep will come more easily." —Dee Long

    29. A table lamp with multiple brightness and color options so you can sleep soundly after reading in bed. As you head towards bed time, opt for warmer light colors!

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    It also has a USB port built into the base for all your charging needs.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS LIGHT!!! It's fairly sturdy, especially for the price, and the variable light colors are THE BEST!! Being able to use yellow light at night to help with getting to sleep while I'm reading, then change to blue light during the day with just a couple taps, is awesome. The variable light level control is super easy and convenient, and there are a ton of ways to reposition the light to meet your needs. As someone who prefers clean lines/contemporary design, I also love how it looks on my nightstand." —Shauna B.

    30. A mega-fluffy down alternative all-season duvet insert, because being cozy isn't just for the wintertime. This has weight that's perfect for cuddling under year-round; the well over 6,000 people who rated this five stars can't be wrong!

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes twin–oversized king and six colors).

    Promising review: "I have insomnia and this is exactly what the packaging says: 'an adult security blanket.' It keeps you warm without getting too hot and it’s light and fluffy."—Alby Yasmeen Sumague

    31. A high-density memory foam pillow ergonomically designed to align your knees and hips to reduce pressure on your lower back. That means less waking in the night in pain (according to Amazon reviewers) and easier time falling asleep.

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    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    Promising review: "I suffer from bad sciatica. I asked my doctor about a pillow, and he said not to get it because it may or may not help and he didn't want me to waste my money. Well after a couple weeks I got desperate. I read all these reviews and ordered the cushion with the best ratings (within my budget). I was disappointed. My knees/ legs were barely apart. They were pretty much still touching. I saved the packaging so I could send it back. That night I tried it again just to give it a fair shot. THAT NIGHT WAS THE FIRST NIGHT I SLEPT THROUGH THE ENTIRE NIGHT IN SIX WEEKS!!! and it wasn't a fluke. A week later and I'm still sleeping through the night. My hips are no longer sore in the morning and it's not excruciating pain when I sit up in the morning. Don't get me wrong, I am still in pain especially when bending or stooping but the all-day 'just for no reason' pain has gotten a lot better. I have no idea how but this thing works. I won't even lay on the couch without it now." —Stacey Johnson

    32. A water-resistant vibrator with five intensity levels and 20 pattern modes of vibration. It even remembers your previous speed and combo setting so you can get on to ~getting off~ — and then getting right to sleep.

    Amazon

    Those endorphins from orgasms can help you relax and sleep better.

    Get it from Amazon for $38 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "Absolutely love it! This is the first time I bought such products and it’s like a treat for myself, which would made me feel more relaxed before going to sleep. It has a lot of surprisingly great features for people with different needs." —Claire2019

    If you're looking for more, check out the best vibrators you can buy online and best places to buy sex toys online.

    It's time to turn off your inner Bethenny Frankel.

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