This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features.
Close Banner
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features.

22 Products That'll Actually Help You Sleep Better, According To Experts

Emma Loewe
December 22, 2022
Emma Loewe
By Emma Loewe
mbg Contributor
Emma Loewe is the former Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen. She is the author of "Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us" and the co-author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care." Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,500 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes.
Image by Santi Nuñez / Stocksy
December 22, 2022
We carefully vet all products and services featured on mindbodygreen using our commerce guidelines. Our selections are never influenced by the commissions earned from our links.

It's no secret that sleep is essential to overall health. Spending enough time asleep each night (the exact number varies, but seven to nine hours is considered the gold standard for most adults) gives your body and brain the opportunity to recover and pays off for your long-term heart health, brain health, weight management, immune response, and more.

Most of us know what it feels like to wake up from a deep, high-quality sleep: We get out of bed feeling mentally sharp and positive about the day ahead. Unfortunately, factors like stress, distractions, and uncomfortable bedroom environments can all keep us up at night and make energized mornings a distant dream.

Experts agree that the single most important way you can improve your sleep is to stick to a consistent bedtime and wake-up time. (Learn why that's so essential here.) If your sleep timing is always off, buying your way to a better snooze will not be possible. However, there are definitely products that can help you stick to your schedule, achieving more consistent and reliably restorative sleep in the process.

Over the years, I've interviewed dozens of physicians, psychologists, and neuroscientists who specialize in sleep to get their intel on the tools and techniques that will actually help people achieve their deepest rest. These are the products that they recommend again and again.

No two sleepers are the same, so we split our sleep list into a few categories so you can pick and choose products based on where you need the most support.

Natural remedies:

tea, sleep supplement, and essential oils on teal background
Image by mbg Creative

sleep support+ by mindbodygreen.

mindbodygreen's No.1 bestselling supplement harnesses the sleep-promoting power of three clinically studied ingredients: magnesium bisglycinate, jujube, and PharmaGABA®.* Together, they help people fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and easily doze off after midnight wakeups.* And unlike hormonal sleep aids like melatonin, sleep support+ will help you feel energized—not groggy—the second you wake up.*

mindbodygreen sleep support+ ($49/month);


Skin Regimen Night Detox overnight face mask.

Of course, sleep time is also an essential time for any beauty regimen. As mbg's beauty director Alexandra Engler explains, your skin is most permeable when you're sleeping, making overnight masks a quick ticket to beauty sleep.

This mask from Skin Regimen, formulated to nourish even the most sensitive of skin, ranks as one of her top favorites.

Skin Regimen Night Detox overnight face mask (starting at $95);,


Helias sleep essential oil.

Smelling the luscious scent of lavender and the sweet notes of Roman chamomile before bed can help your mind calm down from a busy day. Aromatherapy has been shown helpful for both easing stress and promoting relaxation, after all.

This offering from Helias combines both aromas, plus soothing atlas cedar, vetiver, and ylang-ylang, into a soothing blend that you use in the shower, drop onto your pillow, or massage onto your skin with a carrier oil for a fragrant nightly ritual.

Helias Sleep Essential Oil Blend (starting at $35);


Alaya chamomile flowers tea.

As far as sleep teas go, chamomile is a popular pick for a reason. "Chamomile is calming, relaxing, and soothing. [It] is one of the great teas to drink after dinner to help you unwind from the day," herbalist Kami McBride previously told mbg.

This organic and sustainably harvested loose-leaf tea from Alaya will deliver 25 cups of fresh chamomile to elevate your evening routine.

Alaya Chamomile Flowers tea (starting at $14);,

Cozy staples:

pillow, robe, and eye mask on purple background
Image by mbg Creative

Good Side silk pillowcase

Beyond being incredibly smooth to the touch, silk will also create a breathable and moisture-wicking environment that's great for skin and hair health. This luxurious silk pillowcase from Good Side is made from the highest quality of silk, Mulberry, and OEKO-TEX certified free of harmful chemicals, toxins, and irritants that could get in the way of your restorative rest.

The Peach Silk Pillowcase ($89);


Parachute organic cotton robe.

A soft, lightweight robe will ensure a cozy nighttime or morning routine year-round. This oh-so-cozy option from Parachute is made from 100% organic cotton in a jersey knit, delivering the softness of your favorite well-worn sleep shirt.

Parachute Organic Cotton Robe ($129);


Lunya washable silk set.

Sleeping on a cloud might sound like hyperbole—until you try snoozing in a high-quality silk pajama set. Washable silk, sustainable dyes, and strategically placed slits for breathability make this one from Lunya a total dream.

Lunya Washable Silk Sleepwear Set ($188);


Casper weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets strategically apply weight and pressure to mimic the comforting feeling of being hugged. "It's thought that weighted blankets provide deep pressure stimulation, which activates the parasympathetic, or 'rest and digest' part of the nervous system," Nishi Bhopal, M.D., a psychiatrist specializing in sleep medicine, previously told mbg.

One downside is that some people might find them too hot to sleep in, which is where this breathable cooling weighted blanket from Casper comes in.

Casper Weighted Blanket (starting at $88);


IMAK compression eye mask.

As circadian rhythm experts explain, bright light at night can throw off your internal clock and disrupt your all-important sleep-wake cycle. "If you have light exposure at night," sleep doctor Daniel Rifkin, M.D., previously told mbg, "it's almost like your brain is seeing a sunrise at a time when it should be seeing a sunset."

Once you slip into bed and turn off your lights, this IMAK eye mask will handle the rest, keeping the sun out and lending comfortable pressure around your eyes until your morning alarm.

IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask and Eye Pillow ($14.99);


SIJO french linen sheet set.

The right sheets can mean the difference between a comfortable night of sleep and a sweaty, irritating snooze. This set from cult-favorite brand SIJO guarantees the former by wrapping you in linen—a breathable, cooling, and moisture-wicking material for sheets.

Sijo Linen Sheets ($131);

Sleep gadgets:

alarm clock, ring, and sound machine on green background
Image by mbg Creative

SNOOZ white noise machine.

Just like light, noise can quickly disrupt the sleep experience. White noise machines can help drown out loud appliances or car horns, and this portable one from SNOOZ features 10 volume settings to help you find your ideal sleep soundtrack, at home or on the road.

SNOOZ White Noise Machine (starting at $99.99);,


Oura Ring Generation 3.

While the way you feel when you wake up is usually a good indication of how well you slept, high-tech sleep trackers allow you to get granular and measure the amount of time you spent in each sleep stage including REM, how long it took you to fall asleep (down to the minute), etc. By comparing your data night after night, you can get a better idea of the habits that set you up for a deeper snooze.

The Oura ring is one of the most popular trackers out there, with a unique ring design that will comfortably stay on your finger all day and night. Beyond measuring key sleep metrics, the latest version also offers period prediction, oxygen saturation sensing, and more predictors of overall well-being.

Oura Ring Generation 3 ($299);


Hatch Restore smart sleep assistant.

Using your phone as your alarm clock can make it tempting to scroll in bed at night and check your inbox or social feeds first thing in the morning; habits that are not great for sleep (or mental health). That's why many experts recommend leaving the phone out of the bedroom and using a separate alarm clock instead.

This digital option from Hatch does so much more than just tell time. It's a sound machine, meditation app, and alarm that wakes you up with light by mimicking a warm and gentle sunrise.

Hatch Restore Smart Sleep Assistant (starting at $129.99);,

Tools for a nightly ritual:

dream mist, journal, and candle on pink background
Image by mbg Creative

dream mist by mindbodygreen.

A few spritzes of mbg's delicious linen spray and your pillows, sheets, or PJs will be gently cloaked in the lovely scent of lavender, sandalwood, Roman chamomile, and linden blossom essential oils. One smell and you'll be sold. The aroma of dream mist can add another dimension to your bedtime (or morning!) routine.

mindbodygreen dream mist ($30);


The Five Minute Journal.

According to psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist Shelby Harris, PsyD, DBSM, writing down any repetitive thoughts and to-do's before bed can free up some mental space to devote to sleep. That way, "if you think about it later, you can go, 'Nope, I already wrote it down,'" Harris previously told mbg.

This guided journal will help you stick to the stress-easing practice with short prompts for reflecting each night.

Intelligent Change The Five Minute Journal (starting at $24.13);,


SIDIA braless candle.

Made to evoke the feeling of shedding your bra at the end of a long day, this warm, spicy scent from SIDIA (featuring cedar, rose, and sandalwood) is a relaxing one to burn in the hours leading up to bed. Made from soy-coconut wax and free of parabens and phthalates, you can feel good about welcoming it into your boudoir.

SIDIA Braless Candle ($58);


Book of the Month subscription.

Reading a book is a wonderful way to take your mind off the day (just make sure it's nothing too scary!), and a physical copy will be less stimulating to the eyes than a digital one. Gift yourself a transportive bedtime read with a subscription to the Book of the Month club, which delivers five to seven new books to your door every month. You can choose which one to keep from there.

Book of the Month subscription (starting at $49.99);

Bedroom upgrades:

light, crystal, fan on green background
Image by mbg Creative

Avocado Latex Mattress

If there's one thing that's worth splurging on in the bedroom, it's a supportive mattress. This nontoxic mattress from Avocado features 9 inches of natural, organic latex for a firm sleep experience that will keep you snoozing comfortably for years to come, so it's well worth the investment.

Avocado Latex Mattress (starting at $2,399);


MASIVEL modern circle table lamp.

Switching over to warmer lighting can make a huge difference in the bedroom, as it tends to be less stimulating during wind-down hours. This unique circle LED lamp gives off a warming glow on a dimmer, so it can gradually wind down as you do.

MASIVEL Modern Circle Table Lamp ($43.99);


Blueair Blue Pure Fan.

We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, making the air quality in our bedrooms hugely important. This funky fan from Blueair will filter out small particles that can cause irritation while cooling your room down to a comfortable temperature and emitting a soothing noise.

BLUEAIR Pure Fan Auto (starting at $299.99);,


The Sleepout Curtain.

Dark bedrooms set the stage for deep and uninterrupted rest, making blackout shades a popular product among sleep specialists. High-end ones can cost a pretty penny, but this portable blackout curtain that installs in minutes blocks just as much light for a fraction of the cost.

The Sleepout Curtain ($89);


Energy Muse amethyst cluster.

Finally, for the spiritual slumber, amethyst crystals are thought to help us connect to our intuition and inner knowing. You can clutch the purple stone before bed while meditating, doing a breathing exercise, or visualizing tomorrow going exactly your way before drifting off to dreamland.

Energy Muse Amethyst Cluster ($14.95);

The takeaway.

As you can see, there's a range of products that sleep experts agree can help support a deep and restful slumber. Opt for one or mix and match them into a sleep bundle to help you achieve better sleep with fewer wakeups.

Watch Next

Enjoy some of our favorite clips from classes

Watch Next

Enjoy some of our favorite clips from classes

What Is Meditation?

Mindfulness/Spirituality | Light Watkins

Box Breathing

Mindfulness/Spirituality | Gwen Dittmar

What Breathwork Can Address

Mindfulness/Spirituality | Gwen Dittmar

The 8 Limbs of Yoga - What is Asana?

Yoga | Caley Alyssa

Two Standing Postures to Open Up Tight Hips

Yoga | Caley Alyssa

How Plants Can Optimize Athletic Performance

Nutrition | Rich Roll

What to Eat Before a Workout

Nutrition | Rich Roll

How Ayurveda Helps Us Navigate Modern Life

Nutrition | Sahara Rose

Messages About Love & Relationships

Love & Relationships | Esther Perel

Love Languages

Love & Relationships | Esther Perel

Related Videos (10)

What Is Meditation?

Box Breathing

What Breathwork Can Address

The 8 Limbs of Yoga - What is Asana?

Two Standing Postures to Open Up Tight Hips

How Plants Can Optimize Athletic Performance

What to Eat Before a Workout

How Ayurveda Helps Us Navigate Modern Life

Messages About Love & Relationships

Love Languages

This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features.

More On This Topic

more Health
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features.
This ad is displayed using third party content and we do not control its accessibility features.