13 Genius Inventions For People Who Have Trouble Sleeping

Whether you can't fall asleep, wake up frequently, or have trouble quieting your thoughts long enough to rest, a good night’s sleep can sometimes seem like an impossible task. But that doesn't mean you’ll never be able to do it. There are some genius products to help you sleep.

Now, before you try to fix your sleeping woes, you'll need to identify the main reasons you have trouble sleeping. Do you toss and turn because you can't get comfortable, wake up repeatedly from noise or light, or find yourself kicking off the covers in a night sweat frenzy? All these things are pretty common and have some easy solutions to help you rest.

On the other hand, the problems may not be physical at all. It's easy to let the stress of the day carry into the night — so if you have trouble with anxiety or a racing mind, getting a product that helps you relax and unwind can help your sleep immeasurably.

After using some of these products, you might just become the radiant morning person you've always wanted to be. Or at the very least, you'll wake up feeling a little fresher. That beats wanting to destroy your alarm clock any day.


The Night Mask That Relieves Pain And Puffiness

Brownmed IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask, $10, Amazon

You may not realize that light seeping in from the windows could be interrupting your sleep. With this sleeping mask, all the light is comfortably blocked out — and it's filled with beads that use acupressure to gently massage your eyes all night. This helps relieve headaches and puffiness around the eyes. For even more relaxation, pop this in the freezer and enjoy its cooling effects.


An Essential Oil Mist That Winds You Down With Chamomiles

Eunoia Naturals Relax Pillow Mist, $23, Amazon

Telling yourself over and over again to relax is...not a great way to not relax. But this pillow mist might help you out — it's an essential oil blend of lavender (which assists in relaxation) and chamomile (a natural sleep aid) designed to help you calm down and soothe anxious thoughts. Plus, you can use it as an air freshener, on your clothes, or spray it directly on your pillow right before bed for sweet, easy dreams.


A Pillow To Keep Your Head Cool

Penguin Cooling Pillow Mat, $17, Amazon

If you suffer from sweaty bed head, this cooling pillow mat will be a lifesaver. It's a slim mat made of Japanese cooling foam that sits atop your pillow. You can use it on its own or put it in the refrigerator for an extra cool touch, and it's made with gel instead of water, so it'll never leak or spill. Whether you put it above your below your pillowcase, you'll feel relief from night sweats right away.


Luxury Sheets With Maximum Air Flow

CGK Unlimited Luxury Bed Sheets, $36 (6 Piece Set), Amazon

It's worth spending some money on nice sheets. That doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune, but cheap, scratchy sheets feel gross and definitely aren't helping you sleep. These brushed microfiber sheets are soft and luxurious and not prohibitively expensive. Made to be extra breathable to promote air flow, these sheets help keep you cool as the weather heats up. Plus, the deep pockets give it an easy fit on every mattress and they won't end up popping off the bed corners and annoying you at night.


A Sleep System That Trains You To Drift Off Faster

Dodow, $60, Amazon

This is a neat invention — the Dodow is essentially a metronome that emits a soft blinking light in intervals As you focus on that light and sync your breath to its rhythm, you'll relax and fall asleep. Basically, it trains you how to fall asleep without any drugs or supplements. That's pretty amazing.


An Organic Tea To Help You Doze Off

Four Sigmatic Organic Mushroom Elixir With Reishi, $30, Amazon

Mushroom elixir may not sound like the ideal bedtime beverage, but this Reishi tea can really help you relax. Reishi is a mushroom-derived anti-stress supplement that's been used for over 4000 years. Mixed with mint, licorice, star anise, and a hint of stevia, it tastes fresh and delicious...and nothing like mushrooms. It's all natural and organic, vegan, and allergen-free, so there are no added chemicals in this lovely sleep elixir.


A Journal For Those Sleepless Moments

Knock Knock I Can't Sleep Journal, $9, Amazon

Sometimes your mind is your biggest obstacle to sleep, and that's where this journal comes in. When you can't sleep because your brain is working overtime, just write according to the prompts in the journal to help relieve your mind of its worries. Plus, it has over 70 insightful and funny quotes from famously poor sleepers to help keep you relaxed and entertained. After pouring out your many thoughts, you'll likely find yourself sleeping easier.


The Cute Little Sleep Sensor That Does Everything

Sense Sleep System, $130, Amazon

This little ball pretty much does everything you need for a good night's rest. It can play a variety of sounds to help you get to dreamland — and when you finally do, it tracks sleep habits, and movement during the night and relays all that info to your phone. And it works as an alarm clock that wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep cycle. If you're really curious about your sleeping patterns and what you do to rest better, this system is perfect.


A Mattress Topper Infused With Green Tea Magic

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Topper, $26-$47, Amazon

So, we're sleeping on green tea now? Yes! Green tea is naturally anti-bacterial, so it keeps your mattress topper clean and odor free. The high-quality memory foam will contour to your shape perfectly, giving your mattress a little extra comfort and padding, and it's got some active charcoal to eliminate moisture — meaning a much more breathable sleep.


Headphones Comfortable Enough To Sleep On

CozySleep Sleep Headphones & Travel Bag, $20, Amazon

I need to listen to music or a podcast at night to sleep because somehow those sounds counteract my ongoing mental monolog. But sleeping with earbuds is a huge pain, unless you use these comfortable sleep headphones. The speakers are extra thin, so you won't feel them even when sleeping on your side. The lycra headband is light and stays in place during the night and the braided chord won't tangle or kink even if you move around in your sleep. Plus, the headband is washable so it stays clean and comfortable night after night.


An Alarm Clock With The Power Of Essential Oil

ArtNaturals Essential Oil Diffuser and Alarm Clock, $36, Amazon

You get a little bit of everything in this essential oil diffuser. Besides misting those oils into the air, it's also a humidifier, clock, night light, alarm clock, and Bluetooth speaker. The LED light can be adjusted for brightness to your taste and you can use any essential oil to help you wind down at night. One user wrote: "This diffuser is amazing! The sound quality of the speaker is great and the mist is very strong. Love it!"


A Sleep Balm That Soothes With Lavender

Sleep Balm Badger Balm, $7, Amazon

If aromatherapy really works for you, here's a great concentrated option. You can put this sleep balm on your temples, chest, hands, or any pulse point, and let the relaxing lavender scent calm you down. There's no artificial ingredients, fragrances, GMO's, or petroleum. It's certified organic and designed to give you a concentrated dose of natural aromatherapeutic fragrances — not only from lavender, but from bergamot, castor, and ginger oils.


A Light Bulb That Boosts Melatonin

Lighting Science Good Night LED Light Bulb, $20, Amazon

You may have heard that the "blue light" from electronics can mess up your sleep. Well, this light bulb is designed to fill your room with sleep-enhancing light. Their patented design provides warm, glowing light that aids melatonin production and helps maintain your natural circadian rhythms. The equivalent of 60 Watts, it's bright enough for nighttime activities, but isn't harsh enough to stave off tiredness. With just one lightbulb, you can fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and get back in touch with your natural sleep cycle.

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