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13 Editor-Tested Products to Fall Asleep Fast and Stay There

Struggling to fall asleep is frustrating, but the side effects of not closing your eyes – from mood swings and reduced attention span to puffy or dull skin – are even worse. Fortunately, there are products that can help (and no, I’m not just talking about melatonin.)

Since we’ve all been there, I’ve asked my fellow Forbes editors about their favorite products for drifting off to dreamland and staying there. Whether a snoring partner or noisy neighbors are keeping you up at night or chronic pain has you tossing and turning, the life-changing sleep aids below will help you fall asleep quickly when all else fails.

A white noise machine that puts you to sleep

“On a good day, I’m probably the lightest sleeper in the world. Factor in my husband snoring next to me and a baby in the hallway, and you have a recipe for terrible sleep. With 10 fan sounds, 10 variations of pink, white, and brown noise, and two ocean options, this simple white noise machine really does the trick for me. It drowns out the noise to the point that I often don’t even hear my partner entering the room. When I wake up for the inevitable trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, it puts me back to sleep quickly. You don’t have to take my word for it – over 7,700 5-star Amazon reviews agree that this thing is amazing. —Cory Baldwin, Content Director


A pillow made just for you

“About a year ago I created a custom Pluto pillow and I’ve been sleeping since my best sleep. I’ve never been particularly happy with the various pillows I’ve owned in the past – they were always too thick, too thin or at first soft as an angel’s wing but quickly became lumpy Someone suggested I try Pluto, and it’s hard to overstate how much I love my pillow.

Here’s the deal: you answer a handful of questions on Pluto’s website: you enter your height and weight, the thickness of your current pillow, whether your head gets hot at night, your sleeping position, and a few other details. . From all of this, Pluto determines your ideal pillow based on approximately 35 variables and mails it out. You have 110 nights to try the resulting hybrid pillow (it’s an incredibly comfortable foam core covered in a plush outer layer), but I knew after just a few days that it was my dream pillow . Therefore, to say.” —Dave Johnson, Associate Editor


Aromatherapy where you need it most

“I have discovered that aromatherapy helps me relax after a busy day. Some nights I spray my pillowcase with a soothing pillow spray, but usually I just turn on this essential oil diffuser. The device offers plenty of ways to personalize my sleep experience, from seven LED light settings (to create that perfect ambiance) to a humidification feature that helps me breathe easier. Not to mention it quickly fills the room with my favorite sleepy scent. Hi, lavender.” —Jennifer Ford, Associate Editor


A portable sauna room

“With a to-do list swirling around in my head the moment it hits the pillow, I’m always looking for a way to unwind before slipping into bed. Enter, my ultimate sleep saver: the HigherDose Infrared Blanket This infrared sauna blanket has become a heavenly part of my nighttime routine.

An hour before bed, I turn it on, crawl for 30 to 45 minutes, and shut myself off from the world as the blanket envelops me in a soothing warmth that when my eyes are closed feels like recline on a plush beach chair in the Caribbean sun, enjoying every ray of relaxation. After sweating out some toxins, I hop in the shower to rinse off, then I’m perfectly relaxed and ready to hit the hay. It’s the ultimate game changer for a good night’s rest. —Kim Peiffer, Editor-in-Chief


A wedge pillow that supports you

“Whether you have back problems, acid reflux, or need some pressure relief from your esophagus to kill the snoring, a wedge pillow plays the most vital role in my efforts to sleep better. Designed to support the surgery patients, this hypoallergenic memory foam set includes multiple pieces to support your back and legs as needed.

Velcro straps live on the side of the main unit to keep the optional head pillow from slipping off while you sleep, and each pillow has a washable bamboo cover to keep it nice and clean of any drool you’ll produce getting such good sleep. . It’s an invaluable companion for anyone who needs more support than a traditional mattress or pillows can provide. —Quentyn Kennemer, Technical Writer


A pillow steamer that works

“I thought pillow sprays were a total gimmick. That is, until I tried this one. The blend of lavender, vetiver and chamomile scents relaxes me as soon as my head hits the pillow. I always wake up more rested after using it. —Kara Cuzzone, Offers Writer


An escape from a snoring partner

“With five pets and a snoring partner, it was hard to get a quiet night in my house, until I tried these Bose Sleepbuds II. Not only do they block noise earplug-style, but you can choose from 40 relaxing sounds (surprisingly, my favorite is airplane noise) that calm you down while masking out ambient noise.If your room isn’t quiet or you’re particularly stressed or anxious, you need this . —Lindsay Boyers, Strategy Editor


A silk pillowcase and a sleep mask set

“After having my hair colored recently, I decided it was time to start giving my hair some love, especially since it’s a little dried out from the color. I have read a lot about how silk pillowcases can help tame frizz while you sleep and decided to give it a try I opted for the Brooklinen Mulberry pack partly because I wanted the eye mask.I’ve always found eye masks boring in the past, however, this one felt super light and cool on my face and it didn’t distract me while I slept.An added bonus with the pillowcase is that I have noticed that my face masks or heavy overnight moisturizers stay on my face now rather than being absorbed into the pillow.In the past I would wake up and notice drops of skincare on my pillow.Once you start using a silk pillowcase, you won’t want to never stop again!” —Sarah Lee, Social Media Editor


A marshmallow-like quilt

“The first time I got under that duvet, I was like, ‘Oh, wow!’ out loud. After years of struggling with my insert and duvet cover, I decided to invest in a duvet, and I couldn’t be happier with this one from Parachute. The weight and texture unlike any blanket I’ve ever used before, really airy to the touch like a just toasted marshmallow It’s warm enough for chilly spring nights sleeping with the window open, but not so hot that you wake up sweating on a hot summer day, sleeping with this duvet seems like one of the little luxuries of my life. —Kristina Bornholtz, newsletter editor


A sunrise at your bedside

“I wanted a solar alarm clock and started with a trendier and much more expensive product which I ended up returning because I didn’t like how it worked. After some more research, I ended up choosing this version because it has everything I need: easy, adjustable lighting; Bluetooth capabilities; and, of course, a sunrise alarm clock (it also has built-in soothing sounds and audio alarms). It shines a bit in the morning (which my husband doesn’t like), but I find it’s what I need to get out of bed in the morning, especially in the winter. —Karen Tietjen, Associate Updates Editor


A modern way to listen to lullabies

“Who said a lullaby was just for babies? After a tiring day of hard work, I ask Alexa on my Bose Home Speaker 500 to play a lullaby with nature sounds and soon I feel like I’m in nature falling asleep. (My favorite album is Baby lullabies: piano lullabies with natural rain sounds for baby sleep). We have three Echo Dots and an Echo Show 5 in-house, but music with the Bose Home Speaker 500 is fuller and richer! I highly recommend it to anyone who uses Alexa and wants a better sound experience (with a better look and better quality). —Joy Hwang, Artistic Director


A blanket to help relieve tension

“I used to read about weighted blankets and thought it was a scam or at best a placebo effect. I tried this blanket out of curiosity and was surprise. Comfortable and pleasantly heavy on the body, the blanket feels like it’s resting on you in an almost comforting way, rocking you to sleep. I’ve noticed that I sleep deeper and fall asleep faster when I use this blanket compared to my usual blanket, an effect echoed by other reviewers. I wake up more rested too, as my sleep quality has improved. Although it was too hot to that I can use it in the summer, I’ve since ditched my old blanket instead of this one for the colder nights. —Nusrat Sultana, home and kitchen writer


A soothing cream for painful areas

“Even if you don’t exercise regularly (me), you may experience occasional soreness from sitting unergonomically in front of a laptop for hours (me too). This aptly named superlative balm is the key to a relaxing end to the day. When rubbed into painful areas, the cream instantly soothes and gives a cooling effect, thanks to a multitude of therapeutic ingredients like arnica, turmeric and menthol. Use it on your neck and shoulders at the end of a long day and just try not falling asleep – or at least in a relaxed, floating state – within minutes. —Jane Sung, Beauty Editor