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Every night at InsideHook we rest our weary heads, most of us here in the city that never sleeps. We make ourselves comfortable in our apartments at the end of a long day, hoping beyond hope that we’ll pass out as soon as our heads hit the pillow. But as is the case for millions of Americans, there are nights when we toss and turn and struggle to fall asleep for hours before exhaustion (or the whiskey) knocks us out.
To reduce the likelihood of such difficulties at bedtime, our employees use a variety of products to help us relax at the end of a long day. From pillows to sheet sets (and lots of CBD), find our favorite bedtime essentials that help us fall (and stay) asleep below.
“Perhaps you, like me, occasionally go to bed with a sense of impending dread about what tomorrow will bring. If, instead of quietly counting sheep or whatever people who have a good balance between work and home life, you’ve gotten into the habit of giving yourself a stress-related headache while staring at the ceiling and mentally going through tomorrow’s to-do list, maybe I recommend rubbing some of this blend of essential oils to your temples and relax?This is a soothing scent designed to relax you, featuring a blend of peppermint, spanish sage, cardamom, ginger and sweet fennel, and I can personally attest to the fact that it will do for your soul what a puff of Vicks Vaporub does for your sinuses. – Bonnie Stiernberg, Editor-in-Chief
“I have a whole regiment to sleep. Some nights it’s CBD from Gossamer, some more intense times he puts in Bose Sleepbuds II. And sometimes it’s a practice like reading a book (not on Kindle, but a real paper “book”) and putting down my screen(s) just before turning off the light. But the only thing that really determines the length and quality of my zzzs is the temperature. I’m always looking for the perfect cooling mattress and sheets for the summer, but during the winter, a very old-school heated mattress topper from Sunbeam saved my life. Mine is so old it still uses a dial controller, but it works great and keeps the bed warm and sleep-inducing. That said, the brand has certainly upped its game in recent years, now offering heating pads with digital displays and even apps to help you control (and time) your bedroom heat. – Kirk Miller, editor
In partnership with Zolt
Complete with a refreshing blend of organic ashwagandha and three milligrams of melatonin, Zolt’s Dreamy herbal drink mix promotes relaxation at the end of a long day. Notes of light ginger and honey remind us of our favorite soothing teas while collagen improves skin’s hydration and elasticity to help us wake up looking and feeling better. Enjoy this blend of botanical terpenes every night or put it to good use on rare occasions when tossing and turning in bed.
“Call me old fashioned, but there’s something about the hum of a traditional desk fan that helps me fall asleep (and stay asleep) way better than a white noise machine does. ever could, which is precisely why Honeywell’s Turboforce fan has been part of my bedtime routine for nearly a decade.An investment made to combat stuffy college dorms, it’s just strong enough to suffocate noise but quiet enough to let me sleep without unwanted interruptions.And when it’s hot and humid in the summer I ride it for a much needed night breeze. – Cam Vigliotta, Trade Editor
“As someone whose internal temperature is constantly hot to the boiling point, staying cool after hitting the sack can be a huge undertaking, especially with the unpredictable factor of an extra-cuddly (perhaps too cuddly) partner. ) thrown into the mix. Casper’s Hyperlite cooling sheets are a godsend; light enough to keep me from overheating but not as thin as paper – that’s thanks to their special grid weave and tencel lyocell, something which I sure can’t explain but absolutely swear – they’ve been good all year round and made bedtime bearable practice. No more throwing the blankets to wake up freezing which is surely a good thing. plus, they look pretty cool. – Paolo Sandoval, deputy editor
“Like a weighted blanket, but for your face. From the makers of the Gravity Weighted Blanket, the Sleep Mask combines the light-blocking technology of an old-school eye mask with the modern wonders of deep pressure stimulation to help you relax. The heating/cooling function allows you to warm or cool the mask to your desired sleeping temperature. – Kayla Kibbe, Associate Editor
“To be completely honest, when I review a product – a new cast iron skillet, a durable jacket or a car thing – I usually go back to what I was using before at the end of the test. It’s not Not so with the Marlow pillow. I tested Brooklinen’s new pillow brand before its launch last fall, and the pillow has stayed on my bed ever since. My favorite thing about the foam model is memory foam is that you can adjust the firmness via two zippers on the sides: unzip them for a softer feel, zip them up to firm things up.There’s an extra-large king-size pillow available, but I say the standard size is quite large. If you were disappointed with the situation of your pillow, give it a try – they even have a 365-day return policy to sweeten the deal. – Alex Lauer, Editor-in-Chief
“After sometimes using melatonin as a sleeping pill, I noticed that while it helped me fall asleep, it didn’t help me stay asleep, which is really the most important part. Wasn’t a problem with TheraOne High Potency CBD Sleep Tincture A few drops of this stuff before bed at night and you’re on a smooth ride to a bumpy encounter with waking up in the morning. – Evan Bleier, editor
“I can’t sleep without my LectroFan. He comes with me on vacation. There are twenty different sound variations, from WWWHHH to WWWOOO – perfect for drowning out talkative neighbors who stay up late. – Matt Lagnese, Director of Advertising and Revenue
“After years of living in the city that never sleeps, my go-tos for a good night’s sleep are a silk eye mask and a white noise machine. Recently, I also discovered that aromatherapy really helps me feel good and relax after a long day. Vitruvi’s Organic French Lavender essential oil smells divine and is perfect for bedtime. I use the oil with the Vitruvi Stone Diffuser, which not only works great, but also looks super chic on my bedside table. – Marilyn Jordan, Head of Brand Operations and Entertainment
“Sourced from experienced farmers who have cultivated silk for generations, the raw silk Kailu uses for its quilts is extremely breathable, naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and microbes. Handcrafted and designed for use in both the heat of summer and the cold of winter, Kailu duvets are available with a single or double core depending on whether you sleep warm or cold. In any case, each duvet comes with a washable cover. If you want to try before you buy, order a free sample of Kailu’s raw silk covered with a sample of the company’s duvet cover fabric. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, literally. – Evan Bleier, editor
“I recently introduced Gossamer Dusk CBD tincture into my nighttime routine. While it doesn’t knock me out instantly – only a slippery slope of prescription sleep aids can achieve such results (at least that’s I’m hearing) – it helps calm my anxious, active mind and body into a more relaxed, sleep-ready state. And having recently learned that CBD is more effective the more regularly you use it, I look forward with looking forward to an increasingly easy nocturnal relaxation over time. – Megan Duffey, Director of Branded Entertainment
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