We know that Jesse McCartney wasn't really inquiring about sleeping habits in his song "How Do You Sleep?" but it really is an important question to ask. The sayings "sleep is for the weak" and "I'll sleep when I'm dead" continue to be recycled in 2016, but that type of mentality only leads to restless nights and stressful mornings.
"At least seven hours of sleep a night are essential for most adults to feel good and function well," says Leah Thurber, a personal trainer. "The problem is that it's not just quantity that matters, quality is very important. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest."
National Sleep Awareness Week is coming to an end, and daylight savings is on the horizon, so we wanted to make sure you're all stocked up before you hit the sheets. Cathy Goldstein, M.D., a neurologist at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, says that you should "make your bedroom a haven." So in other words, buying these items falls under doctor's orders. For the record, we have used some of these products and can verify that they will cause you nothing but sweet dreams.
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This spray contains lavender oil, which is key to peacefully dozing off. Once the scent sinks into your pillow, you'll pass out in no time. The morning after, you'll feel better rested than you have in months.
This Works, Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, $46, available at Net-A-Porter.
Silk is a luxury with many benefits. Not only is it extremely soft and light to the touch, but the versatile fabric is hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin.
Shhh Silk, Single Silk Pillow Case, $79, available at Shhh Silk.
This is a gel-to-oil moisturizer that gently nourishes the skin while you rest in sleep-induced bliss. While your body recharges, your face is rehydrated and refined.
Lancôme, Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector, $88, available at Sephora.
This cooling mask tightens the pores so your skin becomes firm overnight. The cooling effect is quite soothing, if we do say so ourselves.
Caolion, Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask, $38, available at Sephora.
It's always good to drink a glass (or two) of water before you go to bed. One bottle of this tasty concoction leaves you feeling good as new: It's a small serving of alkaline water mixed with trace minerals and liquid chlorella. Detox, sleep, repeat.
Sakara, Night Water, $16, available at Sakara.
One product, three phases. This treatment exfoliates, revitalizes, and hydrates the skin all at the same time. You'll be ready to take on everything the world has to offer by morning.
REN, Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, $60, available at Sephora.
These pillowcases are so breathable. For the ultimate anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head experience, sleep on this gem.
Slip, Silk Pillowcase- Standard/Queen, $79, available at Slip.
After using this mask, you'll wake up to a noticeably improved complexion. The natural humectants hydrate the skin and make your pores plump in a good way. It's recommended to use up to three times a week to prevent dry skin.
Caolion, Goodnight Sleeping Pack, $51, available at Urban Outfitters.
Repairing your skin has never been easier thanks to this cream. The enriched mineral water blend that this product contains is supposed to revive the skin while also providing a layer of comfort and protection.
Bobbi Brown, Hydrating Intense Night Cream, $64, available at Sephora.
This mask is made out of the highest-grade fibers of pure silk from the inside out. Your eyes will feel like they're being caressed by the wings of angels.
Slip, Silk Sleepmask- Pink, $39, available at Slip.
This quick-absorbing gel creates a barrier on the skin that allows for continuous moisturization. (It also contains a whole lot of nutrients.) Even in a dormant state, your body is hard at work. This almost functions as a mask, but you can leave it on all night and it will be gone without a trace in the morning.
Dr. Jart+, Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48, available at Sephora.
A little lavender goes a long way. The scent is subtle, soothing, and oh-so satisfying. Diffusers are ideal if you've ever been afraid of accidentally falling asleep while a candle is burning. Apotheke's is made with fragrance and perfume oils in a glycerin base. Oh, and it lasts for a full five months. Happy sleeping.
Apotheke, French Lavender Diffuser, $32, available at Apotheke.