We begin with one of the simplest and least expensive sleeping aids. Old-school earplugs work like a charm to help block out neighbourhood noises, traffic, or a snoring partner. Minimizing disturbances maximizes your chances at achieving deeper levels of sleep.
1. Ear Plugs
2. Go To Sleep
This lightweight, comfortable sleeping mask does a lot more than just block out the light. Behind the mask are blue “glow-in-the-dark” points of light, said to provide a meditative, relaxing effect when you focus on them, slowing your brain activity down to the alpha wave state, to promote a deep, natural sleep. No batteries required.
Alarms can be very jarring, especially if you’re woken during a deep sleep cycle, which can leave you feeling groggy for hours. Sleep Cycle is a bio-alarm clock app that works with your iPhone to monitor which sleep phase you are in and wake you when you’re in the lightest phase, so you awake easily and more naturally; a gentle start to your day.
3. Sleep Cycle
This software app works with your Mac or PC to create customized, soothing, Zen-like soundtracks, specially designed to help you sleep. You can tailor Pzizz to your preferences, set the length of time if using the app for napping and you’ll never grow bored, because the algorithms cue different sounds and remixes to create a different soundtrack every time.
5. Sound Oasis Sleep Therapy Pillow
Headphones or ear buds can be incredibly uncomfortable when trying to sleep, so if you like to drift off listening to music, audio meditations or visualizations for sleep, check out the Sound Oasis pillow. Two ultra-thin, high fidelity speakers are positioned deep in the pillow and surround your head with sound, in total comfort. The speakers are removable for washing.
6. JawBone Up
Sometimes it’s tough to really know how much sleep you’re getting, or not getting! Try JawBone Up, a health-monitoring bracelet that works with an accompanying app to help you honestly track your movements while awake and when you’re asleep. It uses cutting-edge motion technology to offer you detailed data analysis and meaningful insights that help you better understand your sleep cycles and overall health.
7. Simply Noise
Combines the power of white, pink or brown noise in one great, free, app! Each “colour” of noise in Simply Noise is based on a different spectrum of high-fidelity, low to high sound frequencies. Each person experiences sound frequencies differently, so try all three to discover which one works best for you. Play your choice through a dock at night and enjoy a restful, distraction free sleep.
8. Extra Strength TYLENOL® Nighttime
If pain is keeping you awake at night, all the gadgets in the world aren’t going to help! TYLENOL® Nighttime contains the trusted pain relief you have come to know, with an added sleep aid, to help you fall asleep and improve the duration of your sleep. Don’t suffer from sleeplessness due to pain. Fall asleep and stay asleep with TYLENOL® Nighttime. To ensure this product is suitable for you, read and follow the labelled directions for use.