We’re all about self-care, especially when it comes to a bedtime wind down. But falling asleep isn’t always as easy as crawling into bed and turning off your brain.
Roadblocks like nighttime anxiety and bedtime procrastination like to stand in the way of slumber. So, sometimes we need some intervention to actually sink into sleep.
For help reaching bedtime bliss, our editors shared their favorite products that help them prep for nighttime and catch some Zzz’s.
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Natural Vitality Calm Magnesium Supplement
Decompress from the day while you sip your way to sleep. Just heat up some water and add the magnesium supplement powder for a lemon-raspberry treat before bedtime. (Bonus: this supplement can help you hit your magnesium quota if you’re deficient.)
Natrol Melatonin Time Release Tablets – 1 mg
Since we don’t all wake up at sunrise and go to sleep when the sun sets, things can get out of whack. Enter: melatonin — the powerhouse behind your circadian rhythm that is a well-loved sleep supplement.
A few of our editors swear by a small dose of time-release melatonin to ease into sleep (no crashing here). Try it 1 to 2 hours before bedtime while you get your skin care or nighttime reading on.
mykind Organics Golden Milk Recovery & Nourishment 3.7oz Powder
Need the perfect companion for bedtime Netflix? Treat yo’ self to a golden milk latte with probiotics and turmeric goodness. Just mix up a scoop with a cup of water, almond milk, or bevvy of choice. If you’re really feeling like a barista, blend it with a mini whisk and top it with whipped cream.
Steven Smith Teamaker Blend No.40 Lullaby
What’s better than some comfy PJs and a cozy cup of sleepy tea. This blend of chamomile and ashwagandha is a tasty way to relax your troubles and lull you to sleep (it might even zonk you out for the night).
Kitsch Ultra Soft Microfiber Hair Drying Scrunchies
Calling all bedtime shower goers! If you’re dealing with long locks but loathe drying your hair, you can let laziness and air-dry time live in harmony.
Made from the same material as hair towels, this scrunchie breathes and absorbs moisture from wet hair unlike a standard hair tie. One of our editors finds it stops wet hair from sticking to your neck at night and helps avoid semi-wet hair in the a.m.
L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Sorbet Body Cream
Don’t forget to moisturize your bod after a nighttime shower. Get your skin super soft for those comfy sheets awaiting you. Plus, the bright lemon scent of this body cream might even put you into a happy mood before curling up in bed.
Foreo LUNA mini 2
If you love a good nighttime skin care routine, this silicone facial scrubber gently vibrates to scrub away the day and prep your face for the pillow. It’s rechargeable and fairly easy to clean, plus you won’t have to feel guilty about throwing away scrub brush heads.
Naturopathica Sweet Cherry Conditioning Lip Butter
Your lips also need some love at nighttime (and we don’t mean loving on a partner… but that’s def nice too.) If you’re plagued by cracked, dry lips after a good snooze, add some lip care to your skin care regimen.
One of our editors recommends pairing this lip butter with a DIY coconut oil and brown sugar lip scrub. Gently scrub your lips, apply the lip butter, and wake up without lips that look like shedded snake skin.
Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask
Bring the spa to bedtime, without the hassle. This is nongreasy mask smells like a garden 🌹 and you don’t even have to wash it off. Help your face feel soft, smooth, and hydrated all night long, and well into the morning. It’s also cruelty-free, has no parabens or dyes, and comes in recyclable packaging ✅.
Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath, Therapeutic Bath Salts
Many of our editors are big believers in the power of a good bath (…like every single night 🛁). To take your bath game to the next level, simply add this powder for some divine eucalyptus and rosemary aromatherapy. Then emerge from the bath softer than a baby dolphin.
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If you need some soothing sounds before bedtime, Headspace delivers with sleepcasts. Take an audible, narrated tour of a dreamtime landscape complete with ambient rainwater or nighttime critters. No need to count sheep yourself. You can also just silence the story and enjoy the nighttime sounds to help lull yourself to sleep.
Contour Legacy Leg & Knee Support Pillow
If you’re a side sleeper, knee placement is everything. This pillow helps separate your knees just a bit so there’s no pressure on the sides of your joints. It’s also designed to keep your spine aligned while you lie on your side. Our side sleeping editor loves this pillow for knee issues and back pain.
DW Home Calming Waves Candle
Candles are the OG of relaxation. If you miss the calming sea air from your annual beach trip (#same), bring some coastal scents to your bedroom. Or for our bath people, it makes a great addition to a Zen soak before you hop into bed.
Honeywell Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Nose need some TLC in dry air? This humidifier is quiet and uses cool air so things don’t get stuffy. It also doesn’t leave the dreaded wet spots on your carpet or side table.
There are no filters so it’s also fairly easy to clean when things get icky. One thing our editor notes is you will need to refill it at least every other night if you like your mist on full blast. It’s simple to fill, but watch you don’t dump out all the water in the base.
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
Weigh down that anxiety and go the #*!@ to sleep. This weighted blanket won’t make you sweat to death and is made of chunky-knit cotton! Our editor suggests pairing it over another blanket so your feet don’t pop through the holes, but you’ll still feel comfy, cozy, and secure.