A Few of Our Favorite Sleep Gears

Professional sportsmen and everyday people have been attempting to optimise the benefits of an apparently basic function for millennia. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes risk can all be influenced by whether or not you get enough sleep. It’s no surprise that the sleep-aid market is expected to grow to $112.7 billion by 2025.

We put dozens of items to the test that promised a better night’s sleep. Here’s what ended up on our nightstand.

Oura Tracker (starting at $299)

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The Oura ring employs a number of sensors to track your resting heart rate, how much and how well you sleep, and how long it takes you to fall asleep each night. In the associated app, these measures are combined into sleep and recovery ratings, which also reflect time spent in other sleep stages, such as deep sleep and REM. It’s a lot to take in, but Oura breaks it down for you with graphs and grades for Efficiency and Restfulness. The app also provides general sleeping advice (for example, “avoid spicy, heavy meals, and alcohol close to bedtime”), which testers found helpful.

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light HF3520/60 Alarm Clock

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This alarm clock and bedside lamp gently brightens 30 minutes before you wish to get up, rather than jarring you out of bed with bells or whistles. A bright yellow glow and the sound of birds, ocean waves, or the radio signal the end of the procedure.

Sleep+ Supplement by Nue Co. ($45 for 30 capsules)

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This natural sleep aid contains 100 micrograms of 5-HTP, which may boost serotonin levels in the brain, and 200 milligrammes of GABA, which the manufacturer claims helps you sleep longer. While the data on these substances is still out, we discovered that taking one capsule 30 minutes before bedtime helped us relax and have a good night’s sleep. It also doesn’t contain magnesium, which can cause gastrointestinal irritation in high doses, unlike other sleep pills.

($350 and above) Casper Humidity Fighting Duvet

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Thanks to a layer of merino wool that wicks moisture and keeps hot sleepers from overheating, as well as ethically sourced down fill, this comforter put an end to our bedtime thermostat wars. It was the lightest bed covering we examined, at only 5.5 pounds.

Headband HoomBand ($80)

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Some noise blockers sit inside the ear, causing earaches for a few of our testers in the middle of the night. The HoomBand solves this problem by incorporating small, thin speakers into a lightweight, permeable helmet that feeds guided meditation, bedtime stories, and ambient tones from the HoomBand app. The soft patter of rain, which concealed a bed partner’s snores, was one of our favorite among the many sounds available.

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29) by ThisWorks

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Simply spritz this solution over your mattress before going to sleep and inhale the relaxing natural scents of lavender, chamomile, and vetiver. Although the firm claims that it helps you fall asleep faster, we preferred it for its high prevalence properties. We were able to unwind after a long day thanks to the lovely scent.

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