BEST FOR: ASMR Fans
If you like the soothing sounds of your favourite ASMR-tists to carry you off to sleep at night, headphones can get a little uncomfortable to sleep in, often waking you up halfway through a blissful sleep insisting you take them out. But this Soundasleep Bluetooth Speaker Pillow has an undetectable built-in speaker that’ll play sound directly from its cushiony innards, keeping the sound between just you and the pillow rather than broadcasting it to the whole room. That way, you can listen to all your faves the night through.
BEST FOR: Tinnitus Sufferers
Unfortunately for tinnitus sufferers, there’s no current cure – but there are certain products that’ll help ease the symptoms when you’re trying to get to sleep. Tinnitus sound therapy helps create a relaxing atmosphere so it’s easier to sleep and reduced the stress that can make tinnitus that much worse. Charity Action on Hearing Loss recommends the Headwaters BST-100 Bluetooth sound speaker – it comes with 10 built-in nature sounds, or you can stream new ones via the Bluetooth speaker, all to help you take your mind off your tinnitus.
BEST FOR: Those Who Hate Mornings
We all like a lie-in, but on weekdays they’re just not possible. Cushion the blow of an early start with the Philips Wake-Up Light, an alarm clock with a light that slowly increases in intensity, shifting from early dawn red to a soft orange and then bright yellow over the course of 30 minutes. If you’ve managed to avoid the light and still haven’t got up by this point, then it’ll start using sound to get you out of bed.
BEST FOR: Frequent Travellers
If you’re familiar with the pain of trying to sleep on planes, trains and automobiles, then a good sleep mask might help get your more centred and ready for sleep, despite your surroundings. Winning the Good Housekeeping Institute seal of approval, the Bucky 40 Blinks Sleep Mask is lightweight and comfortable, with a moulded cup design that keeps the light out and doesn’t put pressure on your eyes – in fact, you can actually blink in this mask.
BEST FOR: Anxious Sleepers
Weighted blankets were once prescribed by therapists and psychiatrists and used in sensory integration therapy as a calming strategy, allowing those with autism or other disorders to focus on sensory experience, which experts say could help them control their emotions. But now, many are flocking to buy them as a relaxation aid and to help soothe anxiety – a study on weighted blankets showed more than three-quarters of participants used the blanket to help them calm down, while 63% reported feeling less anxious after using it. A later study from 2015 showed a weighted blanket decreased disruptive moments of insomnia sufferers and lengthened the average sleeping time. (You can read our review here.)
BEST FOR: Living with A Snorer
If you’re the one who’s living with a snorer and seriously considering claiming the guest bedroom as your own, then you need to get your hands on the Bose Noise-Masking Sleep Buds. Expensive, yes – but notorious for being the headphones you need to get a peaceful night’s sleep. These bad boys use engineered soothing sounds to cover up unwanted noises like snoring and will stay comfortably in your ears all night long, even if you sleep on your side. With a 16-hour battery life, you’ll be able to make it all through the night without waking up once.
BEST FOR: Plane Snoozers
Don’t be fooled into buying a U-shaped neck pillow ever again – what you really need if you want a decent kip on a long-haul flight is the Trtl Pillow. It looks like a fleecy scarf, but it’s the sleep secret you need to get on board with (pun intended). With a strengthened inner rib that contours to your neck, jaw and shoulder shape, it’s half the size of your more traditional neck pillow and it’s also machine washable too.
BEST FOR: A Bad Back
If you suffer from a sore back, sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can increase your discomfort. A Casper mattress could be your sleep saviour; their medium-firm, multi-award-winning mattress has a memory foam layer which will support your back and comes neatly packaged in a nice little box, delivered directly to your door.
BEST FOR: Snorers
There’s nothing worse than waking up to your partner seething at you because you’ve kept them awake all night with your loud snoring. But this pillow is here to help you get back on their good side by maximising yours – it’s not rocket science; the pillow simply raises your head a bit higher. Most people who snore sleep on their backs with their head pushed towards their chest, which constricts the airways, causing the snoring. But this little raise will open your airways up, so the air isn’t restricted and everyone can get a good night’s sleep.