For many of us, a peaceful night’s sleep is difficult at best. But against the background of a long, cold winter and an ongoing pandemic, this may feel almost impossible. While there will always be new gadgets that claim to solve your sleep problems with advanced technology – yes, there are things like sleep robots and sleep rings – Newer doesn’t always mean better. SplittersThe New York Times, which inspects and recommends products, has tested countless items to find real and proven solutions from the company. blackout curtains and sleep masks on better pillows and machines with white noise.
In addition to the products they test for work, Wirecutter authors and editors have found their own sleep solutions for these reworked and congested times. These may not necessarily be products that we have thoroughly tested (unless we are talking about meditation application), but these are things that Wirecutter employees find useful at home when falling and sleeping.
It is very difficult to fall asleep when you are cold. Heated blankets are nice, but I often wake up later in the evening with sweat. The Soulage body wrap heating pads (about $ 52) are the perfect solution. After a few minutes in the microwave, they keep warm for about 30 minutes and gradually and safely cool down when you nod. They are well made and smell wonderful – full of natural ingredients such as rice, cloves and orange peel. The filling gives the pillows a certain stiffness, so you get that pleasant feeling of a weighted blanket. Great for warming sheets, soothing muscle pain and even relieving menstrual cramps.
I just replaced my old wrap with a new one because it has finally started to wear out too much – after 18 years of use. Putting a pad on my stomach or back seems like a cozy hug to me – and in addition to the guarantees, I’ll start leaving immediately. – Lauren Dragan, lead writer
Some people are bothered by the light that interrupts their sleep, but at night I am sensitive to sound. The sudden creaking of a wooden frame as the house cools down, or a squirrel running across the roof, can wake me from a deep sleep. Although some machine with white noise can do this trick, i found that and smart display, like Google Nest Hub (about $ 90) combines several useful bed aids in one box: an alarm clock, a digital picture frame and – for me in particular – a machine with white noise. The constant background sound puts me to sleep and keeps me asleep without interruption. Nest Hub can also play relaxing sounds such as a blabbering stream or persistent rain, as well as an extensive playlist of YouTube videos or Spotify songs. Plus, it’s the only smart display without a camera that preserves this aspect of my privacy. – Joel Santo Domingo, lead writer
I am convinced that this beautiful herbal mixture – which includes valerians, passion fruit and other soothing plants – helps me to relax before bed. It can only be a ritual aspect: When I take it with a bath or before some yin yoga, I am much more likely to calm down in bed than to continue rolling doom until night. The tincture is packaged in a frosted bottle with a pastel vaporwave label and the mixture is also sweetened to make it tastier (unlike some of the more healing drops I’ve tried). Coat my nerves ($ 22 per ounce) it tastes like earthy honey and immediately dissolves on the tongue without leaving a bitter taste. The company is based in New York 69 herbs, offers sliding payments for customers who need it. (As with other herbal preparations, consult your doctor before using this mixture if you have any health problems or concerns). – Anna Perling, writer
Like many children, my son has always slept before bed, including dim light and soothing music. But as he got older, he wanted more than just the traditional night light. One day when I was showing him a photo on Instagram, we came across an advertisement for a projector that could illuminate a room like a galaxy, and that was all he could talk about for weeks. After a lot of surveys (there were several companies in this category that fly at night that didn’t seem credible; some were even called as fraud), I landed on EncaLife projector (approximately $ 80). I liked that the company took the time to get Google and Alexa-enabled devices and clearly spent some time developing the application.
Now, every night, I say, “Alex, good night galaxy,” and the room transforms. Master bedroom smart the bulb dims and turns purple (we have Wyze Bulb, one of the old budget tips Wirecutter). Then the galaxy projector will turn on (you can adjust the nebula’s colors and the speed of the stars in the app) and ours Echo Dot plays selections from Max Richter’s 2015 album “Sleep” (free with Amazon Prime or $ 10 for MP3), which was Composed specifically to facilitate sleep. It may seem like a lot before bed, but when your little one says that his night light helps him “have good dreams of building Martian rovers for NASA,” it’s hard not to feel that the investment has paid off. – Lauren Dragan, lead writer
Meditation, breathing exercises, yoga or anything that lowers your heart rate and induces relaxation is generally a good way to improve sleep. Wirecutter has a full guide to the best meditation application, but editor-in-chief Kalee Thompson relies on body scans meditation record which she kept in front of the class she had graduated years ago. “When I’m really excited and I can’t sleep, this kind of meditation for beginners will either help me calm down or fall asleep if I’m already in bed,” she said.
You can find other, similar exercises online, like this Headspace ($ 70 per year). Once you get to the knuckle, you may not even need a recording.
Senior staff writer Melanie Pinola uses stories about sleep Calm ($ 70 per year) at the end of the day when he has trouble slowing down the mind. “A lot of stories are read by celebrities with soothing voices, most of whom are quite hummed that they can’t wake me up and reassure me at the same time,” she said. “I sleep with some of them before they even get to the second paragraph of the story.”
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and the late Christopher Lee have gained a reputation for playing Sherlock Holmes on television and in film, so it’s no surprise that their reassuring English baritones are so satisfying when they tell the stories of iconic detective Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for sound recordings. For me, the stories hit the sweet spot “so interesting that I got rid of other things, but not too stimulating to keep me to the end.” There’s always a rewind button for tomorrow night. – Tim Heffernan, lead writer