The Sleep Hacker’s Christmas Wish List 2017


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Can you believe that it’s¬†that¬†time of year again?

Here we are, drinking a peppermint mocha out of a Starbucks red cup, listening to the radio blast Mariah Carey and writing this — the definitive Christmas gift list for sleep lovers in 2017.

sleep gifts

Yikes: where did the year go?!

Existential crisis aside, we’ve compiled all the products that we’d love to wake up to on the morning of December 25th. We’ve got everything from luxury pillows and high tech sleep trackers to cut price stocking fillers and more.

You’ll find something here for the sleep hacker in your life, whatever your budget and sensibilities.

The only thing that all these products have in common is that they¬†will¬†help you have a better night’s sleep.

After all, that’s what we’re all doing here, right?

Here’s to great sleep in 2018!

Let’s take it away…

Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Herbal Tea

herbal tea for sleep
We’ll start off with a brilliant stocking filler — our favorite sleepy time tea.

This herbal tea from Yogi has a delicious, light caramel taste and aroma that’s perfectly subtle — definitely not too sweet.

What’s more, it’s caffeine free, 100% natural and contains an array of herbs designed to help you fall off to sleep faster and enjoy a deeper sleep:

  • Chamomile
  • Skullcap
  • California Poppy
  • L-Theanine

>> Learn about the best herbal teas for sleep

Coop Home Goods Premium Memory Foam Pillow

memory foam pillow
A pillow is a perfect Christmas gift for someone you love — it’s a significant item that will totally overhaul the quality of their sleep while not breaking the bank like a mattress might.

This Coop Home Goods pillow is really the creme de la creme of memory foam pillows — and that’s really saying something. It’s extremely popular and very well reviewed — we know that it’s our favorite pillow we’ve ever slept on.

Here’s a look at its features:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Memory foam loft is shredded and adjustable to your preferences
  • Pillow cover is removable and washable
  • Cover is made from cooling bamboo derived rayon for a cool night’s sleep

>> Try these on for size: The Best Memory Foam Pillows of 2017

Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine

white noise machine
White noise is one of the most underrated tools for getting to sleep quickly. It’s one of the most effective ways to drown out noisy neighbors and snoring partners.

The Marpac Dohm DS sound machine stands out from all the other white noise machines on the market. Unlike those, it doesn’t simply play a track of white noise — it actually creates it, completely naturally.

You can expect to hear the steady rushing air sound of a fan without any of the disturbing breeze or breaks in rhythm. It’s got two speeds on it, as well as fully adjustable tone and volume control, so you can adjust it to whatever you find most relaxing.

>> Here are the 5 best white noise machines for sleep

Dream Journal by Thrive and Kikki-K

lucid dreaming
Specially created for Thrive Global, brainchild of Arianna Huffington, this beautiful dream journal makes for a great little present for all lucid dreamers in training.

By recording down your dreams as soon as you wake, you’ll be in a better position to recognize dream signs and take all the opportunities that lucid dreaming affords.

The journal also includes exercises and motivational quotes, and is designed to be an ‘inspiring bedside companion’.

>> Everything you need to know about lucid dreaming

Tuft & Needle Mattress

tuft and needle mattress review

We know, we know… who buys someone a mattress for Christmas?!

Well, just in case you’re feeling particularly generous — or you’re treating¬†yourself¬†to a sleepy Christmas gift — we thought we would include the incredible Tuft & Needle mattress.

It’s no secret that this is one of the most successful online-only mattresses, and that’s not only due to its excellent price. Take a look at these features and see if you can resist:

  • Made with exclusive T&N adaptive foam
  • Sleeps cooler and is more supportive than memory foam
  • Excellent pressure relief for aches and pains
  • Enjoys the ‘bounce’ of latex
  • Ideal for all sleep positions
  • 10 year warranty and 100 Night Sleep Trial
  • Made in the USA

>> Read our full review of the Tuft & Needle Mattress

Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow

best travel pillow

This Travelrest ergonomic travel pillow has come out of nowhere to become one of our favorite purchases in 2017.

If you travel frequently, you’ll get a huge amount of benefit from this incredible pillow. Unlike the normal overpriced neck pillows you find in departure lounges, this one has been carefully formulated to provide full lateral support for your entire upper body.

It ensures that your head and neck are in alignment and stops your head falling forward as you snooze. We’ve tried it on a variety of trips — including flights, long car journeys and train rides — and found it to be supremely comfortable.

No more waking up with a stiff neck once you arrive at your destination!

Good Morning + Sleep Ease Essential Oils

essential oils for sleep
Essential oils have long been associated with falling off to sleep quickly and easily. But what about for helping you start the next day fresh?

We love this cute duo pack of essential oils for exactly that — one for easy sleeping and one for a good morning. Simply add it to a diffuser, dab it on your pillows, or even dilute it down with a carrier oil to apply it to your skin.

Plus, it’s very well priced so makes for a good-looking stocking stuffer.

>> Which essential oils are best for sleep?

Smart Nora Anti Snoring Solution

smart nora anti-snoring solution
While you may not feel comfortable giving someone a snoring mouthpiece for Christmas, this high-tech Smart Nora Solution might pass the screening test.

Unlike the invasive mouthpieces or medications, this anti snoring product is completely contact free and very easy to use.

Smart Nora comes with a pillow insert and small pebble to be kept next to your head on a bedside table. A microphone in the pebble listens for your snoring, communicates with the inserts, which in turn activates a silent pump that gently spurs movement in the pillow insert.

This movement stimulates the throat muscles and allows natural breathing to resume — without disturbing you or your partner.

Take a look at it in action:

It’s picked up a lot of publicity recently for its innovation and was also just picked as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things — so you know you’re onto a good thing here!

>> How to Stop Snoring

Drift To Sleep Moldex Ear Plugs

earplugs for sleeping
We’ve tried a lot of earplugs over the years, but the ones that we keep coming back to are these: the Driftex Moldex 20 Pack.

Very reasonably priced, these bad boys are really effective at blocking out noise, can be repeatedly reused and aren’t too stiff or large to fit into your ear canals (something we struggle with when we buy the cheap earplugs for sleep).

They also don’t slip out of your ears in the middle of the night and are so comfortable, you might even forget that you have them in at all.

>> The Best Earplugs for Sleeping

MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

best humidifier
This is another of our favorite purchases of the last few years and is perfectly priced to be a Christmas present that really makes a difference in someone’s life.

Humidifiers are excellent for instantly improving the environment in your bedroom, making it easier to breathe and thus easier to sleep.

This compact and attractive ultrasonic humidifier from MistAire is incredibly popular and for good reason: it works exceptionally well as a bedroom humidifier and has a host of excellent features that belie its low price point:

  • Whisper quiet operation
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Night light function
  • Up to 16 hours of continuous operation
  • Choice of speed settings
  • Comes with a 2 year warranty

>> Need a dehumidifier instead? Check these 5 best dehumidifiers for the bedroom

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

best fitbit for sleep tracking
We know what you’re thinking: what’s a Fitbit watch doing in a Christmas gift list for sleep hackers?

The truth is that the Fitbit Blaze is blessed with one of the best and most accurate sleep trackers that we’ve tried outside of sleep clinics or wiring yourself up to a device.

Each morning, the Fitbit app can provide you with detailed sleep analysis, including how many times you woke up, time spend in light, deep and REM sleep and track your results over time (and against other people in your demographic). It’s a great tool.

As a bonus, it’s also incredibly comfortable — much more so than any wired devices that promise the same level of analysis. The silicon watch strap is soft and easily forgettable — just make sure that you don’t put it on too tight!

It also boasts a silent alarm function.

>> The best sleep monitoring devices of 2017

Sleep Fountain Anti Aging Sleep Mask

best sleep mask
This sleep mask is one of the latest products that’s keying into the beauty and aging industry and is proving very popular indeed.

While it’s more expensive than your average sleep mask, it’s one of the most revolutionary out there and could help improve both your sleep and your appearance the next morning.

Here are the features its boasting:

  • Infused with copper ions to rejuvenate skin
  • Clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin in less than 4 weeks
  • Will reduce puffy eyes
  • Made from super soft and luxe mulberry silk
  • Blocks out all light
  • Presented in a beautiful gift box with complimentary ear plugs

>> The best sleep masks of 2017

Nectar Sleep Mattress

nectar sleep mattress

Yeah, we know… another mattress!

The Nectar Mattress is truly one of the best mattresses we’ve ever slept on. In fact, we voted it our number one memory foam mattress in 2017.

It’s incredibly comfortable, thanks to its 5 carefully engineered layers, is cool, supportive and, what’s more, affordable.

Nectar believe so passionately in the quality of the mattress that they even offer a 365 night trial period and a ‘forever’ warranty — practically unheard of in the mattress industry.

>> Read our full Nectar Mattress review

CozyPhones Contour Sleep Headphones 

best sleep headphones
CozyPhones have long been the company to watch when it comes to sleep headphones and we think that these, the Contour series, are actually better than the originals.

They wrap comfortably around the head and stay cool all night long thanks to the mesh lining and ultra thin earphones. As a plus, they seem to stay in place no matter how much you toss and turn.

CozyPhones are wired, unfortunately, but the 52″ braided cord is very sturdy and not prone to kinks or tangles. We haven’t had any problems while using them.

>> The ultimate guide to the best headphones for sleeping

Sleep Tite Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector

best mattress protector
You might wonder who gives someone a mattress protector as a gift, and you’d probably be right. But if you’re gifting it to a sleep hacker, we know that they’ll absolutely love it.

This is the king of mattress protectors and just generally a really great product.

Here’s what it’s got going for it:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Fitted sheet style
  • Allows air passage so helps to keep your mattress cool
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Noiseless
  • Doesn’t change the feel of the mattress
  • Free from vinyl, PVC and phthalates

>> Read our full review of the Malouf Sleep Tite Mattress Protector

Nemo Salsa Sleeping Bag

best sleeping bag

The Nemo Salsa is definitely a specialist product, but if you’ve got a keen camper and backpacker in the family and you aren’t afraid to lavish a few dollars on them, it’s hard to find a better sleeping bag than this bad boy.

The unique spoon shaped design means that it’s super comfortable even for side sleepers while the incredible light weight (marginally over 2lbs) feels at odds with the warm, water repellant down that lines the smooth taffeta material.

It’s also super durable, thanks to the nylon rip stop fabric and packs down incredible easily. It can also be zipped together with another bag for a camping-style double bed.

>> The 9 Best Sleeping Bags of 2017

Snuggle-Pedic Ultra Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

best memory foam pillow

The final product we’re adding to our Christmas 2017 wish list is this incredible luxury pillow from Snuggle Pedic.

It’s softer than the Coop Home Goods pillow above, but is otherwise pretty similar: the shredded memory foam is adjustable to your height preferences and the bamboo derived cover is cool to the touch.

While it’s not a cheap pillow, it doesn’t feel like one either: this is pure luxury, through and through.

What will you be adding to your Christmas list?


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