Sleep hacks can help make getting to sleep and staying asleep easier and more enjoyable. You might have the nicest room, the comfiest bed, a set bedtime… and still have trouble sleeping. These hacks can help make things even easier.
Hack #1: Ambient Noise
Using ambient noise can help reduce over-stimulation and help light sleepers stay asleep. Ambient noise can be as simple as a clock ticking, a fan blowing, or another neutral sound.
There are apps that can provide ambient sounds. Rain sound apps are a popular choice. Pzizz uses science to create sounds that help with insomnia, PTSD, and more. Ambient noise is a powerful tool. It can distract your mind, lull you to sleep and help you stay asleep. Use this simple hack that will have you snoozing in no time.
Hack #2: Ear Plugs and Eye Masks
If you struggle with sensitivity to light and sound and can’t create a quiet and dark space, using ear plugs and eye masks can make a big difference.
While Bose brand is famous for their noise cancelling products like headphones or earbuds, they also sell sleepbuds. Rather than cancelling noise, Sleepbuds are designed specifically to generate white noise. They are also streamlined to fit comfortably in your ear while lying down.
A great eye mask should block light and feel weightless and comfortable on your face. There are a wide range of options that can optimize your sleep and help you get the rest you need. You can find masks made of cotton, silk, with contours for your eyes, or added benefits like aromatherapy.
Hack #3: Sleep Tracking Apps
Apps which track your sleeping habits can hone in on what exactly is going on while you’re sleeping. Knowing when you are getting optimal rest and what is interrupting your sleep can be valuable information. Sleep tracking apps can monitor all of the stages during the night – light, deep, and REM. Then use the data to help you better understand where you are lacking quality.
The Sleep Genius app is endorsed by scientists at NASA and claims to have advanced technology to help track and monitor you while asleep. They also offer advice on how to create an “ecosystem” for a better night’s sleep.