Whether it’s stress or being tethered to our technological devices, many of us are finding it harder to fall asleep at night. Turning off your smart phone and laptop an hour or two before bed can have a real impact on your melatonin production, which affects sleep quality and shortens REM cycles. But on those nights you’ve already done the LED light damage and need some shut-eye assistance, who wants to risk waking up with the dreaded Nyquil hangover, or worse, feeling punched-in-the-face groggy post-Ambien? Below, a roundup of subtle slumber savoirs that work without next-day fogginess.
Dirty Lemon Sleep
Who can’t use a little magnesium-spiked lemon-flavored before-bed hydrating beverage? Formulated to provide a better night’s sleep, this elixir draws from a combination of herbs like rosewater and chamomile to promote drowsiness and serenity while supporting a restful night’s sleep.
Dr. Lipman’s Be Well Sleep Bundle
This sleep-aid supplement duo includes magnesium to induce relaxation and a combination of herbs and amino acids for better sleep. It’s especially helpful for those with anxiety or chronic pain, which makes falling asleep difficult.
Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea
Noted health enthusiast Tim Ferriss mentions in his latest book, “Tools of Titans,” that this tea made him so tired, he felt like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in that scene in “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” A cup before bed will prepare you for the sweetest of dreams.
Moon Juice Good Night Dust
Get Gwyneth about your commitment to a restful sleep! Her go-to smoothie enhancer brand’s sleep mixture spooned into any hot or cold drink soothes the mind, stabilizes REM cycles, and promotes the natural nocturnal rhythm of the body. With chamomile and zizyphus, it stimulates melatonin release, steadies blood flow, and helps detox the pancreas and liver.
Dream Water Sleep Powder
Natural and calorie-free, this sleep aid blends amino acid GABA to help reduce anxiety, Melatonin to help induce sleep, and 5-HTP to help improve the quality of sleep. Convenient and easy to carry, these packets are perfect for overnight flights and can be taken with hot water, cold water, or even no water. Bonus: It comes in snoozeberry flavor, which will elicit “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” snozzberry references. The snoozeberries even taste like snoozeberries.
6 Hour Sleep
A cocktail of 12 sleep-inducing ingredients, nutrients, and minerals, this shot contains fewer than 2 ounces of liquid but manages to fit in acai, mangosteen, melatonin, 5-HTP, GABA, chamomile, magnesium, lemon balm, vitamin E, ashwagandha, valerian root, and passionflower.
If you’d rather go the natural route, this supplement is known to help with relaxation and restful sleep. It’s used to soothe and calm the nervous system and can even be added to your bathwater to help address restlessness.
This Works Deep Sleep
Great for use even during pregnancy, this cooling body moisturizer absorbs quickly and imparts a calming scent. It hydrates tired, dry skin while priming the body for sleep.