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Top 8 Sleep Aids for a Better Night's Sleep

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Updated April 30, 2011

According to a poll on this site, too many of us are getting too little sleep, and suffering significant consequences--to the point of being less productive, more stressed, and even dangerous on the road! These better-sleep habits and the following sleep aids can help you start getting the quality sleep you need in a natural way. Try these natural sleep aid tools and strategies to improve your sleep quality and improve your life!

1. Sleep Aid #1: Really Great Sheets

I've said it before, and it's still true: really great sheets--500 thread count, quality sheets, can be amazing sleep aids and, thus, stress reliever. They can make you feel like royalty and soothe you into sleep and keep you comfortable all night long. You pay a little more up front for them, but considering the percentage of your life that you spend sleeping (or should spend sleeping!), it's a small price to pay!
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2. Sleep Aid #2: Soothing Sound Spa

This is one of my very favorite things to recommend--I have one and use it as a sleep aid, taking it everywhere I sleep! Not only can it make a great alarm clock for nighttime sleep or power naps, but it can be used to block out background noise as you drift off to sleep. It can also be a good sleep aid for babies who are reactive to environmental noise. Additionally, it can be a great meditation aid or set a realistic backdrop for guided imagery! It's got so many uses! (Note: if you're an iPhone user, there are some excellent iPhone applications that have sound spas as well.)
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3. Sleep Aid #3: Feather Pillow

Some of us use the same pillow for years and don't realize how flat it's getting until one night we realize that it's really not offering the type of support we need and hasn't in a while. Because it's a good idea to replace your pillow every year or two anyway, why not replace it with a new feather pillow? With this natural sleep aid, you'll be treating yourself right and getting a more comfortable night's sleep.
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4. Sleep Aid #4: Feather Mattress Topper

It may seem a little extravagant to get a feather mattress topper, but it's actually a great deal: having an ultra-comfortable top layer of feathers over your old mattress will give you the comfort of a new feather bed for a fraction of the price and hassle! You'll have to really force yourself to leave its comfort in the morning, but this sleep aid should give you amazing rest!
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5. Sleep Aid #5: Memory Foam Pillow

If you're allergic to down (or even if you're not), you may want to consider the awesome and comfortable alternative of a Memory Foam pillow. What is "memory foam", you may ask? It's a new material for sleep aids, and it uses a technology developed by NASA to conform to your head and neck to give great support and keep your spine in better alignment, plus, most types are allergen resistant, so you won't be inhaling those dust mites all night! Need I say more?
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6. Sleep Aid #6: Memory Foam Mattress

Having a whole bed made of memory foam has even more benefits: such a mattress can sense your body's weight and temperature and then gently conform to your shape, minimizing pressure points, aiding alignment, and reducing tossing and turning. Most Memory Foam mattresses are also allergen resistant, a big plus. This link has some really amazing prices on them, so you don't have to break the bank to get great sleep every night.
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7. Sleep Aid #7: Aromatherapy for Sleep

Aromatherapy can be great for soothing and relaxing stressed people; I use and recommend it often as a sleep aid and for other uses as well. And research does show that certain types of aromatherapy can aid sleep. These are some aromatherapy products specifically designed to help you get quality sleep. They're perfect for developing better self care habits, and make a great addition to a home spa, or a great stress relieving gift!
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8. Sleep Aid #8: Silk Pajamas

Even if you can't indulge in great sheets or pamper yourself in other ways, the luxury of silk pajamas can surround you wherever you go and make you look like one of those blissfully happy catalog people at the same time! You may not think of them as sleep aids per se, but they do help you feel relaxed, so you can more easily drift off to sleep. There's a wide range of silk jammies out there, so you're sure to find the ones that fit your personality just right. Sleep well!
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