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22 of the Best Problem-Solving Products That’ll Upgrade Your Bedroom

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March 12, 2024

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We all know that getting in those precious eight(ish) hours of sleep can be tough, so making sure your bedroom is the coziest, most calming place in your home is essential. Too much light? Annoying. A mattress that makes your back ache? Time to troubleshoot.

Introducing: fixes for your common bedroom woes. We’ve rounded up bed accessories, cozy sheets, a sound machine, and more to encourage rest and relaxation. On your mark, get set, sleep.

For more help falling (and staying) asleep, click here.


A sound machine and night-light to tune out any distractions…

At bedtime, you might feel inclined to pick up your phone or rely on it as an alarm. This machine from Hatch is great because you can change the lighting and cue to your brain when it’s time to unplug — perfect for anyone who wants to journal or read in bed before going to sleep. here for our full review.($199.99, Hatch)

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knot pillow

A stress-relieving knot pillow…

This Bearaby pillow adds style and comfort, thanks to its unique design. The small size works like a stress ball, while the medium and large sizes provide sensory and stress relief because they’re lightly weighted (just like the brand’s cult-fave blankets). They’re made of a soft cushiony foam, and because the colors aren’t too bright, these pillows will add a calming, subtle style statement. ($29+, Bearaby)

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Battery-operated flameless candles you won’t have to blow out…

If you like to fall asleep with some ambient lighting, these will become your go-to. You can set them via a timer in periods of two hours and they’ll automatically turn off. The faux flames look like they’re flickering, so you’ll get a realistic vibe without the safety hazard. Plus, they’re perfect for fireplace mantels if you’re looking to reuse them come the holidays. ($25.99+/9-pack, Amazon)

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A foam mattress topper that’ll help you stay cool…

Cold temps, better sleep. This mattress cover from Casper is made from a perforated foam intended to push body heat away from you. It also has a top layer that’ll mold to the shape of your body. Our favorite part? The quilted knit cover for extra softness. Psst…if buying a new mattress feels like too big of a splurge, this is a great way to have the same experience while saving money. ($159.20+, Casper)

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A weighted pillow-blanket that’ll help you relax…

This cozy fleece accessory is a great foray into eye masks. It’s different from a typical mask in that it doesn’t have a strap that tightens around the circumference of your head. Instead, it’s almost like an extended eye pillow with tails to ensure it stays in place. It has four weighted pods for the same relaxation benefits as a weighted blanket and it’s perfect for quick naps, meditation practices, and of course, bedtime. ($34, Nordstrom)

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brooklinen down comforter

A hypoallergenic down comforter that comes in different weights…

If you’re a hot sleeper, opt for lightweight; if you prefer to be toasty all night long, choose ultra-warm. (Or, when in doubt, go for the all-season option.) There are loops on each corner so you can easily secure it inside a duvet cover, and the outer shell is as soft as it gets (it’s made of 400-thread-count cotton sateen). This one will have you counting sheep. ($151+, Brooklinen)

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A neck wrap you can microwave…

Pro tip: keep this on your bedside table for immediate tension relief. This wrap is made of a fluffy fur-like material and is filled with lavender. Throw it in the microwave or keep it in the freezer, and then wrap it around your shoulders. And if you haven’t tried Warmies yet, this is your sign to do so. The brand has countless products (even slippers) you can microwave. ($29.99, Warmies)

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Some dark chocolate to get you in the zone…

Chocolate before bed? Don’t mind if we do. This treat is made of organic dark chocolate and reishi (a kind of mushroom), chamomile, L-theanine, magnesium, and zinc. Reishi is an ingredient that you feel over time, not instantly, so it’ll help you slow down and get ready for bed. Just eat one square an hour before you’re ready to hit the sheets. Sweet dreams. ($29/16 squares, Alice)

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A humidifier that doubles as aromatherapy…

Say goodbye to clunky, heavy humidifiers that take up a ton of space. This one from Canopy has a super-sleek design, comes in three muted shades, and even has dishwasher-safe parts. It’ll help keep your skin hydrated and alleviate cold, flu, and allergy symptoms. Plus, you can add an aromatherapy kit to your order to create a soothing, spa-like atmosphere at home. ($90+, Canopy)

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jersey knit sheets that are super soft and comfortable

A sheet set made from organic cotton jersey material…

These cozy sheets are incredibly soft and made with organic cotton (and no toxic chemicals), which means production uses 81% less water than conventional cotton does. They’ll hold up wash after wash and come in four neutral shades. You’re going to want backups too. ($90+, Pact)

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pillowcases that can decrease hair frizz

A pillowcase that can help reduce hair frizz…

The trick is in its fabric. It blends natural yarn with synthetic yarn, so it’s breathable, durable, and cool to the touch. While you’re snoozing, the pillowcases won’t pull moisture away from your skin or hair, so you’ll wake up with skin that doesn’t look slept on and with hair that’s much smoother. ($47+, Nollapelli)

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bed bands that can hold fitted sheets onto beds

A sheet holder so you don’t need to remake your bed every single morning…

Raise your hand if you find yourself pulling your fitted sheet back over the mattress every time you get out of bed. This gadget has clips that’ll attach to sheet edges, so even if you move around in your sleep (or have a partner who does), the sheet will stay put. It works on beds of all sizes and is designed to not damage the fabric. ($13.99+/4-pack, Amazon)

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a top sheet that can stay tucked

A top sheet that’ll stay tucked in all night long…

You read that right. These top sheets are designed to stay in place, so even if you kick during the night, they won’t come loose. The best part is that you won’t have to spend time in the morning re-tucking. ($80+, Kitelinens)

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floating bedside shelf that can attach to a bed frame

A floating bedside shelf if you don’t have room for nightstands…

Tiny bedrooms, unite. This floating shelf clamps onto bed frames and can hold up to 15 pounds. No more keeping your phone, glasses, and cup of water on the floor. If your bed doesn’t have a frame with a lip, there’s a version that can also slide underneath your mattress. ($26.99+, Amazon)

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weighted blanket with glass bead filling

A weighted blanket that help you relax…

If you’re looking for some deep rest, weighted blankets are key. They’ll feel like a hug, helping you stay calm with less urge to toss and turn. This one is made from cotton with a glass microbead fill, and it’s designed to be breathable despite that soothing weight. If you’re unsure which weight is best for you, take Baloo’s quick quiz to make sure you get the perfect blanket. ($179+, Baloo)

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sleeping pod that can apply gentle pressure while you sleep

A sleep pod that’ll cocoon your entire body…

It works much like a weighted blanket, but can accommodate any sleeping position. The breathable, stretchy material and form-fitting design provides a bit of pressure (think a gentle hug) to help you fall asleep. It’s pretty much an adult swaddle. We can’t think of a more relaxing way to drift off to sleep. ($83.99, Amazon)

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air purifier

An air purifier to get rid of pet hair, pollen, and other allergens…

This popular air purifier is a must if sneezing or coughing is keeping you up at night. It has three fan speeds, a timer feature, and an indicator light so you know when the filter needs to be changed. ($84.97+, Amazon)

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A calming pillow spray…

Whether you want to refresh your pillowcases in between washes or make your bedtime routine feel a little more special, this calming spritz will do the trick. It has notes of rosemary and lavender that are meant to stimulate the vagus nerve (the cranial nerve that helps to regulate stress). Add the corresponding bath oil for ultimate R&R. ($38, Osea)

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gel memory foam pillow

A gel-infused memory foam pillow that can be adjusted…

The cooling technology is ideal for hot sleepers. Plus, if the pillow feels too full for your liking, you can easily remove some filling. Every pillow also comes with an extra half-pound bag of fill if you want to make it firmer. ($96+, Amazon)

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gadget that can keep sheets detangled while washing

A bed-sheet detangler so washing will be much easier…

No more wadded balls in your washer and dryer. Your sheets will stay untangled so they’ll wash thoroughly and dry more quickly. When it’s time to fold them, you won’t have to spend time unknotting them. Phew. ($19.99/2-pack, Amazon)

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blackout curtains

Blackout curtains so you won’t be disrupted by unwanted light…

Sleeping late and thin curtains just don’t mix. These are thick and opaque, so they’ll keep light out and heat in. Trust us, they definitely work. We’ve used them and love them for their light-blocking ability. Those eight precious hours are right around the corner. ($8.99+, Amazon)

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gadget that can help tuck sheets under beds

A bed tucker for anyone with limited mobility…

Getting your fitted and top sheets perfectly tucked can be hard. If your mattress is extremely heavy, it’s even harder. This tool is a simple fix for those who may not have full range of motion and can’t lift up their bed while simultaneously trying to get their sheets underneath. It’ll do a majority of the work for you. ($24.99, Amazon)

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