Sleep should be simple: Lie down, close your eyes, saw logs. But if you’ve ever struggled to fall asleep — as 40 million Americans do — you know it’s not that easy. In fact, on the worst nights, most insomnia sufferers would gladly fork over a paycheck in exchange for a few hours of shuteye.
This means that the market for gimmicky sleep products — from snake oil supplements to Himalayan salt therapy, hypnosis, and everything in between — is ripe. But not everything on the market is a total sham. Richard Shane, PhD, a behavioral sleep specialist, says that products that make our bedrooms darker, quieter and more comfortable can have major benefits. Shane suffered from insomnia for years, which is what got him interested in sleep medicine. Today he counsels patients on how to get their best rest, and that often means investing in a few good tools. Here’s what you need to get an amazing night’s sleep.