The Strange (but Effective) Sleep Tips We Learned From Byrdie Readers



Sleep—we crave it and we need it, but we never seem to get enough of it. A new Consumer Reports survey of 4023 adults found that 27% of Americans suffer from insomnia while 68%—the equivalent of 164 million people—struggle with sleep at least once a week. These are sobering statistics, which is why we’re dedicating the next few days to this ever-elusive, never-can-have-enough part of our lives. Welcome to Byrdie’s first-ever Sleep Week, wherein you can expect detailed accounts of our own editors’ sleep trials and tribulations, the latest products to help you nod off, and all the new relevant research. Suffice to say, we’re obsessed with getting more shut-eye (the quality kind, too), and hopefully our obsession will ensure you wake up more mornings feeling well rested and less like you want to hurl your alarm clock across the room. Read (and rest) up!

You’ve tried the meditation apps, downed the chamomile tea, massaged your pressure points, and dutifully inhaled the sweet scent of lavender. But for some of us, the perfect sleep formula—and, in turn, a night of decent shut-eye—remains as evasive as ever. Isn’t it a cruel trick when you feel worn out just by the mere effort of falling asleep… and still sleep won’t come?

Since we’re well past rehashing the usual advice, we decided to turn to our secret Facebook group, The Beauty Line, for some tried-and-true pointers. It turns out you all love talking about sleep as much as we do: Immediately after we put the ask out, tip after genius tip rolled in, ranging from must-know products to unconventional rituals. Testing out all of them might take awhile—but then again, there are worse long-term experiments to embark upon, no?

From electro-therapy headbands to a simple pillow swap, keep scrolling for tons of sleep tips you haven’t tried before, all from real women.