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Light Sleepers Unite: Meet 5 New Tricks to Sleep at Night

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Amy
09.10.14

A bad night’s sleep ruins more than just one night – it affects whole next day. And worse, it could throw off your entire week if your partner or pup won’t stop freaking snoring, or your neighborhood is like a light show at 2 AM.

Here are five ways to deal with common sleep interrupters and get a better night’s sleep:

1. Fan or AC Unit to Cover Up Neighborhood Noise

Installing a window fan like this one or an AC unit in your window is a great way to block out your neighbor’s late night dance party. The sound drowns out any ruckus happening outside of the window.

2. Sound Machine or Sound Machine App to Smother Snoring

If you’re being kept awake by … respiratory issues – (cough) mac truck snoring by your partner (cough) – adding some background noise to create a homeostasis will lessen the blow of things like slamming bathroom doors at night, sleep talking and SNORING . . .

We love the free app White Noise because you choose from over 10 sounds, “mix” them up and set the white noise on a timer.

3. Light Problems Be Gone with a Sleep Mask

If your partner gets up before you do (or goes to bed late), light problems are probably part of your routine. Block those rays out with an adorable sleep mask like this one (it’s less than $5!). Tip: If you feel silly, pretending like you’re Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s will change that.

4. Ear Plugs to Drown Out Your Pet’s “Tap Dance” Routine

We know you love Spot 99.5 percent of the time – but for that other 0.5 percent when he’s been running around the room whining all night even though you took him outside just hours before … love is the wrong word.

We recommend putting in some earplugs and possibly buying a crate for your pup. This way, you won’t be distracted by his movements and sounds and he will eventually calm down for the evening. Note: If your dog is still in its puppy phase, don’t drown out the sounds! They probably really do need to go outside in the middle of the night.

5. Melatonin to Take You to Lala Land

If you still find yourself waking up to sleep interrupters, try a dose of melatonin before bed to sleep through the night. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced to regulate day-to-night cycles. When in darkness, the body produces melatonin to regulate sleep. Low levels of melatonin can make it harder to sleep. Fortunately, you can buy a chemically-created melatonin that is completely safe at your local drugstore for about $5.

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