Top Products for Light Sleepers You Need to Try Now
Looking for products for light sleepers? Read this article to know your options. And how each can help you get deeper, more restful shuteye.
You're here because either you know or suspect you're a light sleeper. Do you toss and turn all night? Do you wake up at the slightest sound or change in your environment? If you answered yes, then chances are your suspicions are correct.
Well, you're not alone. In 2019, a survey conducted by YouGov Omnibus revealed that approximately 51% of participants identified as light sleepers(1). That’s why there are many products for light sleepers available in the market. They’re designed to help people like you improve your sleep quality.
This blog post aims to give you options and explain how the best sleep products for light sleepers work. And it also explores the challenges associated with being a light sleeper.
Understanding Light Sleepers: Causes and Challenges
As we mentioned earlier, being a light sleeper means you easily wake up to the slightest sound, light and other disturbances.
And you’re likely asking yourself: "Why am I such a light sleeper?" There are several possibilities, including genetics, stress, anxiety or an underlying medical issue.
It's important to be aware of these factors. Address them by consulting with a doctor. Remember that poor sleep can lead to many other health problems.
Being a light sleeper can get frustrating. You likely have to deal with one, more, or all of the following:
Struggling to fall asleep
A hard time staying asleep
Find it difficult to go back to sleep after waking up
These are all signs of poor sleep quality. And if not addressed, leads to chronic sleep deprivation. Which, in turn, may have a negative effect on your physical and mental health, productivity and overall well-being.
Fortunately, there are products for light sleepers that can help improve sleep quality. The next sections will discuss each in detail.
If you prefer a simple yet effective solution, an excellent sleep mask is your best bet.
Sleep masks are designed to block out light, which tells your body it’s time to be up. Complete darkness, on the other hand, promotes better sleep. It also triggers the release of the sleep hormone, melatonin.
A top-notch sleep mask should offer superior light-blocking. It should be comfy and breathable as well. Ideally, it should be fully adjustable to give you a personal fit, so no light seeps in.
A 100% Blackout Sleep Mask for Light Sleepers
Manta SLEEP Mask is our original product designed for all sleeping positions. It offers 100% blackout and is fully adjustable from its strap down to the tapered eye cups.
It has a fully adjustable head strap that secures around the head with a micro hook and loop closure. The convex eye cups taper near your temples and put zero pressure on your eyes and lashes. Plus, it’s made with cozy and breathable materials.
This is one of our many sleep masks that offer 100% blackout. Check out our complete collection for more.
White Noise Machines
Let’s face it. Sometimes, noise from outside or within your home is unavoidable. One option is to mask disruptive sounds with white noise.
White noise sounds much like static. Its intensity is the same in all frequencies, which makes it ideal for masking other sounds. This brings us to the second product for light sleepers: the white noise machine.
They’re a lifesaver for light sleepers who struggle with noise sensitivity. They emit a consistent, soothing sound that helps drown out disruptive noise from outside or inside your bedroom.
There are many types of white noise machines. These range from simple mechanical devices to ones with more bells and whistles. These include a range of different sounds, such as nature sounds or calming music.
Choose one with an adjustable volume and sound options to suit your preferences. Or you can opt for a Bluetooth sleep mask with headphones. It blocks out light while delivering white noise and other sleep-inducing sounds.
Bluetooth Sleep Mask with Headphones for Light Sleepers
This 2-in-1 product for light sleepers could be the game-changer for a better night's sleep. It combines the benefits of a traditional sleep mask with built-in Bluetooth headphones. That way, you can sleep in darkness while listening to your white noise app or soothing music.
Compared to regular headphones, the Bluetooth sleep mask is a comfier, safer option. Bluetooth connectivity means there’s no need to worry about tangled cords and strangulation risks.
Check out our version.
Manta Sleep Mask SOUND
We designed this 100% blackout sleep mask to house razor-thin adjustable speakers. It’s great for side sleepers, too.
It features C-shaped eye cups that each have a smart air bubble that expands and compresses as you switch sides. That way, no light creeps in.
Like our other sleep masks, Manta SOUND has a fully adjustable head strap and eye cups. It has a 20+ hour battery life and pairs with any Bluetooth device. Easily adjust the volume with controls found at the front of the mask.
Oh, and unlike other Bluetooth sleep masks, the head strap has an inner layer that’s 100% machine-washable.
But what if you aren’t a fan of white noise or sleep music? Then, we recommend a comfy pair of earplugs. They help block out external noise, so you sleep soundly.
There are various types of earplugs available, including foam options to silicone ones that mold to your ear shape.
Our earplugs come in a set of 10. Their ergonomic design features a bell-shape for an extra comfy fit. We made them with soft slow-release foam.
These earplugs offer a noise reduction rating of up to 32 decibels. They’re semi-moldable to give you a more personalized fit. Beside sleep, use them when you’re working with machines or watching a super loud live concert.
LED Light-blocking Stickers for a Darker, More Restful Environment
LED-light blocking stickers are another useful product for light sleepers who are light-sensitive. Apply them to electronic devices or gadgets to block out unwanted light.
The great thing about these stickers is they can be applied and removed without leaving residue. They’re a convenient and affordable solution for creating a darker, more restful sleep environment.
You might want to consider our LED-Light blocking stickers. Check them out below.
Manta Blackout Stickers
Our pre-cut stickers come in a pack of 100. They block out 100% of light from your electronics, which can prevent you from drifting off and staying asleep. Apply them to chargers, smoke detectors, smartphones, laptops, routers, and most other devices.
The stickers come in 11 sizes. They’re easy to use. All you gotta do is peel them off the backing and stick them over light sources. Plus, they feature zero signal interference.
Natural Sleep Aids for Light Sleepers
Consider natural sleep aids as an alternative to pills and medication. Here are a few options:
Valerian root is a popular natural sleep aid. It’s known for its calming effects. It may help you drift off quicker and enhance your overall sleep quality. You can get your hands on valerian root in several different ways, from capsules to teas, and even tinctures.
Chamomile tea is also known for its calming properties. Drink a cup before bedtime to help relax your body and mind. This will make it easier for you to fall asleep.
Passionflower tea is a sleep aid that acts like a mild sedative. It’s known to ease anxiety. Steep dried passionflower in hot water and sip before bed.
Sleep Supplements for Improved Rest
Similar to natural sleep aids are dietary supplements. Here are some to try:
Melatonin is the hormone that plays a major role in regulating your sleep-wake cycle. It’s available as capsules, chewable gummies, or even mixed into teas. It's important to kick off with a small dose and slowly up the ante with your doctor’s advice.
Magnesium is a key mineral that’s for regulating sleep, among other things. A lack of it can disrupt your sleep patterns. Consider taking a magnesium supplement to help you sleep better.
L-Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea promotes relaxation and may help improve sleep quality. You can find L-Theanine supplements in capsule form or as an ingredient in sleep-focused supplement blends.
5-HTP is a chemical your body whips up from tryptophan, a must-have amino acid you get from food. Once tryptophan gets a makeover into 5-HTP, it then becomes another chemical, serotonin, which helps regulate sleep. Supplementing with 5-HTP helps increase serotonin levels, which may in turn promote better sleep.
Remember to always check with your doctor before taking these supplements.
Final Thoughts: Choosing the Best Sleep Aid for Light Sleepers
There isn't a universal cure-all when searching for products for light sleepers. What may work for one may not work for others. Keep an open mind and discover what suits you best.
We hope this article helps you, as a light sleeper, get the deep and restorative shuteye you deserve. We’re curious to know if any of these worked for you. Let us know by dropping a comment below.
(1) “40% of Americans don’t generally wake up feeling well-rested.” YouGov, today.yougov.com/topics/health/articles-reports/2019/03/13/sleep-habits-americans-survey-poll. Accessed 13 June 2023.
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