It's no secret that a good night's sleep can transform your entire day. Whether you are an early riser, a mid-day napper or someone who follows a strict sleep schedule, it is important to budget in time to rest.
Securing hours of uninterrupted sleep, however, can sometimes be a challenge. Uncomfortable pillows, too much light and even the smallest amount of noise can get in the way of a good night's sleep. Luckily, there are products out there that can help create an ideal sleep environment — whether you are in your home or traveling — so you can catch some extra snooze time.
In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, Lexie Sachs, the executive textiles director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share some of the best products you can use for a better night's sleep. From affordable cooling sheets to help with nighttime sweats to a mattress protector for allergy relief, these products will have you waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
Keep reading to see all the expert-picked sleeping essentials to add to your sleep routine.
Best products for sleep as seen on TODAY
If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, Sachs likes this zippered mattress protector that is meant to block up to 99.9 percent of allergens. The brand also mentions that the material is antimicrobial and moisture-wicking to help keep you cool and dry. It comes in multiple bed sizes, with a twin starting at only $29.99.
This pillow is completely adjustable and comes with a bag filled with extra memory foam, so you can add more or remove it to control the firmness or plushness of your pillow. If you wake up with constant neck pain, Sach says this pillow is a game changer and can help you sleep better through the night.
Whether you live in a busy area or have a snoring partner, you might want to think about sleeping with a soothing white noise machine to mask any distracting sounds. According to the brand, this is the original noise machine that's been around since 1962. It features a fan-based sound and the machine allows you to control the speed and volume, says the brand.
According to the brand, this weighted blanket evenly distributes weight across your body for a calming and comforting effect — which is exactly why Sachs loves this affordable option for a better night's sleep. Plus, the brand says this pick features temperature control technology to help regulate your body temperature.
If you're a hot sleeper, this $31 sheet set is made of 20 percent Coolmax Microfiber that is meant to pull water away from the skin and keep you cool and dry throughout the night, says the brand. Not only is it a Good Housekeeping favorite but also, it has over 22,000 Amazon ratings with an average of 4.3 stars.
These Brooklinen candles are infused with essential oils to provide soothing, aromatherapeutic benefits, says the company. The brand offers eight different scents to choose from for a relaxing and luxurious bedtime routine.
To compliment your favorite candles, Sachs loves this warmer since it gives off the scent by warming the wax (instead of burning the wicks), which can prolong the life of your candles. It even acts as a light and features a dimmable switch, says the brand.
Products for beauty sleep, according to Dr. Dendy Engelman
Dermatologist and board-certified surgeon Dr. Dendy Engelman previously stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to talk about some beauty rest must-haves to add to your nighttime routine
According to the brand, this revolutionary sleep mask is first of its kind and was created by non-surgical aesthetic doctor, Dr. Steve Harris MB BCh MSc MBCAM. Engelman says this silk mask will lead to better sleep and features comfortable technology, like silicone dots, that target muscle relaxation points and prevent wrinkles.
Engelman says many of her patients are taking note of their neck area and she likes this firming cream to add to your day and nighttime routine. Featuring ingredients like neoglucosamine, neocitriate and pro-amino acid, she says this cream targets the appearance of sagging skin and discoloration.
Hydrate your lips overnight with this ultra-hydrating lip mask, which contains moisturizing Moringa butter, Cupuacu butter and castor seed oil. The brand also notes you can use this during the day too.
This overnight transformation cream works its wonders while you sleep and is infused with vitamins A, C, E and hyaluronic acid, says the brand. Engelman chose this product for its anti-aging benefits and says it will decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve the skin's texture.
Cetaphil has been a dermatologist-favorite brand so it's no wonder Engelman chose this new hydrating water gel to use in your nightly skin routine. According to the brand, this product is packed with hyaluronic acid and Engelman notes it will strengthen the moisture barrier and work while you sleep.
Before bedtime, relax and give yourself a spa treatment with this moisturizing foot mask. The brand says you simply apply this mask like a sock and let it sit for 20 minutes. Choose from coconut, lavender and macadamia oil for your smoothest feet yet.
Engelman loves this 100 percent mulberry silk pillow and says investing in one can protect your skin and hair throughout the night. Plus she mentions it decreases the chance of waking up with skin wrinkles. This option from Tuft & Needle comes in light cream and navy-black.
From the popular silk sleep pillow brand, Slip, the brand says these 100 percent silk scrunchies are designed to be gentle on your hair and minimizes hair creasing. Coming in a set of seven pieces, you can sleep comfortably in your favorite nighttime hairdo, without worrying about breakage or creasing.
More products to improve your sleep
Yahoo Contributing Editor Chassie Post previously joined TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share 17 products for a good night's sleep. From blackout eye masks to a selection of nap pillows, there are options for all kinds of sleepers.
Made from a specialized four-way stretch polyspan material, this sleep pod is designed to apply calming pressure that feels like a hug. The cocoon-like structure works to help reduce anxiety and relax the body before sleep. The lightweight and machine-washable fabric is also breathable so you won't feel too warm.
By using active volcanic materials, these pillowcases are made to work with your body's need for more or less warmth while sleeping. This bedding continuously adjusts through the night to maintain an ideal temperature.
This green tea gel-infused mattress is highly rated on Amazon with nearly five stars and over 53,000 ratings. Packed with antioxidant-rich green tea and natural charcoal foam layers, this mattress pushes out odor-causing agents. The top layer is infused with cooling gel to help your body temperature stay regulated. The supportive construction is also designed to cradle joints for a comfortable sleep.
This premium version of the brand's bestselling mattress has green tea in every memory foam layer and is designed to have airflow ventilation, pressure zones and a more breathable knitted cover. The memory foam molds to your body for a customized fit for a relaxing night of sleep.
Sleeping on a plane can be difficult, but this compact travel option might just make it possible. The interior of this pillow has a foam core and quilted padding, plus there is an adjustable string that goes all the way through the pillow for height adjustments.
This lightweight and insulating blanket is something you might want to bring on your next long flight or road trip. Designed with thermoregulating technology, the blanket works to keep you comfortable at any temperature. There is also an interior pocket to stash all of your essentials.
If you are sensitive to light while sleeping, you should consider trying this 100 percent blackout mask. Made with soft and breathable materials, the mask is designed so it won't place pressure on your eyelids or eyelashes.
While this pillow looks a little odd, the cocoon design works to block out light and noise for a calming sleep. The pillow is made with a microbead filling that allows you to nap at your desk, while lounging at home and anywhere else you might want to get in some sleep time.
This window shade can be installed on your car's rear windows to protect yourself and others in the backseat from harmful UV rays and heat. Made with double-layer nylon mesh, the fabric is stretchy and provides full coverage so your kids can nap without the sun shining in their eyes.
The design of this pillow is perfect for napping to provide extra support under your knees, back or neck. This hypoallergenic pillow has memory foam that can be used as lumbar support when working on the couch or to help reduce lower-back pain if you slide it under your knees while sleeping on your back.
This waffle weave throw is made with 100 percent organic cotton and is a great cozy blanket option. This design is also available in three different colors.
If you are a big napper, you might want to have a place to store all of your blankets and napping essentials. This handwoven basket is tall and provides ample storage space, plus the two handles make it easy to carry.
Help your toddler develop better sleep habits with this sleep trainer. Made with kid-friendly colors, lights and music, this trainer acts as a soother, nightlight and alarm.
This children's book written by Hoda Kotb is perfect to use as a nighttime story before bed. The story is about a mama bear and cub who reflect on the everyday wonders of life before a good night's sleep.
Written by Jenna Bush Hager and her sister Barbara Pierce Bush, this story is about the powerful bond between sisters. When a young girl gets her wish of having a sister, readers watch as they become smarter, kinder and braver together.
More products to improve your sleep, according to Wirecutter
Wirecutter Deputy Editor Annemarie Conte also previously stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share six must-have products for a better night's sleep. Read on to shop sunrise alarm clocks, plush pillows and more of Conte's picks, as well as recommendations from Post.
Nothing is worse than waking up to the sounds of traffic, heating systems turning on and other outside noises out of your control. White noise machines are a great solution and are designed to help block out disruptive sounds so you can fall asleep with ease. This Evo machine has 10 fan sounds, two variety's of ocean sounds, which are calm and surf, along with more noise variations depending on your preferences.
The ultimate PlushComfort pillow features three removable inserts so you can adjust the support and height of the pillow based on your sleep needs. These pillows are hypoallergenic and have a silky-soft feel, says the brand. Sleep Number recommends one to two inserts for stomach sleepers and two to three for back or side sleepers.
If you are sensitive to light while sleeping, this lightweight mask will help you sleep anywhere, from a plane or long car ride to camping. The mask is designed with molded cups, so the fabric will not touch your eyes or eyelashes for a comfortable fit. This mask works best for back sleepers.
These ultra-thin, flat speakers are comfortable enough to wear while lying down or sleeping on your side. The headphones have built-in volume, play, pause and skip capabilities that can be controlled from a Bluetooth-enabled device. With 12 hours of play time, you can fall asleep listening to soft music, white noise or audio books. The headphones are also available in small, medium and large sizes.
For a relaxing start to your day, consider waking up to a calming simulated sunrise or sunset. The light gradually changes to help you not feel as groggy when you wake up. There are five different natural wake-up sounds as well as FM radio and a tap snooze feature.
Nothing wakes you up in the morning quite like a cup of joe. This coffee maker is designed with a two-step advanced water filtration system to reduce impurities in water so each cup tastes better. Some of the features include a four-hour freshness indicator, a brew now and brew later option so you can have coffee whenever you want and more. The maker comes with a gold-tone reusable filter, a large brew basket and an automatic clean cycle to maintain a quality taste.