These are the best “sleepytime” gifts for people who suffer from insomnia (insomniacs) – or who have trouble falling asleep – and they don’t include Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution. People who can’t sleep already know firsthand the benefits of sleeping. Insomniacs don’t need to be reminded of the problems associated with lack of sleep.
I recently discovered the Lumio Nightlight Booklight — a book-shaped lamp that you don’t plug in — and I had to include it at the top of this list of gifts for insomniacs! When you open the book, it turns on; when you close the book, it turns off. The LED lamp’s usage is flexible and creative; it can be used as nightlight, droplight, desk lamp, unique decoration, outdoor light, etc. This is a great gift for insomniacs who don’t want to lie in bed awake, wishing they were asleep. A long USB cable is included so this booklight can be charged from the USB port of a computer, laptop, power bank or even by a standard USB wall adapter plug.
Insomniacs have trouble sleeping; the most thoughtful gifts for people who struggle with insomnia will help them relax and fall asleep. The first five gifts on this list will lull people who can’t sleep, and the last five gifts are things to do when insomnia strikes. If your insomniac can’t sleep because of a recent surgery, you might find Post Surgery Gift Ideas to Help With Recovery and Healing helpful.
If there is a specific reason he or she can’t sleep, a thoughtful gift idea would be something that helps with the insomnia. For instance, if she can’t sleep because of chronic pain, then a heating or cooling blanket may be the perfect gift for your insomniac! The more you know about the reason for not sleeping, the better the gift will be.
Sleep experts say that when we can’t sleep we should get out of bed, so some of these gifts will give insomniacs something to do in the middle of the night. I listen to podcasts when I can’t sleep, and my headphones are extremely uncomfortable. This is the perfect solution, and it’s a gentle way to encourage people who can’t sleep to relax. Especially if they listen to a sleep solutions or relaxation CD.
The most common activities for insomniacs who can’t sleep is to make hot chocolate, read, take a bath, write in a journal, play video games, pray, and worry. On this list, I included gifts for insomniacs that will distract them from the fact that they can’t sleep. This will help ease the anxiety that often accompanies not being able to fall asleep. I also included a few natural sleep remedies in this list of gifts for insomniacs.
14 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep
Is your insomniac willing to try different ways to fall asleep? Then she might appreciate the first few gifts on this list. But, if she doesn’t want to talk or even think about falling asleep, then you might consider the last few gift ideas.
Insomnia is linked to anxiety and hypertension, so it’s important to give gifts that decrease excitement and emotional responses. The best gifts for insomniacs will help calm them down, not rev them up – which is why video games, iPhone apps, or tablets aren’t on this list. Except for FitBit…
FitBit Sleep Tracker
The FitBit Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker is a great gift idea for tech-minded insomniacs. It tracks all-day and all-night activity such as steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. But wait, there’s more for people who can’t sleep at night! That’s what makes this one of the best gift ideas for insomniacs 🙂
Insomniacs can wear it at night to measure their sleep quality and wake with a silent, vibrating alarm. Day or night, Flex fits comfortably around the wrist, is water-resistant, and has a 5-day battery life. This FitBit Sleep and Activity Tracker also syncs to computers and 150+ leading smartphones, so your insomniac can access his stats anywhere and see his progress in charts and graphs. In short, this Sleep and Activity Tracker tracks steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed; monitor how long and how well a person sleeps; wakes him with a silent alarm; and syncs automatically to his computer or select smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth 4.0.
Sleepytime Headphones to Lull an Insomniac to Sleep
SleepPhones – Wireless Sleep Headphones are the best of all these gifts for insomniacs. I didn’t even know they existed until I researched gift ideas for people who can’t sleep! SleepPhones are headphones built into a luxuriously soft headband made with hypoallergenic, machine-washable fabric. SleepPhones contain an ultra-thin, padded, and removable internal stereo headphone system, which is Bluetooth-enabled.
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Don’t gift an insomniac anything tech or screen-oriented (the lighting on screens disrupts sleep, and surfing the internet at night does not lead to falling asleep fast). But you can load the following sleep-oriented gift CD into your insomniac’s iPhone or iPod or other listening device…
Sleep Solutions Calming Mediation CD
The Sleep Solutions The Calming Collection contains a sleep relaxation meditation and two different countdowns to sleep. Roberta Shapiro is a psychotherapist in private practice, and her relaxing voice and meditation methods are a soothing way to fall into deep relaxation and relieve stress and anxiety. The Calming Collection provides simple, direct solutions for dramatically reducing anxiety through the use of mindful meditation and hypnosis, to more rapidly produce deep healing relaxation and profound relief of stress and anxiety. Since anxiety and hypertension are linked to insomnia, this gift will help with healing and overall health.
If your insomniac is willing to try an alternative therapy, read Acupuncture for Snoring – A Natural Remedy for Good Sleep.
A Scientifically Engineered Sound Therapy System
The Adaptive Sound Technologies – Sound+Sleep, Sleep Therapy System isn’t like other sound machines that are given as gifts to people who can’t sleep.
This Sound+Sleep machine ‘composes’ the sound profiles using an extensive library of magnificent, naturally recorded, high-quality sounds that are up to 30 minutes in length – and this eliminates any noticeable audio repetition. Using the easy-select dial, an insomniac picks one of the distinct soothing sounds and adjust the environment by adding richness. This gift will help him sleep while listening to the ocean and faint sounds of seagulls, or the soothing sound of rain and distant thunder. Insomniacs can choose from 10 distinct sound profiles, each with two levels of richness. This equals 30 different sound profiles, all of which have been scientifically engineered to promote a deeper sleep, relaxation, and renewal.
White Noise Machine – a Bestselling Gift for Insomniacs
This Natural White Noise Sound Machine has a fan inside, which provides a lulling white noise sound that helps people who can’t sleep. The Dohm-DS is the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, and it creates the soothing sound of rushing air known as white noise – with two speed operation for a greater range of sound. It provides excellent noise-masking capabilities and a soft comfortable background sound where it might otherwise be too quiet, or too loud.
In the summertime, my husband and I turn on a stand-up fan to cool the bedroom down. Now that it’s not as hot, I definitely notice a difference in my sleep quality. I love the white noise sound that a fan offers. This white noise machine is a good gift for insomniacs who haven’t tried a fan yet, or who don’t want to spend money on a gadget that may not help them sleep.
Deep Sleep Candle
The Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle contains a lovely blend of calming lavender and soothing camomile essential oils. This gift is especially thoughtful for insomniacs who enjoy warm, soothing bubble baths before they go to sleep. You might pair a sleep candle with a deep sleep pillow spray, which is a lovely gift for insomniacs.
Candles are a wonderful natural sleep remedy and gift for people who can’t sleep, but they need to be used with care. My mother recently fell asleep and woke up to a fire in her bedroom. If you gift someone with a candle, make sure they won’t fall asleep while it’s still burning.
A Practical Gift for Insomniacs
Is Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson a good, practical, thoughtful gift idea for people who can’t sleep? Yes!
Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of an insomniac’s life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, your insomniac will learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate his circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements he needs, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep him mentally and physically sharp.
Sleep Smarter is the ultimate guide to sleeping better, feeling refreshed, and achieving a healthier, happier life. That said, however, an insomniac who doesn’t like reading may not love this gift idea. If you aren’t sure if this is the best gift for the insomniac in your life, you might give it with a gift that is less risky…such as the deep sleep candle above or the Yogi Bedtime tea below. Or the Lumnio nightbook nightlight at the top of this list of gifts for people who can’t sleep (it’s my personal favorite 🙂 ).
Sleepytime Tea for People Who Can’t Sleep
Yogi Bedtime Tea contains a soothing blend of herbs traditionally used for centuries to promote relaxation and sleep, as well as valerian and organic chamomile help calm occasional nervousness and restlessness. I wouldn’t recommend hot chocolate as a gift for someone who can’t sleep, because the caffeine and sugar may keep her awake longer. If you find a decaffeinated hot chocolate or cocoa mix, make sure it doesn’t contain a lot of sugar.
While your insomniac is reading Sleep Smarter and learning natural ways to fall asleep, she might like to sip on a calming cup of tea. This is one of those practical and highly appreciated gift ideas for people who can’t sleep.
A Kindle to Distract Insomniacs
The All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet is a perfect gift for someone who wants to fall asleep reading the latest book or Blossom blog post! Now, we’re getting into the gifts for insomniacs that give them something to do when they can’t sleep.
You can preload this Kindle gift so it has an assortment of books and magazines for her to scroll through. Personally, I prefer books on tape because I can listen to them with my eyes closed. When I can’t sleep I listen to Tim Keller’s sermon podcasts – they’re awesome and they do help with insomnia!
Using computers, iphones, tablets, or anything with a screen can interfere with sleep. A Kindle is different, because it doesn’t have a backlit computer screen. That’s why I included it on this list of gifts for insomniacs, and left other computer devices off.
Massage for a Partner Who Can’t Sleep
If you’re sleeping beside your insomniac, give her a nice long massage the next time she can’t sleep. My husband makes me homemade gift certificates that are redeemable for hand, foot, and full body massages. We just use lotion, but the 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil is a very popular massage oil for both professional and unprofessional massages.
I love the idea of homemade gift certificates for massage by my husband, especially since I don’t feel the need to return the massage when I redeem them. If your insomniac likes to be massaged by a professional registered massage therapist, give her the gift of two or three sessions.
Sessions With an Acupuncturist or Acupressure Therapist
In my Acupuncture for Snoring article, I described how acupuncture clears blockages and helps with overall health. I also mentioned acupressure therapy – which helps with sleep. If your insomniac hasn’t tried acupressure or acupuncture, you might gift her with three sessions.
A related gift for insomniacs is to accompany them to the session. Most things are easier if we do them together, and an acupuncture or acupressure session might be intimidating to many people – especially since so many needles are involved!
Foot Warmer – One of the Best Gifts for Insomniacs
Serta’s Ultra Plush Triple Rib Electric Heated Foot Warmer is one of the best gifts for insomniacs. The foot warmer doesn’t heat the whole body, just the parts that help people who can’t sleep.
Not only is this foot warmer made for two pairs of feet, it’s constructed from luxurious ultra plush fleece fabric that is exceptionally durable. A soft fiberfill center adds comfort to cushion tired, sleepless feet. In my article on natural sleep remedies, I describe why warm feet help people who can’t sleep.
And, as always, I welcome your comments below. If you have any insomniac gift ideas or tips for people who can’t sleep, I’d love to add them to this list.
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Oh yes – and one of the best gifts for insomniacs is something to do with all the time on their hands. If your insomniac is lonely – such as an elderly parent or isolated uncle – perhaps the best gift you can give is time spent together. Maybe not in the middle of the night, though 🙂