Transform how you sleep — shop 5 Real Simple Sleep Award winners, plus other sleep essentials


Whether you are a night owl or an early riser, everyone can agree that a good night’s sleep is essential, but that doesn’t mean we’re always lucky enough to get it. External distractions, an uncomfortable mattress and even wearing the wrong pajamas can affect how you sleep. And while a cup of joe might sound like the only answer after tossing and turning all night, there are products out there to help you rest better and avoid exhaustion in the first place.

Lauren Iannotti, Editor-in-Chief of Real Simple, visited TODAY to share some of Real Simple’s 2024 Sleep Award winners as well as extra sleep products that Iannotti and her team recommend. Shop full-length body pillows, cooling blankets and more.

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Manta Sleep Mask

This 2024 Real Simple Sleep Award winner is a blackout mask meant to adjust to your face and eyes without being too heavy on your eyelids and lashes, all while promising a deeper sleep. The machine-washable mask also includes premium ear plugs, a carrying case and wash bag.

Sealy Molded Bed Pillow

Improve your sleep with this Sealy bed pillow that was voted Best Memory Foam Pillow in Real Simple’s top 10 best pillows of 2024 roundup. Intended to provide an extra layer of comfort, the cushion in this bed pillow will adapt and mold to your head and neck shape. This paired with the plush knit fabric should add extra support during the night and promote a restful and refreshed night’s sleep.

Utopia Bedding Full Body Pillow

This full-body pillow feels just like a hug and according to Real Simple, it’s the “best body pillow for side sleepers.” With the body pillow being four feet by six inches, there is tons of space for comfortable side sleeping and added maternity support. Iannotti highlights the pillow’s contouring abilities, saying: “A good body pillow is like a great add-on to your go-to pillow and supports your lower back, distributes body weight more evenly and reduces pressure on your shoulders and hips.”

Sleep Number True Temp Blanket

Goodbye to sweaty sleeping! This blanket is designed to adapt to your body temperature as the night goes on. Due to active-particle technology, the blanket targets and removes moisture to prevent humidity accumulation. Iannotti reported: “Our editors loved the lightness, the crispy comforter feeling and it’s an ideal substitute for feather-filled comforters.” Plus, it is hypoallergenic for sensitive sleepers.

Soundcore Sleep A10 Noise Blocking Earbuds

If you are sensitive to sounds or noises when sleeping, consider these sleep earbuds to block out disruptive noises. Regardless if you are a side or back sleeper, these earbuds claim to be ideal for any sleeping position. According to Iannotti, “they’re built to fit comfortably in your ears throughout the night since you choose the right size suitable for your ears.” You can even monitor your sleeping patterns, choose calming sounds and set an alarm clock through the Soundcore Sleep A10 app.

Dr. Teal’s Sleep Spray

Dr. Teal’s Sleep Spray infuses melatonin and essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile to produce a mist that “helps calm your mind and get you in the sleep mindset,” says Iannotti. You can use this spray in the shower, on bedding, on your body or anywhere in your bedroom.

Oura Ring Generation 3

This ring is lighter than most conventional rings, says the brand, and has four to seven days of battery life. Compatible with both Apple Health and Google Fit, this device can help you gain insight into sleep metrics such as your resting heart rate and baseline body temperature.


If soft sleepwear helps you sleep better, you might want to give Jambys a try. These boxers, which feature pockets, are breathable, unisex and super stretchy. The brand also has T-shirts, cloaks, hoodies and much more.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Topper Supreme

Upgrade any mattress with this memory foam three-inch topper. This topper is designed to relieve pressure and adapt to your weight, shape and temperature over time for a more restful sleep. A machine-washable cover is also included.

Sleep Number Bolster Pillow

Perfect for naps, this memory foam pillow not only supports your neck while sleeping but can also work as a lumbar pillow or you can slide it under your knees when you lie on your back to reduce lower back pain. The pillow is hypoallergenic and also comes with a removable soft microfiber cover.

Loftie Alarm Clock

Consider this an all-in-one alarm clock, night light and white noise machine. You can customize the alarm, alarm tone, volume and display. The clock also features wellness content, including breathwork, sound baths and guided meditation.

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