Unfortunately, there are lots of reasons you might need a sleep aid on your upcoming sailing: You're sharing a cabin with noisy kids, you have jet lag, you have difficulty falling asleep when not at home, or you've booked a stateroom in a noisy part of the ship. No matter the cause of your sleep difficulties, we have solutions. Countless cruisers swear by travel sleep aids, from white-noise machines to science-backed over-the-counter herbal sleep remedies or supplements. Hoping to relax and recharge on your next sailing? We recommend trying at least one of the following seven products, which comprise some of the best non-habit-forming sleep aids on the market.
1. Flents Quiet Contour Earplugs
A simple pair of
could prove to be a life-saver in noisy cabins and infant-adjacent plane seats. Just make sure you find a pair that works. Flents quiet contour ear plugs are made from comfy, squishy noise-reducing foam. The plugs' unique bell shape helps to keep them in your ear, which is especially useful if you're a side sleeper or if you tend to toss and turn. They don't block out 100 percent of outside noise, but they do a great job of muffling most unwanted sounds. Read: You'll hear your alarm clock or an emergency alarm, but you will barely hear the loud snorer in the cabin next door.
2. Nature's Way Valerian Nighttime
Valerian is herbal, and it's rumoured to be one of the best over-the-counter sleep aids. According to several studies, it could help you sleep more soundly and fall asleep faster.
contain 320 mg of the non-habit-forming, sleep-inducing herb, helping you snooze better without prescription drugs.
3. Marpac Rohm Portable White-Noise Sound Machine
White-noise machines are an excellent tool for creating a calm, peaceful sleeping environment. The
offers three sound options that mask or cancel unwanted noises. Choose from bright white noise, deep white noise or gentle surf if you're hoping to catch a few Zs in a cabin that's located just a bit too close to the boisterous nightclub. Plus, it's one of the best travel white-noise machines: You can recharge it via a USB cable, and it weighs just a few ounces.
4. Blackout Sleep Mask
Jet lagged? Sleep through the sunrise with this breathable
, which thwarts flashing TV screens and intrusive rays of slumber-disrupting daylight when you need it most: on your cruise. The mask's soft cotton feels lovely against the skin, and its lightweight design keeps unwanted pressure off your face. It's also great for air and car travel, and it's hand-washable.
5. Bach Rescue Night Liquid Melts
Cruisers looking for a better night's sleep via an alternative remedy can try
, which contains a blend of the brand's five flower essences -- Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum -- with white chestnut added to help you unwind and sleep easy at night. To ingest, place a capsule on your tongue and simply let it melt away. The capsules are alcohol and and sugar free and suitable for the whole family.
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