Gifts for People Struggling with Insomnia

Updated on July 9, 2017
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Sadie Holloway likes giving practical yet thoughtful gifts to loved ones. She enjoys hunting around for the best presents she can find.

Does your spouse often have trouble falling asleep at night? Is his chronic insomnia starting to keep you awake, too? If you want to help someone you love overcome insomnia so that they can fall asleep comfortably each night, you might find this list of gifts ideas for insomniacs useful.

Bath and aromatherapy products that contain Lavender essential oil make thoughtful gifts for people who have a hard time falling asleep.
Bath and aromatherapy products that contain Lavender essential oil make thoughtful gifts for people who have a hard time falling asleep.

If you're looking for gift ideas for people who can’t sleep, but you have a tight budget, these five gifts are reasonably priced. They range in price from absolutely free to under $100. (When you are buying a gift for someone who can't sleep, there's no need for you to toss and turn, worrying about spending too much money!)

Sleeplessness and insomnia can have a significant impact on health and quality of life. Always consult a doctor or healthcare provider before starting any new health and wellness routines. The tips in this article on gift ideas for people with insomnia may not be suitable for everyone. Always use common sense and prudent planning when it comes to your family's health.

1. Lavender. Bath and body products made with organic lavender essential oil are popular gifts for people who can't sleep. Not only is lavender well-known for helping people settle in for a restful night of sleep, this "mother of all essential oils" has soothing healing properties, too. It is often used on scrapes, burns and other minor skin irritations. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. It can boost you mood or settle a tired mind. A self-help book on how to use lavender essential oil would be a wonderful gift to give someone who is coping with insomnia.

What does a good night's sleep smell like?
What does a good night's sleep smell like?

2. Herbal tea blends. Soothing bedtime tea, blended from herbal teas known for their calming properties, is a gentle, natural way to unwind after a stressful day. A gift basket of assorted herbal, caffeine-free teas is a thoughtful gift to give someone struggling with sleeplessness. Other herbal teas that are believed to help people ease into a restful night's sleep include chamomile, spearmint, and lavender. You can buy prepackaged tea blends at the grocery store or you can visit as specialty tea merchant and ask them to help you create a special blend for your loved one who has trouble sleeping.

3. Massage and spa treatments. Another gift idea for a friend or loved one who's suffering from insomnia is a gift certificate to a massage therapist, acupuncturist, or other holistic health practitioner. There are so many things that can disrupt someone's natural sleep cycle. Pain and stiffness can make it hard to fall asleep. So too can allergies, colds, or other illnesses that make it hard to breath when trying to fall asleep. A session, or two, with a naturopath, nutritionist, or other holistic health professional, especially one who deals with sleep issues, may help your loved one find the underlying cause of their persistent bouts of sleeplessness.

If you aren't sure if your sleepless loved one is ready to seek outside help, a hypnosis CD might be a good first step to find out if deep relaxation techniques can help reduce sleeplessness.

4. Worry Dolls. Is your friend or loved one being kept awake by stress and worry? This next gift for someone who can't sleep may seem simple, even childlike, but if you believe in the positive power of prayer, Worry Dolls can help reduce stress and make falling asleep a little easier for the insomniac in your life.

What are Worry Dolls and how do they work? Worry Dolls, also known as trouble dolls, are small, colorful dolls traditionally made in Guatemala. A person, (child or adult) who can't sleep because they're worried about something can share each of their worries with one of these miniature dolls and then tuck them under their pillow before going to sleep. According to folklore, the dolls are believed to do the worrying in the person's place, so that they can sleep peacefully.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worry_doll

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

— Charlotte Brontë

5. A dehumidifier. Sometimes sleeplessness can be caused by poor air quality in the bedroom. A dehumidifier may help to make the insomnia sufferer's sleeping quarters more comfortable. There are all different kinds of air purifiers and dehumidifiers and not all of them look clunky and institutional. Some models are designed to fit seamlessly into your decor. After all, when you are trying to sleep, who needs to stare at a clunky appliance that looks like it belongs in a hospital rather than in a calming bedroom oasis?

The health implications of chronic insomnia are very real.

Sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Giving a gift that can help someone sleep better is  like giving the gift of good health.
Sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Giving a gift that can help someone sleep better is like giving the gift of good health.

6. Your empathy. One of the most important gifts you can give a loved one who is having a hard time sleeping is your understanding and patience. If your partner is tossing and turning all night and making it hard for you to fall asleep, don't complain about it the next morning. Your partner wants to go to sleep as much as you do and he or she is not deliberately trying to keep you awake at night.

Find time during the day or just before bed to sit and listen attentively to your spouse and his or her worries about not being able to fall asleep.

If your loved one's sleeplessness is starting to affect his or her ability to function during the day, maintain good relationships with other, or fullfill job duties safely and effectively, your partner may need more support than a CD, aromatherapy, or eye mask. Your partner should talk to a medical doctor. Chronic insomnia may need a stronger intervention than one of the gifts suggested here. Being supportive, empathetic, and patient will make it easier for your partner to reach out for professional medical advice.

How much sleep do you need in order to feel alert and alive in the morning?

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Insomniac: A Poem by Maya Angelou

© 2014 Sadie Holloway

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