The First Time I Used This Over-the-Head Pillow, I Knew I'd Never Be Able to Sleep Without It

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Sleep doesn't just happen for me. I'm not one of those people who can sleep anywhere or anytime. Everything has to be perfect, from the temperature of the room to the feel of my blanket to the perfect number of pillows (a minimum of three is essential!). If I hear a sound, if it's too bright, if I'm too hot, I wake up. And then I start thinking and don't end up falling back to sleep for at least an hour or more. And I need my sleep! My alarm goes off at 4:45 a.m. to work out, so every minute of sleep is precious.

Which is why finding this Sleep Crown Over-the-Head Pillow ($168) was such a huge, life-changing deal for me. I mean life-frickin'-CHANGING! The first moment I placed this pillow on my head, it felt like a comforting hug and a dark cave all wrapped into one — it's like a weighted blanket for your head. Designed by a restorative yoga instructor, it applies gentle pressure over the crown of the head, blocks out light, and muffles any noise that might startle you awake, but really, that just translates to the best night of sleep ever.

I'm not exaggerating. Every night that I've used this pillow, I've fallen asleep effortlessly within minutes of placing it over my head and slept through the night. I can sleep with it while on my back, on my side, or on my belly, and aside from blocking out light and sound, this pillow is made from bamboo jersey fabric, making it luxuriously soft.

The fill is hypoallergenic faux down and is moldable and squishy; it conforms to the shape of my head without feeling constricting or heavy. It's the perfect amount of comforting pressure. It makes me feel safe and secure, like the feeling I had as a little girl being tucked into bed by my mother. But it's not at all hot, so this is a great option if you find a weighted blanket makes you sweaty — it has the same soothing effect.

OK, so yeah, the only downfall is that it costs $168. That's kind of a shocker and you might think, "Forget it, I'm not spending that much!" Or you might think you could put the pillow you already have over your head. But this one is specifically shaped to cover your eyes and ears safely without compromising your breathing.

It is a lot of money for a pillow, but trust me — it's worth it! Isn't your sleep worth it? You spend one-third of your life in bed, and if you don't get enough sleep, you're cranky and foggy-headed, your sugar cravings and hunger increase, and it's just all-around bad, and no amount of caffeine will help.

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you have disruptive sleepmates or pets, or you're a light sleep who's super sensitive to light and sound, this pillow could be life-changing for you, too. Wouldn't you love to feel so relaxed that you just drift off to sleep and you're able to get a full night of sleep and wake up feeling calm and rested? Then go for it and splurge on this pillow, because a good night of sleep is priceless.