When people hear about a new product, they often have one of two reactions: reject it and claim that things were better 'back in the day', or embrace the latest innovation because, well, they are usually very beneficial. It can, of course, be tempting to think that we don’t need man-made objects to help us sleep, but try thinking that when your neighbour is practicing his newfound DJ career, the room feels about 50 degrees on a summer night, and the light from the streetlamps feels like someone is shining a torch in your eyes. In reality, sleep can be hard sometimes, but that’s where tech comes in.

There’s no need to fill your bedroom with hundreds of gadgets and gizmos to have a more restful 40 winks, but instead look at what kind of issues you’re facing when you lay your head down to rest. If you don’t feel like moving apartment simply to get a good 6-8 hours of sleep, try one or more of the following suggestions.

If comfort eludes you night after night

Unless you’re a band roughing it while on the road, there’s no reason why you can’t improve your comfort. Sure, it’s not very rock ‘n’ roll to imagine Hendrix or Lemmy fussing over the quality of their pillow at night, but for the rest of us mere mortals, we’ve got to take care of our bodies. Without having to resort to one of those bizarre Ostrich pillows that might be comfy (but make you look like a total berk), there are better ways to get comfortable when trying to sleep.

For one, if you’re still using a hand-me-down mattress that is probably older than you, then make sure you up your mattress game, pronto. Memory foam mattresses, like the one seen on the Eve site, can get surprisingly techy. We’re not talking about microchips and laser beams here, but layers that can absorb disturbances (if your partner moves about in their sleep a lot), material that adjusts to your body shape, and breathable foam designed to make you sweat less on hot evenings.

If the light is just too much

As lovely and warm as summer is, it can also be an annoying season for sleep. Apart from the hot bedroom, you’ve got to contend with those super early sunrises around 6 am; especially on weekends, this isn’t a time most people wish to wake up when light fills the room. Yet, the answer is painfully simple: put something over your eyes. There are many sleeping masks out there, so much so that choosing just one to talk about is somewhat difficult as people’s preferences are bound to differ. Browse through this list and you’re sure to find one that fits your requirements and budget. That said, do give a special look to the mask from Sleep Fountain, as it is supposedly infused with copper ion technology, which we’re told can help your skin reduce dark circles around your eyes – win-win!

If noise is your enemy

Finally, blocking out light is simple enough, but sound is a different story. Once you hear a noise, it’s almost impossible to ignore it, unless you’re one of those lucky heavy sleepers – the ones who could probably sleep through an earthquake. Earplugs are a decent option, but are often uncomfortable and don’t block out everything. So, we’ll suggest the beautifully named Tranquil Moments sleep sounds machine found on Brookstone. A sort of hybrid jukebox/alarm clock, the little machine can play up to 16 calming ambient noises.

The relaxing sounds from the Tranquil Moments machine are reportedly composed using Delta, Alpha, and Theta brainwave frequencies (which we’re obviously all aware of), but all you really need to know is that these tones are meant to cover any annoying noises that can disrupt your sleep. So, if you’ve had enough of your roommate’s snoring, or the drunken revellers on the street are beyond bothersome, find out if some soothing white noise can give you sweet dreams.