13 Graduation Gifts to Help College Grads Sleep Better


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College graduation: a bittersweet moment in my life in which I felt both sadness about leaving my college roommates and immense eagerness to have made it through three years of courses, exams, essays, and to no surprise, endless all-nighters.

I’d be lying if I told you late-night study sessions and campouts at the school library weren’t due to poor time management, but let’s be real: I was a college kid with a lot to navigate, and that came at the expense of my sleep. But since starting a new job and stepping into the next adult-ish phase of my life, I’ve learned to prioritize and get seven to eight hours of rest every night.

If you have a loved one graduating college soon, chances are they’ve experienced sleep deprivation too. So, as they move out of their dorms and into the next phase of their lives, why not help them create and stick to a routine with these graduation gift ideas that promote healthy sleep?

If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the recent college grad in your life, celebrate them with the gift of better sleep. Below, we’ve rounded up our 13 favorite college graduation gifts for some good snoozin’!

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Saatva Classic Innerspring Mattress

Help your college grad say goodbye to flat, old mattresses that strangers have slept on with our classic innerspring mattress. The surface you lie on is everything, and unfortunately for college students, dorms and student apartments aren’t usually equipped with quality mattresses that can properly support their bodies. If your college grad is moving into a new apartment soon, then this innerspring mattress is the perfect gift as it provides adequate back support and pressure-point relief and works well with all body types.

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Saatva Waterproof Mattress Protector

A college grad’s bed wouldn’t be complete without a mattress protector. Our Waterproof Mattress Protector will help shield their mattress from spills, stains, dirt, and humidity. Plus, its deep pockets and silicone elastic band ensure it’ll stay put.


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Hatch Restore Sunrise Alarm Clock

Like most college students, I had numerous alarms on my phone to wake me up for 8 a.m. classes, which would startle me and pull me out of deep sleep—and that wasn’t the best way to start my day. I had the same issue when I started working until I learned about sunrise alarm clocks. This sunrise alarm clock mimics natural light, which can regulate your college grad’s circadian rhythm and softly wake them up.

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Saatva Silk Eye Mask

It’s no secret that light makes it difficult to fall asleep, and living with roommates can make it hard to navigate apartment lighting when someone wants to sleep but others want to stay awake. I’ve been there, and let’s just say an eye mask would’ve made my life a little easier. Our eye mask is made of long-fiber mulberry silk and is naturally hypoallergenic, breathable, and temperature-regulating. Most notably, it blocks out light for restful sleep.

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Calm App Subscription

A sleep and meditation app can do wonders for a college grad with stress and worries about stepping out into the big world. The Calm app is perfect for managing stress, anxiety, mindfulness, and sleep. It consists of both stress relief programs and guided meditations for anxiety. Most importantly, it offers a wide range of sleep meditations as well as sleep music and sounds to naturally fall asleep (and stay asleep). It even has sleep stories narrated by well-known names like Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Harry Styles!

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Saatva Scented Candles

Scented candles can promote better sleep by relieving anxiety and calming the brain, especially those with essential oils. Our candles are the perfect blend of natural coconut wax and organic fragrance oils for a dreamy sleep. With four options to choose from with notes like ylang-ylang, cedarwood, and lavender, you’ll be sure to bring a sedative, peaceful feel—and smell—to your grad’s sleep space.

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Papier Wellness Journal

As your college grad experiences some drastic changes in this period of their life, it’s important they remember to make time for themselves. With Papier’s daily wellness journal, they can write down thoughts, feelings, goals, intentions, and just about anything they want to ease their minds before bed for better quality sleep. This journal can also be personalized to make for an even more meaningful gift for a special college grad.

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Saatva Weighted Blanket

Our all-natural weighted blanket is the simplest way to add a little luxury to your college grad’s bedroom. This cozy velvet blanket is made from 100% cotton knit and is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, and free of harmful chemicals. Best of all, its glass beads create a soothing, calming effect. The feeling is similar to being hugged, giving a “deep pressure stimulation” and a sense of comfort for all those nights when your grad is missing you!

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Amazon Kindle

Reading a book before bed is one of the best ways a recent college grad can wind down at night. That’s why an Amazon Kindle would be an excellent gift for any college grad bookworm. This e-reader is light and compact with a paper-like display. With thousands of books to choose from, this gift makes for an affordable way of purchasing multiple reads at a time and being able to access them anytime, anywhere. Its adjustable front light and dark mode also allow your grad to read from a screen at night without aggressive blue light radiation compromising their sleep.

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Saatva Down Alternative Pillow

Like dorm mattresses, the pillows I had in college were just as unsupportive. Limp and flat, I used my “pillows” from freshman year to the very end—and I’m certainly paying for it now (ouch). Hence, new pillows are a great gift for your college grad’s new place (and their back). Our down alternative pillow features hypoallergenic fibers and micro air pockets for a plush, airy, silky-soft feel that’ll provide comfort, durability, and support all night long.

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Saatva Essential Sheet Sheet

 Pamper your recent college grad with our breathable sheet set. Believe it or not, your sheets directly impact how comfortable you sleep as some materials can trap heat and make you sweat throughout the night. Our essential sheets are woven from percale cotton and viscose, creating a lightweight and airy sheet for hot sleepers that’ll get softer with every wash.

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Hatch Rest All-in-One Sleep Machine

A white noise machine was my holy grail in college, drowning out my roommates’ late-night cooking, their group study sessions, and the parties in our building. And even when I graduated and moved out of my college apartment, that didn’t stop the noise from traveling with me. Thankfully, one of my loved ones upgraded my small Amazon white noise machine to this sleek, modern one by Hatch. For your college grad, fix the problem before it starts by gifting them this white noise machine, which offers numerous sound and light options to help mask any disruptive noises for more restorative sleep.

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Saatva Plush Towel Collection

Just like a post-grad apartment isn’t complete without towels, neither is a spa-like bath for a good night’s snooze. Our luxury plush towel collection would be a great housewarming gift for your college grad, allowing them to replicate that hotel experience in their very own space.


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What’s a good college graduation gift?

A good college graduation gift can range from gift cards to clothes—but the best college graduation gifts are those that can help your grad improve their quality of life, especially their sleep. Great college graduation gifts can include a new mattress, pillows, a wellness journal, a sleep mask, or a meditation app subscription.

Shop Saatva this graduation season

Treat the recent college grad in your life with products that will help them sleep better as they move into the next phase in their life. At Saatva, we offer a wide range of products to help young adults sleep better, from mattresses to pillows to eye masks to blankets.

This article originally appeared on Saatva and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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