Sleep is one of the most important things we do. It’s during sleep that your body rejuvenates and heals; without it, your mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety are at risk.
So why is it that many of us have trouble sleeping or getting quality sleep? There’s nothing more frustrating than not having a restful night’s sleep and knowing you have to get up to go to work in a few hours.
Check out these items that encourage good sleep hygiene:
Weighted blankets and eye masks
These have grown in popularity over the past few years because of their calming effect. The weight – about 15-20 pounds – mimics the sensation of being hugged or swaddled. The added pressure can also prevent you from moving around and disturbing yourself while asleep. Get yourself a weighted blanket from Chapters-Indigo or a weighted eye mask from Bed Bath and Beyond.
Glow light from Casper (their pillows are also amazing) was created to replicate the light cast by the setting sun. Slowly dimming the light helps you wind down for deep, restful sleep.
Meditation and sleep apps
Nick Offerman (best known for a role on Parks and Rec) now lends his soothing baritone to the Calm.com app. Whether you’re iOs or Android user this highly rated and award-winning meditation and sleep story app will lull you to sleep. And, if you need to headphones, consider Bose. Super comfy and noise cancelling.
Blue light glasses
It’s no secret that many of us are addicted to our technology. Ideally, you would avoid using your smartphone, smartwatch, tablet, computer or even TV for about two hours before bed. Pick up a book instead! Or another form of entertainment that doesn’t involve looking at a screen. But if you can’t (or won’t give up your screen time), try a pair of blue light glasses that will help minimize the sleep-disruptive effect. Check out pairs from Clearly and Quay Australia… and no, you don’t need a prescription!
Lenovo’s smart clock helps reduce screen-time (see above) and wind-down before sleep. And because it works with Google Assistant, it can also help run your smart home.
Relaxing and soothing, tea is a great way to mellow out after a long day. Get your favourite calming blends from David’s Tea. Look for caffeine-free cups with soothing chamomile, or calming valerian root.
If you’re someone who needs to sleep in total darkness, consider investing in black-out curtains. They darken rooms considerably, even when the sun is shining. Plus, they’re not as expensive as you might think and easy to find! Check out Walmart or Bouclair.
Essentials oils have long been used for a variety of ailments. Consider a relaxing scent – either scented candles or essential oils. Bath & Body Works offers a variety of amazing products from sprays to body balms. Crabtree & Evelyn sells super relaxing room spray for your linens. Mild By Nature Sleep essential oil blend from iHerb can help you achieve sleep-inducing tranquility.
For those who work(out) hard and need a good night’s sleep, Under Armour created RECOVER™ Sleepwear for men and women. The mineral-infused material reflects infrared light back to your body alleviating muscle fatigue and aiding in recovery.
A comfy bed
We spend so much time in bed that it’s worth investing in a great mattress. But investing in a great mattress doesn’t mean spending a fortune. When it’s time for you to get a new mattress, consider the Loom & Leaf by Saatva. Memory foam provides support and a gel cooling layer keeps you super chill. Your morning self will thank you for it.
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