Sleep habits can have a significant impact on your overall health. Inadequate or poor quality sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. But the effects of diminished sleep quality are not limited to physical ailments. Sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on mood, productivity, and mental acuity.
With all the demands we have in life something’s gotta give and it seems that more often than not the first thing to suffer is sleep. Whether it’s environmental factors or a relentless to-do list, sleep can be a pipe dream for some. But with a little help, perhaps it’s a dream that can come true.
A noisy neighborhood or a snoring partner can be detrimental to getting a good night’s rest, but it’s not the source of the noise that wakes you up, it’s the changes in frequency. White noise machines can work wonders to drown out ambient noise by layering in white noise in an even frequency. The end result is that you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The Big Red Rooster white noise machine allows users to choose between noise and nature sounds and the sleep timer can be set to shut off in 15-minute increments.
Although aromatherapy seems like a relatively new concept, the use of herbs for whatever ails us is as old as time. Lavender and chamomile are especially known for their relaxing and calming properties. The Austra aromatherapy mist can be sprayed around your room and even on your pillows. A new sense of calm will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.
City lights can be beautiful but, but not so much when you’re trying to sleep. In that case, blackout curtains are a must. Not only can you block out the lights outside, but the curtains are also thermal insulated and soundproof, giving you a hand with noise and temperature regulation as well. Not too shabby if you ask me.
Weighted blankets work through a process called deep touch pressure. Weighted down with glass beads or plastic pellets the blanket gently applies pressure to the body which In turn signals the brain to release serotonin. The release of Serotonin promotes relaxation, helping you get to sleep faster.
Dust, pollen or other allergens can cause congestion and other symptoms that can keep you up at night. An air purifier in your room can keep those allergens at bay. Dyson’s Pure Hot and Cool Link can filter out 99.7 percent of allergens and pollutants in the air. Allowing you to breathe a little easier as you sleep.
Although we spend a third of our lives sleeping, pillows are usually an afterthought. I know, strange, but true. Pillows are different for side, back and stomach sleepers, but the one thing every pillow should have is temperature regulation. The Coop Adjustable Fill Pillow is good for any sleeping position because the filler can be added or removed to your desired comfort level. It’s also made from shredded memory foam, which means that air will pass freely through it keeping you cool while you sleep.
When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, sheets can make a huge difference. Temperature regulation is crucial because no one wants to wake up in a sweaty mess. Sheex sheets are cooler than traditional cotton and the drape and sheen makes them look quite luxurious. The moisture-wicking, fabric aids in ventilation and heat release all of which work together to keep you cool and dry throughout the night, surely that’s what dreams are made of.