Ahhh hibernating season… Let’s not forget, we’re mammals too! Now that its winter, there’s no denying that we’ll probably let ourselves sleep in a bit more this season. Forget the post-nap guilt because sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects in our lifestyle. Studies show that sleep not only plays an important role in our physical health but also our mental health and psychosocial well-being too. It can help improve memory, reduce stress levels, improve your mood, just to name a few but the benefits go on and on.
While scientist recommend around 7 to 9 hours of sleeps for adults, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you feel like you’re constantly chasing time. Not to mention the added environmental stressors and responsibilities. If you’ve been struggling to catch some z’s these past few days, try one or more of these sleep products to get you falling sound asleep like a baby.
Truth be told, we have a habit of putting our arms over our eyes. Why? Well first it completely blackens our depth of vision, making our surrounding pitch black. Two, there’s something comforting about having weight over our eyes. While we thought we were the only ones out there with this habit, apparently not. Studies show that having extra weight on our eyes can actually help improve stress, anxiety and promote better sleep. Since it’s uncomfortable to keep your arm across your eyes all night, why not invest in a weighted eye pillow like the one from Qurious. If you’re struggling to find an eye pillow, look for a weighted eye mask – that will also do the trick!
You might think ‘How extra can a person be to use a silk pillowcase?’ but hear us out. Not only do they look pretty (if paired well with matching silk duvet covers) but having a silk pillowcase does more than being aesthetically pleasing. Not only is it gentler on the skin, it absorbs less moisture and dirt making sure our skin stays clean through the night. Because of the texture of the fabric, it also helps prevent wrinkles and pillow creasing (perfect for when you don’t want the world to know you’ve overslept and running late). If you’re looking for a luxurious night’s sleep, look no further than Slip Silk’s Pillowcase, available in all sizes and colors. With its cute packaging, it also makes for a great festive gift!
Aromatherapy has been known to calm the mind, body and soul. It’s a non-invasive and a relatively cheap method used for anxiety, relaxation and stress related disorders. While different scents are known for achieving a certain effect, it is widely believed that lavender has relaxing properties that can help aid your sleep. To incorporate aromatherapy in your sleep routine, we recommend a pillow spray to give you just a gentle amount of fragrance to your night’s sleep. We recommend Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works, which has a mixture of relaxing essential oils like Lavender, Vetiver and Wild Chamomile.
A Good Book
Have you ever felt like falling asleep when you finally got the will power to put yourself in front of a book? You’re not the only one, we’ve all been there. It’s not that the book is boring, but as we flip pages our brain works hard to comprehend, and our eyes tire out leading sleep to take over. If you’re not convinced why we need to sleep or knows someone who thinks sleeping is overrated give “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD” a try. Recommended by Bill Gates in his 2019 Holiday Book Recommendations, if it can make Bill Gates fall asleep, we’re sure we’ll fall asleep reading it too!
A Cup of Tea
There’s something calming about a cup of tea that calms and relaxes us. Maybe it’s the way our grandparents used to drink a warm drink to wind down or how we used to drink warm milk before going to bed when we were little. You can find tea bags of different tea leaf concoction for the ultimate night’s sleep marketed by different brands, but a good rule of thumb is to look for leaves with calming properties such as Chamomile, Lavender, Valerian, etc. Also, this is pretty much a no-brainer but avoid tea with high caffeine contents such as green tea and instead look for decaf alternatives if the leaves mentioned above isn’t your cup of tea.
They say, stop using electronic devices for at least 30 minutes before bedtime to promote better sleep. But its 2020 and we’ve yet to learn how to co-exist with machines and electronics. If you have a utopian view of the future like we do, then we believe that technology is striving to make our lives better, and that’s the case with ambient noises. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, ambient noise is a steady low-frequency background noise that promotes sleep by drowning out other sounds. You can find a playlist for it on meditation apps like Headspace or The Mindfulness on your phone to play calming ocean wave sounds or rain sounds in a rainforest to transport you to dreamland.