2019 seemed like the year that CBD everything hit its highest popularity. Get it – it got high?? However, the joke’s not accurate because CBD oil doesn’t contain psychoactive properties. Rather, it’s a chemical compound in marijuana and it has a long history of being used as medicine. There are no psychoactive compounds in this part of the plant (the part that makes you high is called THC).
The idea is that CBD helps you get better sleep by lessening restlessness, pain, and stress.
At the most recent mattress industry trade show in Vegas there were several new products touting CBD in mattresses and bedding.
Here are Some Examples of CBD Products Related to Mattresses and Sleep
Therapedic’s new b-Calm mattress line which has CBD-infused cover and foam.
MLILY’s Mprove CBD-Infused Mattress, an organic hybrid mattress with CBD-infused fabric.
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Bear Mattress Introduces New CBD Products
Now Bear Mattress has introduced a new wellness brand dedicated to improving sleep through CBD and other natural products. It’s called Curfew. You won’t find it on Bear’s website though. It’s on a completely new website all centered around CBD that you can find here.
There are 3 products so far:
Curfew Dream Blanket
Worlds first CBD blanket with patented, micro-encapsulated beads that release CBD to provide ultimate relaxation
Great for sleep, rest and recovery
Super soft and comfortable
Great for well-being and staying calm
If you know anyone who loves sleep it’s probably the ones who are most sleep deprived. For a lot of us, that means moms with young kids. So check out our top 20 best gifts and make your mom or someone who loves sleep very happy!
This shirt always gets comments and other parents nod in agreement when they read it. People have stopped me in an airport to ask where I got it. It’ll bring some smiles and hopefully a bit of slack when people realize that you’re sleep deprived.
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Unisex Let’s Sleep In Tee in Black and White (or White on Black)
or the same idea but in a fun print for your bedroom decor.
I’m so Tired Tee
Let’s Just Sleep Pillowcase
I am going to bed tee.
Let me Sleep PJs
Eyelash pillow case
Stop Snore Shirt
Fill the area with balls so you can’t sleep on your back comfortably. Strange but it has a lot of fans!
Comfy wide sleep mask that’s also pretty
Thick eye mask comes in 8 patterns, with a satin or minky back. This one won’t slide off as easily as thinner masks that barely have you covered.
Matching sleep deprived tshirt and onesie for dad and baby
Silk Short Flowered Robe
I’d Rather Be Sleeping Tee
Award Winning Adjustable Pillow
Choose the firmness you want and take the quiz to get the best match for your sleeping position.
Allergic to mornings tee
Give it to God and sleep sign
Soft 100% cotton guaze pjs for summer
Make by double gauze consists of two layers of gauze tacked together.
We know Casper for their #1 Consumer Reports rated mattress but they have a bigger dream in mind than just selling beds. They are coming up with new tech to help you sleep and Casper Glow nightlight is their first sleep tech product.
Sleep research and marketing has always been at the front of what Casper does, but unlike Eight or other high tech solutions, Casper keeps their tech simple. They use the data they gather from customer research to develop elegant products that do a few things very well.
The company Airbnb’d a big Victorian house in San Francisco to conduct sleep experiments to see how technology could help improve sleep. Just like the sun gradually gets dim or lighter when it’s time to sleep or wake up, we’re affected by light. This is a process that triggers reactions like the release of melatonin to signal it’s time to fall asleep.
This video shows you how Glow works.
Casper Glow Nightlight
The new Casper Glow does more than just glow, yet it also draws a line at not being fussy or complex. Glow won’t track your sleep, record your snoring or give you any data. It doesn’t connect to your Alexa or anything really. Rather it aims to help you fall asleep and wake up.
Put simply, the Glow gradually dims at night to help you fall asleep, and then gradually gets brighter when it’s time to wake up. It has sensors that react to the light in the room.
Light is key to sleep and Glow helps you set the light in your room. I already have a Phillips Hue light in my room that I can dim or brighten without having to wire anything. I like that you can set and forget it or use the manual controls.
Glow is small and cordless. It’s a little like a lantern that you can take with you when you get up to go to the bathroom or check on the kids (something you can’t do with your lamp).
Who Will Love Glow?
For me, I’d set the light to fade up until bedtime as a signal that it’s time to turn everything off, stop talking and go to sleep. In the morning, the sun usually wakes me up but during the darker winter months it could gently wake you.
Set Glow between 15 minutes and 1.5 hours through the app, or use the simple actions to operate it without the app. In fact, you touch or rotate Glow to dim or brighten the light or use the app to turn it on/off.
I’d use the Glow on vacations because it’s lightweight, easy to carry and doesn’t take up a lot of space. At just over 5 inches tall it fits in your hand but a handle to make bringing it places easier. I’d take Glow camping and yes, put one on my nightstand for its minimalistic design and the quality of the light.
For kids, the selling point is how you don’t have to read anything, press any buttons or do anything confusing. Operate it with touch – simple! It could make an effective gentle alarm clock if your kids wake up with light.
Older adults who have trouble reading at night or operating buttons or grasping something small could operate the Glow intuitively.
If space is limited or you like an uncluttered bedroom, it will fit on a small nightstand.
Casper Glow Cost
The Casper Glow costs $129 for a single light, $229 for a pair. The price actually went up by quite a bit from launch, but it doesn’t seem to deter customers.
You have up to 30 days to try Glow and it has a 6-month limited warranty.
Wireless (battery operated) with the option of plugging it into a wall or into the wireless charging station
Portable and lightweight – weighs under 1 lb
Minimalist design – 5.25 inches tall with a base
LED lighting with a 36x warm white LED array and 12x accent LEDs in amber
Apple and Android app for scheduling
Ability to group Glows or operate them independently
Touch control via app or shake, rotate or otherwise operate it
Battery life, said to be several days on a charge or 7 continuous hours
At the Vegas furniture show a few years ago, I was wowed by Reverie’s display that had speakers built into the headboard that can only be heard by you. Casper is working on something with music/sound. Besides light, temperature is another big factor in sleep.
Casper is said to be working on concepts such as…
Weighted pillows that you can warm up
A diffuser to give the right scents to relax and help you fall asleep
At Unbox Mattress, we’re obsessed with getting the best night sleep. And while there are many, many reasons you’re not getting the best sleep you can, your bedding is a part of that.
If your room is too hot, your body will struggle to keep your body temperature at a comfortable level. Too cold and you can’t sleep well. The climate or time of the year (hello summer) you live in can be a factor. Night sweats, hormonal changes, and even aging can make throw off your body temperature.
It’s a challenge to find the right temperature for the best sleep. Here are some ways we’ve found to help.
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Sleep Issue: You Sleep Too Hot
Problem: You get hot and sweaty at night (and it’s not from sex).
Solution #2: If you sleep hot because you tend to be sweatier or you’re going through hot flashes (menopausal women), it may be more than your mattress. In that case, we recommend a bed fan or cooler. Products like a BedJet or Chilipad can cool you down fast – for a price.
The BedJet is a bed fan that recirculates cooler air on the ground or warms the air. Turn it on and you get cool within seconds.
The Chilipad is not a fan, rather it’s a mattress pad that circulates water through a network of tiny tubes. It has a temperature range between 55°- 110° F which covers just about anyone who sleeps hot. Sleep in a hot climate? Try using a Chilipad to cool down to 55°!
These products work well but they’re also more pricey. The next solution is less expensive (but may take longer to work or not work as well).
To stay cool, you need a blanket that allows good airflow in and out of your sleep space. Trapped air heats up quickly which raises your body temperature. Look for a blanket with natural or synthetic venting structures.
Blanket materials with good breathability include: Regular cotton, Egyptian cotton, Linen, Satin, Viscose, Rayon Blends (e.g., cotton & linen). We really love linen for the summer or just for cooling. Just be aware that even though it’s not the softest option, it softens up as you wash it.
Another thing that keeps you too hot: sweating. When you have wind to cool you off that’s not a bad thing. When it makes your bedding moist, it is.
A cooling blanket should be made of fabric with good absorption properties or hygroscopy. It will then “wick” or draw moisture from the air instead of trapping it next to you.
Here are some blankets with good absorbency: cotton, hemp, bamboo, flax linen, and microfibers.
We like Sheex brand performance sheets. They are sold with just the bottom sheet or just the top, so if you prefer not to sleep with a top sheet, you can just buy the fitted one.
It’s easier to warm humid air. A warm mist humidifier can help make your room warmer without turning up the heat for the whole house. We like top fill models and ones with larger tanks so it’s easier to refill and you don’t have to refill it as often.
Venta is our favorite humidifier/air purifier/diffuser. It’s not a warm mist humidifier, it isn’t warm or cool. While this product is an investment but it’s one of those things you can’t live without once you have one. Plus, the Venta has the added benefit of being easy to clean. There are no filters to replace, it uses tap water, is easy to fill and you can add your favorite essential oil (like sleep-promoting lavender) to the water.
Sleep Issue: You Get Too Cold
Problem: you freeze most nights and spend hours trying to warm up so you can relax and fall asleep. Or you wake up freezing cold during the night.
This problem is easier to solve than sleeping hot. The ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people say 65 degrees. Falling temperatures (like what happens when you go from being warmer to being cooler) help you fall asleep. However, anyone who’s been winter camping, knows if you’re too cold you won’t get great sleep either.
Fact: rooms between 60 and 68 degrees encourage the body to produce melatonin. Melatonin not only promotes sleep, it’s also a powerful anti-aging hormone.
Solution #1: the BedJet or Chilipad. This solution has the added benefit of working in too hot or too cold conditions. It’s more expensive but it works.
Solution #2: a heated mattress pad.
If, like a lot of us, you get cold and someone you sleep in the same bed with gets too warm, a dual control heating mattress pad can help. These go underneath your sheets but that means they can’t be kicked off or fall off the bed.
We have this heated mattress pad (pictured below) and like how quick it heats up. You can set it for 1, 2 or 10 hour auto shut off times. There are no cords running underneath and you don’t have to plug in both sides for it to work.
After testing several brands of heated mattress pads, this is by far our favorite:
Most electric blankets are made from polyester because which is naturally more flame-retardant and keeps its shape better after washings. Cotton is softer but less flame resistant. You can also get fleece heated blankets.
What to look for in an electric blanket
Thicker is better for warmth and if a blanket is too thin you risk being able to feel the wires through the blanket, which isn’t very cozy at all.
Your electric blanket or heated mattress pad can get stains and odors. So find one that has detachable controls (like the heated mattress pad pictured above). That way you can wash and dry it to keep it sanitary. Washing your blanket wrong can ruin it so be sure to check the instructions and follow them. Every heated blanket and mattress pad we link to in this article is machine washable.
Look for an electric blanket that has the cord on the side, not down the middle so you can plug it into the nearest outlet. Is the cord long enough? Also, it’s easier to make the bed without dealing with the cord in the middle.
Your blanket’s controls should also be simple to see and use, even at night. If you sleep with someone else, dual controls are so helpful. Also, some blankets have one setting and others have many temperature settings to choose from. This one has 10. We prefer a digital readout rather than a dial because it’s tough to maneuver dials in your sleep. The one we linked to has a dimmer so as to not keep you awake.
If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, here are more bed cooling options.
Does being too hot or cold affect your sleep? If so, how did you solve the problem? Let us know in the comments.
Boxed mattresses often just have the top mattress and still need to be paired with a base or platform. This has contributed to more interest in adjustable beds. You can find them in a variety of colors and fabrics and with higher tech features. To get a more finished look, a headboard or bed frame with your base.
Adjustable beds are popular for all ages. Split options make them appealing to couples. They address health issues like back pain, snoring, acid reflux, congestion and other concerns so you can sleep more deeply.
Enhance the time you spend in bed with under bed lighting and even speakers or USB chargers can keep you powered as your bed becomes your work station that allows you to work in bed. You can find the most luxurious adjustable bed or a cheaper model that covers the basics.
Zero-G positions may reduce the pressure on your spine, shoulders, or hips. Relieve muscle tension and improve circulation.There’s nothing better for bad backs.
Massage soothes sore muscles from today’s tough workout or takes you to a deeper state of relaxation.
Like mattresses, adjustable beds can be boxed and sent to you. However, most don’t offer returns or sleep trials because they’re so heavy.
Best Rated Adjustable Beds 2018
We looked at the top 5 adjustable beds based on number of reviews and features they offer. These have features and price tag to make them attractive choices for different budgets and price ranges. Unbox Mattress may receive a commission from sales on this page at no cost to you. This allows us to bring you even more reviews and industry news.
Adjustable Beds Reviews and Comparisons
Adjustable bases can run hundreds or thousands of dollars. Here are some top choices based on research to help you get the most out of yours.
Do you sleep solo or with someone else? If you sleep with someone else do you want one mattress or a split base that each has its own control?
How much space do you have? Wall huggers conserve space.
What features do you want? Consider what’s important to you – massage, plugs, alarm feature, etc.
Wired or wireless remote? Does it come with an app? Presets?
What is your price range and does the price include the mattress? If you buy a mattress that’s too thick it won’t bend when you raise or lower your head/feet. Make sure you get a quality mattress though – the flexing motion will cause extra wear and you don’t want to sleep on a mattress that develops a fold in the middle. Adjustable mattresses can be innerspring, foam or a combination of the two. Most boxed mattresses will work with an electric bed.
What’s your style? If you don’t like the look of the mattress and bare base, you might still need a bed frame to drop your adjustable base into. It gives a more polished/stylish look.
That’s it for our top adjustable bases for 2018. What one do you want?
Do you have trouble falling asleep? We do and our kids struggle falling asleep some nights too, especially if we have anxiety or stress. Another issue is falling asleep and then waking up for no reason and not being able to fall back asleep again! The most dreaded phrase we hear after putting our daughter to bed at night is, mom, I can’t sleep! We want to be off parent duty and relax. We also need a good night’s sleep ourselves.
Insufficient sleep can hurt relationships, work performance, moods and overall happiness in life. I know because I’ve lived it – a lot! We got the right mattress. That helped because I couldn’t feel when my husband moved around at night or got out of bed. But it wasn’t the only solution.
So I tried things like meditation, sleep videos on YouTube, going to bed sooner and many other things. We exercise most days and try to eat a healthy diet. These are beneficial practices but they didn’t solve the problem – at least not for us.
Somewhere online I read a recommendation for something that I finally tried that worked: magnesium.
Does magnesium help you sleep?
For us, yes! Magnesium really helps sleep. Since I started drinking some in my water every day I haven’t woken up or had any problem falling asleep.
According to the Sleep Doctor, “Healthy magnesium levels protect metabolic health, stabilize mood, keep stress in check, promote better sleep, and contribute to heart and bone health.” Magnesium levels are often lower in women, especially as they get older.
Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds but as you age you might be less efficient at absorbing it or your diet may not have enough.
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A lot of people swear by melatonin but magnesium is what works for us.
Magnesium Helps with PMS and ADHD
Other things that get in the way of good sleep: PMS and ADHD. During mensuration your hormone levels are all over the place. It can mean you easily wake up getting too hot or cold. Studies have shown that magnesium can reduce premenstrual symptoms like mood swings, irritability, anxiety and bloating.
Trouble falling asleep is common in older adults too. A national poll by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, found that 46% of older adults had trouble falling asleep at least 1 night a week and 15% had trouble sleeping 3 or more nights a week.
In this study, supplementation of magnesium appears helped elderly improve subjective measures of insomnia. They had longer sleep time and easier time falling asleep and less early morning awakening.
Calm Magnesium Powder
If you want deeper and less restless sleep, give magnesium a try. We like this brand: Calm magnesium powder.
Read the reviews and you’ll see people call it a miracle cure. Everyone has different reasons for their sleep issues, but this is an easy, inexpensive solution to try.
It has a great taste and the powder is very fine so it dissolves easily and you don’t get chunks. Since drinking it we have fallen asleep every night and stayed asleep without waking up at all. The powder form makes it best for kids – or add it to their smoothie or juice.
If you prefer capsules or for adults, try Brain MD Health. In addition to magnesium it has other sleep vitamins. Their Restful Sleep supplement has 5 ingredients help you fall asleep, stay asleep and get a better quality sleep.
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Do you need help falling asleep? Give these a try. Please come back and comment and let us know if they’ve helped you as much as they’ve helped us!
“The movie star mattress” with a lot of star power…Casper is also much loved and gets the top #1 rating by Consumer Reports for the best foam mattress.
You might think friendly ghost when you hear the unique name Casper, but I like to call Casper the movie star mattress because of the star power behind it. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Levine are investors. You’ll also find celebrities and famous Instagrammers sleeping on a Casper.
Unbox Mattress requested and was given this queen size Casper Mattress by Casper for the purposes of this review. We weren’t paid to review Casper but we may earn a small commission should you buy one.
Save $100 on Casper Overall, we found the regular Casper mattress to be a decent bed but we’re more wowed by the marketing and their testing than the mattress itself. However, if you love memory foam beds and want a medium soft feel, Casper might be right for you. We’ve learned that each person is unique and after getting close to the firmness, features and price you want, the next best step is to do a sleep trial.
Here’s our Casper mattress review video (we hope to review one of their higher end mattresses too):
How Casper Mattress is Made
Take a look inside of a Casper mattress.
Let’s break down some facts about Casper…
Materials and Layers
Casper is made of all foam. There are no springs inside. There isn’t a lot of memory foam. Rather Casper beds consist of at least 79% regular / non-memory foam.
Casper has 4 layers of foam. All foam layers are Certi-Pur certified.
1.5” Open-Cell Foam
1.5” Responsive Memory Foam
1.5” Zoned Support™ layer provides optimal support for the shoulders and hips
5.0” Durable Support Foam
10” total height (foam and cover). We like the touches that distinguish this bed from other foam mattresses with the extra support where you need it. Casper calls it zoned support. They continue to test and make adjustments to their mattress based on customer feedback.
Firmness Casper is a medium firm mattress, right near the middle. It offers some sink but not a lot.
One purchaser will say Casper sleeps cool (and as I said I didn’t find complaints about the temperature) but others say it’s average temperature, neutral or even warm. Overheating didn’t seem to be a big issue, likely because there’s not very much memory foam in this bed.
Price of a Casper Mattress
You’re looking at under $1k for a queen and a king is $1195 but prices change so click below to find the current pricing.
Overall, Casper doesn’t sleep hot. The thing about foam, especially memory foam is that it warms up with body heat so even if you sleep cool, a mattress can make you sweat.
The cover is modern and clean but not fancy – we love that it zips off from the top instead of under the mattress, which makes for easier cleaning. The zipper is sturdy and it’s sort of fun to see inside.
Returns are easy and customer service is responsive.
Cons of Casper Mattress
Not as thick as some beds – although the extra material will usually add to the price.
It does have offgassing. Not the worst we’ve tested but not the best either.
Facebook Comments on What’s the Best Mattress?
We sort of hate when someone asks for friend’s recommendations for a mattress without giving any criteria. Everyone is different and it’s unlikely you’re going to have the same preferences or budget as your friends.
When we saw a thread about the best mattress, a friend raved about her Casper so we reached out to ask her what she thinks so far. She’s had hers a few years. Her response? She still loves it. Will you love it? There’s only one way to know. Try it out. And be sure to get one of the Casper mattress protectors to go with it. Nobody wants to think of what gets into your mattress without one!
Really though, that’s the beauty of a boxed mattress. You can sleep on it and that’s the best way to know once you’ve narrowed down your choices. Studies show that you’re just as likely to like a traditional mattress as a boxed one – it’s about 80% across the board.
Is Casper too Firm or Too Soft?
The biggest concerns people have with a mattress are usually the feel and the durability. The feel is subjective. The number one complaint we hear is it’s too hard or it’s too soft. As far as durability – Consumer Reports tests say they test a mattress to simulate 20 years of sleeping and Casper was at the top.
Overall Casper will be best for someone who likes medium firm memory foam mattresses without the heat. It’s probably not the ideal choice for heavier people who may want more than the 10 inches. Other than that you’ll need the 100 day trial to sleep on it to make up your mind.
You’ll like Casper if you already know you want some memory foam and softness but you like a medium firm feel. Love the sleep system – you save by buying sheets, pillows and mattress as a bundle.
We’re not hip enough to review this mattress.
Casper and the star power behind it is the biggest story because no one else in the boxed bed industry has done what they’ve done.
From nap pods in music stores to having Uber drivers deliver mattresses in New York City, they’re definitely chic. We’ve had a Google alert on their name to follow them for over a year and we’re just waiting for their nap pods to roll into our town so we can see them in person!
Casper officially launched on April 22, 2014, and they sold $1 million worth of product in the first 28 days. They’ve recently had product placed in some American Airline flights in first class. The big problem with that? People are stealing the bedding!
Casper is an award winning mattress
● Consumer Reports’ highest rated memory foam mattress under $1,000
● TIME ‘Invention of the Year’
● Fast Company’s ‘Innovation by Design’ winner
● Industrial Designers Society of America award winner
● Good Housekeeping 2018 Lab Pick
● #1 out of 27 top foam mattresses rated by Consumer Reports, beating out other brands such as Ghostbed, Lull, Tuft & Needle and more.
2017 Consumer Reports ranked Casper above Ghostbed and Purple but in a 2019 issue it rose to #1.
If we could pass out award for mattresses we review, we’d give Casper awards for…
The most personality packed in a mattress
Casper is one of the original bed in a box mattress companies that we credit with infusing fun into the otherwise snoozy mattress industry.
Casper is incredible at marketing and they have fun! During the eclipse of 2017 they took over part of Casper Wyoming (their namesake city). We think they should sponsor it like Half.com sponsored a city in Oregon for a year in 2000. They could give the city a bunch of beds in exchange!
Casper created a glamping moon gazing party that people could attend to watch the eclipse on a Casper, in Casper Wyoming! We don’t know if there were any celebrities in attendance or if they had a DJ but it looked like fun!
The stars really aligned for them too because Casper, Wyoming just happened to be one of the best places in the nation to view the eclipse. Casper Wyoming was in the Line of Totality. Talk about lucky!
If you call customer service you’ll want to be placed on hold so you can listen to the lullaby music play. We tested it out and it’s true. They supposedly also have bedtime stories if you press a certain number but we haven’t confirmed that. You can try it out by calling 1 888.498.0003.
When they launched, Casper packed actual books into the mattress box. You know how cereal boxes or cracker Jack have toys inside? Well Casper had books. Because people love to read before nodding off. Today the box comes with care interactions but we thought they should include a comic book or something.
The most engineers on staff
While they’re advertising is fun, Casper is serious about their mattress. They’ve got a testing lab where they monitor and test products, and have 30 engineers on staff. They even worked with a renowned polymer chemist to make our base foam more durable.
Today Casper has the Original Casper mattress which they continue to innovate on. It’s been re-engineered to add more support in places you need it like your hips and shoulders.
Don’t forget to always use a mattress protector with your mattress. Casper does carry a highly rated mattress protector to go with your bed. As we say never let your bed go naked. You don’t want moisture getting into the mattress and breaking it down. You want your mattress to last and be sanitary so be sure to protect it.
Go to Official Website
That wraps up our Casper mattress review. What do you think of this movie star mattress? Let me know in the comments and check the video description for a link to buy along with ourCasper promo code UNBOX to save $100 if you decide to try one out.
Finding the right boxed mattress for you is a bit like dating – you have to be willing to date different kinds until you find the right one. Except you get a full refund and the bed goes to charity after every breakup!
Casper Questions and Answers
Can I use a box spring with a Casper? When you order a Casper mattress you only get the top mattress. You’ll need a surface to put it on. You can use a box springs but there’s no need to but they’re outdated and were used when mattresses were thinner and weighed less. Today’s mattresses are heavier and are made mostly of foam. You need a surface to get your mattress off the ground and help distribute your weight evenly.
Instead of box springs, it’s preferable to use a platform, bed base, adjustable base, or even put your mattress on the floor.
How long are Casper mattresses expected to last?
In general a foam mattress like Casper is expected to last 5-7 years.
How thick is a Casper bed? The Casper mattress is 10 inches thick.
Every month thousands of us type these words into Google: “how to fall asleep.” We deal with sleep issues like sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, insomnia and more. That or we’re just looking for better or deeper sleep.
March is a big month for sleep. It’s National Sleep Month and we need it, thanks to Daylight Savings time. Nothing like the clocks springing forward an hour to throw off our sleep schedule! It’s also the month we have National Napping Day (the 12th).
The foundation of good sleep is a good mattress and pillow. Research from the National Sleep council found that a new bed was associated with an increase of 42 minutes of sleep. Both your bed and pillow are so individual. That’s why we like the boxed versions (obviously) because they give you several months trial period so you can try them out at home.
Here are some other things to help you get the shuteye you so desperately want and need…
How to Fall Asleep
LISTEN TO SOOTHING SLEEP MUSIC ON YOUTUBE
One issue: we can’t turn off our minds at night. What helps? Mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques. This track is 3 hours of relaxing music to help you sleep and has over 62 million views. YouTube has self-hypnosis for sleep and a vast collection of sleep tracks.
“I love this, one night I couldn’t sleep, at all. I tried everything and I come across this and I fell asleep in less that 15 minutes.”
If you don’t think smell affects you, remember what it feels like to walk into a place that smells terrible. Your body tenses up and you want to leave! The opposite happens with pleasant scents – you relax. You feel peace and calm. Essential oil can have a big effect on sleep.
With over 1,500 glowing reviews on Amazon, this comforting spray dubbed the “pillow potion” helps you fall asleep faster. This is ultra soothing, helping calm and relax you before bed.
Simply spritz this aromatherapy mist in your room, on your pillow or your sheets. Reviewers rave about how well it works. Your sheets will smell so fresh and a small amount works for days. Contains all natural ingredients including lavender, chamomile, hazel, rosemary, aloe and jojoba oils. Also hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and alcohol-free. If the idea of lavender essential oils sounds soothing, then you may want to check out the Lavender Bliss Pillow.
Sleep anywhere at any time with this bestselling hypoallergenic 100% silk eye mask. Completely blocks out light. Your body needs the hormone Melatonin for sleep and light prevents your body from making it. Light from your electronics, tv and even your alarm clock can hurt your sleep pattern. If your room isn’t completely dark, you’re traveling, or need to shade your eyes from the light of someone else’s screen, this is it. Minimal rubbing to not bother your eyes or lashes. Silk means it leaves no marks.
The Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders did a small study to see if a weighted blanket could improve sleep. Participants slept in their regular environment then with a weighted blanket every night for two consecutive weeks. Sleep quality was measured and found that the weight of the blanket reduced movement which made for more sound sleep.
In case you’re worried about getting too warm, the fabric is made so it doesn’t provide extra weight. There are different weights to choose from so you get the one recommended for your body weight (it should be more than 10% of your body weight). Weighted Blanket for Adults, $166, Amazon
Melatonin isn’t just affected by light, it’s also temperature sensitive. When you get overheated during sleep, your body doesn’t produce adequate melatonin and growth hormone. These are both important for repair and are anti-aging.
BedJet is a small bed fan that hooks into a special comforter. It helps regulate your bed’s temperature. If you’re in menopause or sleeping hot, this ‘as seen on Shark Tank’ product, is a lifesaver. It circulates cooler air near the floor into your sheets so you can sleep with sweating. It’s like having a room fan subtly blowing right next to your skin.
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