The gift of Sleep has benefits beyond the gift itself since it can improve your loved one’s health, vitality, productivity, and even earning capacity.
As Dr. Bruce Meleski (Dr. Mell) wrote in previous articles here and here, good quality sleep impacts your life in a positive way. But it’s not just the amount of sleep; it’s also the quality of sleep. Slow wave sleep allows the body to recover and the cells to rejuvenate. Without this cellular repair, there’s a higher risk of disease, obesity, depression, and hypertension. Quality sleep also impacts work productivity, memory recall, focus acuity, athletic performance, and reaction time.
11 gift ideas presented below (Holiday Gift Ideas: Sleep Gifts For Better Zzz’s provides details & high-res photos).
|Dreamy SheetsBamboo sheets are more eco-friendly, allergen-free and temperature-regulating than cotton. $188, Yala.Also check out these temperature-controlling”performance sheets” that wick away moisture for a comfy night’s sleep. Prices vary, SHEEX.|
|LARK sleep management and silent alarm systemThis sleep tracker monitors sleep duration and quality and works with an iPad or iPhone to record and analyze the data and provide tips for better sleep. It also serves as an alarm clock to gently awaken the wearer with vibrations at the ideal time in the sleep pattern. $99, lark.com.|
|Unplug and RechargeThis classic alarm clock can replace the cell phone so it recharge while your loved one does too. $39, Pottery Barn.|
|“Green” Charging StationHide the wires with faux grass while charging your devices. $24.99, Perpetual Kid.|
|Avoid DistractionsThis digital alarm clock comes with 16 different “white noise” sounds to block noise distractions. $169.99,Brookstone.|
|Humidifier for TravelersHumidifiers that are associated with avoiding colds and skin problems can also keep the room cool and comfortable to promote sound sleep. This travel version uses your own water bottle, and the gentle hum serves as a white noise machine to help block unwanted sounds. $49.99, AIR-O-SWISS.|
|The Right PillowTo prevent neck and back pain when sleeping on your side, you need a pillow that fills the space above your shoulder so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position. This one just that at $99, Tempur-Pedic.|
|PJ PantsJust as wicking bedding helps combat night sweats so you can sleep soundly, these soft and cozy pants, made from breathable and comfortable fabrics, use the same concept. $59.99 at DriNights.com or $88 at Anthropologie.|
|Aromatherapy For those who bathe at night, the soothing scents of lavender can alleviate stress and ease anxiety before bed. Just plop one of these “calm bombs” into the shower. $25, Angel Face Botanicals.|
|For the Napper, Shift Worker or Late SleeperBright light stimulates the brain and conditions us to stay awake, so nappers, shift workers, and late sleepers will appreciate this eye mask. It has a front pocket for a sleep-boosting lavender sachet. $24.99, Dream Essentials.|
|Blackout ShadesAnother way of controlling the light is with blackout shades – the darker the better – because light triggers brain activity. These come in six colors. $57.99 – 174.99 at JCPenney|
Even more gift ideas can be found at IntelliBED in Austin, Texas where Dr. Mell, who wrote our first two articles on sleep, is an intelligent sleep consultant. As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, he founded IntelliBED with a vision of making sleep wellness a vital component of health and fitness. Modern Health Talk is working with him on several projects, including promoting the Smart Bedroom concept in one of the models at the next Parade of Homes.