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Sleep hygiene is integral to our mental and physical health, as well as productivity, cognitive function, mood, and memory. Despite its importance, about one third of adults in the U.S. struggle with insomnia or other sleep disturbances. It can be difficult to turn off your devices, wind down, and quiet your brain after a busy day of work, childcare, and the long list of responsibilities that may be on your plate. The good news is that there are many tricks and gadgets on the market today that can help you to get the beauty rest you need and want each night. We’re sharing some of our tried-and-true methods below. Read on to sleep like a dream!
If you struggle with everyday stress or anxiety and have difficulty settling in to a bedtime routine, a weighted blanket may be just the tool for you. Weighted blankets are designed to be about 7-12% of your body weight, and have been proven to improve sleep and decrease stress levels in the body. Rest easy and slip into a deep sleep with the feeling of being hugged or cuddled—a biological need we all respond to.
Many folks are easily disturbed by noise in apartment buildings, causing either a difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. White noise machines are a cost-effective, simple tool that helps to drown out noise from the neighbors or the street to promote restful nights. They can also be calming and soothing while you try to quiet your thoughts and get yourself to a place of peaceful rest. There are plenty of options out there, but we like this budget-friendly, portable machine from Big Red Rooster with six different sounds for whatever you’re in the mood for.
Developed by insomniacs, this new smart-sleep lamp helps you to wind down, fall asleep, and stay asleep. Using a calming blue light, users sync their breath up to the light’s gentle pulse in order to slow their nervous system down and slip into that peaceful state needed in order to fall asleep. Dodow users have seen real results, and for under $60, this could be the sleep tool you’ve been looking for. Developers promise an improvement in your sleep within 100 days, or your money back.
If you’re looking for a more old-fashioned, low-tech way to get a better night’s sleep, you may simply opt for blackout curtains. The key to getting a quality night’s sleep is a dark, quiet, cool place to rest your head, and now that we’ve blocked out the noise, it’s time to tackle the light. Many folks are hesitant to utilize blackout curtains for fear that they will block out wanted light during the daytime, or become an eye sore that doesn’t match with your carefully coordinated interior color scheme. The good news is that there are so many different heavy-duty curtains on the market right now that look anything but. No need to purchase clunky, dark colored shades in order to get the cave-like sleepy atmosphere you’re looking for. Some of our favorites are these Worn Velvet curtains in ivory from West Elm that come with a special blackout lining (and are on sale now!).
Are you looking for a home you can sleep peacefully in? Contact an Olympus property near you today to learn more.