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Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

I’m sure that at least once you have daydreamed about having a self-cleaning home of the future that answers your every command. You could enjoy your free time you’d otherwise spend on chores doing something you like — or perhaps, doing absolutely nothing!

Well, all you lazy cats (me included) should be happy to know that we’re getting closer to that. The advancements in technology aren’t quite as quick as we might have hoped, but they are reaching impressive levels. There’s another great thing about these gadgets that we can look forward to — they actually aren’t that unreachable price-wise and they don’t cost a small fortune. I bet the following six gadgets will definitely make it on your purchase list, so check them out.

Robot Vacuums and Mops

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    Endless sweeping, cleaning, and vacuuming will soon become a thing of the past. This is unfortunate news for people who are control freaks and who actually enjoy cleaning, but I’m sure they too will get used to it in time and perhaps transfer their focus to something more useful, like helping to clean the planet.

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    Dull and repetitive chores regarding cleaning floors don’t have to be on your to-do list anymore because there are robotic mops and vacuums that can take care of that. Just picture it: you turn on your brand new robotic vacuum and, well, that’s it. It does everything by itself. The only thing you need to be worried about is recharging its battery.

    Robot Litter Box

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      Having a pet without having to clean up after them? Although taking care of your cat is an important part of the whole experience, I believe that the nastiest part can be skipped.

      Having a robot litter box means you don’t have to clean it because it does that by itself and reduces unpleasant odors to a bare minimum. Several different cats can use it, so if your life goal is to be a cat lady, this should be no issue for you.

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      Window-washing Robot

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        I find this particular chore very difficult because I can’t ever manage to get my windows spotless — there is always some kind of stain I can’t seem to get rid of no matter what I try. Besides, hanging half your body out of a window that’s several stories high doesn’t sound like a good idea.

        Another smart little gadget to add to your robot fleet is a window-washing robot. They come with automatized and manual controls, so you can go either way. They are really useful when it comes to home use, but work for offices and cars as well.

        Humidity Monitor

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          When regulating atmosphere in your home, you probably think about dimming the lights and putting on some music, and all though these two are important factors of how you feel in your home, you should also have your health in mind.

          Temperature and humidity levels are another two things you should pay attention to because they affect both your health and your mood. Monitoring and regulating them is quite simple, all you need to do is get yourself a smart gadget or a smartphone app.

          Smart Plant Pot

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            Greenery affects a home positively in many ways – your mind finds it refreshing, it takes care of your air, it looks great as an ornament, and you can even eat it. Scientists are coming up with various shapes and models of smart pots where you can grow your favorite plants, but my absolute favorite are pots you can install on your walls.

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            Imagine having fresh spices on your kitchen walls and randomly picking the ones you need while cooking, or having fresh flowers in your living room that freshen up your air — whatever room you place them in will be enriched.

            Smart Bed

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              I personally have extreme difficulties with waking up on time. No matter how many alarms I set, I somehow manage to ignore them or hit snooze for hours. This can be very frustrating, especially if you want to have a career, because enjoying late mornings isn’t really a highly desired characteristic for employees.

              Having a smart bed that takes care of your sleep by regulating temperature and measuring your sleep behavior can be a real game-changer, for me particularly, and I’m sure that all of you who have similar problems will agree with me. The best thing about smart beds is that they wake you up when your dream phase is complete and they do so slowly, so there’s no need for morning anxiety. Who needs a life partner when you can have this bed?

              This is just my short list of robots and gadgets I consider necessary, but they make a nice robotic army, don’t they? I can’t wait to see what else will available soon — we’re getting close to having a real Jetsons family home of the future.

              Featured photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/ngMtsE5r9eI via pexels.com

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              Last Updated on October 16, 2018

              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

              It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

              If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

              One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

              Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

              In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

              Why you can’t sleep through the night

              The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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              Stress

              If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

              Exposure to blue light before sleep time

              We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

              While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

              Eating close to bedtime

              Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

              Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

              Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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              Medical conditions

              In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

              The vicious sleep cycle

              The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

              Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

              You get a bad night’s sleep
              –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
              –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
              –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                Here are a few suggestions:

                • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                Sleep better form now on

                Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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