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10 Smart Bedtime Gadgets for a Good Sleep After a Tiring Day

10 Smart Bedtime Gadgets for a Good Sleep After a Tiring Day

Good sleep recharges you, giving you the energy that you need throughout the day. It’s so important for your health to get plenty of rest every night. Yet one of the most common problems for busy working people is getting insufficient or low-quality sleep.

To help readers who want to raise their energy levels and focus throughout the day, Lifehack has curated a list of smart bedtime gadgets to help improve the quality of your sleep.

1. Eight Smart Mattress, 10″ Reactive Foam with Sleep Tracking and Temperature Control

    The Eight Smart Mattress gives you dynamic support with its comfortable contours. The layer of technology tracks your sleeping so that you can look at your weekly and monthly trends to better your habits. In addition, the mattress warms to the perfect temperature; the queen size will warm each side of the bed separately.

    A built-in smart alarm tracks when you are in your lightest sleep stage and wakes you up then. This helps you wake up more naturally and feel more refreshed and ready to get the day started. You can sync this and the other smart features with your devices, too!

    Eight Smart Mattress, 10″ Reactive Foam with Sleep Tracking and Temperature Control, Queen, $773.

    2. DreamME ORBIT Sleep and Relaxation Aid

      This neat sleep aid displays the planets in detail. Use your smartphone as a projector to see the rotating planets. This offers a soothing atmosphere that eases you into deeper breathing and absolute relaxation.

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      If you think this could be useful for you, back the project on Kickstarter! Pledge the amount you wish.

      3. GhostPillow, Patent Pending. Real-Time Cooling Aerated Gel Memory Foam

        As soon as you rest your head on this pillow, you’ll instantly feel the cool burst airflow technology. The performance fabric on the pillow is cool to the touch and engineered to wick away any moisture, and the embroidered cover is easy to remove and wash (with a zipper), and it’s ultra-plush and comfy on your skin.

        The ergonomic design is designed to adjust to your neck and head, in order to achieve ideal spinal alignment.

        GhostPillow, with Real-Time Cooling Aerated Gel Memory Foam, $85.

        4. Bedjet – Climate Control System

          The on-demand cooling and heading system is conveniently right in your own bed with the Bedjet. It works with any size mattress or bed – including adjustable beds – making it simple and easy to use.

          Powerful ventilation cooling instantly wicks body heat and moisture out of the bed for awesome cooling relief. This is a great solution for sleepers who are easily overheated, get hot flashes, or night sweats. On the other hand, the heading mode gives you a deep sauna-like warmth in just seconds. This is great therapy for cold feet and legs, and a much safer and faster alternative to electric blankets. The Bedjet will warm your bed fifteen times faster with air, as opposed to the electric blanket.

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          The dual-zone temperature control gives independent cooling or warming to each half of the bed – in case you sleep next to a partner.

          Bedjet Climate Control System, $369

          5. Elf emmit: an Active, Non-Invasive, Wearable Mind- and Body-Stimulating Headband

            Consistent use of the Elf emmit has been medically proven to reduce anxiety and stress. This digital headband uses totally safe, noninvasive, and effective pulsed electromagnetic energy (known as PEMS) to train your brain to adjust to any of five moods: sleep, stress reduction, concentration, meditation, and deep learning. The pulses are emitted at a specific frequency, optimized to help you transition to your desired state of mind.

            You can control the headband with your smartphone or tablet using a simple app. It’s designed to be worn all night, particularly if you’re using the sleep setting. This noninvasive headband matches our own natural bodily frequencies to get you to your desired state of mind.

            Elf emmit Headband, $122.44

            6. Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

              This high-tech sleep system tracks and improves your transition from waking to sleeping (and vice versa) with a combination of sound and light effects. A smart wake-up light identifies the best time in your sleep cycle so that you wake up feeling as rested and refreshed as possible. The sunset lighting is useful at bedtime, as it relaxes you as you drift off to sleep.

              You can track your sleep on your smartphone (iOS), as well as try out specialized programs for naps and other relaxation sessions.

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              Withings Aura Smart Sleep System, $184

              7. Snoring Solution by DREAM TECH – Premium Chin Strap and Nasal Dilator Kit

                Does your partner complain about your snoring at night? Know someone who snores extremely loudly? DREAM TECH’s snoring solution has a premium nasal dilator, with a chin strap that allows you to breathe exclusively through your nose without any difficulty. These dilators let you draw twice as much oxygen with each breath, helping you breathe normally throughout the night.

                The comfortable chin strap helps to prevent snoring, made out of soft and stretchable fabrics. It has an adjustable fit that fits just about everyone. Sleep specialists recommend this kit for its simplicity, effectiveness, and low cost.

                Snoring Solution by DREAM TECH, $18.99.

                8. Dodow Metronome Light Sleep System

                  Dodow is a metronome with a light system that teaches you to fall asleep 100% naturally, without medication. Tap the touch-sensitive surface once for the 8-minute mode and twice for the 20-minute mode. At the end of the 8 or 20-minute session, Dodow switches itself off automatically.

                  With Dodow, someone who normally takes a full hour to fall asleep can do so in less than 25 minutes. This may not seem like much, but you will gain around 100 more hours of sleep per year!

                  Dodow Metronome Light Sleep System, $59.

                  9. Puredown U-Shaped Body Pillow

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                    The adjustable wrap-around design of the Puredown U-Shaped body pillow helps you to maintain a good posture all night. This is so important to prevent a sore back or neck in the morning.

                    With a comfortable hypoallergenic fill as well as a removable cover with a zipper, you can easily adjust your upper or lower body to elevate according to personal preference.

                    Puredown U-Shaped Body Pillow, $49.99.

                    10. Gravity Therapeutic Weighted Blanket

                      To maximize efficiency, the Gravity Blanket is 10% of your body weight. This ratio has been shown to effectively relieve anxiety and stress. Deep-touch stimulation helps to increase your serotonin and melotonin levels, while decreasing cortisol. Weighted blankets are designed to reduce stress by mimicking the sensation of being hugged or embraced.

                      These come in a variety of weights, from 15 to 20 to 25 pounds. Choose the one that is about a tenth of your weight, and you’ll find the most positive impact on your sleep.

                      Gravity Therapeutic Weighted Blanket, $249

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                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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