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Published on September 25, 2017

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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                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                      Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                      He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      His motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • He riles up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

                      Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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