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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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      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 November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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