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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 July 8, 2020

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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