Still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list? The best gift you can give a loved one is quality sleep at night, as 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Use this holiday season to encourage better sleep hygiene with some fun and unique gifts.
Here are a few recommendations from the sleep doctors at Iowa Sleep:
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy harnesses the power of relaxing scents to help make you sleep more deeply. There are many ways to incorporate these scents, such as scented mattress covers and bedding, lotions, and sprays for bedding and pillows. If homemade gifts are more your style, here are directions for a homemade room and linen spray. The most popular scents? Lavender and vanilla. For those on CPAP, Iowa CPAP has essential oils that can be infused into the machine to help you drift off to sleep!
Device charging station: Break the habit of keeping electronics in the bedroom, as light emitted from the screens can keep you up at night. Take away the temptation to check emails or watch Netflix in bed with a charging station that can be kept in the kitchen or living room. See an example of one we like here.
Sleep trackers: Last year, fitness trackers were all the rage to help track your activities levels and your sleep. Now, if you’d rather just learn about your sleep habits, there’s the Lark sleep tracker. A flexible, comfy band worn on your wrist tracks your micro-movements and gives you a report the next morning of how your night went. But maybe the best feature, is gentle vibration alarm clock sure to wake even the heaviest of sleepers.
Alarm clocks: If you know some who struggles to wake up in the morning, they may just need more motivation! Give them an alarm clock that will roll around on the floor until you get up, one that only stops ringing after performing 30 bicep curls, or one that rings so loud, it’s on the same decibel level as a jackhammer. Find more examples here.
Sleepwear: Who doesn’t love cozy clothes to fall asleep in? Going to bed in something that makes you feel good and relaxed can help stimulate positive thoughts about sleep. Think about the materials that would provide the most comfort, while considering the individual’s personal preferences. Read about more tips for picking out PJ’s here.
We hope some of these ideas will take the stress out of your shopping this holiday season. Remember to also give the gift of your presence this holiday season. A good night’s sleep will help give you the energy to last through celebrations with your family and friends. And if the holiday commotion throws off your schedule, be sure to check back next week for our tips on how to stay relaxed and sleep well throughout these busy last few weeks of the year.
Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep? The doctors at Iowa Sleep can help. Send us a question or give us a call today.