The key to a good night’s sleep
Written by Ayesha Khan
Room temperature and darkness are key, and then there’s the matter of where you rest your head. Decide whether you are a back, stomach or side sleeper and buy accordingly. Pillows with medium support offer the best spinal alignment for back sleepers, whereas a stomach sleeper will be happiest with a soft plump pillow that prevents unnatural lean to either side. Side sleepers need a firm pillow to contour and cradle the head, neck, and shoulders. Finally, leave your smartphone as far from your nightstand as possible. Set an alarm clock to avoid waking up and frantically checking your emails, texts, or social media. Along with the stress associated with messages sent or received in the wee hours, the brightness of the screen can wake you right up: especially annoying when there is but one golden hour of rest left between you and your hectic day ahead.
Natural flaxseed products are gentlest on the eyes, while lavender and silk ones help relax eyes, especially when cooled. We recommend the IMAK Pain Relief Mask Eye Pillow, which can be placed in the freezer and features gently massaging ‘ergo beads’. It is especially helpful for annoying bedtime headaches brought on by sinus pain while adjusting to a new climate or adjusting after a long flight.
There’s nothing like falling asleep to soothing music or sounds, and it is this thought that prompted the invention of Sleepphones. Two thin speakers nestled inside a comfy fleece headband, this nifty invention calls itself ‘pyjamas for your ears’. Download some soothing soundtracks on iTunes and drift off into slumberland, drowning out annoying noises like the rubbish truck, your partner’s snoring or the TV in a neighbouring room!