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It’s 2:49 A.M., more or less my bedtime, and I’m about to put on my Sleep Shepherd hat, a device designed to help the wearer go gentle into unconsciousness ($149.99). The hat is a stretchy black beanie, but where you might normally find a pompom there’s a plastic box the size of a Triscuit. If I were an alien, this would be the port through which I’d receive my instructions from the mother ship. The box has an on-off switch, and I’m going to turn it on so that the mechanism can commune with my head.
The hat measures activity in my cerebral cortex through three sensors sewn into the fabric—one covering each ear and a third handling the forehead. There are also built-in speakers that…
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So I turn mostly to DIY insomnia remedies – and as someone who has given them all a whirl, here is my wholly subjective opinion on what to try and what not to waste your many waking hours on.
FOR INSOMNIACS, THERE is no shortage of gadgets promising a better night’s sleep. Here, try this hat that zaps your brainwaves into submission. Here, stick these electrodes just below your ribs. Here, try on this headset, or these goggles, or this wristband that promises, really, to help you fall asleep. Last year, one Kickstarter project suggested something different: Forget all of the high-tech sleep wearables. Bury yourself under this 25-pound blanket and you’ll sleep like a baby.
The best advancement in the past decade was the increase in awareness and promotion of healthy sleeping habits. Unfortunately, we are dependent on technology to ensure we sleep well and for sufficient hours. The dependency on gadgets to help us sleep is especially felt by millennials.
Alternatives to prescription drugs for insomnia offer better, safer and more long-lasting solutions, experts say.
More important: For those who do suffer restless nights, such devices might provide some relief and even prevent real disorders. But for the rest of us, these gadgets are an expensive solution to a nonexistent problem. Sometimes, just counting sheep is enough.
Startup brands are trying to convince a generation of tired, anxious, financially unstable young people that they can buy a good night's sleep.
A science journalist spent months researching sleep. Here’s what he found.
Insomnia is one of the most common reasons people seek out marijuana. So does smoking a joint before bed make sleeping soundly easier?
Slumber buddies for the five senses.
It stands to reason then that following overly restrictive diets or diets that put you at risk of nutrient deficiencies can really affect your sleep. But by increasing your intakes of foods rich in specific nutrients, it may well help to promote better sleep quality and duration.
During the pandemic, I just could not fall asleep. I tried all sorts of common interventions: less coffee, more yoga, blue light-blocking glasses, and Twitter-blocking apps. At night, I banished my phone and laptop to the other side of my bedroom door. Nothing seemed to work. Then I discovered that the meditation app I’d been using hosted a library of bedtime stories—pleasantly uneventful tales about train journeys and nature hikes, read by various gentle-voiced narrators as if to a sleepy child. Out of desperation one night, I listened, skeptical that the deep voice of the actor Cillian Murphy, murmuring about Ireland’s coasts, could actually deliver me unto dreamland. I fell asleep in minutes. Since then, bedtime stories have become a consistent part of my nightly routine.
One third of us suffer from insomnia at some stage in our lives, and most of us have mild trouble sleeping from time to time. Whether you're struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both, many factors play a role. These include stress, distracting environments and the food you eat.
Sleep aids are any medications or herbs that help a person sleep. There are several ways in which sleep aids can help people get better rest. Some alter the body's natural circadian rhythms while others block off certain chemicals in the brain and cause a person to feel sleepy.
Unlike other review sites, the Slumber Yard team personally tests and assesses each sleep product on YouTube and our website through a series of practical, hands-on inspections and assessments, with utmost commitment to honesty and authenticity. You’ll find our images and videos on every review, which is part of what makes the Slumber Yard the most trusted source of mattress and sleep accessory reviews on the internet.
Beyond sleepiness, sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on the brain, affecting mood and worsening depression, exacerbating pain and undermining executive functions that affect judgment, planning, organization, concentration, memory, and performance.
A new book argues sleeping pills aren’t the answer to chronic insomnia. Instead, a simple, natural trick works better.
It’s easy to get into the habit of popping a pill to have a good night’s sleep. Insomnia, which affects a third of adults, becomes more common as we age. But as evidence has mounted about the risks of drugging the brain to induce or maintain slumber, more doctors are steering patients away from sleep aids, including over-the-counter medications, and are offering innovative behavioral-change solutions.
A review of studies on the treatment of chronic insomnia finds that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective alternative to drug interventions.
In short, too many older adults are not sleeping well; they’re taking too many prescription and over-the-counter drugs to remedy the problem; and probably most hazardous of all, they aren’t telling their doctors about any of it.
Bottom line: the future looks phenomenal for the sleep industry, while our largely self-imposed struggle for shuteye seems to only be worsening.
Prescription sleeping pills may be popular, but they can be dicey—the tales of side effects for drugs like Ambien and Halcion are legendary. This has led many to explore herbs, natural remedies, and over-the-counter products that, in theory, have fewer ill effects. But do they work?
There are insomniacs who swear by the New Yorker’s fiction podcast, in which celebrated authors read the work of other celebrated authors from the magazine’s archives.
Like diet and exercise, sleep is a necessary ingredient for a healthy life. But keeping yourself rested is often easier said than done. Whether you seek 40 winks or a full night’s slumber, here are some noteworthy gadgets that may help you get more out of your sleep.
Mattress buying is not easy. Not to mention, the average mattress isn't cheap. Our goal is to help you understand mattresses. This site will show you more than just where to buy a mattress, but how to choose one that will fit you, or your family perfectly.
A perfect sleeping pill — one that gets people to fall asleep faster, and for a longer period of time, with no side effects — is still a dream.
Indeed, researchers report that a chronic lack of sleep can contribute to a host of health issues, including depression, a weakened immune system and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease.
But pharmacy aisles feature an overwhelming array of sleep solution supplements with promises that sound like a dream.
Gizmos for a good night’s sleep.
To be a well-rested human being, you must fashion a routine that promotes energy throughout the day and sleepiness come sundown. This means acclimating to a proper bedtime, regulating your caffeine intake and maybe even investing in a few pairs of sleep socks. Check out the habits of well-rested people below, and start dreaming of better sleep.
Sleep problems are the uninvited companion of the aging, and a growing number of Baby Boomers and older adults are trading their over-the-counter sleep aids for cannabis.
If you’ve ever had trouble getting to sleep, there’s a good chance you’ve dove down a late-night Google wormhole, searching for the best ways to fall asleep. The bad news is that a lot of these products that claim to help you fall, and stay, asleep don’t work too well, or aren’t based in the most up-to-date science.
Around one-third of us suffer from insomnia at some stage in our lives. Being unable to sleep can be crippling, but there are ways to improve your chances of rest.
Sleepio is the online programme clinically proven to help you overcome poor sleep.
Helping you find the best mattress. Unlike other review sites, the Slumber Yard team personally tests and assesses each sleep product on YouTube and our website through a series of practical, hands-on inspections and assessments, with utmost commitment to honesty and authenticity. You’ll find our images and videos on every review, which is part of what makes the Slumber Yard the most trusted source of mattress and sleep accessory reviews on the internet.
A bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase.
If you suffer from occasional sleeplessness, you're not alone. That's why a trusted team of medical doctors has a drug-free sleep aid to help you tackle occasional sleeplessness.
SleepDeeper.net has a database of advice articles on bruxism and TMJ products. These articles cover such topics as bruxism in children, techniques of relieving stress, bruxism symptoms and causes, treatment of bruxism and many more. The articles are well-researched and meant to help users deal bruxism and TMJ disorders.
SleepKey is a small hand-held computer, that uses cognitive behavioral strategies in a self-help format to treat insomnia.
Our Sound Oasis® group is the world leader in sound therapy systems (otherwise known as “white noise” machines or sound machines). We are passionate about helping you sleep, relax, manage tinnitus or just enjoy more privacy.
Speed Sleep is a guided visualization using both voice and background music specifically designed to condition the response of deep sleep.
There is a gentle, proven method to get a good night’s
sleep for you and your child…
This is the launching site of Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc's unique products that create auditory environments which improve peoples' working and living experiences and reduce the stresses caused by noise pollution.
At Land and Sky, improving the Quality of Sleep means improving the Quality of Life. With over 35 years of experience in the innovation of quality of sleep products, and over 40 patents, Land and Sky has been recognized around the world as a leader in the industry and a leader in the technology of sleep.
Tips, tricks and how-tos for everything you need to know about sleep and rest.