Anywhere I Lay My Head
How’s this for a good New Year’s resolution?: Get more sleep. I can’t put into words how essential sleep is. And yet according to Stats Canada, 3.3 million Canadians have trouble falling or staying asleep. A lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, an inability to concentrate, weight gain, and even just slowing down your reaction time. There are many tricks o’ the trade to getting a better night’s sleep – I’m introducing you to a few super gift ideas to help you tuck in and get a solid night’s rest. Gift ’em to a friend that’s undergoing this very resolution or put them on your wish list for upcoming gift giving occasions. Trust me, you’ll thank me for it. And with that, here are some of the best sleep gift ideas.
Lavender Mist Shower Steamers – $25 for 6 @ Angel Face Botanicals
Your bedtime ritual should start well before you hit the hay. Lavender is well-regarded by aromatherapy enthusiasts as *the* essential oil to get your mind to slowwww down and relax. If you shower at night (or are willing to tuck you hair into a shower cap to do so), simply place one of these shower steamers in the corner and let the warm water unlock this soothing scent, signaling to your brain it’s nearly time for an overnight ‘nap’. There are plenty of brands out there shilling lavender bath products as well – check out Bath & Body Works’ Lavender & Camomile bubble bath for a doubly relaxing scent experience. Priced perfectly for a girlfriend or sibling.
NightWave Sleep Assistant – $49.95
It’s no secret that many of us feel like we live stressful lives (or you know, do). Carrying all of that tension with you to bed can be problematic in actually getting to sleep. NightWave is a unique device that pulses a gentle blue light onto the ceiling or wall. Your job? Simply stare at it (in the dark) and let your breathing deepen and match the pulse to help slow down the fight / flight reaction and channel your inner zen. So effective that most people only need 7 minutes to feel more relaxed and ready for rest, this is a great pick for a spouse or coworker with a challenging job or personal situation.
Organic Cotton Premium Sateen Bedding – $179 – $249 per set @ Gaiam
If you’re familiar with the brand Gaiam already, you likely know them for their collection of fitness programs and accessories. But the brand is really about an interconnected state of wellness, extending to what you snuggle up in at night. Ditch your cheap, old sheets for a set of breathable, touchably soft organic cotton sheets. Available in a host of colours, it’s a snap to find something to match with your decor – plus you can rest easy knowing your 350-thread count sheets are actually made with low impact dyes. Consider snapping up a matching or complementary duvet cover for a coordinating look. Consider it as a housewarming or wedding gift for a favourite couple.
Tranquil Moments Advanced Sleep Sounds Machine – $169.99 @ Brookstone
Many folks (myself included) can be easily disturbed by ambient noises at night – from the creaks of a home to more incessant irritations like airplanes, trains or snoring. A white noise machine is designed to give your ears something else – something more soothing – to focus on, allowing you to tune out those disturbances all night long. This impressive sound machine features 16 different noises that align with your brain’s various states of relaxation, gently coaxing you along into dreamland. It also features a built-in alarm feature that allows you to wake up to soothing nature sounds or bell chimes. A great sleep gift idea for your long-suffering spouse.
Dormeo Octaspring Evolution Plus Memory Foam Pillow – $159 (available at Sleep Country Canada)
Here’s a personal case in point: over the holidays, my dad informed me he had a shoulder injury. The shocking cause? According this his physiotherapist, his pillow may have been largely to blame. The place you rest your head is oh so important not just for your rest time, but for your waking hours as well – providing a combination of proper support and relief to help reduce aches, pains or more serious ailments. Dormeo Octaspring is a European brand and the brainchild of Willy Poppe, who’s initial specialty was creating the perfect memory foam mattress – but has since expanded his vision to make sure your pillow is equally sumptuous. These incredibly comfortable pillows are cushioned with eight-sided foam springs with various levels of support that cradle your head, keep your spine aligned, and minimize neck strain. Octaspring has recently launched in Canada and is available at Sleep Country stores nationwide (Dormez-Vous in Quebec). If someone you know is renovating or moving into a new place, one of these sleeping beauties might be the perfect gift to finish off their master suite.
These really are just a handful of the best sleep gift ideas out there – other options include updating your PJs to breathable or moisture-wicking fabrics, a face mask or blinds to make your bedroom extra dark, and of course, a new mattress or bedframe. I love gifts for bedtime because they manage to perfectly straddle that line of practicality and peaceful bliss. Speaking of which…I’ve got a Dormeo Octaspring Evolution Plus Memory Foam Pillow to give away to a lovely reader. Want to get some extra zzz’s in 2014? Here’s how to enter:
1) Tell me in the comments below – which of these good night’s rest gift ideas would you most love to own? Why would you like to win the Octaspring pillow? You’ve got till January 22nd to leave me a comment.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January 23rd, 2014 to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Follow Dormeo Octaspring on Twitter and send out up to 5 Tweets (one per day please) over the contest period tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide). Be creative peeps – spread the buzz about why this product is awesome. And be sure to link back to your Tweets in the comments below to earn your extra entries.