This week, our friends over at Mattress Advisor took over SNOOZE to share their favorite gifts ideas for the holiday season. When you're finished reading, be sure to head on over to mattressadvisor.com to learn more!
In the famous “Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, the lyrics read, “tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight.” Truth be told, they aren’t the only ones having a tough time sleeping over the holidays. Did you know that sleep is most likely to suffer this time of year? For some this isn’t surprising because they feel stress and anxiety brought on by the physical, emotional, and financial demands of the season which unfortunately keep us up at night.
But here is one gift most likely not on your radar: the gift of sleep. This holiday give your loved ones the gift that keeps on giving with these five ideas:
1. A new mattress
Our mattress is the number one factor (we have control over) that impacts our sleep quality. Yet, nearly 50% of Americans are sleeping on the wrong mattress for their body type and sleeping style. (Sidenote: You might be thinking, how in the world does someone know which mattress they need for their sleeping style? Here’s a cool quiz to find out!) Another issue with mattresses interrupting sleep is the age. For a mattress to do its job properly (aka keep you asleep), you need to keep it updated. If your mattress is over 10-years old, it’s most likely hurting you more than helping you. The lumps and sags that form in your mattress overtime cause the aches and pains that keep you up at night.
If you are thinking there is no way you could afford to buy a mattress, you are in luck. With the launch of online mattress companies like Saatva, Purple, Casper, and many more, quality mattresses are more affordable than ever. In fact, most cost under $1,000. If you aren’t sure where to start, try reading third-party reviews or side-by-side comparisons to help narrow your search. Your sleep (and your health) is worth the investment.
2. New pillows
Just like the milk in the fridge, your pillow has an expiration date. Yet, most of us have been resting our head on the same pillow since childhood. You probably haven’t thought about it, but a pillow that old has absorbed quite a lot of body oil and dead skin cells. Yuck.
Besides the sanitation factor, pillows lose their structure over time. This can aggravate issues with pain and stiffness, especially in the neck. Not to mention, depending on how you sleep, pillows can either promote or destroy proper spine alignment which plays a big role in low back pain management. So if your roomie, sibling or significant other has run their head rest ragged, add a pillow to your Christmas list.
3. A Linen Duvet
Who doesn’t love a good linen duvet? If you aren’t sleeping on linen, you have no idea what you are missing! And before your complain about the price and how easily this material wrinkles, here’s why linen will change your sleep forever:
Linen is hypoallergenic and sleeps cool. In fact, linen is one of the most breathable fabrics out there. Unlike many bedding products, linen doesn’t cling to your skin; rather, it regulates body temperature. Pretty cool, huh? But it gets better. With every wash this material only gets softer.
If you still aren’t convinced, here’s why you should add the Primary linen duvet to your shopping list: it’s patent-pending, snap-on sheet design will end your battle for the top sheet forever. Sold.
4. A White Noise Machine
Light, temperature, and noise have a huge impact on sleep quality, but sometimes these factors can be difficult to control. If you have a loved one that lives in a noisy apartment or neighborhood, consider getting them a white noise machine to help drown out the noise and take them straight to dreamland.
There is a reason Santa always drops off one gift early on the night before Christmas—because you can’t wait to wear them to bed! New PJs are a Christmas classic (and always will be). When you can’t think of anything else, you can’t go wrong with PJs. When shopping for sleepwear look for something both comfy and cool. The type of fabric you choose has everything to do with regulating body temperature. Cotton, silk, and bamboo fabrics are all good choices for comfortable, cool sleep.
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful, it can also can be fun! All it takes is a little creativity. After all, who wouldn’t want better sleep for Christmas?