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I'm sleep-challenged. When I don't pay attention, my sleep can go off the bedrails. Triggers include any sudden work-life imbalance, pain issues, anxiety over the state of you-name-it or a mashup of all of the above.
At these times, I press Pause and assess: Am I eating well? Am I caring for my body? Am I winding down properly? Am I comfortable? Am I able to tune out?
I answered "No" to every single question recently after clocking a pathetic four hours of sleep. I quickly added a few sleep tools — some new, some tried and true — to my arsenal. Walmart+ was ready to serve with same-day delivery.
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Hot tip: Walmart is granting early access to Black Friday deals to Walmart+ members. If you get your holiday shopping done early, you'll get even more sleep because you won't have anything left to worry about.
Read on for eight awesome sleep enhancers, starting at $5!
A snoozy snack...
What you eat in the evening affects how you sleep — too much of anything can keep you up, but a bit of the right thing can enhance your sleep. Experts say almonds help.
This one-pound bag of melatonin, tryptophan, calcium and magnesium adds up to one excellent evening choice. In moderation, of course. One ounce about 30 minutes before bed usually sets me right.
(Speaking of tryptophan, you can get your holiday turkey delivered too!).
A special tea...
Sip yourself to sleep with a warm, relaxing tea. This herbal potion from Traditional Medicinals combines organic passionflower herb, organic lemon balm leaf, organic peppermint leaf, organic caraway fruit and organic licorice root with valerian root — a gentle herbal sedative.
Plus you'll rest well knowing that these medicinal-grade herbs are harvested via ethical trading partnerships. Tea you in the morning.
A relaxing bath...
Dr Teal's Epsom salt is a dream. Two cupfuls of this stuff in a warm bath truly melts away the aches, pains and worries of the day. The peaceful scent of lavender and soothing effects of the magnesium and sulfate ions work in tandem to prepare you for sleep.
When I allow myself 20 minutes to indulge in this ritual, it never fails.
Some cozy jammies...
A proper sleep uniform can really get you in the mood to snooze. After your bath, try these bSoft pajamas on for size. Soft and cool, this mid-weight pajama set made of breathable bamboo rayon and spandex with a satin ankle trim is a grand outfit for a trip to Dreamland.
There are several colors to choose from (including pink and gray), in sizes S to XL
A good stretch...
I often forget about the benefits of a goodnight yoga sesh. A fresh, new Berry-colored yoga mat rolled up beside the bed is an excellent visual reminder to take a moment to practice. Working out those last few kinks preps the body and setting an intention readies the mind for restorative sleep.
The nonslip, reversible mat from Gaiam is extra-thick (5mm) for maximum comfort. Careful, you might even fall asleep right there.
A proper pillow
My husband conks out when the head hits the bed. It may be the one thing I am most envious of in life. All my pillows (I've tried several) cause neck strain. I've spent exhaustive hours in PT with cervical spine issues. A rolled-up towel under the neck helps, but it's time for a less cumbersome solution: a proper pillow that gives real support.
The highly-rated Rest Haven Temperature-Regulating Gel Memory Foam Bed Pillows fit the bill. I dig the cooling gel aspect too as I'm entering a phase of life where I "sleep hot."
A single pillow is pricey, but this two-for-$60 deal is a steal. Besides, my husband is due for a fresh pillow too after all that awesome sleeping he's doing [rolls eyes].
A little quiet...
All too often, the sounds of blaring trains, swooping planes, racing bikes and booming car stereos keep me up at night. My husband's snore happily joins the cacophony. Even on quiet nights, I lay awake anticipating them. I don't like shutting myself out completely with earplugs, but an immersive soundscape soothes me to slumber.
Enter HoMedics Soundspa Relaxation Sound Machine, designed to calm with a choice of six rhythmic nature sounds — from the ocean to the rainforest. If you don't want it playing all night long, simply program it to shut off after 15, 30 or 60 minutes. It's on sale now for just $22 (was $25).
Note: Supply chain shortages are affecting electronics, among other sectors, so we're not sure how long these will be in stock. To be frank, you snooze, you lose.
A bedtime read...
Night still not going as planned? Turn it around, bright eyes! These light-up readers let you put your nose in a book for a bit without waking any bedmates. Once you get sleepy, just switch 'em off and you'll be out like a light.
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