“ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS
TO MAKE YOUR BEDROOM
MORE SLEEP-FRIENDLY, IS TO
SET UP A SMART LIGHTING
BUY SLEEP GADGETS FOR TRAVEL OR SHIFT
The Sound Oasis Illumy Smart Sleep Mask ($149.99) is a
smartphone-controlled eye mask that helps you go to sleep
with a warm sunset light and wake with a cool sunrise light.
I was able to test one of these out while traveling and can
vouch that it definitely helped to block out distracting ambient
light. Another important item for travelers is a set of comfortable, over-ear headphones that have noise cancelling features.
My personal favorites are the Sony Wireless MDR ZX Series
($229.99) and the Sennheiser HD 4. 50 ($199.95).
PREPARE FOR BEDTIME WITH LIGHTING
One of the easiest ways to make your bedroom more
sleep-friendly is to set up a smart lighting system. You can get
an alarm clock with dimmable ambient light features like the
Withings Aura (mentioned above) or the Philips Wake-Up Light
($169.99). Another great option is to buy the Homekit-compatible
Philips Hue White Starter Kit ($69.95). These produce allow
you to set up lights that automatically dim and brighten at the
appropriate times to encourage you to go to sleep and wake up
Whatever happens, don’t give up hope. With the right approach, you can tame the sleep demons and start enjoying a
good night’s rest.
SLEEP TIPS TO TRY AT HOME
Even with your iPhone on your side, falling asleep can
be tough for some of us. Here are some of my tried-and-true sleep tips to add to your repertoire.
1. Calm your mind with meditation or prayer.
2. Read a real book or magazine and turn off the
screens (TV, tablet, computer).
3. Turn off all overhead lights, and use softer lighting
closer to eye level.
4. Stick to a firm sleep schedule, if possible.
5. Don’t eat large heavy meals late at night or drink too
much liquid right before bed.
6. When traveling, pack earplugs, a neck pillow, and
lavender scented sprays to help keep you calm and
7. Don’t stress over losing sleep; cat nap to make up
for the deficit whenever possible.
Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a
regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs. Read more
from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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