DR. MICHAEL BREUS’ ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR BETTER SLEEP 2017
I’m doing something for the first time that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I’ve created a Holiday Gift Guide for those people on your list who could use a little better sleep each night. There is something for everyone in the guide and gifts that range from little gifts to things that won’t fit under the tree! Give the gift of sleep to someone you care about (or better yet, buy a little something for yourself!)
I took great care (and had a bunch of fun) curating the list this year and I hope you’ll enjoy it. The gifts are in no particular order, here goes!
“He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you are about to lose your mind from your seriously annoying neck ache!” This year finding the right pillow just got a little bit easier. The pillows from V&R Naturals will change the way you sleep and what you expect from a pillow. The V&R Naturals pillows are filled with a very comfortable shredded latex that molds to your head to cradle and support it fully the moment you lay down. Next, you can choose your shape, traditional rectangle or curved. I’m a side sleeper and I love the curved shape because rather than pushing my shoulder up into a regular pillow, it fits perfectly into the curve for great, restful alignment. Finally, one of my favorite features of these pillows is the zipper which allows you to remove or add filling to totally personalize it to your liking so the pillow fits you perfectly Just be careful not to sleep through the big event on this comfy pillow or you may end up on Santa’s naughty list next year! When you add one of the Naturals Pillows use the code DRBREUS to get $29 off and Free Shipping in the United States.
Bedside Sleep Therapy
Sometimes falling asleep isn’t easy, maybe your mind is racing or there is noise in the house. The iHome Zenergy Sleep System is just what the Sleep Doctor ordered. The Zenergy system has 12 different relaxing sounds that help you feel sleepier, I love the Ocean Waves and Rain. And, Zenergy contains lights that have been shown to help you relax before bed and it even includes lavender aroma therapy. I love having this on my bedside table. In full transparency, I consult with iHome and still buy these as one of my favorite gifts to give people, in fact I just gave one to my friend’s girlfriend and one to his daughter last week. You can find them on Amazon here.
Choose The Right Lights For Day And For Night The right lights for your house make all the difference (and I am not talking about the ones on the outside of the house either!). If you want a better night of sleep and a more energized day, start and end with the right light. Even walking into a room with light after a certain time (about 9pm), can have a significant effect in lowering your Melatonin levels (lots of science there). The Good Night and Good Day light bulbs from Lighting Science Group are nothing short of Christmas Miracles. The scientists and engineers over there have created a filter that blocks the blue light in one, and then gives you more in the other. Grab the Good Day bulbs and put them in your bathroom to wake up the right way and to turn off melatonin production and put the Good Night bulbs in your bedroom (don’t forget your kids bedrooms and bathrooms too, if you want to help your teen fall asleep and wake up better these bulbs will help do the trick-I do this with my son and it works GREAT). These make great stocking stuffers for the handyperson in your house (or at least the elf who changes bulbs). Just use the code BREUS17 when you check out for a very special 10% discount.
Nestled Snug In Your LumaSleep Bed
I can’t think of a question I get more than “Dr. Breus, what bed should I buy?” And historically, I did not have a great answer for them until now. A few months ago I began working with LumaSleep to develop a mattress that is revolutionary. What makes the LumaSleep mattress special is that they actually followed the science around how people need to be supported to sleep. The result is a two-piece mattress, a standardized support layer and a separate comfort layer. The comfort layer allows you to change it out if your needs change or if it is too hard or too soft and you’d like to change to a different comfort layer. You NEVER have to buy another bed again, you can just call them up and get a new layer when the old one is not working for you or your partner. Let’s face it, there is no way to know if a mattress is right until you sleep on it (for a while). Luma gives you a full 100 days to try the mattress to figure out what is perfect for you. The LumaSleep mattress truly is the gift that will keep giving for many Holidays to come! Ok, and here is maybe the best part of all, just go to www.lumasleep.com and when you check out enter the discount code doctor15 and you’ll get a 15% discount, that’s a savings we can all enjoy!
Silent Night – Give The Gift That Ends Snoring
It may be the night before Christmas but if someone is snoring you know who will be stirring all night … Dr. Jonathan Greenburg invented the Zyppah, the best and easiest to use appliance I’ve seen for reducing snoring and it is guaranteed or they will give you your money back. I even did an interview with Dr. Greenburg because I was so impressed with this product. You can watch it here. If you want to enjoy the sound of silence, give the gift of Zyppah
Have you ever slept next too an infrequent snorer? They are the person that snores, but only when their allergies are acting up, they have gained a little weight, eaten a large meal, or had a little Christmas Cheer (alcohol)? If so you are not alone. Personally, if I have had an adult beverage, my wife turns to me and says “ put your nose thingie in!” And she is talking about a very cool product I highly recommend called MUTE. This is an internal nasal dilator (yes a small device that goes inside your nose) and the really amazing part is that it is adjustable! Look at your nose, your nostrils are different sizes, this device is highly effective and takes into account your nostril size so that the device is extremely comfortable ( I can’t feel it after about 1 min). Yes they are disposable and Amazon has a great deal on them right now, $14.99 + 15% off coupon on the site and FREE Prime shipping.
Swanwick Glasses Will Let You Rock Around The Christmas Tree Longer And Still Sleep Better
Light at night is simply an issue for sleep, lets face it. Not to mention that we all seem to spend all day reading on the computer, looking at our phones, and our eyes can be seriously effected. What I like about the Swanwick glasses is that they don’t look goofy, really work, and I can get my kids to wear them in the evenings, without threatening to take away their phone. There is significant science behind these glasses. If I could put these glasses in every stocking of someone who owns a smart phone this would be my go to gift. In fact, I’ll probably give more of these gifts than any other this year. Get a nice Christmas Discount when you grab your Swanwick blue light blocking glasses here
Magnesium – While you are over at Swanwick, be sure to pick up some of their very high quality magnesium supplements . You may have seen my recent blog on Magnesium, but if you didn’t then you may not realize what a wonder mineral Magnesium can be. I’ve seen many patients benefit from increasing their magnesium intake, through diet and supplements. It’s not uncommon for people, especially women, to have less-than-optimal magnesium levels. Believe it or not, Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep, waking frequently during the night. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep. Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Research indicates supplemental magnesium can improve sleep quality, especially in people with poor sleep. Magnesium can also help insomnia that’s linked to the sleep disorder restless-leg syndrome.
Just a few spritzes of this magnesium oil may just change the way you sleep for good.
For The Long Sleigh Ride Get These Great Travel Sleep Accessories On Amazon
This is really pretty amazing. I have been searching for a unique travel pillow, that also is supportive enough so that when I sleep on planes (which we all know I do a lot of) I do NOT get a pain in my neck. While it looked like it would never work, I tried this one and was surprised at how easy it is to use, and how effective it is at keeping my head and neck in good shape.
Yes, there are some sounds at night that will keep many people awake, especially if you are traveling or not sleeping in your own bed. Dogs outside, Television, and of course a snoring bed Ear plugs can be a temporary solution that allows you to get good rest. You want to make sure the ear plugs you use are noise level rated at 32 or below (that way you can still hear the smoke alarm). I have been a loyal Earplanes user since I picked some up at an airport many years ago. I like them because I don’t have to stuff them in my ears (most of the cylinder foam ones feel too big in my ears), and they don’t bother me as s side sleeper. If you have a noise problem, save your sanity and get some Earplanes today.
Sleep Tracker Sleep Score Max
Does the world really need another Sleep Tracking device? NO. I agree there are far too many trackers on the market, working with SleepScore Max, not only is this one of the most accurate contactless sleep evaluation and management systems on the planet, but it does something that no other product does, it actually gives personalized advice, based on your previous sleep and sleep-related goals you set. You can see your sleep as compared to someone your age and gender, and then the next day get tips, hacks, and tricks to IMPROVE your sleep (hint: guess who helped develop the tips!). Its what I use, and you should too.
Sleep Bracelet By Phillip Stein
Most people do not know it, but the world runs on frequencies. Electricity has a frequency, sunlight has a frequency, music, even you (your biological rhythms) have a frequency. Have you ever noticed that when you listen to music, it puts you in a particular mood? Whether its upbeat, slow, happy, whatever, music has a significant effect on our mood. I would argue that your body has tuned into a frequency that, depending upon the music, can be both calming and relaxing. A while back I worked with a company called Phillip Stein and helped run the clinical trials for a sleep bracelet. I was sure it was not going to give any useful data, but I was wrong. Literally every person in the study reported that they had some improvement in their sleep. Some people reported feeling more refreshed, other reported great dreams, it was pretty impressive. It is something certainly worth checking out, and it looks great too. If you are wondering what piece of jewelry to give this year this is it, a finely crafted Sleep Bracelet that works as good as it looks, by fine watch maker Phillip Stein.
Santa Will Appreciate This MUCH More Than A Cookie And Milk
I saved the sweetest gift for (almost) last!
I don’t know about you, but I am a nighttime snacker. Ice cream, pretzels, salty or sweet, I just seem to get cravings late at night (like so many other Wolves/Night Owls). Nighttime snacking is an issue for just about everyone. Whether we eat just before we go to bed or wake up and grab a quick snack, what we choose can have a big impact on our sleep. My favorite snack is NightFood. NightFood is a specially formulated food for nighttime. You know not to drink caffeine before bed but many people eat a protein bar or other energy fuel, think about that for a minute, food formulated for energy (even if it is natural, whole food) is not the best thing to eat before you sleep. Food scientists have formulated NightFoodto be a balanced snack before bed or if you wake up. So if you want to eat and not feel guilty this is the perfect choice, it’s what I snack on before bed and they have two delicious flavors, decadent Midnight Chocolate Crunch and the very tasty Cookies n dreams. These bars do not contain a sleep aid so they are great for kids and adults alike. These bars really are perfect for everyone and especially the Wolf Chronotype like me. Hint: Warm up the Midnight Chocolate just a little before you eat it, OMG, bedtime will never be the same! When you go to the site and check out, add the code SLEEPDOC for a sweet 15% discount, ahhh, dreams of NightFood dance in my head!
A Couple Of Stocking Stuffers From Santa Sleep Doc
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you an opportunity to give the gift of my sleep course! If you or someone you love wants to get a better night of sleep this Christmas (or any other day) my Better Sleep Course is the answer! Use the Code SANTAto take $10.00 off the price of the price of the course. If you or someone you know has insomnia, then this is the course for them.
Use the code HOHOHO and get $118 off the price of the course.
And finally, my book, The Power of When is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone. Learn when to do anything according to your personal biorhythms.
Shared with permission from Dr. Michael Breus / The Sleep Doctor.
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