Human beings sleep for close to a third of their lives. Some deeply, others…not so much.
For some, their waking time is spent looking for ways to achieve “better sleep.” Why? Because this resting period is critical to our health and well-being! Working the overnight shift, being a new parent, cramming for exams, anyone who’s ever lost sleep over anything will tell you how much they miss it and how much it impacts the rest of their lives.
In the past, RainyDayMagazine has done articles on: gear that helps track sleep, mattresses that offer a more comfortable sleep (memory foam topper, memory foam mattress), and even things to do WHILE asleep. This time around, though, we’ve created a collection of items which actively help promote better sleep aurally, neuro-scientifically, and even chemically.
- Stainless steel headband
- Pivoting earcup
- Soft, liquid-and-foam-filled cushions
These over-the-head earmuffs offer “hearing protection in demanding noise environments for exposures as high as 105 dBA.”
They worked well in a recent extreme electric staple-gunning environment, so we decided to see how well they quelled the sleep-disturbing city sounds coming through the bedroom window at night. The Optime 105 over-the-head earmuff has a unique ‘double-shell’ earcup design (two cups connected via foam inner layer) to boost the noise reduction throughout the full range of low and high frequencies.
And they really did–some sounds were completely eliminated, while others were reduced so much they became faint background sounds, not “WAAAAKE UPPPPPPP!!!” aural claps of thunder.
The 3M earmuffs worked great, but some of us found them rather bulky, and definitely not comfortable if you wanted to turn your head on your pillow. Although, if you have a bit of a strain in any of your neck muscles, this is an advantage, because it more or less keeps your head in a neutral position.
For something a bit more discrete (because it’s important to look your best in a dark room in the middle of the night) a team in Finland came up with a pair of in-ear active-noise-cancelling earbuds that filter out disturbing sounds without the blockiness or heft of earmuffs.
We have tried the QuietOn for a week and they work exactly as advertised. We’ll have a more detailed write-up on these tiny QuietOn ANC earbuds soon. For now, just take our word for it…they are awesome 🙂
During sleep, the brain emits low frequency waves known as theta waves. The NeoRhythm headband’s Improve Sleep program emits a dominant 4hz theta frequency, accompanied by a 2.67hz delta frequency. According to Omnipemf, the brain synchronizes with these frequencies, which creates an optimal environment for the body to enter a deep, regenerative sleep.
We tried the NeoRhythm for a week and found it helpful in getting into a more restorative sleep…and the remembering of dreams!!!
One of the members of the RainyDay team has had a b!tch of a time achieving “deep, restorative sleep” for the past few years.
Discovering magnesium powder completely eliminated her unutterably painful night-time muscle cramps (seriously, she couldn’t speak even a syllable, they were so excruciating), but a deep and full night’s sleep still eluded her.
Preferring the glories and capabilities of the natural world, she looked for something that had pronounce-able ingredients that she had heard of and didn’t require a chemistry degree to understand. And she found it in Harney & Sons Hemp and Moringa tea.
We’ll let them tell you about it: “Discover a feeling of calm and relaxation with our latest wellness botanical, Hemp Moringa. Made with our sister company’s very own hemp leaves and flowers, we’ve added a mixture of powerful herbs to help lull you to sleep. Comes packed in a 10 oz. bag. Brew in boiling water for 5 minutes. Ingredients: Hemp, moringa, holy basil, turmeric, goji berries, coconut, nutmeg.”
And you know what, we’re pretty sure it works! Testing continues…
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