This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
Is there anything better than the gift of great sleep? (The answer: Nope. Absolutely not.) If you still haven’t figured out what to buy for friends and family members this year, consider giving them something that will help them score better zzz’s. Useful, thoughtful, and even fun, these presents will be adored by all—yes, even that friend who has everything.
1. Sleep Tracker
Techies will love getting an up-close-and-personal look at their shuteye habits with a smart sleep tracker. Not only do the devices record how much sleep you are (or aren’t) getting, but some even monitor what’s disrupting your slumber, whether that's a snoring partner or an overly warm bedroom. Look for one with an alarm clock function that tunes into your sleep cycle to figure out the best time to wake you up.
2. Wicking Sleepwear
Chances are, your pals pick out their pajamas based on style, not performance. So now’s your chance to gift your buddies with wicking PJs, which pull moisture away from the skin to help the body better regulate its temperature (no more night sweats!).Your friends won’t be able to scribble you a thank you card fast enough once they find that they snooze more comfortably.
3. Travel Neck Pillow
Fact: It’s not always easy to get a good night’s sleep when flying—especially if your neck is flopping around like a bobblehead doll. If you know someone who spends a good deal of time in the air, a comfy-but-easily-packable neck pillow will keep him or her well rested on a plane.
4. Blue Light Screen Protector
If you have a loved one who stays up late watching movies or scrolling through social media, wrap up a blue light screen protector for him or her. Not only does it shield devices from damage, but it also blocks the blue light that tech devices emit, which has been found to mess with circadian rhythms and disrupt sleep.
5. A Pretty Journal
Gift a friend a notebook and tell him or her to leave it on the nightstand. It's great for recording dreams, and writing down whatever you’re anxious about (like tomorrow’s work deadline or that fight that you had with your sister) before your head hits the pillow may improve sleep.
6. A New Mattress
Yes, it’s a splurge, but if you know someone who has been extra nice this year, giving that person a new mattress is a great way to show that you care. Easy-to-assemble mattresses in boxes are now readily available, and many companies even offer a refund within 100 days if your friend or family member doesn’t love it. Heck, why not give yourself a new mattress this year? You deserve it.