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10 Gifts for People Who Just Need a Good Night’s Sleep

Rushing through our days, the importance of a good night's sleep is often overlooked in favor of seemingly “important” priorities, like our very interesting Instagram feeds.

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However, sleep is the key to keeping our well-being in good shape, particularly when it comes to mental health. 

When we fail to get sufficient sleep, it can have a profound impact on our cognitive functions, emotional regulation, and overall mental state.

Lack of sleep can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions, making it challenging to cope with daily stressors effectively.

Being pampered with gifts can help with sleep and mental health issues, because who doesn’t love a thoughtful, comforting gift?

Does Sleep Quality Affect Mental Health?

Sleep is not to be taken lightly. Numerous studies have shown a direct correlation between sleep quality and mental health, highlighting the significance of prioritizing restful slumber.

Chronic sleep deprivation can bring on unnecessary problems such as an increased risk of diseases from a weakened immune system, and sluggish or impaired decision-making abilities. 

If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself trapped in a vicious cycle. Existing mental health issues can disrupt sleep patterns, but poor sleep can contribute or exacerbate various mental health conditions.

So how do you win? By prioritising sleep quality, we can experience improved emotional regulation, enhanced cognitive abilities, and better stress management capabilities, all of which contribute to  better mental well-being.

Mood Regulation

Inadequate sleep can significantly impact mood regulation, leading to increased irritability, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

During sleep, the brain processes and regulates emotions, and disruptions in this process can result in heightened emotional reactivity and difficulty managing stress.

Cognitive Function

Sleep plays a crucial role in cognitive processes such as memory consolidation, problem-solving abilities, and decision-making. Long hours without sleep can impair these functions, leading to decreased productivity, poor concentration, and difficulty with complex tasks.

Stress Management

Sleep is essential for the body's ability to manage stress effectively.

We may realize this too late, but when sleep is compromised, the body's stress response system becomes dysregulated, leading to increased levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and a heightened risk of developing stress-related illnesses.

10 Thoughtful Gifts for People Who Just Need a Good Night’s Sleep

Instead of tossing around mindlessly, helping ourselves and our loved ones get some priority sleep should be at the top of our list — here are some slumber-inducing gifts for a better night’s sleep.

1. Azure Premier Comfort Matress

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Getting to the basics: A comfortable and supportive mattress is the foundation for a good night's sleep. Investing in a non-toxic, high-quality mattress can significantly improve sleep quality by providing proper spinal alignment, pressure relief, and overall comfort.

With big gifts like mattresses, first consider factors such as sleeping position (side, back, or stomach sleeper), body type, and any specific preferences or needs your sleeper may have. 

2. Sound+Sleep SE Sound Machine

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Those who struggle with falling or staying asleep due to external noise or racing thoughts can taste soothing bliss again with a sound device like the Sound+Sleep SE. The Sound+Sleep SE uses adaptive technology to create calming sounds, including fan sounds, color-based noises, and other ambient noise, which can help mask disruptive noises and promote relaxation.

This easy-to-use device also lets you layer different noises to create a unique soundscape, such as by adding the pitter-patter of rainfall over ambient forest noise.

3. Innerfyre Scents of Serenity

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Aromatherapy gift bundles from wellness brand Innerfyre incorporates pure, high-quality lavender essential oils to promote relaxation and enhance sleep quality. Scents of Serenity features a large candle, a reed diffuser, and conveniently-sized shower steamers — the aromatherapy essentials you need to create a soothing and tranquil environment conducive to restful sleep.

4. CUDDLE Cool 2.0 Weighted Blanket

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Can’t find the right position to sleep again? Cool and silky-soft, Cuddle’s latest offering is your answer to those frustrating, sleepless nights. This bamboo fiber weighted blanket provides a gentle, calming pressure that can help alleviate anxiety, stress, and insomnia. 

The gentle weight of this blanket — up to a comfortable 11kg — is designed to mimic the sensation of being hugged or held, which can trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine, promoting a sense of relaxation.

5. Oura Smart Ring

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For the sleep-deprived partners of snorers, a sleep tracker can be a valuable tool to help you break down disruptive sleep patterns and identify areas for improvement. The Oura Ring is a stylish wearable device that monitors over 20 sleep biometrics such as sleep duration, sleep stages, and sleep quality.

And it does all this from your finger.

Sleep trackers like the Oura Ring helps users understand their sleep habits and make informed adjustments to their sleep routine or environment. The titanium steel ring also offers personalized recommendations and tips for improving sleep quality based on the user's data.

6. Loop Quiet Earplugs

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Some of us have trouble sleeping because of the incessant drone of the fridge, or the honking cars on the highway right outside the bedroom window.  If you use earplugs to sleep, you’ll be envious of flexible earplugs that mold to the shape of your ear and drown out noise.

The Loop Quiet Earplugs does exactly that, reducing external noise to tolerable levels — meaning you can catch some much needed shut-eye, without distractions.

7.  Positivithé Sleep is the Best Meditation Caffeine-Free Tea

Sleep-inducing teas are a natural and gentle solution for those having trouble falling or staying asleep. Herbal teas like Sleep is the Best Meditation include the plant ingredients like chamomile, lavender and rose, which are known for their calming and sleep-promoting properties.

This herbal tea has no artificial flavourings and is quite the kicker, so it’s best you don’t have this while driving or before you start work.

8. Notebook Therapy Tsuki Limited Edition Bullet Journal

Journaling can be a powerful tool for safe self-reflection, emotional processing, and reducing stress and anxiety. Notebook Therapy has curated a beautiful selection of journals, notebooks, and other stationery, to encourage customers to explore the benefits of journaling.

Journaling can serve as a creative outlet, allowing individuals to express their thoughts, feelings, and promote a sense of mindfulness, all of which can contribute to improved mental well-being and better sleep quality.

9. Cozy Earth Short Sleeve Bamboo Pajama Set

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Enjoy the luxurious feel of stretch-knit fabric pajamas right before you go to sleep, thanks to Cozy Earth.

Premium-feel clothes have a tendency to improve sleep quality, especially materials and fabrics that help with temperature regulation; this is important, as overheating or feeling too cold causes a great deal of discomfort, ultimately causing you to lose precious sleep.

You can count on the quality of these elegant pajamas for ensuring good sleep — the infamous Oprah Winfrey herself lists the top-and-shorts set as some of her favorites.

10. Sleep Cycle Sleep App

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In the digital age, there are numerous sleep apps being introduced that offer personalized guidance, relaxation techniques, and sleep-promoting content. The Sleep Cycle app is one such example, providing a non-invasive way to track your sleep.

Available for download for iOS and Android users, the app gives you access to sleep stories, a wake-up alarm, soothing soundscapes, and even personalized sleep coaching. Using this handy tool sets you up to develop healthy sleep habits and cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation, which improves your overall sleep quality and mental well-being.

Conclusion: Self-care for Mental Health and Quality Sleep

According to a recent study, Singaporeans were revealed to be chronically sleep-deprived, with a surprising 54% of people getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep — this despite using sleep hacks.

Being bombarded by health and wellness information, we now know that a good night's sleep is a fundamental aspect of self-care, as it plays a crucial role in maintaining mental health, emotional regulation, and our sense of well-being.

Be it for ourselves or for others, thoughtful gifts that promote quality sleep can serve as gentle reminders to slow down, practice self-care, and cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation in our daily lives. To know more, make sure to check out our Sleep Bundles Collection.

Peaceful slumber awaits, whether you decide to go with a comfortable set of sleepwear, a soothing sound device, or sip on herbal tea, these 10 gift recommendations have the potential to help find the balance and restfulness you need to thrive.

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