Monday, December 6, 2010

Sleep Related Gifts

Only a few shopping days left until Christmas! Likely, you have been tossing and turning every night over what gifts you will buy for those special people in your life. According to some recent research, sleep related gifts are the top of people’s Christmas wish list. The National Retail Federation reported that even though tech gifts like the iPhone and Droid are up this year, people still want something that will help them fall sleep asleep easy. What could be more practical than giving the gift of sleep?

The iPhone has a new application which is an alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase - a natural way to wake up where you feel rested and relaxed. For only .99 through iTunes, the new improved version, that was just available November 12, 2010, has an intelligent snooze and adjustable wake up phase length. This new app doesn’t work with an iPod Touch, but the iPhone 4. Apple iPhone 4 Black Smartphone 16GB is available at stores and online.

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Customized products are a great sleep gifts. Sleep Number comforters can be customized on each side for individual warmth preference and available in down or hypoallergenic 100% polyester fill. Full size starts around $42.00 and available at selectcomfort.com. Sleep Number also has, A Create Your Perfect Pillow, the custom memory foams has three separate insets to choose from for desired neck support and the custom contour memory foam has three different layers to achieve perfect height. No more neck pain! Customized pillows start at $28.00.

If your loved one, family member or friend has a sleep problem due to an uncontrollable external issue like noise, too much light, too dry of a room or a snoring partner there are some inexpensive gift choices you can purchase. An eye mask, ear plugs, Snore-No-More Anti-Snoring Pillow 16" x 22" or snore-stopping nasal strips and/or even a Honeywell HFD-010 QuietClean Compact Tower Air Purifier with Permanent Filter will help alleviate these issues. All items are under $100.00.

Most retailers will accept a gift card. In 2009, according to a survey taken by the National Retail Federation, 55.2% of consumers received a gift card for Christmas. For your partner you can attach a gift card to another personal offer that will help them fall asleep. A massage, a night without children, no outside distractions or a weekend get-away will help them relax. If you are concerned about your partners health due to their lack of sleep and even if your gift might seem a bit unromantic you are helping them in the long run. If you hear “All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep” and their sleeplessness persists to a point that might be diagnosed as chronic insomnia because they are experiencing lack of energy during the day, falling asleep at work, losing focus and/or has slow physical responses, you might want to call your physician to see if there is an underlying cause for their restlessness. The content in Sleep Related Gifts is for information purposes only, intended to raise the awareness of different solutions for your sleep problems and should not be considered medical advice. For medical diagnosis and treatment, please see your qualified health-care professional.

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Make a night with just the two of you, get into you comfy pajamas and just watch a movie. "Inception" the movie which just released on DVD December 2, 2010 is a great sleep-related movie where the main characters spend a lot of time in dreamland. Often complex, this movie is a must-see as its plot is action packed and has not been seen before. Leonardo DiCaprio has a guilty secret and steals secrets from dreaming mega-executives. The end of the movie, DiCaprio and his band of dream stealers, plant an idea in someone’s mind to uncover a secret which requires them to navigate a dream within a dream in a hostile subconscious where (of course) their lives are at stake. Personally I thought the special effects amazing as fight sequences taken place in spinning corridors, suddenly inverted bedrooms and rolling hotel lobbies. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action this movie Inception is available at Best Buy or online for $16.99 or Blu-ray at $17.99.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Diana Krall - Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep, counting my blessings

When my bankroll is gettin' small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep, counting my blessings

I think about a nursery
And I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them
As they slumber in their beds

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

So if you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings
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