Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sleeping Beauty

There are countless, clever cosmetics and products on the market to help you look refreshed, but nothing can substitute for an old fashioned, good night's sleep. I have always been teased by my family and hubby about the amount of sleep I require given my own free will (I can easily sleep for 10+ hrs!), but I just smile and say I am just getting my beauty sleep.

With a busy schedule, those days of sleeping in are few and far between for me. When I do get the chance to take advantage of those extra hours in bed, I have found that there are a few products that will help you wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

Chic sheets
From athletes to fashionistas, we all count on high quality fabrics to keep us comfy during the day — so why should the sheets we sleep on be any different? SHEEX has developed the world's first luxury performance sheets, which control temperature, wick away moisture and have an extra soft feel for more restful, restorative sleep ($49 and up; sheex.com).

Sound sleepers
Whether you like to fall asleep to music or you're just hoping to block out unwanted noise, SleepPhones are a smart solution. Unlike bulky or hard earbuds, SleepPhones are a cozy, fleece headband with small speakers built-in, so you can drift off peacefully surrounded by your favorite sounds ($39.95; sleepphones.com).

Bedtime breeze
For those who sleep most comfortably in cooler temperatures, you'll be excited to learn about Brookstone's Bed Fan, which delivers a light breeze between the sheets. Perfect for couples with different temperature preferences and great for anyone who loves that cool, "other side of the pillow" feeling ($79.99; Brookstone.com).

Good times
Sleep cycles last 90 minutes, and if you wake up in the middle of one, you're more likely to feel groggy. Thanks to a free website called sleepyti.me, you can figure out exactly what time to fall asleep, ensuring that you make the most of your snooze.

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