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Here at Slumber Ease, we want to help you live your best life by getting better sleep. We know that sleep is tremendously important for maintaining every aspect of your life, from mental health and relationships to productivity at work.

That’s why we’re bringing you this past month’s roundup of sleep resources. Here are some helpful products, intriguing research, and sleep-related news to help you catch more z’s.

Last month we heard about Pokémon Go’s upcoming sleep app, which will you to get sleep aid from adorable critters, and explored sleep mask options to keep unwanted light away from your eyes. For more about that, check out our June Sleep Roundup blog post.

Best Sleep Lotions

Dream Dust®Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just put lotion on your skin and instantly get better sleep? While we have yet to find a magical sleep lotion that works for everyone, we think there are a few products on the market that are worth a try.

In addition to a fun name, Dream Dust Moon Juice promotes a calm state of mind and better sleep. This lotion includes jujube seed to help you sleep and Egyptian Chamomile to soothe your nervous system. The $38 investment may be worth it if melatonin isn’t working for you or sleeping pills make it hard to think straight in the morning.

If you’re looking for a less expensive option, try the $7 Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil & Lavender Body Lotion. This paraben-free, silicone-free, and dye-free vegan lotion contains ethically sourced argan oil and lavender. The company does not test their product on animals, so animal-lovers can try this one guilt-free.

Sleep Science Roundup

You might already know that taking a warm bath in the evening can help you sleep, but did you know there’s an ideal time? New research shows that a 10-minute bath taken 1-2 hours before bedtime can improve your “temperature circadian rhythm.”

Bathing improves blood circulation from your core to your hands and feet, which helps your body cool down in preparation for sleep. You’ll be able to fall asleep faster and have better quality sleep.

A recent study by Stanford researchers shows that you have similar sleep patterns to a fish. Just like people, zebrafish display a type of slow-wave sleep and a paradoxical or REM-like sleep phase.

The only real difference is the fish’s lack of eye movement, and the fact that zebrafish don’t close their eyes — they have no eyelids.

Better Sleep in the News

Lousiana State University’s football locker room now contains individual sleep pods. The Tigers recently unveiled a $28 million locker renovation that also includes digitally locked storage, magentic name plates, charging ports for personal electronics and helmets, an iPad dock, and a seat that folds out into a bed. The sleeping pods were modeled after first-class pods on airplanes.

A Seattle father knitted a blanket with a pattern created from his baby’s first year of sleep patterns. You can “read” the blanket left to right, with the leftmost stitch marking 12:00 a.m. Each blue stick represents six minutes of time spent asleep, and the gray stitches represent six minutes awake.

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