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Good sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity to maintain health, mood, and productivity. Here at Slumber Ease, we want to help you find not only the best possible custom mattress but also any additional resources you may need to achieve your best sleep.

Last month we took a look at Spotify’s new sleep timer, recommended the best books about sleep, and explored research showing that a lack of sleep affects your personality and makes you antisocial. You can find all of that information in our May Best Sleep Roundup blog post.

Best Sleep Mask:

If you’re traveling at night or have trouble sleeping with any light in the room, you may want to invest in a sleep mask. An eye mask can keep unwanted light from your eyes and reduce distractions when you’re trying to sleep.

MZOO Sleep Eye Mask for Men and Womensleep mask
This mask features an innovative concave eye cup design that allows plenty of room for eye movement. The rebound memory foam makes it more comfortable and soft than many other options on the market, reducing pressure on the face. Customers give the product 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and as of writing, it costs just under $15.

Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask
This handmade mask features five layers of breathable fabric and tight, smooth seams to ensure minimal rubbing. The new 2019 design incorporates long-term research with updated details and an ergonomic fit that adjusts to any head size. At less than $10, the price is right for any budget.

Sleep Science Roundup:

Your sleep history might predict Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

Alzheimer’s disease is associated with disrupted sleep as well as the accumulation of tau tangles and other proteins in the brain. A decrease in sleep quantity after age 50 may be a warning sign, suggesting it’s time to seek preventative care. On the flip side, if you continue to get good sleep as you age, you may have a lower risk.

If you’re using opioids to sleep better, it may be time to quit.

A review of existing research from the University of Warwick finds that opioids don’t actually help people with chronic pain sleep better and may even worsen sleep quality. Existing research that supports opioid use for sleep quality is limited, and the researchers involved often have conflicts of interest. If you struggle with chronic pain, ask your doctor about alternative medications, particularly in light of the addiction risk and the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Better Sleep in the News:

pokemon sleepThe Pokémon company recently announced it would be creating a sleep app, which means you may be able to have pocket monsters helping you sleep soon. Pokémon Sleep will track users’ nightly sleep and give a score based on goals such as sleep duration and regularity.

According to the official description, Pokémon Sleep’s purpose is to “turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, affect the gameplay.” The app is currently set to release in 2020.

Hatch Baby introduced a new portable, WiFi-enabled sleep device called Rest+. The device features an audio monitor and a clock in addition to the original sound machine, nightlight and “time to rise” feature. This allows parents to check on babies without going into their rooms and disrupting their sleep.

A sleep monitor may help parents establish healthy sleep patterns for their children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most 1- to 2-year-olds need 11 to 14 hours of sleep per day, which includes both nighttime sleep and naps. 3- to 5-year-olds need 10 to 13 hours, and 6- to 12-year-olds need 9-12 hours.

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