According to a recent national survey, this holiday season Americans are moving away from buying the deeply discounted fundamentals (think $15 crockpots) to gifts that are more meaningful and “worth it,” including personal care, technology, and beauty and home goods.
At the center of this trend is the gift of good sleep, which is desperately desired and needed in the post-recession, connected-at-all-times world in which we all currently live. In a recent National Sleep Foundation survey, nearly 30 percent of Americans report that concerns related to the economy disturbed their sleep at least a few nights a week. That’s on top of a similar poll that shows the average American needs to increase their sleep each night by 1-2 hours for ideal health and well-being.
Think the sleep-deprived in your life – which, realistically, is everyone – would benefit from a gift that could help induce high-quality ZZZs? I do, too. Thankfully, there are lots of options at many price points from which to choose. Here are a few ideas as you compile your list of people and head to a local mall down the road or the computer down the hall.
For Friends and Siblings
Most of us have more than one, so finding a meaningful, high-quality gift for every pal, sister and brother can be a real challenge. Thankfully, gifts such as comfy robes can help your loved ones stay warm and wind down after a long day – and winding down is one of the most successful ways to induce restorative sleep, say experts. Find the perfect premium robe without the premium price ($19.99) from the sleep gurus at your nearest Sleep Number store (400 stores located in malls across the country) this holiday season.
For Mom or the Mother-in-Law
The holidays provide a fantastic opportunity to use gift-giving as a way to vie for the position of favorite daughter or daughter-in-law. And we have THE perfect gift idea for moms or moms-in-law who are having trouble sleeping because of night sweats, often brought on by mattresses that trap heat, menopause, high bedroom temperatures or (yikes) all three! Find soft, lightweight In Balance pajamas, which use moisture-wicking technology to balance temperature swings during the night, at www.sleepnumber.com for approximately $69.99.
For the Exhausted Best Friend
Let’s talk about your best friend. Besides your husband and kids, she’s most important to you and deserves a thoughtful gift that improves her life. Get her a pillow. I’m serious! We often overlook the important role bed pillows play in achieving a good night’s sleep. But don’t get your bestie just any pillow… she’s unique and needs a pillow custom-made just for her. Check out Pillowology at your local Sleep Number store, which allows anyone to construct the perfect pillow based on sleep position, preferred materials, loft and more.
For Your Significant Other
You and your partner-for-life may be like many other couples this holiday season…forgoing individual gifts for a bigger, shared gift. What if you could find a gift that took into account your individual preferences AND allowed for more restful, longer sleep TOGETHER. Beds that allow you to individually adjust each side can help partners with different comfort levels sleep better. For instance, each side of a Sleep Number bed can be adjusted to your (and your better half’s) exact level of comfort, firmness and support. To learn more about the gift that could get you sleeping in the same bed together again, head to the nearest mall and find a sleep expert at a Sleep Number store.
Sound sleep in the right amounts is vital to our overall good health and well-being…and giving a high-quality, individualized, meaningful gift that improves the sleep of the ones you hold dear is guaranteed to keep you in the nice category on Santa’s list. So what’s on your shopping list? Leave your comment below.