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Even in a regular time, the holidays can be an anxiety-inducing hellscape. In 2020, though — frankly, it’s hard to say what manner of climactic finale this historically bumpy year might have on tap. In honour of one of the most epically rotten years on record, we’ve cobbled together a roster of endows that could go a ways toward helping kinfolks make it triumphantly across the finish line.
It’s a bit of a mixed bag, I admit. Everyone blows off stress differently — some like to play video games, come concoct, some go for a running, others mull. This is an attempt to round up some gadgets and software that can help increase sleep, increase blood pressure and generally help survive what’s left of 2020 intact.
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I was using Muse’s recent headband quite a bit during CES, back when that depict still felt like it was going to be the apex of stress for my time. The manoeuvre offers a intelligent kind of gamified approach to reflection — something I, as one of the most difficult meditators of all-time, have come to appreciate. I recognize that commands like “gamify” sound counterproductive when it comes something like meditating, but Muse does a astonishingly good racket get you into the right headspace.
The company also recently contributed sleep tracking to the wearable. I will say that the Muse S is reasonably pleasant as far as tech headbands lead( an admittedly low-toned forbid ), but even so, sleeping with one on still takes some going used to.
Price: $350 from Amazon
Bose Sleepbuds II
We can recommend a number of all-purpose , noise-cancelling headphones for help relaxing. The Bose Sleepbuds II aren’t that. These little Bluetooth buds are developed for one intent exclusively: sleep. They’re cozy, they get good battery life and they’ll stay in place while you sleep. They’re built for noisy environments — whether you’re trying to sneak in a midday siestum or sleep next to a snorer.
They’re a bit pricy and not exceedingly versatile, only designed to play back Bose’s preloaded sleep musics. But if someone in your life is having trouble falling — or standing — sleeping, they’re a solid investment.
Price: $250 from Amazon
There’s no shortage of musing apps these days, but Calm has been my go-to for a very long time. The app has been tremendously successful over the past couple of years, even mooring a star-studded show on HBO Max. With more than 90 million downloads, Calm offers some of the widest and best navigated meditation courses and trails to help lull listeners to sleep.
Price: $13/ month from Calm
I really delve this thing before my rabbit ground the cord and rendered the thing effectively useless. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that’s not an issue most customers are going to run into. Withings Sleep is, effectively, a pad that sits under the mattress to see your sleep progress during the night. Those results are then collected and displayed in Withings’ Health app. I’ve measured a lot of wearable sleep trackers over its first year, but if you’re certainly be used in sleep moving, this is a good way to go. Among other things, you don’t have to wear a strip to sleep.
Withings Sleep leads deep with its tracking, including cycles heart rate tracking and even snore identification. It’s also one of the first of this class of consumer invention to offer sleep apnea detection.
Price: $74 from Amazon
Back when we used to do travelling endowment navigates, I included one of Dreamlight’s masks for long flights. Even though we’re all footed, though, I’ve actually got a fair amount of use out of the thing, dealing here with some health clashes this year. Dreamlight Zen is a step up from that prototype, boasting built-in sleep and musing expedites that can run up to 10 hours on a charge.
Price: $200 from Dreamlight