Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th and if you’re looking for a unique gift idea, why not give Mom the gift of quality sleep? I think we can all agree that moms are hard workers and that they deserve a great night’s sleep. There is such a thing as beauty sleep! No need to raid the cosmetic aisle for your mother’s day gift when you can get her a sleep related item that will aide quality sleep. A study found that people who were sleep-deprived were perceived as less healthy, attractive and more tired than those who got a great night’s rest.
A mattress is the first gift idea that comes to mind since the mattress your mother sleeps on directly affects her waking life. If she has been complaining about aches and pains or just not being able to get comfortable at night, she may be in need of a new mattress. But a new mattress can be an expensive gift so here are a few more affordable sleep related Mother’s Day gift ides:
- Eye Mask
- White Noise Machine
- Lavender Scented Products (i.e. candles, diffusers, bath salts…)
Pillows can be just as important as a mattress when it comes to quality sleep. All too often people will buy a pillow out of preference as opposed to what their body needs. Your pillow should fit your preferred sleeping position. For example I know I like thin, flat pillows, but I’m primarily a side sleeper, so I’m actually doing my body a disservice by using the improper pillow while I sleep. Side sleepers need a full but soft pillow; while back sleepers need a medium thickness pillow and stomach sleepers need the thinnest pillow (if any at all). Find out what position your Mom prefers to sleep in and then find a pillow that suits her sleeping position. Sleepys.com organizes their selection of pillows by what position they are best for.
Eye masks, white noise machines and lavender scented products are all apart of sleep hygiene. It is easier to fall asleep when our bodies are relaxed and our sleep environment is conducive to sleep. Lavender is used in aromatherapy as a way to relax the body and ease a person into sleep. Having a dark, cool room is optimal for sleeping conditions, but sometimes it is hard to get a room truly dark enough. You can try room darkening shades to block out excess lights from outdoors, but an eye mask is also a great way to get the same effects without trying to remember what color your mother’s bedroom is. If you notice that your mom complains out noises keeping her up at night or preventing her from falling asleep, a white noise machine is a great Mother’s Day gift! A white noise machine will drown out all the other noises that keep her awake with an even, monotonous sound that basically bores a person to sleep.
The gift of sleep is a great way to show your mom that you appreciate all she does. From kissing boo-boos, to leaving work early to watch one of your games and just always supporting you in every way possible no matter where you are in life, this Mother’s Day, give your Mom the gift she really wants, a great night’s sleep.
Contributor: Emily Barrett
- Aging Parents: The Mother’s Day Gift Mothers and Grandmothers Value Most (helpparentsagewell.com)
- What Makes a Perfect Mother’s Day Gift? (betterinbulk.net)