Wellness isn’t just about the physical – your mind needs to be looked after too. There are plenty of guided meditation options available to Google and Amazon smart home users as well as those with just a smartphone, from relaxing background tracks to Headspace sessions. The Calm app also has bedtime stories for adults right there on your phone – perfect after a long day at work, with some of them read by celebs including Matthew McConaughey. Alright, alright, chill out.
Research and technological breakthroughs around sleep can vastly improve the quality of your zzzzs. You’ve probably heard that staring at a bright screen before going to bed could be what’s keeping you awake. The explanation for that is that the light from the screen suppresses the production of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone. The solution? If you need to use your laptop at night, use F.lux – a software that automatically dims your display at night. There’s also an app for your smartphone. No excuses.
Did you know that Australians spend 90 per cent or more of their time inside? But that consistent exposure to dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles at home can cause long-term breathing and health issues for you and your family? Using an air purifier can help to give you the confidence that the air you breathe inside your own home contains fewer pollutants and allergens. With new technology that allows consumers to visibly ‘see’ the pollution in their home, air purifiers like the DysonPure Hot+Cool™ purifying fan heater can capture 99.95 per cent of allergens, pollutants, odours and other particulate matter.We’re talking mould spores, dust mites, bacteria, pet allergens and some viruses as well as paints, varnishes, adhesives and pesticides – whilst fan cooling or heating your home. Double whammy.
Light it up
We are all governed by our circadian rhythm, set to the rising and setting of the sun. This natural rhythm is so strong that the amount of light we’re exposed to can completely shift our body clocks, causing problems such as sleep disorders and depression.
Light pollution in built up areas and lack of natural daylight are both problems in cities along with the colour or tone of lights in our homes and the large amount of artificial light we are exposed to from screen time. But today’s lighting designers can now make your home’s lighting bespoke to mirror the changes in sunlight, supporting a natural sleep cycle and improving sleep quality and mood. If that’s out of your price range, you can buy light globes that mimic circadian light with options for warm and cool light.
Drink more water
Bottles that now tell you when to drink and Apps that also give you a nudge to get that H2O – it’s the answer for those worried about dehydration. Like the Hidrate Spark Smart Bottle, which glows to tell you when to drink, tracks your water intake via Bluetooth and integrates with Fit Bit, Apple Watch and other fitness trackers. Genius.
If you just need a little nudge, Drink Water Reminder is just one of many apps that take in information about your day-to-day, including what kind of climate you live in, and remind you at a set interval to drink enough water throughout the day.
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