Father’s Day is an opportunity to show the dads, step-dads, grandpas, and other father figures in our lives just how much we appreciate them. While it may be true that “it’s the thought that counts,” there is such as thing as too many novelty ties and “Number One Dad” mugs.
Sleep-themed presents for dad are the perfect way to acknowledge how hard he works, and there’s an almost universal need for better sleep: more than 35 percent of us are sleep deprived, and as many as 70 million suffer from a sleep disorder. The gift of great sleep pays dividends: quality sleep is vital to physical and mental health and well-being.
The humble pillow is breaking into the world of cutting-edge sleep technology, with models on the market that perform all manner of sleep-inducing magic. The Zeeq Smart Pillow, for example, has a number of features to help you fall asleep and stay that way. In fact, it even vibrates when you snore to prompt you to change sleep positions. The Dreampad pipes soothing musical vibrations directly into your ears, helping you to relax and fall asleep. Cooling technology pillows, like the Equinox and Gel’O Cool, use special materials to ensure dad’s always sleeping on the cool side of the pillow.
Even if your dad’s an old-fashioned guy who doesn’t want any fancy bells and whistles in his bed, his regular pillow may be due for an upgrade. Choosing a pillow based on personal needs and sleep position can alleviate a number of sleep problems. If you aren’t comfortable picking out a pillow as a gift, a gift certificate to a specialty store is a perfect solution.
Techie toys often make great gifts for men. The newest crop of sleep apps and gadgets harness biofeedback technology to analyze sleeping habits and estimate the stages of the sleep cycle.
While most apps only use the microphone on your smartphone to detect patterns based on sounds, like breathing and snoring, Verlo’s SmartWake system uses a sensor disc, or monitor, to capture detailed data. The disc syncs with a phone app via Bluetooth to deliver an accurate sleep analysis using clinically-proven technology. SmartWake also helps you wake more efficiently: an alarm gently wakes you during a light sleep stage, which is the best time to wake up.
Sleep gadgets aren’t limited to biofeedback devices, they’re also utilizing the power of light. The Philips Hue Ambiance starter kit allows you to control natural-toned lighting that mimics sunrise and sunset, aiding your body’s natural melatonin production.
Low-Tech Gift Ideas
If smart sleep pillows and brilliant gadgets aren’t exactly up your dad’s alley, you can still stick with a sleepytime theme. Comfy pajama pants, crisp sheets, relaxing teas, and aromatherapy candles are all thoughtful gifts for dad that convey the message without breaking the bank.
If your budget is basically zero, you can make some heartfelt certificates for sleep, such as “nap tickets” or a promise to take over morning chores on weekends so he can sleep in.
This Father’s Day, presents for dad can be both thoughtful and useful. Snooze-related gifts let him know that you love him and want him to have all the awesome benefits of great sleep, and he’ll think of you every time he settles in for a good night’s rest.