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  • Sleep aids to stay rested. (Kinga Cichewicz via Unsplash/) Today’s culture is all about the ‘sleep when you’re dead’ mentality, even if it means sacrificing our wellbeing. Luckily, the tide has shifted back to the need for healthy, quality rest, and has put an emphasis on how important sleep is for functioning productively and creatively. This has created a wealth of gadgets and tech to help us get the sound sleep we deserve. Here are our top picks for sleep aids that we dream of: Sleep like you’re being coddled with a warm hug. (Amazon/) Weighted gravity blankets have proved to be an answer to an insomniac’s prayers by providing the perfect amount of pressure to help anyone fall asleep. Made from high-quality Egyptian cotton, this one also features box stitching to ensure an even weight, and you can choose between 15, 20, and 25 pounds. It’s like sleeping in a hug, without having to deal with a person fidgeting next to you. The best way to improve your sleep habits is to understand them. (Amazon/) The next best thing to having scientists monitor and track your sleep: this one-time installation sleep tracking pad from the French brand Withings. Pair it with your iPhone, Android, or Alexa to learn about your sleep cycles and heart rate throughout the night. It can also detect snoring and any breathing disturbances, which is useful to determine if you have a sleep condition like sleep apnea. You’ll get a daily “sleep score,” which makes trying to improve your sleep with the in-app coach a fun game. A very goofy-looking but effective snoring solution. (Amazon/) If you or your partner is a chronic snorer, then you’re likely familiar with the predicament of sleeping next to an unwitting noise machine at night. This chin strap is...
  • Stay safe. Stay comfy. (Tommy Lisbin via Unsplash/) Making the transition from pulling on plastic stones at your indoor rock climbing gym to clamoring real boulders requires a bit of gear and preparation. For beginner boulderers, here is a list of essential outdoor accessories to take with you on your first trip to the great outdoors. An aggressive beginner’s boulderer shoe. (Amazon/) California-based climbing brand Five Ten has been producing cutting-edge designs and proprietary ‘stealth rubber soles’ for almost 30 years. These bouldering shoes are very ‘aggressive’—think pointed and tight, like ballerina pointe shoes—so you may want to size up, but they’ll help you work on your footwork on real rock. The price point is low, too, compared to other climbing shoes, making these the perfect entry pair that are a huge step up from climbing gym rentals. Sturdy, sexy, and hand-stitched. (Amazon/) Founded by the California native and climber Taylor Carpenter, these chalk bags are hand-stitched and made out of a durable waxed canvas material that also looks good. It’s taller than your normal chalk bag, which makes access easier, and the interior is lined in fleece so it hangs onto your chalk really well. With Static, you can also feel good about supporting other climbers. A crash pad that can double as a seating cushion. (Amazon/) This Metolius crash pad is perfect for beginner boulderers; it’s lightweight (9 pounds), easy to move around at the crag, and non-fussy. If you live in a city, it may draw some looks from strangers (is it a couch? A massage table?), but out in the bouldering wilderness, your feet and ankles will appreciate the soft landing. It’s ultra-light and dries quickly. (Amazon/) You just never know when you’ll need a towel, and there’s nothing better than one that is light, doesn’t...