‘Tis the season to treat your mom to all the finer things in life. Unfortunately, the pandemic has locked down the moms of the world from traveling. So a tropical vacation may not be practical this year. But that doesn’t mean your mom can’t enjoy the perks of traveling without actually doing it. Of course, one of the best perks about traveling is comfy hotel beds.
Studies show that some people who live with insomnia actually find relief when sleeping in hotels. With that in mind, here are some gift ideas that will bring the relaxation of a hotel to your mom’s home.
Change The Temperature
One of the best things about hotels is how cold the rooms are. Hotel rooms are kind of like a cave –– when the curtains are drawn and the AC is on, it’s cold and dark. Perfect for sleeping! Colder temperatures are proven to help you fall asleep faster and wake up quicker.
Additionally, room temperatures within 60 to 68 degrees stimulate melatonin production in your body. Melatonin helps prepare your body for sleep and regulate your body’s circadian rhythms. Something as simple as changing the temperature of her room can help your mom sleep better.
The factor of preference does come into play here. So you might want to add a few more blankets to the room just in case. And maybe the answer isn’t to crank up the AC until her room is an ice cube. Perhaps a fan would better suit her needs. You know your mom better than us.
Update Her Curtains
Light has significant impacts on how we sleep. It can interrupt sleep cycles, wake us up and decrease sleep quality. Our circadian rhythm is naturally lined up with the sunrise and the sunset. Exposure to light also can interrupt your melatonin production. When we need to sleep when it is light outside or want to sleep in, blackout curtains come in handy. And your mom certainly deserves to sleep in a little bit on mother’s day.
Another huge advantage that comes along with hotel rooms is their heavy-duty blackout curtains. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest ways to bring the hotel experience to your mom’s home. Full disclosure, you might want to measure her windows to make sure the curtains fit and no light gets in.
Buy Her A New Pillow
When was the last time you got new pillows? My guess is you probably can’t remember. Pillows are more than just cool things to lay your head on at night. Pillows help upper body alignment while you sleep and even relieve pressure points. Having the wrong pillow that doesn’t fit the curves of your body can hinder how you sleep. Not to mention a bad pillow can leave you with a stiff neck or aching back.
Most hotels regularly change out their pillows, so you’re generally not going to have to smush the pillow into a shape that works for you. Nicer hotels may even offer their guests multiple firmness pillow options. There’s no reason your mom can’t have the pillow range of the highest-rated hotel.
Give Her Some Fresh Sheets
Few things in life are as refreshing as crawling into fresh sheets. Your bedding impacts the quality of sleep you’re able to get. Hotels change their sheets after every guest. We know that’s not exactly a realistic goal for regular people. A new sheet set as a gift, however, is the perfect mother’s day treat.
A few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for new sheets:
- Just because it has a higher thread count doesn’t mean that they are of higher quality. Thread count isn’t always a reliable metric across brands. Pay more attention to the type of fabric you prefer, like cotton.
- Synthetic materials tend to trap heat, which will lead to a hotter night’s sleep. The most breathable materials are natural fibers –– cotton and bamboo. Although silk is lightweight and comfortable, it does tend to trap heat.
- Don’t forget to wash the sheets before using them.
Buy Her A New mattress
The best hotels invest in the best mattresses. They also tend to replace their beds way more often than we do at home. If your mom is complaining of sore muscles or fatigue, it might be time to replace her mattress. Sure, this is a more expensive option from the list. But really, is any gift too expensive when it comes to your mom?
How to tell when it is time for a new mattress:
- The age of the mattress. The average lifespan of a bed is 7 to 10 years.
- You toss and turn during the night and wake up in pain. Your body knows when it is time to replace your mattress.
- If the mattress sags or droops in the middle. It doesn’t provide the support you need to get a good night’s sleep.
Pro tip: this isn’t the kind of gift you want to surprise her with. Choosing a mattress is a very personalized process, and what you might think is perfect may be your mom’s worst nightmare. Sit down and find out your mom’s sleeping needs before you place your order.
Too Long, Didn’t Read?
Okay, so at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you choose to get your mom –– it’s the thought that counts. Chances are she will say that she doesn’t want anything, but we all know she will appreciate anything. Thankfully, you can give her hotel luxury at any budget level. It doesn’t have to be a new mattress.
A few parting gift ideas:
- Fancy toiletries
- Coffee and breakfast
- Plush robes
- Don’t forget the classics: flowers