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Revolutionize Your Nap With These 11 Products

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Sometimes the only way to get through the day is to catch a quick nap. Whether you're trying to sleep through a flight, sneaking ZZZs at work, or just need to stay awake for a night shift, there are plenty of gadgets and items to help make your napping experience a quality one.

1. TRAVEL PILLOW WITH HEADPHONES; $26

Good luck to anyone who tries to talk to you on a plane while you're wearing this headgear. The trifecta of neck rest, eye mask, and headphones is the perfect tool to block out all your surroundings and ensure a small amount of comfort, no matter cramped your seat is. Memory foam lines the neck support and eye mask for extra comfort, and the whole thing folds up neatly for easy travel.

Find it: Amazon

2. STAR PROJECTOR NIGHT LIGHT; $18

Pretty much anyone who has ever been to a planetarium has nodded off, at least for a moment. And who can blame them? Being engrossed in darkness and stars is incredibly relaxing. Now you can bring that wonder home with a small light projector that throws (scientifically inaccurate) stars and shapes all over the walls. When you're not using it to improve your sleeping arrangements, you can also use it for very calm parties.

Find it: Amazon

3. SLEEP SOUND GENERATOR; $90

While some prefer total silence, others like to sleep with the TV on. This device is helpful to both parties by playing a selection of 19 different soothing noises, from gentle rainfall to bird songs. The peaceful audio helps block out unwanted background noise and comes with a timer, so the sounds get gradually quieter as you fall asleep.

Find it: Hammacher Schlemmer

4. PEACEFUL PROGRESSION WAKE UP CLOCK; $80

Waking up from a great nap is the worst part of napping. This gentle alarm clock aims to make the process a little easier by forgoing the traditional blaring noises. Fifteen minutes before your desired wake time, the little gadget will begin playing one of six nature songs; eventually, it switches to a chime that increases in volume until you wake up. It also comes with aromatherapy beads (in clean cotton, lavender essence, ocean water, and pear vanilla) to create a pleasant experience for all your senses. 

Find it: Hammacher Schlemmer

5. OSTRICH PILLOW; $95

With this 360-degree microbead-filled pillow, any place becomes a napping space. There's a hole for your nose and mouth, along with two holes on the sides for your hands. Now you can create a tiny bubble of personal space in an instant.

Find it: Amazon

6. NAP WRAP; $25

For something a little less conspicuous, there is also the Wrap-a-Nap, which neatly coils around your face. Consider it a more hardcore face mask.

Find it: Amazon

7. SLEEP SCIENCE LIGHT BULB; $23

Blue light, which suppresses the production of melatonin in the body, is bad news before bed—the waves make it more difficult to fall asleep. Most smart phones now come with a nighttime feature, but what about the lighting in your home? Put this 7-watt amber light bulb in your bedside lamp to help produce melatonin and make drifting off to sleep as easy as dreaming.

Find it: Amazon

8. SLOTH NECK PILLOW; $27

Embody one of the world's laziest creatures with this sloth neck pillow. Its arms wrap around your neck for a warm hug that will send you straight to dreamland, and it even has a little hood that makes you look like a sloth and keeps your head nice and cozy.

Find it: eBay

9. RECLINING OFFICE CHAIR; $140

Looking for a quick nap at work? Assuming you have your own office or work from home, this is the perfect chair for power napping—it reclines into a flat position.

Find it: Amazon

10. LAPTOP TABLE; $30

This stand doubles as a bed tray and laptop stand—but why not use it to work in bed? Now you can bang out some quick reports and then take a well deserved snooze.

Find it: Amazon

11. MASSAGING BLANKET; $100

Blankets could be doing more for you. Instead of just lying there, your blanket could be giving you a full back massage. Thanks to 14 vibration motors, this innovative blanket will give you all the relaxation of a massage for a fraction of the cost.

Find it: Brookstone, Amazon

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Bob Ross’s Happy Little Menagerie Is Getting the Funko Treatment, Too
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Back in August, the pop culture-loving toy fiends at Funko introduced a happy little Pop! Vinyl figurine of beloved painter/television icon Bob Ross, decked out in his trademark jeans and button-down shirt with a painter’s palette in his hand and his legendary perm (which he hated) atop his tiny little vinyl head. This Joy of Painting-themed addition to the Funko lineup proved to be an instant hit, so the company added a couple of additional toys to its roster—this time incorporating members of Ross’s happy little menagerie of pets, who were almost as integral to the long-running series as the painter himself.


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If you’re looking to score one of these toys before Christmas, it’s going to have to be a limited edition one—and it’s going to cost you. In collaboration with Target, Funko paired Ross with his favorite pocket squirrel, Pea Pod, which will set you back about $40. For just a few dollars more, you can opt to have the happy accident-prone painter come with Hoot the owl.


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On Friday, December 8, the company will release a Funko two-pack that includes Ross with a paintbrush and Ross with an adorable little raccoon.


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If you’d prefer to save a few dollars, and are willing to wait out the holiday season, you can pre-order Ross with just the raccoon for delivery around December 29.

So many happy little options, so little time.

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See How to Grow Snowflakes Inside a Soda Bottle
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While it's too soon to know what the real chances are of having a white Christmas, even if it's 70 degrees and sunny, there’s still a way to experience the seasonal beauty of snow without ever having to put on a winter coat.

In a video for Science Friday, Caltech physicist and snowflake expert Ken Libbrecht illustrated how to grow snowflake-like ice crystals inside a two-liter soda bottle. To start, you need to assemble your materials. Most of the items—including a plastic bottle, bucket, sponge, fishing line, paper clip, and pins—can be easily found around your home. The most important component, though, is dry ice—which also happens to be the hardest one to find (Libbrecht recommends checking your local grocery store).

The dry ice goes around the outside of the bottle, which is outfitted with a string hanging from a wet sponge on the inside. The warm air around the top of the bottle, where the sponge is, creates water vapor, which crystallizes around the string. Within an hour, you'll have cultivated a large, feathery crystal in the center of your makeshift snowflake machine.

Even though the final product resembles a snowflake, it's technically frost (snowflakes form in clouds from thousands of water droplets, not from vapor). Libbrecht has been growing his own snowflakes for years, though the system he uses in his lab is slightly more sophisticated. After learning how to grow a snowflake at home, be sure to check out some of Libbrecht’s own exquisite creations on his website.

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