How to fall asleep in just 2 minutes

How to fall asleep in just 2 minutes

Sound too good to be true? This life changing sleep technique focuses on muscle relaxation, breathing, and mental visualisation. It was apparently developed by the US military to help its soldiers get to sleep faster anytime, anywhere, even in uncomfortable situations, so they could be more alert the following day. But the technique will also work for the rest of us, tucked up in our comfy beds...
Yoga calming breathing techniques

Yoga calming breathing techniques

Yoga teaches us that our breathing practice can have an amazing impact on our sleep quality and patterns. If you’ve been to yoga classes before, you may have already learned some Pranayama techniques. 
A simple DIY sleep hygiene protocol

A simple DIY sleep hygiene protocol

What exactly is a sleep hygiene protocol? The term sounds highly technical, but it simply means establishing some habits to optimise the length and quality of your sleep.
The wellbeing benefits of forest bathing

The wellbeing benefits of forest bathing

When was the last time you got outside and hugged a tree or basked in birdsong? Well, according to mounting scientific research, forest bathing can help us fight stress, recover faster from illness, improve our cardiovascular health and boost concentration and memory.
How sleep position affects facial symmetry

How sleep position affects facial symmetry

Cosmetic Registered Nurse Stacey Power, Beautiphi Parnell

At Hyoumankind, we’ve learned through trial and error, experimentation and creating our own pillows, how to have a more beautiful night’s sleep. Along the way we’ve met and worked with aesthetics experts, from skincare to plastic surgery. And now, specialists in restoring facial balance and symmetry.
How to care for your silk pillowcase

How to care for your silk pillowcase Hyoumankind Founder Stephanie Wyborn, Auckland

If you already sleep on a silk pillowcase, you’ll know just what a sound investment in yourself this little luxury is. With silk, every sleep becomes beauty sleep – you’re reducing bed head, relieving stress and pressure on delicate skin, and getting more from your nightly skincare regime.
The Magic of Better Sleep

The Magic of Better Sleep Christina Holopainen, Maruia River Retreat

This summer, all guests will sleep on Hyoumankind Go Pillows with silk pillowcases when they stay at Maruia River Retreat, so we thought we'd re-share a few practical tips from Cristina, yoga teacher and owner, to optimise and experience the magic of better sleep.
A chat with Laura Hoskin, pro golfer

A chat with Laura Hoskin, pro golfer Professional Golfer WPGA Australasia, Laura Hoskins

During the downtime of early 2021 that Hyoumankind founder Steph met Laura at Aro-Ha wellness retreat in Glenorchy. Bonding while hiking, Steph could see how much Laura had to offer as a beautiful human being, and was impressed by her drive to pursue her personal and professional goals. Steph decided there and then that she wanted to help nurture Laura’s spark.
How sleep affects your hormones

How sleep affects your hormones Hyoumankind Founder Stephanie Wyborn, Auckland

Sleep deprivation throws hormone levels out of balance, which in turn causes more sleep deprivation. Getting enough sleep is vital, not just for your short-term energy levels but for the normal function of these important hormones.
Mother loving: What mums need this Mother’s Day

Mother loving: What mums need this Mother’s Day What mums need this Mother’s Day

What do mums truly want on Mother’s Day? Breakfast in bed? Flowers? A scented candle? Whether it’s a gift for your own mum, or a little love and support for a friend who’s a busy new parent, here are a few ideas to help you support and nurture the mother figures (and other incredible women and caregivers) in your life.
Setting good sleep habits

Setting good sleep habits

As Aristotle said, ‘we are what we repeatedly do'. In a sense, it’s our habits that shape our lives, and ourselves, more than anything else. Given what we know about the incredible role sleep plays in our lives, setting and maintaining healthy sleep habits can have far reaching positive benefits every day. 
What to read before bed: 7 essential books

What to read before bed: 7 essential books

You’ve had a busy, hectic day, and you’re ready to call it a night. How do you wind down and ‘wipe the slate clean’ of all stress, the overthinking and the endless mental ‘to do’ list? What if you could read your way to better sleep?
8 hot tips for a cooler night's sleep

8 hot tips for a cooler night's sleep

When it's hot and sticky, it can be a bit of a challenge to fall asleep. Perhaps you have a particularly warm apartment, a west facing upstairs bedroom or a sleep partner who’s simply hot-blooded all year round. Read our 8 hot tips for a cooler night's sleep.
Our team picks their favourite sleep tech

Our team picks their favourite sleep tech

In this blue-lit, always on era, a lot of (very sound) sleep advice is about finding ways to avoid technology around bedtime to ensure a better night’s sleep. And it’s true that sleep is increasingly impacted by most things digital. But what about technologies, inventions and innovations that can actually help us improve our sleep?
Rest Easy — A Q&A with Hyoumankind Founder Steph for Remix Magazine

Rest Easy — A Q&A with Hyoumankind Founder Steph for Remix Magazine

Hyoumankind understand that in our ‘always on’ modern world, we grab sleep where and when we can. Helene Ravlich from Remix Magazine talks to Steph to find out a little more about what makes the innovative company tick.
The Power (of) Naps

The Power (of) Naps

Experts agree that taking a refreshing nap can do everything from boosting your memory, to enhancing your creativity, and even help you deal with stress.
Steph’s supportive sleep ritual

Steph’s supportive sleep ritual

Hyoumankind founder Steph has spent the last decade not just developing more comfortable, supportive ergonomic pillows, but also fine-tuning her own sleep habits. 
Sleep efficiency: how to get quantity and quality

Sleep efficiency: how to get quantity and quality

Are you sometimes wide awake wondering if the time you spend in bed can count towards your sleep time?
Can sleep give you a creative edge?

Can sleep give you a creative edge?

It does seem that getting a creative edge is something you can do with your eyes closed...
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep

There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep

We’ve all heard the expression ‘get your beauty sleep’ before. But how much of a role does sleep actually play in helping us look our best? 
Using pillows in your yoga practice

Using pillows in your yoga practice

A yoga bolster is like a pillow but thicker and more supportive, designed to support create relaxation, help soften a posture, or aid in opening the body. Read our latest blog post to find out how to incorporate pillows into your yoga practice...
Banish blue light, for a better night's sleep

Banish blue light, for a better night's sleep

Our circadian rhythm is guided by the natural light of the sun and moon. But in the 21st century, we’ve created 24 hours of unnatural daylight. These artificial light sources are a major contributor to sleep disruption. Here’s your checklist for banishing blue light at night.
Does your sleep position matter?

Does your sleep position matter?

Consider this: you spend about one-third of your life asleep. It makes sense that all this time spent in just a few of your most comfortable or habitual sleep postures would greatly influence health and wellbeing. 
Silk, your beauty sleep essential

Silk, your beauty sleep essential

You may ask if it really matters what you sleep on every night. Well, all those many hours of sleep add up to around 26 years. That's a long time spent pressing the delicate skin on your face into a cotton pillowcase. Those of us in the Hyoumankind team who have switched to silk are sold on its benefits for our skin and hair...
How to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary

How to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary

Most of the rooms in your home are full of hustle-and-bustle —the living room is ready for a party, the kitchen is full of people, warmth and activity, and the bathroom feels like Grand Central Station on weekday mornings.
Sleep tips for new mums, by new mums

Sleep tips for new mums, by new mums

Whether it’s your first or your fifth, round-the-clock caring for a newborn will flip your life upside down. Especially in the first few months, when your little one is likely to wake several times during the night. Looking after a baby can be exhausting, and all new parents experience some amount of sleeplessness. But getting more sleep and rest is like putting your oxygen...
How to stress less and sleep better

How to stress less and sleep better

The relationship between stress and sleep is both simple and complex. Simple because it’s easy to see how an imbalance of the two can create a vicious cycle. And complex, because the hormones involved in both stress and sleep affect many other biological conditions and processes, including mood, cognition, and weight control.
Working from home? How to survive with this WFH self-care survival kit

Working from home? How to survive with this WFH self-care survival kit

As a team of people who often work from home, we wanted to share a few practical self-care tips to help you not just survive the next few weeks, but thrive.
The power of sleep to protect immunity

The power of sleep to protect immunity

A number of studies have shown that sleep can help you fight off an infection, while sleep-disrupting conditions like chronic stress can make you susceptible to getting sick.
The natural solution to sleep wrinkles

The natural solution to sleep wrinkles

Wrinkles aren’t just created by facial expressions. In fact, the way you sleep could be having the biggest impact on lines and wrinkles. But the good news is changing your sleep position can reduce and prevent many common lines. One of the effects of aging is the development of lines or wrinkles. And it’s important to understand the most basic difference between the two...
A guide to Back Sleeping

A guide to Back Sleeping

It takes time to settle into new habits, especially with something as personal as sleep. We recommend slowly introducing back sleeping into your lifestyle. Start by introducing the pillow for just a short time each night and slowly build yourself up to longer periods. Sleeping on your back with your knees raised can be more comfortable for some. Try using the Boost Pillow or...
Smoothing out the lines – Q&A

Smoothing out the lines – Q&A

Hyoumankind met with Dr Joanna Romanowska a Cosmetic Medicine Practitioner and asked her a series of questions in relation to wrinkles, the different types, how they are formed and how they can be avoided.     What are the different types of wrinkles? One of the effects of aging on the skin is the development of lines or wrinkles. The wrinkles are classified into...
Back to beautiful sleep

Back to beautiful sleep

It’s a fact that as we age, we develop lines or wrinkles. Some are caused by frowning, smiling and other muscle movement and some, static wrinkles are unrelated to movement or expressions and can be caused by the positions in which we sleep. Do you have sleep wrinkles? Sleep wrinkles are caused by a repeated compression of the face against pillows, as we sleep...
Habitual ritual: create an effective pre-sleep routine

Habitual ritual: create an effective pre-sleep routine

We live in an age when more and more people are having difficulty getting enough restorative sleep. Whether this is due to not being able to nod off due to a busy mind, or tossing and turning during the night, if you’re lacking quality sleep, creating a sleep ritual may help. Done regularly, a sleep ritual can relax your body and train your mind...
Settle in for the long haul: 7 tips to help you sleep on planes

Settle in for the long haul: 7 tips to help you sleep on planes

When it comes to travelling long haul, the thing that stresses many of us out the most, is trying to sleep on the plane. It can be a real challenge. So here at Hyoumankind, our team has put together the seven strategies we’ve found that make the most difference. Think of the tips below as a toolkit to help you drift off in the...
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