January 03, 2020
Just when we’re attempting to embrace good intentions for 2020, our sleep schedules have taken their biggest hit, thanks to the triple whammy of party season, the Christmas eat-and-drinkathon, and that weird bit around New Year when neither hours nor days – even time itself – really matter.
Craving Better Sleep In 2020? 5 Items You Need In Your Bedroom
All this before going #backtowork and attempting to return your mind and body to their usual routines. Time to reactivate your 6am alarm, change back the hours on your thermostat, and dig out your dog-eared coffee loyalty card.
With early starts just around the corner, you’ll be wanting to get the best quality sleep possible while you can. So we’ve rounded up five of the best products that will aid your quest for rest, all tried and tested by the team.Related... How To Get Through Work If You've Had A Terrible Night's Sleep Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light, Amazon, £74.99I can personally attest to the brilliance of a Lumie Bodyclock, as I am the proud owner of one. I even wrote it this love letter.
No blaring bleep to jolt me out of my sleep. Instead the light (which can be adjusted depending on how bright you want it to be) emits a warm glow into my bedroom and the alarm sound starts quietly, eventually getting louder.
To snooze it only takes a light tap on the dome, so easy to do when you’re buried under your duvet. Best of all, it stops me from looking at my phone as the last thing I do before I go to bed and the first thing I do when I wake up.
Because both the sound and light are so gradual, I now wake up feeling more rested and in a better mood and that’s only improved with use.
Read our full review here.
Buy it now. Jungle Leaf Eye Mask, Elizabeth Scarlett, Amara, £20From the cracks in your curtains to the light from a late text or your partner getting up early to go to the gym, a good eye mask should eliminate as much light as possible to ensure you get your 40 winks. HuffPost’s Life Editor Brogan simply cannot sleep without her one in this cool, jungle leaf design.
According to Brogan, not only does it block out any last chinks of brightness that might rouse her from slumber, just the act of putting on an eyemask on, helps send her to sleep. As she points out, restorative yoga often uses a weighted eye pillow to switch on your parasympathetic nervous system (the one that slows your heart rate and generally chills your body out). Putting on an eye mask helps do the same. And works out cheaper, even a posh one like this.
Read our full review here.
Buy it now. Kally Body Pillow, Heathered Grey, Kally Sleep, £44.99Not to be mistaken for a pregnancy pillow, although it may come in useful if you’re expecting, this sausage pillow worked wonders for HuffPost’s Assistant Editor Amy when she has some back pain, and has now become a staple in her bedtime routine. 
The beauty of it: versatility. Want to prop yourself up and read in bed? Use the sausage pillow. Need something to support a tablet so you can watch something in bed? Sausage pillow. Hoping to warm yourself up because it’s still cold under the duvet? Spoon the pillow.
Read our full review here
Buy it now. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (75ml), Look Fantastic, £19.50We’re not actually sure how this lavender, vetivert and camomile scented pillow spray works to help you slumber through the night, but when liberally spritzed onto your pillows, it delivers a delicious cloud of relaxation. The fragrance isn’t overwhelming and, whether it’s routine or science, it seems to help people nod off and stay asleep easier.   
The 75ml size will last you months, but if you’re a frequent traveller, it also comes in miniature for £10, alongside a stress rollerball to apply to your pulse points. If you needed more convincing, it scored rave reviews when we tested it against other sleep sprays on the market. 
Read our full review here.
Buy it now. Twinings Superblends Sleep, Tesco, £2.69Earlier in 2019, the HuffPost team tested five different teas, all promising to hep you nod off quicker. Twinings was well loved by many of the judges for its fragrant aroma of apple, vanilla, camomile and passionflowers – not too festive, easily drinkable. “I sipped this tea while reading in bed and floated off to sleep feeling like I’d had a big hug,” wrote Life Reporter Rachel who said she would happily make it a part of her nightly pre-bedtime rituals. Add it to yours.
Read our bedtime tea round-up here.
Buy it now. MORE FROM HUFFPOST FINDS... My Lumie WakeUp Light Has Transformed My Mornings (And Evenings) How To Learn To Love Exercise In 2020 – Not Just Suffer Through It The Best Homeware Deals To Cosy Up With From The January Sales We all work hard to earn our money – so it shouldn’t feel like hard work to spend it well. At HuffPost Finds we’ll help you find the best stuff that deserves your cash, from the ultimate lipstick to a durable iron to replace the one that broke (RIP). All our choices are completely independent but we may earn a small commission if you click a link and make a purchase.
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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