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T2G TRAIN TO GAIN gear Ergo Pillow Cost: $64 Where to buy: BackToBeautySleep.com I have two bits of bad news. First, studies show sleeping on your side and stomach cre- ates sleep lines and wrinkles. Second is that most people have trouble consistently sleep- ing on their backs. Enter this pillow: It’s pro- prietary design focuses on wrinkle prevention and addresses the difficulties of becoming a back sleeper. The unique crescents cradle the head, allowing you to feel secure without putting any weight on your face. I was a side sleeper, and after using this pillow for two weeks, I was fully adjusted to sleeping on my back. It can be used alone or on top of other pillows for added elevation. Just make sure to read the directions, which are thorough and helpful. Sleep Nighttime Powder Drink Mix Cost: $20 Where to buy: VitaminShoppe.com Just like there are things to avoid consuming before bed, there are things that might just help. Try this powder from YouTheory if the chamomile tea isn’t working. This drink mix is fast-acting, featuring relaxing amino acids, calming magnesium, and a “physiological dose” of melatonin that replicates the level normally produced by the body each night. A nighttime dose of l-glycine has been shown to play a critical role in the central nervous system, calming overactive brain neurons. 20 april 2017 | ironmanmagazine.com Strassburg Sock Cost: $40 Where to buy: Amazon.com This product gets an honorable mention in my life because it helped fix my plantar fasciitis in less than a month while I slept. It doesn’t help you sleep, but it also doesn’t keep you awake. Many athletes suffer from arch issues that can make the first steps of the morning a nightmare. This sock in an inexpensive fix. It consists of a tubular knit sock that fits over the calf with two attached adjustable straps to maintain the foot in a neutral to slightly stretched position. When plantar fascia heals in that stretched position, the foot doesn’t feel so darn tight. In addition, this stretching over a period of time also helps to strengthen the foot’s arch. Sure, it might scare away the opposite sex, but what’s more import- ant? Just tell them it’s your version of 50 Shades Of Grey. iM