"I want to die in my sleep like grandpa, not screaming like everyone else in the car"
The easiest way to accomplish your goal is to fall asleep at the wheel.
You probably won't need sway bars for a 1000-pound trailer unless your weight distribution is WAY off. Whether you need trailer brakes will vary by state. Some states require trailer brakes regardless of trailer weight, with a stipulation that the tow vehicle plus trailer be able to stop in 40 feet at 20 mph.
A good summary of trailer towing requirements by state can be found at Towing World's website: