The Positive Effects of Daylight Saving Time

It’s natural for most people to focus on the negative implications of Daylight Saving Time (DST), especially for those people who are already sleep deprived. Losing another hour of sleep can greatly impact our health and job performance. But with the negative does come the positive, and for some, it may outweigh any negatives. We did an article last year  How the Extra Hour of Sleep from the End of Daylight Savings Affects You. The Monday following DST leads to higher car accidents, heart attacks and may cause the formation of a sleep disorder. But no one sheds light (pun intended) on the positive aspect of DST, so let us tell you about it. Continue reading…

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Why You Should Make Your Bed

Make Your BedOne of the easiest habits to break is making your bed. This habit however, is one of the easiest to start, and the effects from such a simple chore can have a resounding positive effect on the rest of your day. This isn’t to say that making your bed has been scientifically proven to help you sleep better or cure your sleep disorder, but there is a mutual understanding amongst those who do make their bed that it does help. It is common to not feel the need to make your bed simply because you will mess the sheets up later when you go to sleep. You may feel that it is a waste of a precious few minutes that you could spend sleeping! But for those of you who do not make your bed, you are missing out on better sleep and a much more active day!
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Causes of Nightmares and How to Alleviate Them

Causes of NightmaresA bad dream is a nightmare. Whether you can remember it or not, everyone dreams while sleeping. It is more common to remember a nightmare or bad dream than a normal dream because a nightmare may startle you awake. Dreams are made up of emotions, thoughts and images and occur during the last stage of sleep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement). The REM stage tends to become longer as the night progresses, and many people seem to experience nightmares closer to morning. Although there is no cure-all for nightmares and bad dreams, we do have a better understanding as to what causes them and how we can alleviate them.
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Picking the Right Bed Sheets for Winter

Bed SheetsWhen it comes to staying warm this winter, don’t overlook the role your bed sheets play while you sleep. Different fabrics can offer more or less warmth when you need it the most. Remember, while you sleep your body temperature drops, so you will need to stay cool enough to fall asleep comfortably yet warm enough to not wake up freezing in the middle of the night. Depending on what your preference is, different fabrics may be more appealing to you than someone else. Let’s see what the different fabrics offer:
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Cleaning Your Bed for Better Winter Health

Better Health During the WinterWinter is quickly approaching, the temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter. Many of you may have already encountered the flu this season, even if you had taken the proper precautions. We all know to button up our jackets, wear a hat, a scarf, gloves and warm clothes when leaving the house. We also know that not properly dressing before going outside can lead to you getting sick. What you may not know is that your mattress and pillows may be contributing to you becoming sick or prolonging your sickness.
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Your Pet May Be Causing You Sleepless Nights

Dog Sleeping in BedOur pets are always happy to see us. Whether you are coming home from work, school or you just ran to the mailbox, they always meet you with a smile and an upbeat mood. They can become your best friend and help you get through tough times when you may feel all alone. But what about those long sleepless nights you seem to have? Fact is, even though your pet loves you, they may unknowingly be contributing to your restless nights.

Do you let your pet sleep in the bed with you? According to a study, 56% of dog owners said their dog sleeps in the bed with them, and 62% of cat owners said their cat slept in their bed. Whether your pet is sleeping on the floor or in your bed, you may face some sort of sleep disturbance. Let’s discuss some possible issues of sleeping with pets. Continue reading…

Restless Leg Syndrome

Unlike some other common sleep disorders, RLS or Restless Leg Syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects a person during an unlikely time, while resting. RLS is characterized by an unpleasant feeling, sometimes throbbing pain, a pulling or tugging sensation, all which seem to be uncontrollable. To further look into how RLS affects people, it is a disorder where a person has an uncontrollable urge to move their legs. Instances when RLS can occur are most commonly found to be at night, while lying still in bed and getting ready to sleep. This disorder can pose health concerns not only for the person who is suffering with RLS, but also for anyone who shares a bed with them.

We all know sleep is essential to a productive day and better health, but what happens when quality sleep is out of your control? It can be hard to cope with fatigue and exhaustion, especially if you are not the person suffering from RLS. This disorder may sound humorous, but it is not at all funny. Continue reading…

Is Your Child Sleep Deprived?

Is your child sleep deprived?It doesn’t matter what how old you are, getting enough sleep is vital to memory development and living a healthy life. As you age, the amount of sleep required to function at optimal performance decreases, yet you may overlook sleep deprivation as a reason your days are sluggish and you feel unmotivated. But let’s focus on how sleep deprivation can affect our kids; it may be worse than you previously thought.

The average child, aged between 3 and 12, needs roughly 10-13 hours of sleep per night. The younger the child is, the more sleep they will need. Sleep plays an important role in brain development, coordination and can often cause developing attention disorders like ADD (attention deficit disorder). One issue parents may face is not recognizing if their child is sleep deprived. It can sometimes be hard as we mistake these telltale signs for normal child-like behavior. Some of the signs to watch for are: Continue reading…

Effects of Snoring on Your Health and Relationships

Snoring Keeping You Awake?Do you or someone you know snore during the night? Having to deal with a person who snores can be a huge pain in anyone’s side. But if you are the person who snores, you may not be aware or know that it is bothersome to others around you. The effects of snoring are two-fold. Not only can it be a sign of a more significant disorder, sleep apnea, it can wreak havoc on personal relationships.

Now to be fair, since a person whom snores is not aware of this loud disturbance, treat them no differently than you would someone who doesn’t snore. For the most part, it is out of their control. Snoring is caused by blockage of the airway. When sleeping, tissue in the throat begins to relax as your body relaxes. The deeper the sleep, the more relaxed a person becomes. This blockage is what causes the loud “snores.”
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Innerspring Mattress Vs. Memory Foam Mattress

Memory Foam Mattress

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The battle for mattress supremacy has been ongoing for decades, and there seems to be no end in sight. The conflict between memory foam mattresses and traditional innerspring mattresses can often make you lose sleep, pun intended. No matter what your need preference is in a mattress or what your reasoning is behind buying one or the other, they both have their ups and downs. To see which mattress may suit you the best, let’s take a moment and look at how these mattresses stack up to each other.

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When comparing a memory foam mattress and traditional spring mattress, one can obviously point out the differences. But when lying on the two mattresses of equal quality and value, it depends on the person to decide which is best for them.
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