ADULTS SOMETIMES JOKE that they wish they could cash in on the naps they refused to take as kids. It seems the less time we have to fit a nap into our schedules, the more we need one. But are naps really all they’re cracked up to be? Some naps are restorative, while others seem to leave us feeling more groggy and unfocused than before. Turns out, the outcome depends on the length of your nap.
HUMANS PRIMARILY PERCEIVE the world through sight, and the colors of our surroundings can have a significant impact on the way we feel and behave.
It may sound far-fetched at first, but marketing companies spend a lot of money around the concept that color can influence what consumers buy.
For example, if you walk down the cleaning product aisle, you’ll notice that the majority of product labels are blue. That’s because blue denotes cleanliness while simultaneously eliciting a sense of trust.
Nearly every color has a subtle but specific effect on the human mind. The reasons behind these associations are complex, but science has found that the paint colors in your home can affect your emotional well-being. You can use this information to create a palette of colors for your bedroom that promotes relaxation and sleep.
IT ALMOST SEEMS like a rite-of-passage to pull an all nighter: staying up all night to cram for an exam or write that term paper you’ve been putting off for weeks. But despite its ubiquitous appearance, an all-nighter has detrimental effects on your body and mind. In fact, a last-minute cram session that robs you of adequate sleep may be worse than not studying at all. That’s because sleep plays a critical role in memory, cognitive function, and physical well-being.
THERE'S MORE TO being a morning person than simply waking up early. The average wake-up time for Americans is around 6:30 am, but most wouldn’t describe themselves as a morning person.
An early bird, sometimes called a morning lark, makes it a point to go to bed early and wake up early because that’s their preferred routine, not because they have to. Night owls that have to get up early for work or school tend to drag themselves out of bed after hitting the snooze three times, then guzzle coffee in order to slog through the first few hours of the morning in a zombie-like state. Meanwhile, the early riser seems perfectly alert, functional, and downright chipper. How do they do it? And is it worth the effort?
WE'VE ALL SEEN the TV trope of a kid drifting adorably off to sleep as Mom or Dad closes a bedtime storybook with a satisfied smile. But if you’re a parent, you might be understandably skeptical.
It’s hard to believe that anything as simple as a book can quell the nightly comedy routine of getting kids to stay in bed. Can a bedtime story really help circumvent the “I need a glass of water” and “There’s a monster under my bed” theatrics that many kids use to postpone sleep for as long as humanly possible? Science says yes, and there’s even more good news: it can work for grownups, too!
IS YOUR CHILD suddenly having problems keeping his grades up or behaving at school? Many parents have no idea that sleep and school performance actually go hand in hand. Sleep disorders in children can have a big influence on everything from how well they can concentrate while doing their schoolwork to how well they interact with other kids. There are some pretty big reasons why sleep or lack of quality sleep can have a detrimental effect on your child's learning, as well as social and classroom behavior.
VERLO MATTRESS made an appearance today on The Morning Blend show at TMJ4 – and so did about 30 pillows!
Customer experience manager Kristin Shirley and CEO Chris Nolte joined hosts Tiffany Ogle and Denise Kaderabek to discuss the important role pillows play in getting a good night's sleep – a timely topic given that today marked the first day back to school for many area children.
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IT'S NO SECRET that many Americans are totally sleep deprived. If you're one of those people craving a good night's rest, your mattress might be trying to tell you something. In fact, the older your mattress is, the louder it's calling out to you, letting you know that it's time to give up the ghost and get a new one.
How, exactly, do you know when you need a new mattress? How long should you expect your old one to last before you give up on it entirely?
So glad you asked.
WE'VE ALL EXPERIENCED it at one time or another: that afternoon slump when it feels like you can barely keep your eyes open to finish out the work day. For most people, it seems to kick in right after lunch and usually lasts about two hours. Some tiredness after eating is normal, but there are ways to minimize its effects so you can power through the afternoon without sacrificing work quality.
MEMORY LOSS IS OFTEN seen as an inevitable part of aging. The CDC states that about 13% of seniors, defined as those age 60 and older, self-report memory problems and confusion. However, not all memory problems are age-related, and it can be scary to find yourself struggling to recall information.
While there are certainly medical conditions that can affect the memory, the solution may be as simple as getting enough shut-eye. A growing body of research indicates that there is a strong correlation between sleep deprivation and memory loss.