BREAKUPS COME IN all shapes and sizes. Whether yours is a dish-smashing doozy or a Gwyneth-approved "conscious uncoupling," it still hurts. In fact, you might feel ready to crawl into bed and not come out for the next week or two. Is this normal? And is it a good idea?
IF YOU ARE of a certain age, you might have a memory of being handed an electric blanket on the coldest winter night as a way to fend off chilly drafts in your bedroom. Maybe you loved the idea of plugging in your blanket to get toasty warm; maybe the thought of having electricity and heating coils on your bed terrified you, but one thing's for sure: Electric blankets seem to have fallen way off the home decor radar since their heyday in the 1970s and 80s.
But guess what? You can still find an electric blanket, and they're typically safer and more comfortable than the ones you remember from your childhood. Here's what you should know before plugging one in on your own bed.
LATE WINTER AND early spring are the perfect time for romantic getaways of all sorts. The weather in many vacation destinations is perfect this time of year – not too hot, hurricane season is over and most places see less precipitation.
Even better, because it’s off-season, prices for things like travel, lodging and attraction tickets are almost always lower and crowd levels are minimal compared with peak vacation season in the summer. Take a few vacation days, pack your bags, and treat yourself to a romantic escape with your partner.
IF YOU SHARE a bed, sooner or later your partner is going to mess up your sleep. Whether it's due to some serious snoring or simply a difference in your schedules, you'll eventually be on the receiving end of a rude awakening courtesy of your sweetie pie. And if you're a woman? Well, it turns out that you're much more likely to be disturbed by your partner than a man is.
What can you do to keep blanket battles at bay and make sure you both get a good night's sleep? Try these tips to stop common bed sharing problems in their tracks.
WINTERIME IS SLEEPWEAR'S big season, with half of all sales occurring in the final quarter of the year, and it’s really no surprise: few things feel better than slipping into some comfy, cozy pajamas at the end of a cold, exhausting day.
Warm sleepwear is even good for your wallet, because it’s cheaper to heat the person than the house. With the right bedtime clothes, you can dial down the thermostat and still stay toasty on chilly nights. However, Santa-print flannel sets aren’t an optimum sleep solution for everyone, and it can be overwhelming to make the best choice about what to wear to dreamland. We’ve put together a guide to cold-weather sleepwear that will simplify shopping for bedtime duds.
GIVEN THE FRANTIC PACE of today’s lifestyle, it’s no wonder that millions of Americans suffer from inadequate sleep, both in quantity and quality. In fact, nearly a third of adults report occasional sleeplessness, and 10 percent of the population suffers from chronic insomnia.
While there are several types of prescription medications that can help people fall and stay asleep, many people prefer to save medication as a last resort. One popular go-to for people who have trouble sleeping is meditation.
IF THE SOUND of the furnace blowing out warm air at night feels like money draining out of your pocketbook, you are not alone. Many people rely on alternate forms of heating, such as electric heaters, to cut down on their energy expenses and keep warm during a cold winter’s night. However, space heaters are generally regarded as unsafe for use while sleeping, so follow this advice carefully to stay comfortable and still wake up in the morning.
WHETHER YOU ARE part of a new couple or have been married for more years than you can count on your hands, sharing a bed is a major part of your relationship. After all, your spend about a third of your day there together, and it's this type of connection that helps keep you close.
Unfortunately, some studies have shown that sharing a bed can also lead to interrupted sleep, which can leave you feeling irritable — and maybe even itching for an argument with your partner. If you're having trouble sleeping — or if your bed has become a bit of a battleground over stolen blankets — your solution may lie in each other. Try these relaxation tips for shaking off the stresses of the day and reconnecting before you hit the sack, and you're sure to get a better night's sleep together.
THESE DAYS, it seems that everyone you know is recommending the use of essential oils to treat everything from the common cold to major depression. You may even have a number of friends who sell the oils themselves. It makes you wonder: Do these oils actually work? Could they make you sleep better and wake more rested? The jury is out on documented benefits, but with safe use, there is no reason not to try them if you are interested.
EVERY FEBRUARY 14, romantic people of the world decide that life is meaningless if you aren't sharing a bed with someone. While I harbor no ill will towards all my friends who are happily paired off and enjoying blissful marriages or steady partnerships, it's not for everyone.
Specifically, the joys of spooning are wildly overrated.
Partnering up almost always means sharing a bed with someone, but it turns out that this romantic practice can have some serious consequences for your health. Sleep studies have shown that sharing a bed can lead to more fragmented and less restful sleep than sleeping alone, and that in turn can actually make your relationships suffer. This should surprise exactly no one who has ever dealt with a snoring spouse or has been elbowed in the ribs by the tossing and turning of an (ex-) boyfriend.