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Positive Thinking Before Bedtime – It Works!

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 23, 2017 2:25:50 PM

THERE ARE LOTS of things that can affect your sleep, including light, temperature and the state of your mattress. Yet time and again, the one major thing that gets in the way of a good night's sleep is your frame of mind.

When you feel or worried or anxious, it can be really hard to shake those negative feelings as you're lying there alone in the dark. And once you're on the worry train, you might never fall asleep.

If this sounds familiar, you can probably benefit from some positive thinking before bedtime. You can only really focus on one thing at a time, so if you replace your anxiety and negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll be better able to relax and drift off to sleep. 

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Topics: Sleep 101

The Quest for Sleep During Spring Break Vacations

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 22, 2017 3:11:50 PM

AH, THE SPRING BREAK VACATION. It can be amazingly relaxing or insanely stressful, depending on the choices you make. With these tips, you can pick a destination, choose an excellent hotel and get a great night’s sleep.

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Topics: Environment

Putting the "Spring" Back By Cleaning Your Mattress

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 21, 2017 3:04:03 PM

FOR MANY OF US, the only time we ever really think about our mattress is when we are shopping for one. After we’ve bought the mattress of our dreams, we tend to forget about it until it begins to show signs of wear. But, since we spend so much time sleeping on it, our mattress should be well cared for.

When you stop to consider it, you spend around one third of your life in your bed. You no doubt keep your home clean, by vacuuming, dusting, polishing and the like. But when was the last time you gave your mattress a good clean? Yes, you probably wash your bedding regularly, but you need to spring clean your mattress too. Here, we look at how to put the spring back into your mattress.

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Topics: Sleep Health

Spring Cleaning Your Bedroom for a Great Sleep

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 20, 2017 4:09:17 PM

SPRING IS SETTLING IN. It always starts slowly, with a little rise in temperature inevitably followed by some more cold and wind. Still, you know when you start to hear the birds again in the local trees that the season is changing for good.

Are you excited?

For most people, spring fever is actually a real thing, though you may not be uncontrollably amorous or permanently unable to concentrate on your work. You probably do notice an improved mood thanks to increased daylight, though, and you may be spending more time outdoors to breathe in the fresh, spring air.

The change in seasons can also mean a change in sleep patterns. To help keep your sleep hygiene on point, try these tips for preparing your bedroom for spring and a good night's rest.

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Topics: Sleep Health

Sleeping Late on the Weekends

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

TODAY, WITH OUR LIVES being so busy, we often don't sleep the required number of hours our bodies need or that’s recommended by sleep experts. A common strategy that you may use to compensate for this loss of sleep is to sleep in on the weekends. But is it really effective and are there any effects of sleeping late?

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Topics: Sleep Health

Reading in Bed? Look for Books to Fall Asleep To

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

"THIS BOOK WILL keep you up all night” is praise that many an author aspires to, but it’s not such a welcome attribute to readers who have trouble sleeping. The occasional late-night marathon with a nail-biting page-turner can be a fun diversion, but when sleep is essential, you may want to put down the Stieg Larsson and pick up Steinbeck. Whether you are one of the 70 million Americans suffering from a sleep disorder or you’re simply having an uncharacteristically sleepless night, the right book might be just the thing to usher you off to the Land of Nod.

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Topics: Sleep Health

It's World Sleep Day – Go Back to Bed

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 17, 2017 12:17:02 PM

WORLD SLEEP DAY has been an officially recognized day since 2008. Started by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, World Sleep Day brings attention to the importance of sleep and the global prevalence of sleep disorders. Each year has its own slogan that connects sleep with holistic health; 2017’s is “Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life.” The event is held each year in March, on the Friday before the first day of spring.

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Topics: Environment

Songs That Help You Fall Asleep

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 15, 2017 1:30:11 PM

AFTER A LONG DAY'S work, you should be tired and ready to fall into bed for a well-earned rest. But what happens when your body is tired but your brain won't play along? One of the best sleep remedies might involve your ears.

Common sense dictates that relaxing music can help you fall asleep more easily. After all, mothers have been singing bedtime songs to their babies for centuries, and they seem to work, right? 

Scientists who have studied human sleep have also found empirical evidence that music can calm the mind and prepare your body for sleep. Listening to music has been proven to reduce your body's stress responses and improve the overall quality of your sleep. Best of all, it's practically free to try, as long as you own an MP3 player or a radio that you can use in your bedroom.

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Topics: Environment

Toddler Sleep Patterns: Good for the Whole Family

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 13, 2017 12:33:29 PM

INFANT AND TODDLER SLEEP may sound like an oxymoron, but it is necessary for everyone’s health. When children get quality, consistent sleep each night, their parents have the sanity to face a day of work and the task of raising humans. The trick is having a regular sleep schedule.

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Topics: Sleep Health

Sleep and Work Shift Disorders

Posted by Sleeping Beauty on Mar 12, 2017 9:02:00 AM

AROUND 20 PERCENT of workers in the United States work some type of shift work. If your job requires you to rotate shifts often or if you work at night, it could increase your risk of a sleep and work shift disorders.

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Topics: Sleep Health