Chocolate season is upon us: during the week of Valentine’s Day, a mind-blowing 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased. Not that we really need an excuse to indulge in the world’s most popular sweet, mind you – the average American eats nearly 10 pounds of chocolate annually. In the last decade or so, global studies have found numerous health benefits associated with chocolate consumption, including the power of antioxidants and flavanols, making it even easier to justify that daily truffle habit. But for maximum health benefits, be mindful of what time of day you sneak a snack. Eating chocolate before bed may disrupt sleep and cause other problems. It all comes down to what type and how much.
“Happy Monday, students! Prepare yourselves, we’re going to be taking a pop quiz this morning.”
Remember the nightmare of hearing that come out of your teacher's mouth? But fear not, the quizzes we have for you this morning are easy. And, you’ll want to take them because the Better Sleep Council has created them to help you get better sleep (duh). And we all want that, right?
Hey, why are you awake reading this? It's World Sleep Day!
Today is the perfect day to stay in bed and celebrate this international event established in 2008 by the World Association of Sleep Medicine.
As far as obscure national holidays go, having a World Sleep Day makes a lot more sense than National Lumpy Rug Day (May 3rd) or Moldy Cheese Day (Oct. 9th). Sleep feels wonderful and is good for us! Who doesn’t love it or wish they got more of it?
What was your New Year's resolution for 2016?
Get healthier...lose weight...exercise more...be more productive...save money? Since these five resolutions usually make the Top 10 list, odds are you’ve probably made a least one of them.
So, now that we’re one month into the new year… how’s it going? Statistics show only 8% of us are successful in achieving our resolutions. That means most of us need a little help in accomplishing our optimistic goals.
Did you make your bed today?
If you didn’t, you’re not alone. One survey shows that 59% of you don’t make your bed. Not a big deal if you don’t mind the mess, right? Believe it or not, the answer hinges on how much you want to accomplish during the day.
I came across an article from Good Housekeeping that offered an interesting tip for how to sleep better: Brush your teeth in the dark.
According to a neuroscientist from Oxford University, turning bright lights on just before bedtime disrupts your circadian rhythm, which is influenced by light levels. The bright light in your bathroom tells your body that it’s time to wake up, rather than unwind and go to sleep.
SLEEP CAN IMPROVE MEMORY. Oh wait, did I write that already?
More often than I care to admit, I find myself forgetting things. And rather than freak out and attribute it to self-diagnosed early onset Alzheimer's disease, I've started thinking of it as having too many windows open on my computer in my head. I lead a busy life. There's only so much RAM to go around.
Yes, you read that right. If you're having trouble sleeping, blowing bubbles may actually help you to fall asleep. Seriously! A neurologist from Johns Hopkins says doing it mimics deep breathing and helps to relax your body. Read about this and other sleeping tips in the article 7 Surprisingly Helpful Tips To Make You Fall Asleep Faster that appeared on the progressive news website Salon.com.
Disclaimer: Let me immediately acknowledge that I have no legitimate credentials for giving marital advice. But, I do have plenty of experience in both marriage and mattresses so here goes it:
It’s okay to go to bed angry.
You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t do this, but I beg to differ. Late at night, when you’re tired and crabby, is not the optimal time for dealing with touchy subjects. It's hard to be reasonable and forgiving when you can't keep your eyes open.