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On a Sugar Rush: How to Suppress Bedtime Snacking

We’ve all been guilty of it; sometimes after you’re settled into bed for the night, you get that craving for something sweet. Before you know it, you’re downstairs in the pantry closet rummaging for anything to satisfy your taste buds. Less than 30 minutes later, you’re laying awake cursing that Entenmann’s crumb cake as it rumbles in your stomach. The debate on eating before bed has always been a hot topic, so let’s go over why eating so close to bedtime isn’t always the best idea.

Sleeping Through the Summer Camp Blues

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School’s officially out for the summer. While for kids that means three months of freedom, for parents it can mean a lot more mayhem. When family bonding can make all of you stir crazy, many parents opt to send their kids to summer camp. While the length and type of camps can endlessly vary, the most common ones are weekly sleep-away camps. For some kids, this camp is a welcome break from everyday summer life (especially the pre-teens), but for youngsters and first time camp goers, sleeping in a strange place can be unexpectedly overwhelming and stressful. Stanford University has come up with some tips on making sure your child adjusts to sleep-away camp this summer.

Sleep-Running: Exercising Your Right for a Great Night of Sleep

Gym in bed

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While it’s a pretty well known fact that exercising daily and getting a good night’s sleep can lead a person to a healthy lifestyle, an issue that’s rarely covered is the best time during the day to exercise in order to sleep soundly at night.

Dozing and Driving: Avoid Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

We’ve all seen the news and heard the horror stories- for a lot of people, a car will be the most dangerous weapon they will ever operate during their lifetime. While the effects of drug and alcohol on a driver are discussed on a regular basis, driving when you’re sleep deprived can be equally dangerous.

Lose the Lag: Catching up on Sleep After Travelling

We’ve all experienced it before, that groggy feeling that could easily be mistaken for a hangover if not for the fact that you didn’t drink the night before, instead you were on board a 747 from JFK to LAX. While the flight went smoothly, it’s when you get off the plane where you really start to feel the effects of long travel time. The people who are most affected by jet lag are those traveling east to west due to the time they are losing on board the flight. Those traveling west to east will also feel the lag, depending on how many time zones they cross. Travelers least affected are those whose journey takes them north to south or vice versa because usually they are in the same time zone for the duration of the trip. If you’re doing a lot of traveling in the upcoming months, the National Sleep Foundation has come up with some solutions to jet lag:

Can’t Sleep? Skip the Booze for a Better Snooze.

 

Beer bottle bed

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It’s the first Friday night of the summer, which after a long work week means the first night of freedom. While some of you may party into the wee hours of Saturday morning, others will go out for dinner and a nightcap with friends. In both scenarios, alcohol is the common factor. While a drink or two (when someone else is driving) on Friday night isn’t a problem, you should make sure you’re not drinking too close to the time you hit your pillow. According to WebMD, over 15% of people use alcohol as a sleeping pill replacement before bed. It’s a common misconception that having a nightcap will aid in the sleeping efforts and while at first it can make you feel drowsy, there are some reasons why it’s important to skip the booze for a better snooze.

Cool Dreams: Solutions for Sweat-Free Sleep This Summer

The first week of summer has arrived and along with the sand and sun, it’s also brought quite the heat wave.  While basking in the sun’s rays feel glorious during a dip in the pool, the sweaty heat of the day doesn’t always translate well into your bed at night.  In the upcoming months, many of you will be asking: What’s the best way to beat the heat and get a good night’s sleep?

Keeping the Pets off Your Bed: Why Your Pooch and Your Pillows Shouldn’t Mix

To many of us, our dogs are considered part of the family. We take them on vacation, we buy them adorable clothes at Target, and we basically spoil them as we would our own children. But there’s one place that they simply don’t belong, and that’s our beds. While it’s hard to be immune to the literal puppy dog eyes they emit like kryptonite as they curl up on the down comforter and latex mattress, there have to be limits, and your bed should be one of them. Let’s talk about ways to keep the pets off your bed.