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The Power of the Cat Nap

It’s late Tuesday afternoon, you’ve already put in a full day of working, exercising and pushing yourself past your limit. While it’s way too early for bed, your botanical latex mattress looks all too inviting to pass up, so you snooze for a few winks. Believe it or not, a nap can be just what the doctor ordered. You’ve probably noticed how after a short nap, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Today, we’re going to find out how and why napping can be the best little thing you do for yourself today.

Snoozing Smarter: How Sleep Can Boost Your Intelligence

We’ve heard it since we were school-aged children: “You have a big test tomorrow, get a good night of sleep!” While I can still hear my fifth grade teacher reciting that line in my head like a broken record, I’ve often wondered how much truth there actually is to the idea of snoozing smarter.

How to Kick the Kids Out of Your Bed…Gently

So your kids are finally past the stage of diapers and drooling and it seems that your life might finally settle down for just enough time so that you can get a full night of sleep. You hit that wonderfully comfortable botanical mattress and just as your eyes start to close, you feel this tiny tap on your shoulder…your toddler has wandered into your room and is now looking to take up residency in your bed. While you and your significant other may not be pleased, exhaustion has won in the battle against reason and you shimmy over to make room for the intruder in footy pajamas. While most parents shake their heads, giving into the lack of sleep, calling their bed hijacking a “phase,” there are ways to avoid having your child sleep in your bed, which in the end will mean a better night of sleep for you and them.

Subsiding the Snoring for a Better Snooze Tonight

For all the topics we’ve discussed on sleeping patterns and problems, there’s one we haven’t touched upon and it’s one of the most common: snoring. It’s a problem most of us try to sweep under the rug, but if you’re sleeping with a significant other it will definitely affect your sleep and theirs. Let’s look at some natural ways to stop snoring before it becomes a problem rather than just a nuisance.

Keeping the “Comfort” in Your Comforter

When decorating a bedroom, one of the first items you decide on is your comforter. Usually the questions of color, size and style come before the question of what material the comforter is made of, but it should really be the other way around, especially if you have allergies. With so many options out there for choosing the perfect comforter, sometimes it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Let’s go over the best ways to pick a comforter that you can be proud of.

Bypassing the Buzz: Alternatives to Regular Alarm Clocks

We’ve all been there – one moment you’re dreaming peacefully in a sedative slumber and suddenly it hits you: BING BING BING. The deafening sound of your alarm might as well be a firing squad at 6:00 a.m. Sometimes it seems that the best night of sleep can be nullified by an ultra-annoying alarm. But fear not, there are ways to wake up gently and the sound you wake up to makes all the difference.

Yoga Moves to Cure Insomnia

In the past few weeks, we’ve gone over some of the best natural ways to sleep easy and through the night. One we haven’t talked about yet is doing yoga or meditation before bed. According to many sources, yoga can be just what the doctor ordered for those nights when sleep just won’t come.

Product Review: Dream Water

I was asked to review a product called Dream Water, an all-natural (calorie-free!) sleep aid that comes in the form of a “shot” you drink before bed. If you’re having trouble sleeping and are looking for a more natural approach, then Dream Water may be exactly what you need.

Reading Before Bed: The Natural Sleep Aid

Book comforter

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It’s after midnight and you’re staring at the ceiling again. You’ve tried watching late-night TV and Seinfeld reruns but nothing seems to be helping you snooze. Before resorting to TV for bed, you should always try turning on a small light and opening a good book. There’s no sleep like the one that comes while enveloped in a book. While this theory has been tested before, let’s go over why and how reading before bed can help you sleep peacefully throughout the night.

Sleeping with the Sniffles: How to Snooze with a Cold

Sleeping with a cold

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The summer cold catches the best of us off-guard. Is there anything worse than feeling stuffed up and suffering from a headache in a heat wave? If getting through the day with a cold is a challenge, then trying to sleep during the night is full-out competition. Before going into a panic, let’s look at some options for gaining some relief from your runny nose and heavy head, at least while you sleep.