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Snoozing Before the Stork Comes: The Best Sleep During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an amazing time in your life. You’ll be welcoming a new life into the world and soon you’ll experience the purest love in the world: motherhood. With joy, naturally, comes stress and overwhelming times. A normal amount of stress can cause us to lay awake at night, so pregnancy stress only multiplies this. Getting a good night of sleep while you’re pregnant may seem like the last thing on your mind, but it shouldn’t be. According to a study done by the University of California, the number of hours you sleep each night during pregnancy correlates with the number of hours you’ll be in labor. To avoid unwarranted labor pains, let’s go over the best options for getting a good night of sleep while you’re waiting on the stork.

Selecting the Sheets for a Perfect Night’s Sleep

We’ve all been there before: whether you’re starting fresh with your bedroom or simply sprucing it up, changing it around can be a daunting process. After you’ve done the grunt work of painting and moving furniture around, the fun part comes: picking out the sheets and linens. You’ve probably never considered the effect that sheets have on your night of rest, but according to many sources, falling asleep starts with great sheets.

Sleeping in on Saturday: Why it’s a Bad Idea

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It’s Friday and for most of us that means the first break in a long work week. I’m sure on most of your agendas for this summer weekend, catching up on sleep will be at top of the list. While it may seem like a good idea to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday to catch up on the lack of sleep from the rest of the week, there are some significant reasons and research to support that sleeping in on the weekend is not the best idea.

Coffee & Sleep: Tips for a Decaf Snooze

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We’ve all made the mistake before: having too much caffeine before bed. Maybe it wasn’t even your fault. Maybe you specifically asked the Barista at Starbucks for a Venti decaf latte, but alas mistakes happen. The bigger issue is: finding out how to fall asleep after you’ve had caffeine.

Dreaming of Gold: Sleep Habits of Olympic Athletes

In a few short weeks, the 2012 Summer Olympics will begin. For two weeks, the world will be watching the games that bring together people from all walks of life. These tests of strength, endurance and perseverance wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding determination of the athletes who are chosen for the Olympics. They’ve survived rigorous training and competitions to get where they are and one of the most underrated areas of their training is their sleeping habits. An athlete’s performance is only as good as the sleep they’ve had the night before.

The Old College Try: Finding the Right Bedding for Your College Kid

College dorm bedding

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If you have a child about to start their freshman year of college, then there’s probably a lot on your mind, especially if they’re going away. There will be a lot of decisions to make in the upcoming months and one that you might not immediately think of is their bedding for school. 

Musical Dreams: Tunes for the Best Snooze

If you’re having trouble sleeping through the night, you’ve probably tried a lot of techniques to remedy the problem. We’re always looking for natural ways to sleep better at night, but sometimes the supposed “cure-all”  falls short. Let’s talk about a seemingly obvious remedy for insomnia: listening to music before bed.

Sleeping Great in the Great Outdoors

It’s summertime and with that comes all the fun activities that kids get to do with their families when there’s no school to worry about. One of the most popular summer activities is camping. Whether the campsite is a tent in your backyard or an RV hours away from your home, they share a common factor: the lack of a decent sleeping space. While marshmallows and ghost stories make for great summer memories by dusk, the state of your back by dawn might be worse for the wear. Going camping doesn’t have to be the end of a good night of sleep. There are ways to dream peacefully in the wilderness without the comfort of your own matttress.

Betting on the Box Spring: How Important is the Foundation of Your Mattress

When purchasing a mattress, you want to make sure it lasts for years to come. A mattress is a big decision and there are so many choices to pick from. Of course when you buy the mattress, you have to buy the box spring as well. Like many choices in life, we’ve gotten so used to the “that’s just the way it is” motto, we don’t even wonder why we need to buy a box spring. The box spring you purchase can be as important as the mattress itself.

Dreaming of Fireworks: How Noise Affects Your Sleep

Fireworks over the Statue of Liberty

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Today is the Fourth of July. For some, that means barbecues and lots of red, white and blue, but the most common and well-known fourth tradition is, of course, fireworks. While many of us will watch these colorful pyrotechnics, we’ll eventually pass out from exhaustion. The problem is, others will continue to celebrate the nation into the wee hours of July 5th. Let’s go over how noise can affect your sleep and how to sleep through the Fourth’s festivities.