Category Archives: Sleep Aids

Sounds to Sleep To

bubbling brook

Sleep is a precious commodity in many households around the world. For some people, it’s falling asleep in the first place. For others, it’s managing to remain asleep that’s the problem. One of the more common causes of problem sleeping is distractions brought on by noise in the environment. That’s why many people are beginning to take matters into their own hands in order to find sounds they sleep to so that they can ignore the sounds that tend to wake them up or keep them up at night.

What Sounds Distract from Restful Sleep?

Knowing how important it is to get a good night’s sleep only seems to pile on the pressure some nights when your brain is hijacked by every random noise of stray thought that crosses paths with it. Some of the sounds that may be preventing you from getting the sleep you so desperately need include:

  • Barking dogs
  • Dripping water faucets
  • Traffic
  • Trains
  • Garbage trucks
  • Street sweepers
  • Sirens
  • Noisy Neighbors

Of course there are plenty more sounds that might be making a difference in your own little corner of the world, but these noises are some of the most commonly complained about.

Make Sleep a Priority: My New Years Resolution

2013 New Year's Resolutions

Every year I make a new resolution—to exercise more, lose weight, save more money, spend more time with family, or keep my house cleaner—and every year I find myself struggling to meet my goals. I’m not alone. Statistics show that by mid January half of Americans have already given up their resolutions. Clearly there are many reasons for this but I think the main reason is that we set unrealistic goals. I know I’m a messy person. It’s just in my nature. When I make my resolutions, I don’t aim for achievable goals like putting away my laundry right after I wash it. I aim for lofty goals, like organizing every closet, dusting weekly, and never letting an item of clothing sit unfolded. I have a busy life and I just can’t possibly keep this up without a complete personality overhaul. Short of mood-altering drugs, this isn’t going to happen. This year, I’m setting a simple, achievable goal for myself: take steps to get better sleep.

Don’t Let the Apocalypse Stop You From Getting a Great Night’s Sleep

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Ah, the Mayans: an ancient people that somehow predicted the end of the world centuries after the fall of their civilization. Never mind the thousands of other apocalyptic predictions that have been made throughout history, met with nothing more than a few hundred devout doomsday believers in a desert somewhere. It’s true, I will admit, the hype surrounding this particular apocalyptic prediction is pretty impressive. It’s all over the news. Real, non-crazy people are feeling frightened by the whole thing. Rest assured, America. We might be bringing on the apocalypse with our irresponsible use of fossil fuels, deforestation, habitat destruction, and wanton disregard for the balance of nature, but that apocalypse will probably take at least another few decades. But, for fun, let’s assume the Mayans were right and we’re all doomed (sounds super fun, right?) On the up side, you don’t have to worry about the fiscal cliff, recession, or various other manifestations of your economic discontent. If the world has to end, at least we can forget about congress. On the down side, the apocalypse is noisy and disruptive and can really sabotage a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips for getting rest when the end is nigh.

Tell Your Brain to Shut Up! 5 Secret Stress Busters for a Great Night’s Sleep

active brain

I am a terrible sleeper. My brain thinks when the lights go out it’s time to think. I’ve solved world hunger in my sleeplessness. I’ve rearranged the furniture to transform my thrift store apartment into a masterpiece of modern design. I’ve negotiated peace treaties between warring countries. I’ve balanced my checkbook from memory. Instead of resting, I exhaust myself. It would be ironic if it weren’t so terribly frustrating! The worst part is that I’m so tired during the day, I fall asleep in all sorts of weird places: on the train, at school, even standing up! Over the years, I have discovered a few tried and true secrets that help me sleep: mysterious tinctures and techniques that power down my head so I can drift off into dreamland like a normal stinkin’ person.

Does Too Much Turkey Actually Make You Tired: How to Stay Awake this Thanksgiving

thanksgiving turkety meal

Every Thanksgiving, the rumor goes around that eating too much turkey will make you tired. While there is tryptophan in turkey, it seems that the bird gets an especially sleepy wrap. But is every American’s favorite meal really forcing you to hit the botanical latex mattress harder on Thanksgiving night? While most of us role our eyes and continue chowing down, when we hear this theory, it made us wonder if there was actually any truth to this old wives tale, and what you can do to stay awake this Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for An All Natural Latex Mattress

cornucopia

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s hard not to think of everything we have in our lives to be thankful for. While the first things we should all be thankful for are our health, happiness, family, friends, safety and freedom, there are of course many other things you’d be hard pressed to living without. One thing that comes to my mind is my nice warm bed. Once you live life with an all natural latex mattress, it’s hard to imagine going to bed on anything but. Let’s find out the secret behind these great mattresses and why this Thanksgiving when people go around the table to say what they’re thankful for, latex mattresses will be at the top of the list.

New Study Shows that Children with Autism Sleep Better with New Weighted Blankets

weighted blanket

When it comes to the research being conducted on autism, it seems that everyday reveals something new. Some experts say, sleeping with stuffed animals can be comforting for children with behavioral issues. There seems to be new techniques and preventive measures that parents can take to help their autistic child. One of the newest crazes are weighted blankets. These heavy blankets provide a calming sensation to children with behavioral issues such as autism, specifically Asperger syndrome. Sleeping on a natural bedding such as botanical latex and using a weighted blanket will ensure your child with autism gets the best night of sleep. There are many different types of weighted blankets out there, let’s try to find the best ones and why they will work for your kids.

How Your Child with ADHD Can Finally Sleep Better

boy with adhd

It seems that in this day and age, there are more and more difficulties plaguing our children. Between the rise in childhood obesity and the increased number of children diagnosed with ADHD each year, it can be difficult to bring a child up healthy. Many marketing campaigns are being done to make the public more aware of these childhood problems and ADHD is a main area of concern.

There have been many issues for children with behavioral problems when it comes to falling asleep at night. Let’s first discuss the problems children with ADHD can face with sleeping and then we can talk about some solutions to have them falling asleep peacefully on their latex mattress tonight.

Preventing Acid Reflux During Sleep

 

acid reflux

It happens to the best of us. You have a late night snack, or even just a rich dinner and you end up paying the price laying awake on your botanical mattress with acid reflux for the majority of the night. Reflux–also called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD–is a painful and bothersome condition that develops when stomach contents are able to flow back up into the esophagus. It can strike at any time, but many people are awoken at night because of the heartburn and chest pain that accompany reflux. If you experience this, you may need to make some changes to your eating habits and bedtime routine to help prevent reflux and ensure a better night’s sleep. Let’s learn how to stop acid reflux before it ruins your night of sleep.

Want to Sleep Better? Watch a Funny Movie Before Bed

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Do you ever have those nights where you just can’t fall asleep? There are many easy ways to sleep better at night, some of which we’ll talk about below. A unique way to sleep better tonight can be as simple as watching a funny movie or TV show before bed. Studies show that watching a funny movie before bed can actually help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. So the next time you lay down on your talalay mattress for the night, pop in a comedy to have sweet dreams.