Category Archives: Sleep Aids

The Truth About Showering Before Bed

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Are you laying in bed again, wondering why you can’t fall asleep? Have you tried the list of usual sleep aids and none seem to be working? Well fear not, today we’re going to talk about a new solution: showering before bed. It may sound like a no-brainer and maybe even a bit odd but there are many studies out there that show showering before bed can be the key to a peaceful night of sleep.

Nap/Tuck – Want to Lose Weight? Sleep it Off!

Losing weight is as easy as 1, 2, Zzzz.

As summer 2012 is rapidly fleeting, it’s time to look towards fall. For some that means a new school year or maybe a new job. Whatever it means for you, you’re going to want to look good doing it. What a lot of people don’t know is that losing weight starts with a good night’s sleep. In a study quoted by WebMD.com, researchers found that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night weigh more than people who sleep longer. Let’s look into the effects sleep can have on a person’s metabolism.

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.

Bypassing the Buzz: Alternatives to Regular Alarm Clocks

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Simply Sleepy: Snooze with Natural Remedies

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According to the National Health Institute, more than 60 million Americans a year suffer from insomnia and sleeping disorders for extended periods of time. Insomnia tends to increase with age and affects about 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men. It is often the major disabling symptom of an underlying medical disorder. With this many people affected by sleeping disorders in our country, it’s easy to understand why sleeping pills seem to be prescribed so often. While prescription pills may be necessary for extreme insomnia and sleeping disorder cases, some mild cases can be treated with natural remedies, allowing you to sleep peacefully without that artificial foggy sleep that often comes as a down-side of pills. Here are some some natural solutions to help you sleep through the night.

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.