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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.