Bright Light Therapy

seasonal affective disorder

Bright light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is a helpful way to treat the winter blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as some sleep disorders. SAD is a form of depression, occurring in the fall and winter months, when the amount of daylight and sunshine is reduced.

Green Mattress

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Whether you’re looking for laundry detergent or paper towels, manufacturers of consumer products are going green. Everyday products are becoming more environmentally friendly, and it’s now possible to find more products than ever that have less of a detrimental impact on the global environment and more of a positive impact on your own home and ability to live a more sustainable life.

One such product is your mattress. With regular mattresses, there’s off gassing (also called out gassing), which means you are breathing in synthetic fumes, which can cause headaches, allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other illnesses. Synthetic mattresses also trap moisture, and by their very construction allow for poor air circulation and an environment where dust mites, bed bugs, mold, mildew, and microbial bacterial growth may thrive. Considering that you sleep an average of seven to eight hours a night, breathing in toxic fumes for that many hours may cause you to think about getting a green mattress to replace your regular mattress.

Bedroom Feng Shui

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Feng shui is the art of placement. In the bedroom, it’s all about arranging items, furniture, and even colors and fabrics in a manner that invites sleep or sex. Those are the only two things that should be taking place in the bedroom according to the principles of feng shui, at any rate. If you’re looking for ways to rev up the passion factor or get a few extra winks at night, then the first step is to learn bedroom feng shui layout for better results.

Sleep Mask

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Most people envision pampered debutantes when they think of sleep masks. The truth of the matter is that the people who need them most are often hard working people just like you. No one will argue the necessity or benefits of a good night’s sleep. It’s important to your overall health and well-being. However, many people around the world struggle to get the very sleep they need. A sleep mask can provide a great deal of help in that regard.

Causes of Night Sweats

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Ask any physician what is a common complaint they receive from women aged 40 and older, and you’ll likely hear the answer night sweats. In other words, they’re quite common. In a recent study of more than 2,200 patients, 41 percent said they had night sweats in the last month.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

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While many of us are plagued with occasional bouts of insomnia from time to time, others unfortunately find insomnia a part of their regular nighttime ritual. For these individuals, a glass of warm milk isn’t enough to help them fall asleep and stay asleep.  That’s when cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can step in and help, as the Mayo Clinic points out.

A Mattress as an Investment in Good Sleep

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A good night’s sleep is hard to find. However, Alistair Hughes, managing director of Savoir Beds, believes he has a royal remedy for your sleep problems in the “Royal Bed.”

The Royal Bed, which was unveiled at London’s Kensington Palace, is truly fit for royalty. The series consists of only 60 limited-edition mattresses that are made of Mongolian cashmere wool, curled Latin American horsetails and enough woven silk to stretch from New York to Miami and make the return trip.

Sleep Studies Part 3: Weight Gain and Sleep

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When people are sleep deprived, they tend to eat more, which causes them to gain weight. This was the finding of a fresh study conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder that was published online in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences journal.

“Just getting less sleep, by itself, is not going to lead to weight gain,” lead study author Kenneth Wright, director of CU-Boulder’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory said. “But when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need,” Wright noted.

Sleep Studies Part 2: Diet and Sleep

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Sleep Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine studied the dietary divergences among individuals with diverse sleep patterns. What they found in a diet and sleep study, as published in the journal Appetite, was striking.

Sleep Studies Part 1: Seals Offer a Peek into Human Sleep

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An increasing amount of sleep research is being conducted on a daily basis, and some of it is quite intriguing. To that end, we’re starting a new series on the PlushBeds Blog on “sleep studies”. You can expect to see posts on new sleep studies periodically as fascinating new sleep research comes out.

Seals Sleep With Half of Their Brain

A new sleep study published online in the Journal of Neuroscience has identified chemicals in a seal’s brain that enable them to sleep with half of their brain at a time. In other words, seals have the ability to be awake and asleep simultaneously! How amazing is that?