Natural Latex Foam

The American Chiropractic Association says that, “Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.” Since new mattresses are often recommended as a first line of defense against back pain, it makes perfect sense that millions of Americans each year are beginning to explore their mattress options in search of something better than what they currently have. One option that more and more people are turning to is the natural latex foam mattress. How much do you know about this mattress?

How to Sleep with Sciatica

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If you are dealing with the painful condition called sciatica, you’re not alone. It fairly common, plaguing between 15 percent to 40 percent of people at some point in their lives. At times, the shooting pain that runs from your lower back, through your buttocks, and even into the back of the leg can be unbearable. Not to mention the unnerving numbness and tingling sensation in various parts of the legs, feet, and toes. When you have sciatica, getting comfortable is often tricky, making it difficult to sit for long periods of time, let alone sleep. But sleep you must. So, it’s important to learn how to sleep with sciatica.

Protecting Your Baby While Co-Sleeping

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Co-sleeping with your baby can have quite a few benefits for both child and parent. You can quickly respond to midnight needs, you can constantly monitor your child, and you provide a sense of comfort that an infant needs in order to relax and become more secure in his or her surroundings. However, there are concerns in the bed that you need to be mindful of in order to provide a safe-sleeping environment.

Confusional Arousals

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Not being fully asleep nor fully awake, confusional arousals cause their subject to be dazed and confused during periods of transitions from sleep, usually upon waking. Along with sleepwalking and night terrors, confusional arousals are labeled as one of the three classical parasomnia arousal disorders.

Non REM Sleep

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Sleep is composed of natural sleep cycles of brain activity, and is made up of two basic phases with individual stages within. These include rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.

What is Non REM Sleep?

Non REM sleep occurs during the first four sleep phases, and before REM sleep, which is the final stage before the sleep cycle repeats itself. On average each stage lasts from five to 15 minutes. A typical night’s sleep is comprised of 75% non-REM sleep and 25% REM sleep.

REM Sleep

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There are 5 distinct sleep stages, with REM sleep being one of them. Most people fall into the REM sleep stage nightly, and many experience it four or five times each night.

What is REM Sleep?

REM stands for rapid eye movement, and is characterized by random, fast-darting movements of the eyes. While the amount of time you spend in REM sleep varies depending on your age, most adults spend up to 25 percent of their total sleep time in REM sleep. On the other hand, newborns spend more than 75 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep.

Mattress Sizes

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Some people may find it difficult to believe, but mattress size matters. It matters a lot. According to The Sleep Council, you should “think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.” This guide will help you find the right mattress sizes to fit your needs.

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

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An estimated 10 million people suffer from fibromyalgia here in the U.S., and up to six percent of the population worldwide have this condition, reports the National Fibromyalgia Association.  While the disorder does occur in men and children, up to 90 percent of people who have fibromyalgia are women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are first diagnosed with fibromyalgia during middle age. Painful and baffling, fibromyalgia is a condition without a definitive cause, treatment, or cure.

Sleep Study Part 4: Human Peptide Hypocretin Linked to Happiness

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Happiness may not come from your family, friends, or wealth, at least according to a new study. Rather, it comes from a peptide.

Led by the University of California Los Angeles, an international team of researchers has linked levels of hypocretin (a human peptide and neurotransmitter) to happiness. They found that the levels of hypocretin soared when we are happy, and also decreased when we are sad.

Bedtime Rituals

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While some may think bedtime rituals are unnecessary, they are actually quite important. They help you prepare your body for the act of going to sleep. Once they become routine, they provide important cues for your brain that it’s time to enter into your nightly slowdown mode. The problem most people have is deciding what types of activities should be included in their bedtime rituals. Here are a few great ideas.