Tag Archives: Sleep

Top 5 Mobile Sleep Apps

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Getting a good night’s sleep is something that many among us find difficult to do. But, did you know that there are several mobile apps on the market right now that can help you get better sleep at night? It’s true. These are some of the best among them.

Sleeping with a Clear Conscience

There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. — French proverb

A clear conscience makes a soft pillow. — American proverb

The softest pillow is a clear conscience.  — Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

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There’s been a debate for centuries about whether or not sleeping with a clear conscience makes for a better night’s sleep. It’s even a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s Macbeth who felt as though when he murdered the King in his sleep that he actually murdered sleep. Although there are plenty of theories on sleeping with a clear conscience, there haven’t been any definitive studies done to lend weight to the ages old theory regarding conscience and sleep.

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.

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.

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.

Why Natural Latex Makes for a Healthier Mattress

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Natural latex has a lot to offer consumers when it comes to mattresses. Not only does it provide for a much better night’s sleep, but it also has a few secret benefits that aren’t as widely known about latex and the mattresses it creates.

Full Moon Effects

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You’ve probably heard countless rumors over the years about full moon effects and what it means to different people. From statements about the “natives” becoming restless on full moon nights to theories about the impact of the moon on wild animals, there are plenty of rumors floating around about what the full moon can do. Even language has incorporated the moon into expressions of craziness such as lunatic and lunacy, which both have lunar roots. Many people also claim that full moon effects on mood are substantial. But, how you separate fact from fiction when determining exactly what it is the full moon really does?

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.

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 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.