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The Importance of Sleep in Fighting Colds

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Having trouble getting rid of that pesky cold? Have one that keeps coming back with greater consistency than a boomerang? A 2009 study suggests that it might not be your cold medicine that’s failing to do the job, but an inadequate amount of sleep instead.

How Daylight Savings Time Affects Your Sleep 

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That extra hour of sleep may add a little bit of spring in your step when coming off of Daylight Saving Time, but it has a decidedly different impact from what you may expect. Changing your body clock is never as simple as dialing the numbers on the clock back or forward an hour once a year.

The Best Place to Take a Nap

You’ve made it to the noon-time hour and even grabbed a bite to eat. Your belly is full and suddenly your eyelids feel as though they’re made of lead. You desperately want to take a nap, but home, hearth, and bed sweet bed are miles away. What’s a person to do? Thanks to a new nap app, called Google Naps, help is at hand.

How Improved Sleep Affects Your Wallet, Mood, Waistline, and Brain Power

Very few things in life have consequences that are as far reaching and encompassing as failing to get an adequate amount of sleep. Benjamin Franklin is believed to have penned the phrase:

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

How to Get Better REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep

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Most people associate Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep with a period of sleep in which dreams are most vivid. While this is often the case, there is much more to REM sleep than dreams.

What is the Caffeine Nap?

Taking a micro nap shortly after having a cup of coffee might seem like the worst possible way to become better rested, but recent studies beg to differ. In fact, a study performed by scientists at Loughborough University in the UK found that this technique, also called a caffeine nap, has excellent benefits. The caffeine nap helped drivers be more alert, have better performance, and even reduce the occurrence of the infamous afternoon crash.

How to Sleep Better as a Couple

Getting a good night’s sleep, night after night, is important for your health and for the sake of your romantic relationship. Getting that sleep as a couple, however, can sometimes prove difficult.

Do You have a Side of the Bed Preference?

It looks like there’s a little bit of truth in the ages old saying about waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Premier Inn hotel chain recently conducted an interview involving 3,000 UK adults regarding their sleeping styles. Nearly 75 percent of those participating in the survey have no interest in switching sides. In fact, they feel that attempting to sleep on the other side would make them feel strange.

Is Kiwi a Natural Sleep Inducer?

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Studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition and Platelets have indicated that kiwi may be beneficial for cardiovascular health and may reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory infections, respectively. But can the little green fuzzy fruit help you sleep better?

Does Sleeping in on the Weekend Make Up for Sleep Deprivation During the Work Week?

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According to Harvard Medical School, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily on average in order to experience optimal health and performance. Unfortunately, most people squeak through the workweek falling far short of the nightly sleep goals with plans to make that sleep up on the weekend. New evidence suggests that might not be as simple of a proposition as it was once believed to be.