Tag - sleep tips

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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps
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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sleep?
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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual
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How to Unplug for Healthier Sleep
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Finding the Perfect Couples Mattress
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Random Acts of Sleep
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Organic Beyond Food: Mattress & Bedding
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Be Well Sleep Workshop with Naturepedic Founder
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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents
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Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions

9 Things You Need To Know About Naps

Naps. Us parents love them. It’s our chance to have a little breather during the day, to recharge our batteries and get ready for the next round. And for the little ones, naps are essential. Babies and young children need to get enough sleep in a 24 hour period for many reasons- to aid physical and mental development, to boost brain power, and to aid in rejuvenation and growth. So in honor of this much needed daily occurrence, here are 9 things you need to know about naps. 1. Naps are not just for babies and children. Yes, we’ve all been given that gem of advice to sleep when the baby sleeps- and we all know that in reality that just isn’t going to happen often. But consider this. A sixty-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to ten hours. That’s ten whole hours more that you can keep going, on just one hour’s nap. An hour’s sleep will[…]

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sleep?

You probably know that not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your physical and mental wellbeing, but did you know that getting too much sleep can be harmful too? When you’re well rested, you feel better and can perform better in your daily tasks. Getting the right amount of sleep is one more tool in your healthier sleep toolkit, and we’re here to help you figure out what’s just right for you. How Much is Too Much? For starters, let’s define “too much” sleep. The ideal amount of sleep will differ from person to person and will depend on health and age factors. Remember, babies and young children will sleep many more hours than an adult. For adults, the average range is anywhere from seven to nine hours. At a minimum, you should be getting at least six hours of sleep per night, and an average of seven to nine hours is a healthy target. Ten hours is about the[…]

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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual

Yoga is becoming a popular activity to help people improve their fitness, practice mindfulness, and reduce stress. It turns out that a yoga practice can also help you be more rested! We reached out to Jesi Verchota, the founder of Altruistic Yoga, for this guest post that will help you create a simple morning and evening routine to feel rested and refreshed. — Most of us lead lives working busy days and then collapse in exhaustion –or- stay up late overstimulating ourselves with television, internet, or using our mobile devices. Yoga encourages balance between pure exhaustion and overstimulated days. Taking time out to rest and restore is imperative to living well, and can lead to improved attitudes and increased productivity. The more often you practice, the more you will feel the effects and notice any change. Below are some yoga poses you can do to create a ritual and stick with it. Restore: Poses for waking up in the morning[…]

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How to Unplug for Healthier Sleep

March 3 is National Unplug Day, a day when we should put our phones down, stop checking social media, and relax without screens and electronics. It’s tough, because gadgets make our day easier between making plans with friends, checking the weather, getting important messages, and scheduling appointments. But going screen free for a day won’t hurt you – and it can even help you sleep better. Our unplug tips will have you resting better, stressing less, and getting more done, and you can take advantage of them any time you’re feeling overwhelmed by technology. Why not make it an unplugged weekend to try out all of our tips and find what works for you? How to Unplug 1. Turn on Airplane Mode: If you can’t go all day without checking your devices, try to schedule designated hours to unplug, and put your phone on airplane mode during this time. Knowing that your phone isn’t about to ring or beep will[…]

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Finding the Perfect Couples Mattress

Finding the right mattress for you and your partner has more to it than just picking a comfort level that sounds nice and feels okay in the showroom. You can customize your experience with toppers or different pillows, but sometimes couples just sleep differently, making the search for the perfect mattress more difficult. We checked in with three couples to learn about those differences that can make finding the ideal mattress a little more challenging. Read on to hear from Rose, Audrey, and Beth about their family’s sleep habits and their solutions for a better night’s sleep. 1. Rose and Matthew have a preschooler, a kindergartner, and a puppy at home. 2. Audrey and Tom have a preschooler, a baby, and two dogs. 3. Beth and John have six cats and no kids (yet). First, we asked about general bedtime routines. Do you and your partner go to bed at the same time? Audrey and Rose both said no, while[…]

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Random Acts of Sleep

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 12 -18, by doing something nice for someone else without any expectations of getting something in return. Doing something kind for others can range from a quick hug to paying it forward in line at the coffee shop to sneakily paying someone’s electric bill, and more. The sky’s the limit when it comes to kindness! We want to help you give a Random Act of Sleep this week. It’s a kindness that will help mind and body become less stressed and better rested. When you sleep better, you can perform better at work and home, you have a healthier immune system, and you’re generally just in a better mood! We’ve put together 7 great ideas for you to give someone the gift of Safe Healthy Sleep™ this week: 1. The Lie-In: Let your partner sleep in on a day when they normally wake early. This might mean you take over breakfast duties in[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Mattress & Bedding

May is Better Sleep Month, an informational month-long celebration of healthier sleep habits. Sleep is an important aspect of mental and physical health, and it’s important to understand the impact that our sleep has on our daily life. In our fast-paced busy society, we try to get ahead on our jam-packed schedules by cutting sleep before cutting commitments. We convince ourselves we only need a few hours, or that we’re getting a full night’s sleep even though we catch up on emails in bed or hit snooze for an hour. Need a refresher? Read our Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions blog post from January! How much sleep do we need? The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults age 18 to 64. Teenagers and children require even more sleep: eight to ten hours for teens aged 14 to 17, nine to 11 hours for children aged six to 13, and ten to 13 hours[…]

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Be Well Sleep Workshop with Naturepedic Founder

Safe Healthy Sleep™ is our goal, and we’ve teamed up with other sleep experts to bring you a truly exciting opportunity! Join our founder Barry Cik along with Dr. Frank Lipman and Arianna Huffington for the Be Well Sleep Workshop call at 2:00pm EST on Monday, April 18, 2016. Sign up here and you might be a lucky winner of a Good Night’s Sleep Collection worth over $1000. Dr. Lipman is an expert in Integrative and Functional Medicine and directs Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. He has studied acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga in addition to his functional medicine training. He combines the best of these philosophies with the best of western medicine to practice “Good Medicine” for his patients. Arianna Huffington is the author of The Sleep Revolution, a book about the vital importance of sleep. She speaks to the reasons modern society is wrecking our sleep and what we need to[…]

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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Feeling sleep deprived? Whether you’re adjusting to a new baby or fighting off sleep regression with a toddler, trying to parent in a sleep deprived state can make things feel even worse. That’s why helping your baby into good sleep habits is important for the whole troop. There is a huge amount of advice out there for new parents with regards to baby sleep, but chances are you’re too tired to wade through it all right now. To make it easy, we’ve partnered with sleep expert Rebecca Michi to bring you five simple tips to help your baby on their way to a good night’s sleep. We’re ready to tackle National Sleep Awareness Week. Bring it on! 1. Location, location, location. When your baby naps during the day, let them do so in their crib, bassinet, or wherever you’d like them to be sleeping at night. This helps your baby associate their bed with sleep and give them a better[…]

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Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution yet? How about a resolution for better sleep? Healthy sleep promotes better health, productivity at work, and an improved attitude. Which of our Safe Healthy Sleep resolutions will help you meet your goals? Commit to a Schedule: Sticking to a regular bedtime and waking time each day helps regulate your body’s natural rhythm. This means weekends too! Cut Screen Time: Shut off electronics and screens for at least an hour before bed. The screens’ light interferes with melatonin production in the body, resulting in less restful sleep. Read more here. Establish a Phone-Free Zone: Electronics can cause interrupted sleep. Unless your child is away overnight or you anticipate an important phone call, the majority of texts, calls, and emails can wait until morning. Create a Ritual: Bedtime rituals don’t just help children, they are good for us too! In the hour or two before bed, create a habit to follow each day. This[…]

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