Tag - sleep tips

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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?
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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?
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Sleep Week Challenge
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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

How To Make Your Nursery Safe

We partnered with CJ First Candle to bring you tips for how to make your nursery safe. Executive Director & CEO, Alison Jacobson shares some key safety considerations to keep in mind as you set-up your nursery. One of the best things when you’re pregnant is designing the nursery and deciding on the theme. Expectant moms spend hours looking online and visiting baby stores to get ideas on how they want the nursery to look. Unfortunately, what they often overlook is the safety considerations when setting up the nursery. Usually, baby shower registries are filled with beautiful layettes, sweaters and blankets for the baby but rarely are there baby proofing items to go along with it. Here are a few safety considerations to keep in mind when setting up your nursery and some “must-have” items to put on your registry: A safe crib is top priority – In 2011, drop side cribs were banned in the United States due to[…]

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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?

The most commonly used phrase you hear when a new baby is imminent is “Get ready for the sleepless nights!” And let’s face it, none of us expect our newborns to sleep through, do we? Or do we? I keep reading articles about ‘distressed parents’ who are so tired after so many sleepless nights. So tired that they embark upon a mission to get their baby sleeping through. And then I discover their baby is two weeks old. Two weeks old! So this is what to do if you’re asking the same question, that is- should my newborn be sleeping through? First of all, remember that your newborn baby is very very young, and survival instincts are in full throttle. There is no manipulation, no wanting to be awake to join in the fun of everyday life, and no feelings of jealousy that older siblings get to stay up and watch TV. Your newborn’s life revolves around survival- eating enough[…]

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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?

I’m sure we’ve all been there- you’ve followed the bedtime routine perfectly, baby is tired (you KNOW she is tired!) and yet the minute it comes time to sleep… she fights it! Here’s a quick guide to why babies fight sleep and what you can do about it. What does ‘fighting sleep’ mean? Your baby may put up a very good fight against falling asleep. Or so it seems. So if you’ve noticed that she is arching her back, crying, fussing, squirming, kicking and generally protesting about going to bed- that’s fighting sleep! She is tired but she does not want to give in! Sound familiar? Read on… Why do babies fight sleep? There can be many reasons why your baby is fighting sleep today, but in general the following three causes are usually to blame: – Overtired. – Undertired. – Separation anxiety. Any of those seem to be the case for you? Overtired An overtired baby is a disaster[…]

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Sleep Week Challenge

Take the Naturepedic #RespectYourSleep Challenge Sleep Awareness Week is April 23 – 29, 2017 and we’ve put together five easy ways you can #RespectYourSleep and take advantage of better sleep habits. You can choose one each day this week or mix and match as they work for you. As you build healthier habits, you should get a better, more restful night’s sleep. While most people have a problem with not sleeping enough, don’t forget that you can also get too much of a good thing. In general, you should aim to get at least six hours of sleep, but up to nine can be normal for you depending on your sleep patterns. Read our blog about oversleeping for more information and healthy sleep tips. Today’s blog post has five simple tips you can implement right away. We hope that you can choose one or two at a minimum to get started on better sleep habits. If you do all five[…]

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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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