Category - Respect Your Sleep

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How Stress Affects Sleep
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Don’t Let Bad Dreams Become Bad Sleep
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A Short History of Sleep: Now & Then
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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track
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To Coffee or Not to Coffee
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The Benefits of Making Your Bed
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How to Fall Asleep After Insomnia Hits
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The Myths of Napping
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Sleep Cool This Summer
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Naturepedic Layer Swap Program: What You Need to Know

How Stress Affects Sleep

Stress has a way of sneaking into every part of your life. When you’re stressed, it affects you both mentally and physically—even if you don’t realize it. Stress can live in your subconscious and can manifest itself in physical ways, including while you sleep. This is especially troubling because if you don’t sleep well, you don’t get the full benefits of sleep which will leave you feeling groggy and lethargic. It’s also discouraging because it starts a cycle—the more stress you feel, the less sleep you get, and that lack of sleep is a natural stressor. Stress and Sleep – The Facts According to a survey published by the American Psychological Association: American adults report sleeping an average of 6.7 hours a night—less than the minimum recommendation of seven to nine hours. In addition, 42% of adults report that their sleep quality is fair or poor and 43% report that stress has caused them to lie awake at night in[…]

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Don’t Let Bad Dreams Become Bad Sleep

Have a scary dream? A nightmare so terrifying it wakes you up in the middle of the night? That’s right, not only kids suffer from bad dreams. You had an adult nightmare. Don’t be ashamed, most of us do! But before you shrug it off and ignore it, pay attention as to why it happened and how often you are having these sleep-interrupting imaginations. It could be more than just a nightmare, and furthermore, it could be negatively affecting your sleep schedule. When do nightmares occur? You can thank your REM sleep cycle, the period of sleep associated with dreaming, for your nightmares. About an hour and a half in is when you hit this state and dreams, good or bad, may occur. Scary dreams do occur during other times for adults, especially if you find yourself particularly nervous or stressed out, but for the most part your typical nightmare will occur during REM. How do you know if it’s[…]

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A Short History of Sleep: Now & Then

It’s always fun to sit back and look at how things have changed over the years, isn’t it? We get so caught up in the daily grind that we don’t usually make time to reflect on how things used to be. Do you remember life before the internet? Life before GPS? Did you ever have to wait until 7pm to get your local news on TV? Reminiscing can be fun, and it can be a reminder of how far we have come. We’re taking a stroll down memory lane to explore the history of sleep and see how far we have come when understanding sleep patterns, studying changes in sleep, and interesting sleep facts. Fun Fact: Did you know that as recent as the 19th century, physicians believed that sleep was caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain? A lot of discoveries have been made in a relatively short time. Keep reading to find out more. The[…]

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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track

One night of breaking your regular sleep schedule seems like no big deal. One night may not be an issue, that is true, but the more you disrupt your sleep schedule, the harder it is to get back on track. Are you doomed for a lifetime of bad sleep if you slip-up a few times? Not necessarily. You can get back to a restful night sleeps and sweet dreams with these tips! Manipulate Your Lighting…Day and Night Your lighting, or lack of lighting, can be your strongest partner in resetting your sleep schedule. You need to manipulate your lighting both in the morning and night to actually fix your sleep. Reset your internal clock by shining a bright light in the morning. Open the shade, take a walk outside, whatever it takes to get your sleep schedule back on track. As for the evenings, make sure your lights are dim and electronics are off. Even if you haven’t been going[…]

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To Coffee or Not to Coffee

Ahh, coffee. Even the smell of a fresh pot brewing first thing in the morning can turn a rough morning into a cheery one. That first cup can keep us alert during a long commute to work. It can keep us from dozing off during a Monday morning meeting. For some, a midday cup revitalizes for a productive afternoon. But isn’t this bitter, caffeinated beverage the enemy of sleep? Not necessarily! It’s less a question of “to coffee or not to coffee” and more a question of HOW to coffee Be Wise About WHEN You Drink Coffee Morning is the most typical time to imbibe coffee, but for those who are caffeine fanatics, coffee drinking can continue on throughout the entire day. It may temporarily perk you up in the late afternoon and evening, but drink it too late, and it becomes counterproductive. The later you drink it, the more you can disrupt your sleep, and the more tired you[…]

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The Benefits of Making Your Bed

Growing up, many of us had “make the bed” as the first item on our chore list, and many of us resented it. You were just going to get back in it at the end of the day, why did it matter? Who was even going to see your room? Turns out that your parents weren’t just trying to torture you first thing in the morning by making you do work. Fostering this habit was meant to help you develop healthy habits in the long-term. But how does neatly tucking in your sheets make a positive impact on your day, and why should you continue completing this morning chore every day? 1. It Encourages Better Decisions All Day Long Some refer to making the bed as the easiest success-driven decision you can make. Making the bed sets you up to make better choices throughout the course of the day. Whether it’s being productive at work, being more motivated to hit[…]

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How to Fall Asleep After Insomnia Hits

Adequate sleep can be a struggle to achieve for most of us, especially the third of Americans with at least one insomnia symptom a night and the 10 percent of people with chronic insomnia (National Sleep Foundation). Since sleep is so integral to the health of our minds, constantly having unsatisfactory sleep is a serious issue, one that many have trouble managing. While you should always visit your doctor to properly address your medical issues, we suggest a three-step process to couple with your doctor’s advice to help you fall back to sleep after a bout of insomnia. Step 1.) Start with guided visualization Instead of lying in bed thinking of how you are waking in the middle of the night, use your mind to transport yourself somewhere that will lull you back to sleep. Through guided visualization you can imagine yourself in a place that relaxes and soothes you. Whether it’s a beach, your childhood home or a park,[…]

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The Myths of Napping

The older we get, the more we appreciate a nap. Unfortunately, we are often told a lot of things about napping, many negative, that dissuade us from taking an afternoon snooze. Before you try to power through and skip that day date with your pillow, we debunk some of the most common napping myths. Happy napping! 1.) Napping Will Make You More Tired That groggy post-nap feeling may happen, but it doesn’t always have to if you nap “the right way.” Experts suggest sleeping no longer than 30 minutes because after a half hour you will fall into deep sleep which can be very hard to wake from. A 20 to 30 minute nap, however, will leave you refreshed and ready to go. 2.) Napping Will Affect Your Sleep at Night A huge misconception about napping is that taking one during the day will have a negative effect on your sleep at night. In reality, naps should do nothing to[…]

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Sleep Cool This Summer

The days are heating up, so that means you may be cranking up your air conditioner, especially at night because you want a cool, comfortable sleep. Surprisingly, you don’t have to rely on just the AC to have your ideal summer sleep. We share five tips for sleeping cool all summer-long. Keep The Shades Down The sun’s out, so you want to flood your house with natural light. That’s completely normal. This, however, can result in a hot sleep. The sun’s rays are the strongest in the summer, and letting them pour into your house all day will heat up your house and, in turn, heat you up when it’s time for bed. Consider closing the blinds more during the day, especially when the sun’s rays are strongest from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., so you will feel better at night. Plant a Tree You won’t see immediate results with this one, but when you do, you will feel good[…]

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Naturepedic Layer Swap Program: What You Need to Know

Goldilocks didn’t have much time to pick a bed. While she was able to try out different mattresses and comfort levels, she quickly had to pick the one that was “just right” after lying on them once. After a few days, Goldilocks easily could have realized that it wasn’t the right mattress for her. We realize that a few minutes isn’t enough time to pick the best mattress for the next 10 to 20 years of your life. Determining the best comfort level for the long term isn’t meant to be a split second decision, that’s why we’ve designed our Layer Swap Program to give you peace of mind in your investment. What is the Naturepedic Layer Swap Program? So you want to participate in the Naturepedic Layer Swap Program? Here’s what you need to know: -Works for any 3” comfort layer that are in good condition -Has to be within 90 days of purchase -Only for mattresses purchased from[…]

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