Category - Respect Your Sleep

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Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone
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Customize Your Mattress Comfort
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How Alcohol Affects Sleep
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Weighted Blankets and Insomnia – What’s the Deal with Weighted Blankets?
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Tips and Tricks to Get You Out of Bed
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How Stress And Sleep Affect One Another
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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

Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone

You’ve heard the saying “slept like a baby,” but have you ever thought about it? Babies sleep peacefully, alone. They don’t have someone in the crib snoring or playing on their phone or watching TV—it’s silent. And the best sleep happens in quiet places. Sometimes there is nothing better than sleeping in a big bed all by yourself. Here are five reasons to love sleeping alone. 1.) Savor the silence. One of the biggest benefits of sleeping alone is the peace and quiet. You don’t have to worry about hearing your partner coughing, sneezing, watching television, or snoring. If you’ve ever slept next to someone who snores, you understand how disruptive it can be. If you’re sleeping next to a snorer, you are losing a half hour of sleep every night, on average. One BSAA study found that snorers cost their partners an average of two years of sleep during the course of a relationship. 2.) Stay cool or warm—it’s[…]

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Customize Your Mattress Comfort

Your Mattress, Your Way You spend a lot of time in bed—shouldn’t you love the way it feels? We want to help you discover your comfort in a custom Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress. Each and every one of us is unique. We have unique passions and preferences. We also have unique sleep habits. And none of us are built exactly the same. We all require different levels of support while sleeping. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the perfect mattress, and it’s important to do your research. It’s scientifically proven that making quick decisions can lead to poor judgement and we want to eliminate that possibility. First things first, you may want to check out our How to Choose a Mattress Comfort Level blog—it carefully explains what you need to consider when deciding which mattress comfort is best for you. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we want to explain why our three[…]

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How Alcohol Affects Sleep

‘Tis the season for merriment! And for some of us, that involves drinking our favorite alcoholic beverages. There’s nothing wrong with a drink or two. It’s the holidays and it’s time to celebrate! But don’t be surprised if your sleep schedule seems off after the alcohol. So why is it that after a night of celebration you feel groggy and sluggish? I fell asleep quickly, but I don’t feel rested? Don’t let the alcohol fool you! You just rang in the New Year with some champagne, and as soon as you lie your head on your pillow, it’s lights out. Just because you didn’t have to fight to fall asleep doesn’t mean your sleep will be what it should. Drinking alcohol blocks REM sleep, which is the most restorative stage of sleep. So even if you clocked eight hours, that doesn’t mean your sleep was doing it’s job. Also, as alcohol is metabolized, you tend to go from deeper to[…]

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Weighted Blankets and Insomnia – What’s the Deal with Weighted Blankets?

We’ve all had those sleepless nights—the ones when you lay awake, unable to turn your mind off no matter how hard you try. And then it gets to a point where you think “OK, if I fall asleep right now, I can still get five hours of sleep,” but then you stay awake for another hour, and then another hour. It’s a vicious cycle that only leads to one thing: insomnia. If stress and anxiety hit you hardest at night, we may have a suggestion that could help calm you down and salvage your sleep. Have you ever heard of a weighted blanket? It’s a pretty cool concept, really. People who use them explain that it feels like someone is hugging them to sleep (how cute is that?) So what is it? A weighted blanket ranges between 5-25 lbs and should be chosen based on your own weight. The general rule of thumb is to choose a blanket that is[…]

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Tips and Tricks to Get You Out of Bed

We wish we could tell you that we don’t need help getting out of bed, but that would be a lie. We love sleep more than most, so leaving the mattress (especially for early morning wake-up calls) is never an easy task. Everyone wants to stay in bed, but there are things to do. To inspire you to listen to your alarm, we share some of our favorite getting out of bed tips. 1. Place Your Phone Accordingly One of the best ways to motivate yourself to get out of bed is also one of the simplest. If you use your phone as your alarm, having it on the bedside table can be detrimental in getting you out of bed. Placing your phone away from your bed will require you to get out of bed just to turn off the alarm! Once you are up, there’s no need to get back in bed. 2. Have Some Motivators Sitting Next to[…]

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How Stress And Sleep Affect One Another

Let’s talk about stress and 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[…]

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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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