Tag - sleep tips

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Say Hello to Halcyon
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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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Back to School Sleep Schedule Tips
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The Myths of Napping
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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids
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Sleep Cool This Summer
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy

Say Hello to Halcyon

We mastered the art of creating an organic mattress that looks as good as it feels, and we are so excited to share the results with you. So without further ado, we’re proud to introduce our new luxury line: Halcyon. A perfect combination of elegance and comfort, the Halcyon collection was designed to provide safe, healthy sleep in style. This collection features three organic options: Azure, Arcadia, and Elysium. Each option features the finest organic cotton and latex, a luxury wool blend, and encased support coils to provide unparalleled comfort. So what makes this combination of materials so special? Let’s take a look at what’s inside each mattress. Organic Cotton – This means there are absolutely no harmful chemicals. Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton and a healthier alternative to synthetic fabrics and foams. Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling for its mattresses and buys directly from USDA certified sources. This increases purity,[…]

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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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Back to School Sleep Schedule Tips

It’s that time of year when Monday through Friday you and your children will have to quickly become accustomed to early alarms. That’s right, it’s time for school! Don’t expect anyone, especially your kids, to all of the sudden be jumping out of bed as soon as the alarm rings. Long summer nights and a more relaxed routine make settling back into an earlier school bedtime harder for your whole family. To help make this transition easier, we suggest a few tips. 1.) Limit TV Time Before Bed During the summer, most parents become pretty lax about bedtimes, nighttime routines, etc. There’s no problem with having a bit of fun and bending the rules, especially when school’s out, but it will have an effect on your kids’ sleep schedule. Sleep will play a large role in your child’s success at school, so even if you let them watch tv late at night during the summer, you should now try to[…]

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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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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest Ahhh, summer time. Kids are home from school and living the dream of long summer days and nights. Maybe you have gotten your kids on a nice summer schedule during the day, but if you are like many parents the nighttime routine can be a bit of a challenge. For those like myself always looking for ways to encourage better sleep and improve the sleeping environment for their child, I have eight tips for summerizing your kid’s room. Each one addresses a unique touch point in the bedroom and if used in combination with each other should have your child falling asleep sooner, sleep easier and staying asleep longer. Lights Out How many times have I heard frustrated mom-friends curse the long summer days that make bedtime a virtual nightmare. With kids asking night after night why they have to go to bed so early and why can’t they keep playing since it isn’t even dark[…]

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy

Babies spend a majority of their lives sleeping…and that’s not just after birth. Since sleep greatly impacts your baby’s life, you should understand when and how sleep develops in infancy. Everything from sleep cycles to sleep stages are important to research before your baby is even born. In partnership with Dr. Arthur Lavin of Advanced Pediatrics, we created an infographic that breaks down an infant’s sleep schedule from womb to crib. About Dr. Arthur Lavin: Arthur Lavin, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in private practice and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Lavin has special interests in neuroscience. He sits on the national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics charged with developing policy for the Academy on matters relating to psychological functioning. Dr. Lavin was the first doctor in the United States to make neuroscience proven working memory training available in the United States He is the co-author of two books on[…]

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