Tag - sleep tips

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Seeding Plants For Your Bedroom
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Why Rain Makes You Sleepy
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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Bedtime Habits
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Top Sleep Apps for 2018
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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Relax Your Surroundings
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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep
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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby
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5 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Good Night’s Sleep
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The Importance of a Bedtime Story
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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect

Seeding Plants For Your Bedroom

This spring, don’t think you’re limited to only growing plants outdoors. Bring the outside in and use your bedroom as an herbological oasis. There are many plants that are especially wise to seed in your bedroom because of the many benefits they have for your sleep and your well-being. Not to mention they add some beautiful color to the space. We share five of our favorite plants to let bloom in the bedroom. Gerbera Daisy These beautiful daisies are great to grow in your house during the spring and summer because they need medium to bright light. They also release oxygen into the air, helping create a fresher environment for you. Just don’t forget to water them regularly! English Ivy If you’re looking to filter out some of the many common allergens in your bedroom, try growing English Ivy. Water it regularly and put it near the sunlight to have a lovely addition to your room. Jasmine Jasmine is a[…]

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Why Rain Makes You Sleepy

We all know the feeling: the rain starts and all you want to do is curl up in a blanket, grab a good book and drift to sleep. What is it about this type of weather that makes us all want to fall right to sleep? We break down how the rain affects two of our senses, making us ready to snooze. Sound One of the reasons even a gentle rainfall makes us want to crash is because it produces white noise. White noise makes it so you do not hear a lot of outside noise, suppressing your senses and making you more tired. More specifically, the human brain perceives sounds as threatening and non-threatening. The pitter patter of water or rain are non-threatening to us, making them very calming. Also, rain tends to fall at varying volumes, the intervals being less jarring and more peaceful than say a scream or a thud. Sight Another very simple reason is that[…]

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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Bedtime Habits

Sleep shouldn’t be a chore, it should be easy! Making slight changes to your habits during the day and right before bed can make sleep easier to achieve and bedtime more enjoyable. Here are 5 winding down tips to help you achieve a better night’s sleep. 1. Be Active During the Day It’s not just your actions right before bed that affect the ease with which you fall asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 150 minutes of physical activity during the day can improve your sleep at night. The more energy you burn during the day, the more tired you will be at night. So from the minute you wake up, your actions affect your quality of sleep, so get out there and move! 2. Change the Way You Think About Sleep The more you fight sleep, the more challenging it will be for you to achieve. If you view sleep as a chore, it’s going to[…]

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Top Sleep Apps for 2018

It’s no secret that sleep plays a huge role in our physical and mental health. A poor night of sleep can have a huge effect on the rest of your day, or week. Sometimes, we think we got a full night’s sleep, but still feel exhausted the next day. For some of us, we just need help falling asleep. Try one of these top sleep apps to improve your sleep in the new year! 1.) Pillow: iOS This iOS app partners with features on your iPhone to fully track your sleep. More specifically, it uses your phone or Apple Watch to track sleep stages, heart rate and sleep quality. It also uses a smart alarm to gently wake you each morning. Pillow is free, but if you pay $4.99 you can download more features such as exporting sleep sound recordings and detailed sleep statistics. 2.) SleepBot: iOS and Android SleepBot, available for iOS and Android, is a great option if[…]

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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Relax Your Surroundings

After a long day of work and errands, there’s nothing better than getting a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, getting to that point is not always easy. Our surroundings and our minds can have adverse effects on how quickly we fall asleep, and how well we sleep. However, it is possible to effectively wind down at night! Follow some of our winding down tips to achieve stress-free evenings and Respect Your Sleep. 1. Avoid Screen Time With people increasingly relying on technology, screen time has become the mortal enemy of winding down. The screen light manages to keep you awake, and for many, scrolling through social media feeds can bring added stress. Avoid the light and the negative impact the internet can have on your mental health by turning off electronics an hour before bedtime. If it is initially too hard for you to commit to an hour before bed, start slow and work your way up to a full hour.[…]

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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep

No one appreciates sleep more than a parent of a newborn or young infant. This is because sleep is a completely different experience in the first four months of life, from the way sleep is experienced the rest of one’s life. For all children 4 months of age and older, and all healthy adults, sleep is a well-regulated and incredibly necessary activity, that really does offer balm to the mind, and helps the mind think. The pattern of sleep from ages 4 months and onward is defined by a very regular pattern of light sleep becoming deep sleep, then deep sleep becoming lighter sleep, moving into a phase of REM sleep (when most dreams occur), and then emerging from REM sleep at which point everyone gets to choose – wake up or do another cycle. The sleep cycle in a person 4 months of age and older goes as follows: – Stage I: a brief period that happens just as you fall[…]

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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby

As the cold winter months march on, you might find yourself wrapping up in extra layers and perhaps turning the heating up a little higher too. And as you take measures to keep warm this winter, it’s a good idea to also take a look at your sleeping habits too. It can be tempting to add lots of extra layers for babies when it gets cold, but actually, it’s not always necessary. Here are some tips for winter sleep and keeping baby safe when it’s cold. Sleeping inside Studies have found that too many layers on baby can lead to overheating and can put them at risk. With this in mind, here are some tips for winter sleeping inside: – Remember that too many layers in an already warm room can hinder your baby’s ability to regulate her temperature and can play havoc with her natural breathing pattern. Make sure you convey this important message to all caregivers so that[…]

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5 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping is considered one of life’s best luxuries, but it’s also necessary for good health! In this season of gratitude and appreciation, we’ve got a list of 5 reasons to be thankful for a good night’s sleep. Which one are you most thankful for? 1. Sleep Helps You Lose Weight: If you’re waking up at the crack of dawn for an early workout and staying up late to meal prep the next day’s healthy snacks, you may be missing a crucial component of your fitness plan: rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial for your metabolism and fat loss efforts. When you’re not sleeping enough, your body is under additional stress, which means it holds onto fat and makes exercising more difficult. 2. Sleep Helps You Learn & Focus: As you come into contact with new information each day, your brain helps you remember and learn it for long-term use. A lot of the heavy lifting on this process happens when[…]

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The Importance of a Bedtime Story

For some children, even the best bedtime routine does not guarantee a great night’s sleep, but for most it is essential. Young children especially need to know that their day is coming to an end and that they are now required to settle down for the night. One of the best ways to do this is with a quiet moment or two, which is why today’s post is all about the importance of the bedtime story. Babies and the bedtime story. Babies are never too young for a bedtime story. Most babies are able to sit up and hold their heads by the age of six months, so this is an ideal time to think about introducing a book at bedtime. Some parents may even read a bedtime story sooner- only you will know whether or not it’s appropriate. Don’t expect to be able to get through an entire book in one sitting- choose shorter books with muted colors so[…]

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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect

First things first. Newborn babies are not designed to sleep through the night. They are not designed to sleep longer than two or so hours at a time. Yes, they sleep a lot in the first weeks, but all of that sleep is in fragments. Secondly, please do not be under any illusion that newborn babies can be sleep trained. Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect Expect to be a little sleep deprived! You are probably used to at least eight hours sleep a night, with no interruptions (although often late pregnancy hampers this a little for mums to be!), but that just isn’t going to happen with a new baby in the house. That’s why it’s important to have an idea of how newborn sleep patterns work. A newborn baby will sleep on average for 16 hours a day. Usually, this is more or less split equally between day and night. As already explained, babies this young have no[…]

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